Final: Huskies 3, Princeton 3 (Mariucci Classic)

December 31, 2011

Recap

Northeastern 6 game win streak came to an end last night when they tied Princeton 3-3.

Photo Courtesy of Dave Luca

The Basics

  • Though the game counts a tie, there a shootout to see who advanced to the Championship.  It went eight rounds without a goal until Justin Daniels won it for the Huskies.
  • Braden Pimm had 2 goals during regulation and Vinny Saponari grabbed the other one.
  • Cody Ferriero, Mike McLaughlin, Garrett Vermeersch, and Steve Quailer all had assists.
  • Chris Rawlings allowed 3 goals on 26 shots, but saved all 8 during the shootout.
  • The Huskies outshot the Tigers 41-26.
  • NU was 0-7 on the PP.  Princeton was 3-7.
What You Need to Know
  • The Huskies weren’t at their best and looked to be a bit rusty after a long layoff.
  • In a game where WCHA refs were calling everything, the Huskies special teams killed them.   They have been an issue all year, but this was a new low.   7 power plays were unsuccessful.   Princeton tied the game 3 times with Power Play goals.    The only bright spot was Pimm’s shorthanded goal, but Princeton scored 20 seconds later on the Power Play.
  • Mike McLaughlin returned to the lineup in place of Zak Stone and picked up a point to go along with some great work on the PK.   He won just 4 out of 16 faceoffs though.
  • Throughout the win streak, Northeastern has scored by making smart passes and taking the right shots.   There was none of that last night.   Too many selfish plays and too many dangles.   And when they did try to make the passes, they couldn’t connect.
  • Its time to bring Robby Dongara back in the lineup.  Robbie Vrolyk is a non factor out there and he hasnt even made an impact on the penalty kill, which is supposed to be his strength.
  • Garrett Vermeersch continues to play well.  He was the best faceoff man for the Huskies and even while the rest of the team reverted to selfish play, Vermy continued to make the right plays.
  • The Huskies looked frustrated and rusty for most of the game.
  • The shootout was awful.   Rawlings made some great saves, but NU’s shooters were missing the net, losing the puck, or trying to be a bit too fancy.
Lines:
Karlsson-Vermeersch-Saponari
Ferriero-Pimm-Quailer
Tuckerman-Daniels-Manno
Reid-McLaughlin-Vrolyk
D:
Bitetto-Cornell
Eibler-Manson
Ellement-Daniels
Thoughts
Not a good game for the Huskies.  Princeton is a lower tier ECAC team who was playing their back up goalie.   Blowing 3 leads in one game is never good.  The shootout win at least gives them a chance to take down Minnesota and get the title (as well as the Pairwise boost).   The sloppiness can hopefully be blamed on the layoff.   The Huskies will need to look sharper tonight to have any chance.
McLaughlin was huge on the Penalty Kill and the Power Play created some good chances, but thats not good enough.   If this team wants to be successful, it absolutely has to figure out the special teams.   Having the PP under 10% and the Pk under 80% is just not good enough for a team with this talent level.

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