First off, my apologies. I spent the entire break traveling around and thus was unable to use a computer to post some updates. I’ll try and do a general breakdown of the weekend now:
-The big one: Northeastern downs #11 Michigan (now #18) at home, 4-1. All 4 goals were scored by our top line of Braden Pimm, Steve Quailer, and Cody Ferriero. Northeastern is really starting to show why I picked them higher than most in the beginning of the year. They have a lot of great offensive talent, and when it clicks, it’ll pose problems. We have talented guys like Justin Daniels and Joe Manno on the third line, and even our 4th line has proven to be a scoring threat. The Huskies win against Michigan is hopefully a great start to a second-half run. More importantly, it’s great for our pairwise. It’s admittedly a longshot, but look at Vermont in 2009-2010. They went 17-15-7, and ended up 7th in Hockey East but made the NCAA tournament. Northeastern needs to at least split with Notre Dame, win against Princeton, and get a win against BC in the Beanpot to stand a chance (as well as seriously improving in HE play down the stretch). But Northeastern has a very high strength of schedule which could help it out.
-This weekend was a lot of OOC games. UVM split a pair with ECAC teams, UMass lost to Quinnipiac (ECAC), and BU beat Cornell (ECAC). beating up on the ECAC will build up the strength of the league and make league wins that much more important for the NCAA tournament. UNH, however, lost to Harvard in a ridiculous 7-6 game (UNH went up 4-0 in the first and then gave it up). Finally, UNH, Lowell, and Merrimack all beat UAH this weekend. So sad for UAH, which lost 6-0, 3-0, 9-1.
-Finally, Cody Ferriero won player of the week, the second week a Northeastern player has won it (last week was Ludwig Karlsson). Well deserved for Ferriero for a terrific weekend. My guess is the lines stay more or less the same going forward. There seems to be a lot of chemistry in the current lines and it’s brought us success, so unless we see a slump, I’d expect to see the current lines for a bit