By Matt Noonan
BOSTON, MA – The Northeastern Huskies scored one goal in each period Wednesday and earned their seventh win of the season, as they defeated the Harvard Crimson, 3-0. at the Matthew’s Arena.
“I told the team after the game we were lucky that we weren’t down 3-0 after the first period,” said Northeastern University head coach Greg Cronin. “We’re fortunate to get the win.”
Northeastern entered Tuesday’s contest having won three of their last four contests and were looking to make it four of their last five, as the Huskies ended a 19-minute drought of scoreless hockey when sophomore Steve Quailer scored his third goal of the season, as he pushed the puck past the Harvard goaltender Raphael Girard to make it 1-0 in the first period.
“I thought the game was a little bit sloppy in general,” said Harvard College’s head coach Ted Donato.
Harvard started the game with complete control and baffled the Huskies defense prior to their first goal, but were able to finish the period with 11 shots on the opposing goaltender Chris Rawlings, who finished the game with 34-saves.
“I think [Rawlings] was good. He was really good because a lot of pucks hit him [and] he didn’t know where they were, it looked like he was going for the puck and it was bouncing all over him, over to the side of him, which means he was in good position,” said Cronin.
Entering the second period, Zak Stone connected with Braden Pimm who scored the second goal for the Huskies. Harvard would then attempted to try to earn their first goal of the game on a late Huskies power play, but their numerous visits in front of the net. The Crimson fired 34 shots on net and appeared rather clueless on how to score a goal.
“I thought the game got a little sloppy in the second period and our inability to establish pucks in the offensive zone kind of led to us spending a lot more time in our zone, which led to penalties,” said Donato.
Harvard continued to try and try again during the final 20-minutes, but Rawlings continued to appear too much for the Crimson offense and when Northeastern’s Mike McLaughlin found the back of the net during the middle of the third period, the game was officially over.
“With losing games, when you have to chase from behind [is] a tough uphill battle and for a team that’s lost as much as we have, it is very hard to stay sharp mentally,” said Donato.