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Split-N
10-07-2018, 11:33 AM
Although Northeastern’s first game is still (just) five days away, the 2018-19 college hockey season has officially opened, so it’s time for a new season thread for the “New Breed” Huskies.

Lamentable as it may be to some, the old red-eyed “Devil Dog” has been retired after 30 years or so of faithful service, replaced by a bigger, apparently determined “New Breed” husky that does not have bloodshot eyes (yet) and can appear either in profile (uniform logos) or standing (center ice logo), along with a host of uniform design changes. [BTW, the retired Devil Dog reserves the right to make occasional appearances when the red “special occasion” uniforms are worn.]

This year’s team is also a new breed, taking the ice without the Big Three for the first time in three seasons. And taking the new breed theme even further, the strength of this year’s team is defense and goaltending rather than prolific scoring. My own take is that, assuming the defense and goaltending come as advertised, the scoring will take care of itself. So losing the Big Three may not be a bad thing if it opens the door to more distributed and consistent scoring among the returning vets, incoming transfers, and highly touted freshmen.

Both the media and coaches pre-season polls have the New Breed projected for a fourth place finish, which seems fair and reasonable. The potential to move up is there provided the scoring shows up, as is the potential to move down if defense and goaltending don't live up to expectations. The ups and downs will be there but it should be another great ride.

northeastern
10-07-2018, 12:29 PM
not overlooking SHU wknd at all.. but the Union series should tell us some about this yrs squad. The Dutchmen, a shade out of the top 20, but well coached & competitive always will be looking to make a strong ooc showing.
Go Huskies (give us the good kind of 'howlin) :)

RossiRules
10-08-2018, 12:45 AM
not overlooking SHU wknd at all.. but the Union series should tell us some about this yrs squad. The Dutchmen, a shade out of the top 20, but well coached & competitive always will be looking to make a strong ooc showing.
Go Huskies (give us the good kind of 'howlin) :)
Agree while SH on the road may not be enough of a barometer, Union at home is going to be a good early benchmark, with a nod of assumption to our D and Goalie, I think we just need to determine where the Offence will be generated this season, who is going to step up or surprise us. Nice to be back on here. Cheers!

Split-N
10-08-2018, 07:39 AM
All due respect to SHU (agree not a good idea to look past them) but the early schedule is loaded: Unionx2 (10/19-20); UML (10-26); St Cloud (10/27); bux2 11/1&3). I think we'll all have some good answers by 11/4.

Split-N
10-08-2018, 05:26 PM
Well well. Based on postings at both dieharddogs.com and the NU Hockey Blog, it looks like Matthews will be without a center scoreboard until at least the holiday break. Apparently, delays were encountered in getting the steel needed to reinforce the roof delivered on time. So no giant jumbotron for the time being. :(

northeastern
10-08-2018, 07:16 PM
Well well. Based on postings at both dieharddogs.com and the NU Hockey Blog, it looks like Matthews will be without a center scoreboard until at least the holiday break. Apparently, delays were encountered in getting the steel needed to reinforce the roof delivered on time. So no giant jumbotron for the time being. :(

that is some terrible project management. leave it at that.

northeastern
10-10-2018, 09:41 AM
moving on to shu.. what do we know about them? i noticed (ex- nu) jason cotton on their roster. friday is home opener for them as well & i dont think they have played any exhibition gms, much like us. here's to a injury free wknd.
go huskies :)

NU_Husky
10-11-2018, 09:53 AM
Our preview of the season opening series with Sacred Heart, and what to watch for

http://northeasternhockeyblog.com/game-day/week-one-preview-sacred-heart-pioneers-northeastern-huskies-hockey-east/

CommAvHusky
10-11-2018, 11:06 AM
My plan is to go to both games. Bridgeport is about a four drive, and it allows me to take the ferry to Long Island to visit some old haunts during the day on Saturday. It look like they only have five sections open at Webster Bank Arena and tickets only range from $5-10.

Split-N
10-11-2018, 12:37 PM
that is some terrible project management. leave it at that.

If what I've been told bears any resemblance to reality, It would be hard to point the finger at NU. Steel is apparently in very high demand these days and construction managers I know say that late deliveries are not uncommon. Stuff happens.

But by happy coincidence, some unexpected business in the Boston area for next week just presented itself so I'm thinking of driving up, stopping in Bridgeport for the weekend, and then continuing on. (Sounds like a good excuse to get out of Dodge for more than a few days.)

northeastern
10-12-2018, 08:38 AM
Go N U
:)

northeastern
10-12-2018, 07:32 PM
giving up the shortie.. least we're consistent beginning each season.

northeastern
10-12-2018, 08:13 PM
on the flip side.. after trailing early, nice to see a productive 3rd with scoring spread out.

TheRevengeance
10-12-2018, 08:59 PM
Good game overall. The new first line almost looked like the old one. Pecararo seemed to be everything we waited 2.5 years for. Madden looked nothing like a freshman. If you told me 9-8-21 switched numbers and came back for a night I would probably believe you. Solow looked like a man on a mission, hopefully that extends to Filipe when he comes back. PP had good chances in spite of the 0-9 showing, but needs to work on allowing odd man chances the other way, if SHU can burn them multiple times they aren't ready for Hockey East. Didn't really see 22 or 6 at all, if we're playing all season with 4 defensemen again hopefully we at least give 8 or 24 a look tomorrow.

northeastern
10-12-2018, 09:02 PM
Revengence.. i know he showed on the stat sheet, but how did Jprdan Harris look back there?

TheRevengeance
10-12-2018, 09:49 PM
I didn't really watch the defense as much as I would have liked. Davies was shaky, allowed a couple of odd man chances by getting caught in too deep and was partially responsible for the SHG. Not bad in a bad way, but running around like it's his team and not playing positionally sound hockey. The rest of the D was pretty quiet, I was excited to see Willy on the PP1 but Solow ended up back on that right point which he played a lot last year. Harris got the assist like you said, I thought it was a nifty pass attempt from the point but in the end it was only a goal because it bounced off a defender into the right spot. But for straight from prep, I'll take it.

northeastern
10-12-2018, 09:59 PM
..But for straight from prep, I'll take it.
no kidding. & thanks for rest of the post as well.
Go Huskies :)

Thiessen'sBetter
10-13-2018, 09:27 AM
Revengence.. i know he showed on the stat sheet, but how did Jprdan Harris look back there?

I thought he looked a lot like Davies did early in his freshman year. He flashed most of the night, and the talent is evident, but there were certainly some plays he made that he can't get away with at the D1 level. He'll learn and I think he will be a stud in short order. To me, Harris, Madden and Pec were huge bright spots last night. I agree with TheRev that Davies got caught up ice too much last night. I don't mind him getting into the play at certain times since he's our best player, but he was basically playing position-less hockey last night. The Solow thing was weird, obviously must have been discipline related. Makes you wonder if Filipe/Ruck are injured or if that was discipline related as well. I was disappointed not to see Villella or Kislin, especially since Murphy/Carrabino barely played. Maybe JM makes a change there tonight?

Split-N
10-13-2018, 10:15 AM
Rev and TB have pretty much covered everything significant so no point plowing the same ground. Primeau still looked like Primeau. Can't blame him on either of the two goals, especially the first when he was hung out to dry after Plevy got his pocket picked. Two guys who caught my eye: Pecararo (for the right reasons) and Davies (for the wrong reasons). First game of a long season so not drawing any conclusions about anything.

Fully expect to see some guys who were scratches last night play tonight. Hopefully, #17 is among them.

northeastern
10-13-2018, 06:10 PM
Primeau still looked like Primeau..

..that is great to hear.