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Beanpot Recap: “I Had Too Many Nachos”

February 8, 2012

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Rawlings sucked.  He should have been pulled after the second goal.   The Power Play is an absolute atrocity.  Luke Eibler had one of the worst games I have ever seen a defenseman have.  Dong is just not good enough and I would have no problem with Steve Morra replacing him in the lineup after his performance and late game antics.   Justin Daniels and Dong could not be an effective second line even if Wayne Gretzky was their center.   And basically everyone on the team gave up midway through the second.   So it was a typical Beanpot.

 

Now onto the good stuff:

  • The general consensus was that the Doghouse was the best student section.  As usual.  Next year Madigan may be better off just picking kids out of the stands, at least they would play with some heart.  The “We Want Blood” chant drew rave reviews as did the “We Want Harvard” in response to BC’s chant of “We Want BU”
  • It was great only having to pay attention for 2 periods.  The game was so far gone by the 3rd, that we were actually able to enjoy ourselves at a Beanpot.
  • The NU Shuffle was taken to the next level with about 5 rows at a time doing it.  But the best of all was Preston running all over the rink every time we did it.
  • Then in the biggest upset of the night, the Green Line came first and it was an E train.  You can’t make this stuff up.
  • On the train home, some girl kept yelling that she had too many nachos.  She also called herself a “bonerjammer”.  Unfortunately she couldn’t explain what that meant.
  • Who’s train is this?  Dog Train
  • Everyone wants Madigan fired now.  Apparently doing the occasional scouting work and being the Dean of the Business school for 18 years is not a good background for a coach?
  • The season’s not over yet.  There is still plenty of games for the team to knock themselves out of the playoff race.  And most of them are at home.

 

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White Out

December 8, 2011

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Saturday night’s game vs Lowell is being declared a white out.   Here is the event page.  Its a big game for both teams and you can expect another full Doghouse.  So make sure you get your tickets, get there early, and wear white.

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A Recap of the Doghouse’s Visit To Notre Dame

December 7, 2011

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We didn’t make the trip out to Notre Dame and now we must live with that regret. Some members of the Doghouse did make the trip though.  Sean Hathaway was one of those people and he has been kind enough to write about his experience for us.   Here is his recap of his weekend in South Bend.

 

There’s a certain mystique surrounding the University of Notre Dame, especially in regards to athletics. Even though that mostly refers to the storied (but declining) football program, the Fighting Irish boasted the number two ranked team in the nation when Northeastern came to town. So when the Huskies brought their brooms to South Bend, can you really blame me if I characterize the weekend as magical?

With the season seemingly on the brink, the Huskies have managed to overcome the growing pains of a program in transition, behind the bench as well as on the ice. And after digging themselves into a sizable, albeit manageable, hole, this team is clawing itself out, playing up to its abilities.

It took 30 seconds for Northeastern to get on the score sheet on Friday. And after less than five minutes of play, ND’s starting goalie, Mike Johnson had been chased after surrendering three goals, making no saves. This was only the start of what would prove to be a long night for the home team as the Huskies hung nine goals in front of a stunned crowd.

Such a gaudy goal total would catch the eyes of anyone, with good reason. But the story of that night was not the score line as much as how it was achieved. The 9-2 result was a representation of just how good this team can be when it clicks. And it’s about time.

After much line juggling, it seems the staff has finally found the right combinations. Garrett Vermeersch, who fans had been perpetually criticizing, calling for him to be benched, has blossomed skating with the highly skilled Saponari and Karlsson. His first goal Friday (an absolute snipe under the crossbar) was an exquisite display of ability and should make team highlight reels for some time.

But really, the talk of line adjustments has to start and stop with the Ferriero – Pimm – Quailer line. It seems obvious to say, given the amount of scoring this trio did, that they dominated Notre Dame, but man were they hot. The chemistry and feeling these three have for one another is a joy to watch and make them a threat to score every time they step out of the ice. It’s refreshing to see Quailer and Ferriero, especially, play up to the expectations of fans after a disappointing 2010-2011 campaign. It’s also refreshing to see this pair, who spent the first few games in the press box because of suspensions, step up in leadership roles in captain Mike McLaughlin’s absence; Saturday’s struggle saw this line provide both goals, carrying the team to victory.

In addition to meeting expectations, certain players have thus far, exceeded them. Widely. Dan Cornell and Ludwig Karlsson, may be freshmen but neither play the part. Filling the skates of Jamie Oleksiak was always going to be a tall task – excuse the pun. Seemingly out of nowhere, Cornell has stepped up and provided solid defense and has equaled the intensity of his partner Anthony Bitetto. After scoring Friday night, maybe we’re in for a more complete game from college hockey’s most angry man (seriously, watch his roster video). Karlsson, meanwhile, has been a revelation. A jack-of-all-trades, he may very well be the best forward on the team. He competes in all three zones and wins seemingly every puck battle in the corner. His ability to facilitate or finish makes him a perfect complement to Saponari while his soft hands leave me wanting to refer this Swede “the Masseuse” (somehow I don’t see that catching on).

