Final: UNH 5, Huskies 2
The Huskies lost to UNH last night 5-2 in Durham.
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- Clay Witt got the start in net and gave up 5 goals while making 33 saves
- Justin Daniels and Ludwig Karlsson were the goal scorers for the Huskies. Vinny Saponari, Steve Quailer, and Rob Dongara all picked up assists.
- Cody Ferriero played in his first game this season after completing his suspension.
- Northeastern went 0-4 on the Power Play, UNH went 1-2.
- The Huskies were outshot 38-17.
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- The Huskies went down 2 goals early, but were able to get one back early in the second when Daniels scored.
- Just as the second period came to a close, Ludwig Karlsson again pulled the Huskies to within one on a top shelf snipe. The play was created by Rob Dongara forcing a turnover.
- Then things got weird. A power outage on campus led to a delay before the third period. The lights came back on and play began. But just 1 minute in they went out again. This led to a lengthy delay. The game finally restarted and they were able to finish with no issue.
- UNH added 2 more to make it 5-2 and ensure the Huskies went home with a loss
Didn’t make the trip up to Durham so I had to listen on WRBB, who did a great job as always. Witt got his chance, but from the sounds of it didnt play too well. No one on the Huskies really did. Dong brought his usual hustle and caused some problems for the Wildcats. His work led to that second goal.
The loss drops the Huskies to 1-4-1. It also continue the trend of not only losing on the road, but look very bad doing it. These road struggles were discussed on the WRBB broadcast and I agree what they said: Its a sign of how much the DogHouse means to the guys, but its worrying that the team cant win without the extra support from the fans.
Its still early and lets remember this a team that lost a lot and has a brand new coaching staff. There has been a lot of tinkering and adjustments and I think we will continue to see that for a little. But make no mistake about it, the talent level is there. And at some point, they will put it together. It is shaping up to be a lot like last year with the early struggles. The only difference is this year, the early games are Hockey East games, so the hole may be deeper and harder to climb out of.
Obviously, the team, coaching staff, and fans are all frustrated. But I wouldn’t write them off yet. This team has better days ahead. Its just a matter of when.