By Dan Libon
Boston, MA – It may not have been a packed house on Wednesday, but Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena is still a tough place to play, despite the size of the crowd.
Both teams came into Wednesday’s game looking to get an edge on one another in anticipation for their upcoming Beanpot matchup on February 7th. With Harvard trying to show that they are not pushovers and Northeaster looking to extend their current hot streak, both teams wanted to prove themselves in this particular game.
The defense would be the key for the Huskies for all three periods, as the Crimson would spend the first few minutes of period number one crashing the net. Despite getting their many opportunities, Northeastern goalie Chris Rawlings kept the Crimson off the scoreboard with 11 saves through the first 20-minutes.
On the offensive side, Northeastern forward Steve Quailer scored the first goal late in the first period and was assisted by teammate Mike Hewkin. The Huskies would not look back and continued to shut down the Crimson with solid defense and smart offensive play.
Their 2nd goal would come from Braden Pimm, who capitalized on on a second chance opportunity after Harvard’s goaltender, Raphael Girard was unable to keep a hold of the puck on the initial shot. Harvard spent the rest of the period only showing off their frustration. Four of the six penalties during the second period were against Harvard including a 10 minute game misconduct that was exhibited by David Valek.
In the third and final period, Mike McLaughlin put the Huskies up 3-0, which secured the victory for Northeastern.
The Northeastern Huskies will return to the ice on Saturday January 22, when they play host to the University of Maine Black Bears. The Black Bears are coming off of a 4-1 win again Boston College and are currently ranked tenth in the nation. A win against Maine, would put Northeastern in the national conversation and give them a better chance of breaking into the top 20.