Recap: Huskies at UMass Lowell
Saturday night, Northeastern started with some good energy and pressured River Hawks defensemen, but as usual struggled to get quality chances. Mustering just ten shots through the first couple periods, it was clear that while the Huskies did a decent job containing UMass Lowell on the penatly kill, they could not generate the right plays to make the other team uncomfortable. And with the recurring second period blues, the Huskies found it difficult to even set something up in the zone, especially on the power play. One man advantage saw Northeastern manage just one opportunity to score.
Lowell’s depth, and consistent level of play that came with it frustrated the Huskies all night, and while the third period consisted of 15 Northeastern shots on goal, they were of the low quality type. Rawlings was solid in net and made a few great saves. Both River Hawk goals came during a flurry of opportunities in front of the net. With the sustained pressure both goals were inevitable.
Heading into the break the Huskies will have to decide for themselves which steps need to be taken to improve little by little. It’s apparent that there is no easy fix to the team’s struggles without something drastic happening, which would risk a change of the landscape for this season. And with the way things are going on right now, that doesn’t seem so bad. The little improvements will only help so much. One little improvement could be better recognition of players’ roles. These games are being played without a compass, and some self direction goes a long way.