Final: Huskies 3, Minnesota 2 (Mariucci Classic)

January 1, 2012


Northeastern kept their hot streak going with a 3-2 win over #2 Minnesota to win the Mariucci Classic last night.

Photo from NU Athletics

The Basics

  • Vinny Saponari, Steve Quailer and Garrett Vermeersch were the goalscorers for the  Huskies.
  • Justin Daniels, Drew Daniels, Ludwig Karlsson, and Braden Pimm all had assists.
  • Chris Rawlings saves 31 out of 33 shots.
  • The Huskies were outshot 33-30
  • NU was 2-12 on the PP.  Minnesota was 0-5.
What You Need to Know
  • Minnesota scored a short handed goal to open up the scoring, but Vinny Saponari scored his second goal in as many night to tie it up on a 5 on 3 for the Huskies.
  • Steve Quailer then put the Huskies up 2-1 later in the 2nd.
  • Garrett Vermeersch put the Huskies up 3-1 late in the third with another 5 on 3 goal.
  • Minnesota pulled their goalie despite being shorthanded and got a 2nd with just 17 seconds left, but it wasn’t enough.
  • The Huskies scored 2 power play goals which was huge, but with 12 chances, you would expect as much.
  • Rawlings had another huge game.
  • Rob Dongara made his return to the lineup in place of Joseph Manno.
  • Manno was benched halfway through the third in the game before, so his situation is one to watch.
The Huskies continue to make noise out west.   Minnesota was without two of their best players and Northeastern benefited from an absurd amount of power plays.  But in the end, they leave with a victory and thats all that matters.   Its just another huge upset for a team that he has really put it together.
When the rankings come out on Monday, Northeastern probably won’t be as high as they deserve, but it doesn’t matter.   This is one of the better teams in the country and if they keep this up, it could be a pretty big second half.  This team is very talented and whatever Madigan is saying to them has really caught on.   With the rest of Hockey East faltering big time, the door has been opened for the Huskies despite their awful start.
Michigan was a fluke, Notre Dame had the flu, Lowell’s coach cost them, Minnesota got screwed by the refs.   Make all the excuses you want, the Huskies are unbeaten in their last 8 against some of the top teams in the country.   Its pretty obvious these wins aren’t flukes, they are the product of a talented team that has come together and is finally playing up to its potential.

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