By Dan Libon
Boston, MA – Despite beating the number one team in the nation, Boston College last weekend, the Northeastern Huskies came up short against the number one team in Hockey East conference, University of New Hampshire Wildcats, 6-3 on Saturday.
“These guys, [Northeastern] obviously play well, [they] play hard. It was a good win, a solid win for us,” said UNH coach Dick Umile.
In the first period, Northeastern’s offensive chances were limited, but their defense appeared incredibly strong, as well as sophomore goaltender, Chris Rawlings. The Huskies slowly attempted to build momentum, which included a couple of good chances on the power play, but were unsuccessful, as the Wildcats scored during the final minute of the period. Mike Sislo netted the first goal, which was followed up by a second one for New Hampshire during the middle of the second period, as Stevie Moses beat Rawlings for an early, 2-0 lead.
Although, Northeastern’s defenseman, Luke Eibler would get Northeastern back into the game nearly a few minutes after Moses’s goal. Yet, despite getting within one goal, the Wildcats would eventually score again, thanks to a Paul Thompson during the 3 on 3.
The second period also exposed a lack of discipline from the Huskies. Down by two points, Northeastern let their frustration get the better of them with two penalties, which included a slashing call against Eibler.
“The guys did a great job of killing [penalties] until there was just a handful of seconds left which was a shame for those guy who are blocking shots out there” said Northeastern coach Sebastian Laplante.
New Hampshire would add another goal to make it 5-1, which ended Rawlings night between the pipes. He would be replaced by Clay Witt and despite Northeastern’s two more goals during the third period, the Wildcats eventually scored on an empty net to secure the win for their team.
“They got the bounces, they finished their scoring chances while we didn’t capitalize on the ones we had early on and had to play catch up,” said Laplante.
“Tonight we stayed with it and played really well,” said Umile.
Next week, Northeastern will end their regular season with two games against Boston University. While Northeastern will most likely finish sixth in conference play, don’t expect them to pack it in because points are indeed on the line.
“Any time you play a team at the caliber of Boston University you get up for those games” said Laplante. “We’re not really playing for positioning. We’re playing for momentum. We’re playing for confidence and we’re playing to make some damage once we get into the playoffs.”