Final: BC 4, Huskies 3

October 24, 2011

Hockey East, Recap

The Huskies lost 4-3 in Overtime to the BC Eagles on Saturday night in front out a sold out home crowd.

Photo courtesy of Dave Luca

The Basics

  • Jospeh Manno scored 2 goals for the Huskies.  His first two collegiate goals.
  • Steve Quailer also scored his first goal of the year.
  • Ludwig Karlsson had 2 assists.   Justin Daniels and Vinny Saponari both had 1.
  • Chris Rawlings made 39 saves, but allowed 4 goals.
  • NU was 1-8 on the Power Play.  BC was 0-5
What You Need to Know
  • The Huskies led 3-1 going into the third but they couldnt close the door
  • Rawlings made same big saves, as usual.  But he also let in some soft goals, as usual.  The first goal was really bad and it gave BC a lead just 3 minutes in.
  • Quailer scored and he had a strong game overall.  He has looked much better this year.
  • The sotry of the night was Joseph Manno though. He scored 2 goals and he played his best game of the season.   Him and Ludwig Karlsson have been great in their first 5 games and they both were making plays all over the ice last night.
  • Dan Cornell continues to impress on defense.  Not much was expected from him but he has been about as good as you can ask from a freshman defenseman.
  • Rob Dongara and Cody Ferriero need to be back in the lineup.   Zak Stone, Robbie Vrolyk, and even Alex Tuckerman and Garrett Vermeersch could be sat down to get them in.  Right now the 4th line is getting almost no ice time.  They are going to need to carry a bigger load to keep this team fresh.

Lines:

Saponari-Daniels-Quailer

Reid-McLaughlin-Vermeersch

Karlsson-Pimm-Manno

Tuckerman-Stone-Vroylk

D:
Ellement-Manson
Bitetto-Cornell
Ellement-Daniels
Thoughts
Another heartbreaker to BC.  This one hurts.   Especially with a 2 goal lead going into the third.  But despite an o for 2 weekend, the Huskies proved they are going to better than the 8th place finish the coaches predicted for them.  The goals are going to be there.  The defenseman have been improving. The goalie…don’t get me started.   Rawlings put them in a hole right of the bat.  And while he did alright for the rest of the game, he just isn’t the shut-down, game stealer everyone envisioned him to be.   Broken record: Witt deserves a chance.
The new lines looked good.  Quailer looked good with Saponari and Daniels.  Manno and Karlsson are a dangerous combo.    Their center, Braden Pimm has been a huge improvement this year.  He is going to be a key player for the Huskies this year.
John Gaudreau was booed every time he touched the puck, but the fans weren’t the only ones letting him hear it.   He was being pushed and chirped after almost every whistle.  Anthony Bitetto was the chief offender and the refs had to separate the two at least 3 times.
The DogHouse was awesome.  The place was packed and loud right from the get go.   Hopefully some casual fans were hooked and we can continue to get crowds like that.  Nothing is better than a sold out Matthews arena.  Except for a win maybe.
I love No Tee OT, but I honestly can’t remember ever getting a win during it.   There has been a fair share of losses though.  I would hate to get rid of it, though.
All in all, tough weekend for the Huskies.  But its early and they are improving.   I have no doubt the wins will come.
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  1. WRBB Sports » Wednesday Notebook: Field hockey surges, men’s hockey slips - October 26, 2011

    […] It was a 0-point weekend for NU men’s hockey, with a loss on Friday to Merrimack (Boston Globe), then a heartbreaking loss in overtime to Boston College on Saturday (Boston Globe). More coverage of Saturday’s game from Boston Herald, College Hockey News, NCAA.com, Husky Hockey Blog […]

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