Fellow rookies Joseph Manno and Adam Reid have also pitched in, the former scoring a pair against BC while the latter scored his first collegiate goal against ND, breaking through the defense. The Reid goal was a glimpse of the power possessed by a true freshmen still getting accustomed to his big frame, so let’s hope there’s plenty more where that came from. It’s a shame that goal was overshadowed by more aesthetically pleasing efforts (the aforementioned Vermeersch goal and the almost as eye popping Justin Daniels contribution) but when you score nine, some are bound to get overlooked.

Likewise, so will great goaltending. Even though the story of the weekend was all the goals, Chris Rawlings deserves his due for two stellar performances. In spite of all the disappointment that has characterized the beginning of this season, Rawlings has played his best hockey. The man once referred to as the Roberto Luongo of Hockey East due to his inconsistent play has been the team’s MVP. All weekend, every ND fan I talked to made it a point to share their admiration of his play. It was like Thiessen was back between the pipes.

So it goes without saying that Rawlings is a part of my three stars for the weekend. His lateral movement stymied Notre Dame’s big guns and kept NU alive Saturday when the offense couldn’t repeat the previous night’s output (not that anyone expected them too). Northeastern outscored Notre Dame 11-3 this past weekend but was outshot 50-35. Goaltending, ladies and gentlemen.

Karlsson’s four helpers and invaluable intangibles land him second star nods from me. This kid’s going to be a real contender for Hockey East Rookie of the Year. I just hope he’s wearing black and red come October.

As far as the first star goes, I’m going to cop out and say the entire Ferriero – Pimm – Quailer line. The fluidity and unison of the line make me feel a bit better about picking three guys for one spot but it’s really hard to weed out which one deserves honors more than the others. I expect big things from this line in the coming months, particularly Ferriero who appears to have finally learned to channel his energy and play at the level we all thought he could.

Now I would be foolish to completely ignore my surroundings in this write up. I grew up in the Boston area so, like anyone with a conscious, I developed a real hatred of BC; the pompousness, the entitlement, the lack of self-awareness. When I boarded the plane for Chicago Friday morning, I expected to enter a Mid West BC, one way worse. I quickly came to find this was not the case whatsoever. Instead, I found everyone (and I mean every single person) in South Bend, Indiana was nothing but friendly and cordial. Depending on what arena I’m in, I expect a certain amount of chirping, and that’s okay – it’s part of the experience. At Notre Dame, there was none of that. Not because of apathy…but because of politeness. It was all quite strange but still enjoyable. Fans; arena staff; students; locals, all had nothing but kind words to say about the team and its fans.

And then there’s the Compton Family Ice Arena, the new home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey team. Matthews will always be the top college rink for me (partially because of the history, partially because of the set up and partially because I’m an admitted homer). I have to say, though, Compton is second with a bullet. Its set up is very much the same as Matthews while incorporating that famous Notre Dame prestige in a way that was visible without being overdone or nauseating (BC). But I will say that having two separate videos play before the team comes out is a little much. My one true knock is that unfortunately, unlike Matthews, the band plays in the balcony above the goalie while the students sit below. I’ve always hated when schools do this because the glass serves to swallow the voices of the students (which is made 10 times worse when someone like bu makes no noise to begin with).

For me this weekend was a nice Hockey East preview. I (hopefully) got to see what kind of Northeastern would run out for UML and the 2012 portion of the season as they try to build off this recent run of success. Beating Notre Dame twice as well as Michigan, the week before, is fantastic for the team but Saturday is business time. Hockey East points are still needed so the team needs to capitalize on the momentum or it will unfortunately be of little importance. Although, I must say, it was quite the conference welcome to Notre Dame. When they do eventually join Hockey East, I truly hope NU athletics can arrange for affordable weekend trips out to Indiana. As great as this past weekend was, it was a shame so few people got to experience it. I can’t encourage people enough to make this trip if possible when it comes around again. It’s definitely worth it.

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Doghouse Deserves Its Due

November 21, 2011

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Photo Courtesy of Dave Luca

The Northeastern Huskies lost some leadership on the ice with players (and coaches) leaving. They also lost some in the stands with Doghouse Leader Tim Fouche graduating.
Tim was a well known figure and he did a great job running the Doghouse. When he left, there was some worry that they Doghouse would fall out a bit. There was even an article in the Huntington News about how the lack of a single leader would hurt the Doghouse. But that has not happened.

Mike Chafetz, Sean Hathaway, Sean Maloney, and Darren Costa, just to name a few (there are countless others who have played a big part) , have done a great job in continuing what has been a Northeastern tradition since the Dark Ages of Bruce Crowder when Justin Harriman first started the Doghouse.

Not only have they been influential in promoting home games, but they have also made sure NU has been represented at every single road game this season. I think we can all agree (except for some angry parents at BC, PC, and Merrimack who have to explain to their young children what sex is. Or anyone who has googled bukkake), they have done a great job continuing the work of those who have come before them. And there is no reason to think they won’t continue to do this.

But they aren’t the only ones who deserve credit. Everyone in the Doghouse does. The Doghouse isn’t just the people in the first row. It is everyone that comes to the game and supports the team.

This team, like any Northeastern team, isn’t always easy to support. This year has seen its fair share of low points in the early month, but that has not stopped the students from coming to games.

