Friday’s Northeastern-UMass Hockey East Conference was rather exciting; especially for an early October game. In fact, I doubt anyone thought sophomore Braden Pimm would be the savior for the Huskies, yet, that’s just my opinion.
Here’s some left over statistics and audio from the game, enjoy.
* Both teams combined for 71 shots, (UMass registered 39-shots/Northeastern had 32-shots)
* In the third period, UMass goaltender Kevin Boyle saved 10-shots, while Northeastern’s Chris Rawlings denied 12-shots.
* Both teams combined for 15 penalties and 38-minutes in the penalty box, which didn’t seem to please either coach after the game concluded.
* Northeastern’s head coach Jim Madigan talked about the impact of 15-penalties and stated, “There [were] a couple of penalties that our guys just need to do a better job at and not put themselves in those situations. I thought the referees did a good job on both sides and I asked for clarification on one item, but I thought they did a good job. Our guys just have to be smarter and not put themselves in situations that’s going to go for penalty.”
*Northeastern struggled on the power play and only converted one goal on four attempts. They also couldn’t muster a goal when they had a two-man advantage too.
* UMass head coach Don Cahoon talked with the media about his young goaltender and stated the following two things:
-“I thought the third period was the period he stood [on] his head when they had a couple of shifts where they really dominated us and I thought he made some big plays in tight, so he’s a solid goaltender… he’s developed nicely.”
– “Well, I think [my team] knows he’s a good goaltender and I think Northeastern knows Rawlings is a good goaltender and team’s understand [this concept] and it usually is a measure of that team’s success’s from the pipes out.”
* The Minutemen were two-seconds away from walking out of the Matthews Arena with their first win of the season, but according to Cahoon, his team “cheated” during the third period. “We need to be that much better and we weren’t. As I said, we cheated in the third period and that third period coast us [the game].“
* Coach Madigan also addressed the new Northeastern coaching staff and stated, “The learning curve’s there – the players [are] getting acclimated and adjusted to us as a staff and what we’re looking for, but there’s not a problem. The players they’ve responded really well, they work hard.”
* Finally, Friday’s tie marked the fifth time the Huskies have skated to a draw on their home ice – dating back to the ’09-’10 season.