By Matt Noonan
Last Tuesday, the college hockey season kicked-off with Hockey East Media Day, which was held at the TD Garden in Boston.
Media members, broadcasters, coaches and players gathered to discuss the past season, and look ahead to this coming year.
Noontime Sports caught up with Northeastern University head coach Jim Madigan, who seemed optimistic about his team this season, which was picked sixth in the preseason coaches’ poll. Below are Madigan’s thoughts on his second season with the Huskies:
“[I’ve got] a much better sense of our team right now. I think some of the things we learned about last year were that we ended up hurting ourselves. We took ourselves out of some opportunities with being undisciplined and some situations we had to deal with not always having our full lineup, and then from on ice we’ve just got to be a little bit better defensively. We’ve got enough offense to score goals and even last year when we weren’t scoring goals there was still some offensive players, [who weren’t always] available to every [game or the past few seasons], which took away from us generating some offense, but I think we’ve got enough offense to score, we’ve just got to be much better in our own zone defensively.
“The nice thing about [having] a year under your belt is that I’ve got a year under my belt, so there’s a reflection period, there’s a year of experience having gone through so we can tweak some things when we need to tweak them. The players know us, we know the players, we put them in better situations right from the beginning of the [current] year and they [won’t] have to wait through the first five-six-seven games to get the lines in the right place like they did last year. We can start off this year right from the beginning with a clean slate of knowing the players the strengths and then knowing us and how we want to respond, so I think from on ice it’s the defensive play, which we’ll need to improve on.”