Last year, this team got off to a 1-7-2 start. It was hard to watch, so many people stopped watching and attendance suffered. The team eventually turned it around and played in some huge games. Unfortunately student support wasn’t what it should have been. We didn’t even sell out our allotment of Beanpot tickets and there was probably only 50-70 students there to see NU knock BU out of the playoffs. There were some great games last season, but people missed them because they wrote the team off and gave up on going.

So when the team got off to a 1-7-2 start yet again this season, it was easy to expect more of the same. Up until this weekend, student support had been great, but when teams like BC and UNH come to town, its not hard to sell out the Doghouse. So with last place Vermont coming to town on Saturday (and just 3 wins combined between the two teams), I wasn’t expecting a massive crowd, even though it was Homecoming.

I was very glad to proven wrong. By gameday, there were only standing room tickets available for students. I figured the 8 o’clock would turn some people off (Gotta be out partying by 10 brah), but it didn’t. It was actually one of the earliest arriving crowds I’ve seen in a while. Its good to see that the fans are sticking with this team despite a rough start. Those who did were rewarded for it last year. Hopefully this past weekend is any indication of things to come and we will again be rewarded for hanging in there.

The Doghouse has done a great job. Both the leaders in organizing everything and the students in showing up and being loud. Let’s hope it can continue despite a little bit of a layoff in terms of home games and easy road trips.

But after what I’ve seen so far this year, I fully expect to see a great crowd when Lowell comes to town next month.

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No Tee OT Needs to Stay

November 7, 2011

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Photo Courtesy of Dave Luca

 

Yet another OT loss for the Huskies has once again lead to calls for No Tee OT to be abandoned.

The reason behind these calls is the Huskies abysmal record in OT since this tradition started. No one knows for sure, but it doesn’t seem like the Huskies have ever won during No Tee OT. But even if they haven’t, that is no reason to get rid of it.

No Tee OT is completely unique and original. No other school has anything like it. And while not everyone takes their shirt off, it does get everyone fired up for overtime. And as fans, that’s our only responsibility: to be loud and support the team during the final 5 minutes.

Call me crazy but I don’t think a bunch of people in the balcony with their shirts off is the reason the Huskies can’t win in OT. I have yet to hear a player or coach come out after a loss and blame it on No Tee OT. NU was going to lose these games regardless of if people were wearing shirts or not.

No Tee OT is a cool tradition that no one else has. And as long as it continues to get people excited for overtime, it should stay. Blame the failures on the players and coaching staffs. Not the fans.

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Preview: Merrimack at Huskies

November 5, 2011

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Tonight at Matthews, the Huskies take on Merrimack for the final time this season.  The Huskies tied the Warriors last night in an exciting contest.

Photo Courtesy of Dave Luca

This matchup has turned into a bit of rivalry over the past couple years.  Last year at Matthews, Merrimack beat NU 4-3 in OT courtesy of Joe Cucci’s hat-trick.  Cucci played at NU for a year before transferring to Merrimack.  That game saw 4 ejections: NU had Anthony Bitetto and Tyler McNeely tossed and Merrimack had Stephanie Da Costa and Jordan Heywood tossed.  Cucci has graduated but the animosity has lived on. The Merrimack players skated off the ice holding up the MC on their jerseys for the DogHouse to see after that game.    One season of success has turned Hockey East’s perennial doormat into a one cocky bunch.

It got chippy last night and there were a lot of penalties.  Merrimack Goon Kyle Bigos was well, being a goon.  While his teammate lay injured in the corner, Bigos skated up to Anthony Bitetto and through a serious of hand gestures told him basically suck his you know what.  i think just about everyone in the rink saw it.  All of the parents that gave the DogHouse dirty looks after our “S-E-X” chant, really didnt seem to mind this gesture.

Anthony Bitteto is a bad man.   The chances of him absolutely destroying the first poor soul from Merrimack who skates with his head down are pretty high.   This game is going to be physical and its probably going to get out of control.  But if the Huskies play like they did last night, they will get 2 much needed points and they will ruin Merrimack’s undefeated record.

Bitteto, Vinny Saponari, and Robby Dongara, among others have tweeted that they need the full supoort of the DogHouse tonight.   This is big game for the Huskies and its going to be a good one.  You don’t want to miss it.

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Lawler Sucks

November 5, 2011

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Merrimack’s Lawler Arena is the worst rink in the league.   Here is why it sucks:

  • The glass behind the net is too short.  The game is stopping every two seconds because the puck is going out of play.
  • The place is in the middle of nowhere.
  • The ice is awful (there is a huge build up of snow 5 minutes into every period and there is a huge drop in the corner where the Zamboni enters, where the puck gets stuck.
  • Sight lines are awful
  • Its even harder to see when a constant stream of people are walking by during play because they just got there.  This happened for the majority of the first period.
  • Last nights game was the first sell out I have been to where only 1/4 the rink was filled 10 minutes before the game.
  • You can’t get cell phone reception inside.
  • Its freezing in there.  Do they have heat?
  • Merrimack plays there
Thank god we don’t have to go back there for another year.
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