Tonight at 7pm, the Huskies will take on the Boston College Eagles at Conte Forum.
Just two weeks ago, Northeastern blew a 2 goal lead at home against BC before losing in OT on a Bill Arnold goal. That game just another tough loss to BC for a Huskies team that has become accustomed to that over the recent years. Here are the recent results against the Eagles.
L 5-4 (HE Semis), W 2-1, T 7-7, L 7-6 OT (Beanpot Final), L 2-0 (Empty Netter)
So the Huskies can skate with the Eagles, but beating them hasn’t been as easy. Last time at Conte, they skated to a 7-7 tie in what was an absolute crazy game. Getting into a shootout probably isn’t the best plan of attack against BC though. Tonight the Huskies will be hoping to shut them down offensively. That task will be incredibly difficult as NU will be without Anthony Bitetto. Ben Oskroba, a freshman who has played just 2 games this season will take his place.
As always the key for NU is stealing this game by getting good goaltending and converting the few chances they get (READ: SCORE ON THE POWER PLAY!) Merrimack gave NU every chance they could to win the game, and the Huskies failed to capitalize and were punished. They can expect the same to happen tonight if they don’t take advantage of PP opportunities and defensive mistakes.
Gone are the days where NU was a trap game for BC. This has turned into quite a game. BC went nuts when they pulled out the win at Matthews in OT. While some view that as disrespect, I view that as BC recognizing wins against NU don’t come easy and they are a big deal. So while they do have a bigger game against BU to look forward to on Sunday, they are coming off a loss to UMass and they have the best coach in Hockey East, Jerry York. There is no way BC doesn’t show up for this game. If NU wants to win, its going to take their A+ game. Is tonight the night they final pull out a win? We’ll see.
Lines (Same as Last Weekend)
Hope to see you all there.