Northeastern skated to a 1-1 tie last night against Providence in what might have been the most boring game of all time.
- Garrett Vermeersch scored the lone goal for the Huskies
- Josh Manson and Adam Reid picked up assists on that goal.
- Chris Rawlings saved 22 out of 23 shots, after allowing a terrible goal on the first shot of the game.
- NU had 21 shots to PC’s 23.
- Both teams were 0-4 on the PP.
- Robbie Vrolyk was injured late in the first and did not return.
What You Need to Know
- PC scored on a shot from the corner 30 seconds in and it looked liked the same old story for Northeastern.
- But for once the Huskies didn’t fold up after a soft goal and Vermeersch tied it up 5 minutes later.
- Then everyone fell asleep and when we woke up the game was over, still tied at 1.
- 1 Shot OT is still undefeated.
The Huskies were the better team for most of regulation, but that isn’t saying much because PC was pretty bad. Their gameplan was a smart one: shoot pucks from weird angles and try to get some cheap goals off Rawlings. Northeastern figured it out pretty quickly and after that PC had almost no chances.
On the other hand, Northeastern was doing an ok job of getting the puck in the zone but as usual no one wanted to shoot. So instead of challenging Beaudry to make a save, they just pass it back to the point. The defenseman make the forwards look trigger happy. They just wait and wait and wait until an opponent comes to them. When that finally happens, they fire a shot right into their legs. Absolutely brutal. If the Huskies had just taken a few more shots, they probably would have won last night. But I suppose that has been true for more than a few of their losses.
But then came overtime where the wheels just fell off. The Huskies didn’t manage a shot on net in the 5 minutes, but they almost gave the game away plenty of times. Rawlings came up with a couple big saves, but also had some shaky moments, including one with about 30 seconds left where the puck trickled through his legs and went just outside the post. It seemed like Northeastern was just daring PC to score on them with countless neutral zone turnovers and when that didn’t work, Alex Tuckerman decided to up the ante and do it in his own zone. Somehow they survived with the point.
Power Play was beyond brutal. Again. Just unacceptable, but its not going to change. Justin Daniels actually played pretty well on the first line. And Josh Manson saw more ice time than he has seen all season and he handled it pretty well. He is still getting a bit risky when he tries to rush the puck, but he was impressive last night. Ludwig Karlsson also looked good after being a bit quiet lately.
With other results going NU’s way, the point was big, but they will need 2 more tonight to make it a good weekend and keep themselves in the playoff hunt.