Final: Huskies 4, UNH 0

October 15, 2011

Recap

The Huskies picked up their first win of the season last night in  4-0 shutout.

Photo Courtesy of Dave Luca

 

The Basics

  • Zak Stone scored his first goal as a Husky, and he joined Justin Daniels , Braden Pimm, and Mike McLaughlin in picking up goals.
  •  Luke Eibler had 2 assists.  Steve Quailer, Adam Reid, Alex Tuckerman, Josh Manson, Ludwig Karlsson and Robbie Vrolyk all had assists.
  • Chris Rawlings stopped all 27 shots he faced.
  • The shutout was his 9th, tying Brad Thiessen for the school record.
  • He was helped out by 36 blocked shots.
  • Northeastern went 0-2 on the Power Play, but killed off all 3 of UNH’s.
What You Need to Know
  • The Huskies scored their first 3 goals on their first 4 shots.
  • Braden Pimm opened up the scoring when he tapped  Steve Quailer’s pass into a wide open net.
  • Just minutes later, Zak Stone would score his first as a Husky.  The goal was set up by Adam Reid’s hard work down low.  The puck squirted out to Stone and he snuck it through DiGirolamo.
  • But the Huskies weren’t done, Ludwig Karlsson fed Josh Manson who was able to shoot from the point.  DiGirolamo made his first save, but he had to watch helplessly as Justin Daniel put home the rebound.
  • 10 minutes in, UNH had to call a timeout, but the Huskies played smart hockey the rest of the way and limited their comeback chances.
  • Senior captain Mike McLaughlin added a 4th midway through the third.  He fired a side from the side, it may or may not have been going wide, but it hit DiGirolamo’s glove and fell into the net.  He was then pulled, all though the first three were almost all on the defenseman.
  • For the second straight game, the DogHouse was sold out.
Lines:
Saponari-Daniels-Karlsson
Vrolyk-McLaughlin-Manno
Tuckerman-Pimm-Quailer
Reid-Vermeersch-Stone
D:
Ellement-Manson
Bitetto-Cornell
Ellement-Daniels
Thoughts
Lets get this out of the way first, UNH is not looking good right now.  But don’t let that take away from the win.  UNH made a lot mistakes and Northeastern capitalized on them.  But it was a great performance from the Huskies.
The new lines seem to work as every line scored once.  Its great to see Justin Daniels getting goals.  He must have worked really hard in the summer, because he has made a huge step up this year. Ludwig Karlsson was excellent.  He is a big kid with great vision.  And he is strong on the puck.  He is going to rack up the assists no matter who he plays with. The McLaughlin line was probably the weakest line.  Robbie Vrolyk did create a few individual chances though. Joseph Manno also had a good night, despite the fact he almost started a brawl late in the 3rd. Coach Madigan let him hear about it. But he is a fun player to watch. Never stops moving. He could have a Brodie Reid-like season, where he really comes on in the second half. (Hopefully without the leaving part). It was good to see Alex Tuckerman and Steve Quailer back together. Quailer looked a lot closer to the player he was pre-injury than the player he was last year. Braden Pimm had another good game. He seems to have been reborn under Madigan. I think Pimm is going to prove to be a valuable asset for this team. The defensive shake up also seemed to work. Dan Cornell played extremely well and probably earned himself at least a few more start. After the 3 early goals, the Huskies could play more defensive, which they did, but they also avoided sitting on the lead too much. It was good to see a Northeastern team jump out to a lead and not have the inevitable collapse. A rare occasion indeed. Rawlings deserves credit for the shutout. He answered the call. But some credit must be given to the team has a whole. It was a great defensive effort and blocking 30+ shots doesn’t happen without commitment. UNH never looked likely to score.Overall, you have to be pleased with the effort. Coach Madigan deserves a lot of credit. This team made a lot of adjustments and fixed many of the mistakes they made last week. It was a good effort and a good result for the team.

Next weekend is a big one. Away at Merrimack, then home for BC.

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