Final: Huskies 4, Vermont 1

November 21, 2011

Recap

The Huskies completed the weekend sweep, picking up a 4-1 win over Vermont on Saturday.

Photo Courtesy of Dave Luca

 

The Basics

  • Ludwig Karlsson scored twice, while Steve Quailer and Alex Tuckerman both added goals.
  • Garrett Vermeersch and Vinny Saponari both picked up 2 assists.  Justin Daniels, Robbie Vrolyk and Cody Ferriero each had one.
  • Chris Rawlings made 38 saves.
  • The Huskieswere outshot 39-28
  • NU was 0-1 on the PP.  UVM was 1-4
What You Need to Know
  • This was the first weekend sweep of the year for the Huskies.
  • The new lines worked yet again and while the shot total wasn’t great, the Huskies controlled play and dominated in Vermont’s zone all night.
  • Ludwig Karlsson continued to dominate and after picking up goals in both games this weekend, he now leads the Huskies in points.  Who needs John Gaudreau?
  • Out of all the new lines, one seems like an amazing fit for all 3 players.  That line is Steve Quailer-Braden Pimm-Cody Ferriero.   Quailer scored again last night on a great feed from his buddy Ferriero.   This line is flying high and just potting goals left and right now.  They have also shown they aren’t afraid to make a big hit when needed.  They are just smoking hot right now.
  • Alex Tuckerman has looked infinitely better the past couple of games.  His goal was one of the best of the season so far.  He watched the puck bounce of his chest before hitting it out of mid air into the net.  And if that wasn’t enough, he followed it up by Tebowing in celebration.
  • Another player who has looked good lately is Garrett Vermeersch.  Just a couple of weeks ago, he was getting almost no time on the 4th line.  This weekend, he has moved up to the 1st and taken full advantage.  He picked up 2 assists last night and he has just looked a lot more interested out there.  He is hustling on defense and making smart plays on offense.
  • Chris Rawlings had another good game.  Vermont had a ton of shots, but they were lacking in quality.  But Rawlings did come up with some big saves.   If you are picking a team MVP so far,  you have to put him in the conversation.
  • Joseph Manno has got to get his act together.  He is very talented, but he has a tendency to make very dumb decisions.  A Vermont player had him lined up, but when he delivered the hit, it was the UVM player, not Manno, who went flying.  Manno then decided to reach down and hit the guy who was already on the ground for everyone in the arena to see.  That resulted in an ejection and another night of NU playing with a short bench.  I wouldn’t be shocked if he sat the next game.  Madigan has shown he will not accept dumb behavior and Manno is really pushing the line.  Its a shame because he is obviously a very good player and they need him in the lineup and on the ice.
Lines:
Karlsson-Vermeersch-Saponari
Ferriero-Pimm-Quailer
Tuckerman-Daniels-Manno
Reid-Stone-Vrolyk
D:
Bitetto-Cornell
Eibler-Manson
Ellement-Daniels
Thoughts
What a huge weekend for Northeastern.  Last weekend was the low point.  The players recognized this and they decided it was unacceptable.  Now we are finally seeing what this team is capable of.   Beating PC and UVM isn’t going to turn heads, but that doesn’t matter.  Its about picking up points and turning it around, which is exactly what this team did.  And they were able to do it despite losing their captain and only senior, Mike McLaughlin early in the weekend.
The new lines are great.  It is the perfect mix of balance and chemistry.  When you have guys like Justin Daniels and Joe Manno on your third line, you are in great shape.   The balance has allowed them to spread out ice time much better and avoid the third period breakdowns that had been killing them all season.
The defense is getting better as well.  Drew Ellement had one of his best weekends in a Northeastern uniform. Dan Cornell continues to impress.  For a guy who was basically a recruited walk-on to step in and do as well as he has is just huge.  You can’t say enough about how solid he has been.
Speaking of freshman, Ludwig Karlsson may be on the best ever to suit up for NU.  You could tell right from the beginning he was a special player, but the last few weekends, he has been just dominant.  I don’t think any expected this from him.  He is just a joy to watch and we better enjoy it because who knows how long he will be here?
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