Despite starting off 3-1 in the first period, Northeastern lost to UNH 4-3 at the Whittemore Center.
What Was Good
Once again, NU got off to a great start, scoring 3 goals, and also responding almost immediately to the one UNH goal of the first period. The line shakeup seemed to work well, as three offensive lines got points, and the combos seemed to pack a dangerous offensive punch. I think there’s more offense spread out with the new combo, and I hope Madigan keeps it at least for a bit. The defense also seemed well prepared for the open ice and did a good job keeping UNH on the outside, and Mountain did a spectacular job.
What needs to Improve
Special Teams. Everything I’d say here is something I’ve said a dozen times before. It needs to improve. It doesn’t matter that NU’s 5×5 play is so good, if they’re doing badly on both the PP and PK, Northeastern will never be more than a middle of the pack team. In addition, Rawlings couldn’t save them and let in some bad goals. That combination is what kills NU’s chances.
Overall, it’s more disappointing that they lost because they played so well for most of the game. If Northeastern was better on special teams, even by a little bit (maybe if they just sucked as opposed to being unwatchable) then they could have won this game. I expect Rawlings to come back and put up a good game, and I want to see the Huskies be all over UNH tonight.