First hockey winning streak all season, with the Huskies taking 3 in a row over the past two weeks. Their win on Friday at Michigan was their third win over the Wolverines in four tries, and part of now a 4-game home losing streak for the Maize & Blue. The story of the game was the line combination of Quailer-Pimm-Ferriero, which accounted for all four goals on the night. (WRBB Sports)
Mike McLaughlin has been out of the lineup and is not practicing with the team after breaking his jaw in Northeastern’s 5-2 win over Providence two weeks ago. He is expected to remain out of the lineup for a few weeks, but there is no hard timeframe for his return.
An upset win over St. John’s was certainly the story for Northeastern, after a career performance by Joel Smith but the New York tabloids focused instead on the absense of St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin (Daily News | New York Post). Tonight at La Salle in Philadelphia the Huskies will look to start a seadon at 4-1 for the first time since starting 4-0 in 2005-06 – JJ Barea’s senior year.
Bill Coen talked about the distribution of playing time and his lineup in a chat with Mike Litos. There’s been plenty of competition for spots in the lineup, and for the first time in a long while, the Huskies have noticeable and useable depth. The lack of Ryan Pierson getting significant minutes and Alex Bates getting any minutes at all during this strech is a a testament to that.
Women’s hockey hits the skids after a blazing start to the year. The Huskies have lost three straight, including a series sweep against Boston College and a tough OT loss to Dartmouth. NU still remains ranked 10th in the latest USCHO poll, but worringly they are no longer ranked in the PairWise. Part of the problem is in strength of schedule – most of NU’s early wins came against beatable teams. The Huskies have yet to claim that marquee win, something that will have to change if they want a shot at a bid to the NCAA tournament.
Women’s basketball is now on a 17-game losing streak dating back to last year. Give Northeastern credit for trying to promote the team and improve attendance early this year, but it may be all for naught.
Outside of Northeastern…
Merrimack may be ranked #1, but as USCHO points out, they’ve yet to play more than 1 team under consideration in the Pairwise. We’ve been talking about Merrimack’s weak schedule since mid-October, but it’ll be interesting to see if that comes back to bite the Warriors later this year.
Boston University sure loves playing at MSG every other year, and that’s expected to continue, according to the Daily Free Press’ hockey blog. Saturday was the third sellout in three tries at Madison Square Garden. Of course, BU’s win wasn’t without controversy, as College Hockey News reports. Oddly enough, Northeastern was slated to play a game at the Garden last year against Niagara – the contracts were signed – but the deal collapsed and the game was moved to Matthews Arena.
There’s a new CAA Basketball Bloggers poll made by the hard-working folks at VCU RamNation (without a doubt the best fan-oriented site in the league).