Final: Merrimack 4, Huskies 1

October 22, 2011


The Huskies lost 4-1 to the Merrimack Warriors at a sod out Lawler Arena last night.

Photo Courtesy of Dave Luca


The Basics

  • Ludwig Karlsson scored his first collegiate goal (in front of his parents no less), but it was too little, too late for the Huskies.  It was assisted by Justin Daniels and Drew Ellement
  • Chris Rawlings made 36 saves, but gave up 3 goals before being pulled after the third.
  • Clay Witt looked good in relief (as usual) making 7 saves.
  • The 4th Merrimack goal was an empty netter.
  • Northeastern 0-4 on the PP, Merrimack 1-3.
  • The Huskies were outshot 47-28.
What You Need to Know
  • The game was 1-0 going into the 3rd period.
  • NU looked like they had other things (BC) on their mind.  Merrimack had the possession and the chances.
  • Rawlings was pulled despite not playing very bad.  He didnt look happy on the bench, but it looked like Madigan was just looking for a spark that the Huskies desperately needed.
  • Luke Eilber was given a major and a misconduct for an elbow to the head, but the Huskies killed it off.
  • Coah Madigan was very upset with the call on Eibler and let the refs know.
  • In the build up to the second goal, Drew Daniels was caught with a high stick and went down, the ref allowed play to continue and Merrimack proceeded to score.
  • For the second straight game, NU was robbed of a power play due an embellishment call.   This time it was Zak Stone and again it made no sense.   Heres my issue:  If you want to call a dive, call a dive and no penalty.   If the player is diving, it probably wasnt a penalty.
  • The players who were full of confidence heading into the game, looked very frustrated after the game.   They will get their chance at Merrimack in a couple weeks.  And they have a chance tonight to make up for the loss.
Witt should have started.  I said it on the way that it would never happen, but it should.   It wasnt that Rawlings played awful.   Its that now, all the confidence from the shutout is gone and he is left thinking about how he was pulled.  Now Rawlings usually sticks to the 1 good, 1 bad performance, so maybe he is due for a good one tonight?  But Witt deserves a chance, so why not give him Merrimack and give Rawlings all week to think about and prepare for the BC game?
Giving up 47 shots is a pretty sure way to lose.  Merrimack controlled the game.  They were keeping the puck in the zone and getting chances.   Northeastern barely had any chances.   I don’t think Merrimack is a far superior team to them.  It just seemed like Northeastern was off.
Ludwig Karlsson is a beast.   He is the best freshman and its not even a question.  He is going to be one to watch.  He is a great passer and putting him on a line with Vinny Saponari and Justin Daniels is just a joy to watch.   On the other hand, the Vrolyk-McLaughlin-Manno line isnt working and it will probably be broken up soon, maybe tonight.   Dan Cornell looked good defensively and looks to be staking a claim to that 6th D spot.
And lastly, Merrimack sucks.   We got off the highway onto to Rt. 125 and there was no streetlights.   There was no streetlights anywhere.   We couldnt find the Taco Bell, so we went to Captain Pizza.  It was meh.   Got to the rink.  Couldn’t get cellphone reception.   I get reception underground at Downtown Crossing, I should be able to get it in a hockey rink.  The ice is small.   Very narrow.   The low ceiling interrupted play a couple times and the low boards led to countless shots going out of play.   We got yelled at by the natives to sit down.  The Merrimack student section was impressive in number.   But that was about it.  They tried to do the simple, “Rawlings, Rawlings, Rawlings, you suck” chant.    3 times in a row they messed it up because they couldnt agree on how many times to say Rawlings.   After that all the had for us was “Huskies suck”, “BU rejects” and “NU Football”.   I’ll respectfully disagree with the first two.   And I don’t think anyone at NU cares about the third.
BC tonight, we will have the preview up soon.
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One Comment on “Final: Merrimack 4, Huskies 1”

  1. Riley Ledurinta Says:

    But against the teams currently fighting for home ice, Lowell, Providence and Maine, they ve gone just 0 2 1.


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