Northeastern blanked UNH 4-0 tonight, in an all-around impressive performance. I can honestly say I thought our entire team played well, we ran a solid game in both zones, and most importantly, played a full game. we fought hard from the puck drop in the 1st period to the last moments of the 3rd.
Offensively, the Huskies did exactly what I predicted would be necessary to win: they utilized all 4 lines. All 4 lines scored a goal, and worked hard. The biggest surprise was the 4th line of Reid, Stone, and Vermeersch. They really played well along the boards, winning a lot of those battles. Reid in particular set up Stone’s goal by seizing that puck and putting it into the crease. The first goal was one of beauty, an incredible pass to the backdoor where Pimm just put it in, something we’ve rarely seen occur. The Huskies fought hard along the boards, passed really well, moved the puck around and opened up lots of opportunities. All around excellent effort which was rewarded with 4 goals.
Defensively as well Northeastern played a great game. Surprise of the game was Dan Cornell. I originally thought he was a 7th or 8th dman. I’d say after he tonight he’s played himself into the lineup for next weekend. Eibler played well, throwing some great hits against the Wildcats, and pitching in offensively. I’d say we played great team defense, we pressured UNH players all night, swarming all over them, poke-checking contantly, and turning over the puck all the time. They also made Rawlings shutout easy. They blocked tons of shots, swept rebounds to the corners, and let Rawlings see what was coming. I hope they give that effort again next weekend.
As I just mentioned, Rawlings job was easy. He got stopped a few good chances, but not a lot. Importantly, however, he played a solid game and stopped everything he saw.
Bottom line, the Huskies came prepared, and ready. They pounced on the numerous mistakes UNH’s defense made, and capitalized on them. At the same time, they limited their mistakes and prevented UNH’s offense from ever taking over. All in all, a great game by all facets of our team, something I hope we repeat next weekend against Merrimack and Boston College.