Newcomers Lead Northeastern to the Ranks

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Posted October 17, 2012 by Jason Balla in Downtown Boston
Northeastern Upset

We need our hockey fix. And with the absence of the NHL, there is no better place to look than the Boston area with college hockey.

The Beanpot teams, Boston College, Boston University, Harvard and Northeastern, have dominated the NCAA hockey headlines for years. And while Boston College (defending champs and ranked #1 pre-season) traditionally dominate the conversation, this week, Northeastern not only took the Boston area by storm, but also the NCAA.  Head Coach, Jim Madigan, prepared his Huskies to take on a challenging opening week schedule.  The Huskies upset #19 ranked Merimac by a score of 4-2 and defeated defending NCAA champions and #1 ranked Boston College 3-1.  This also snapped a five game losing streak to the Boston College Eagles.

In the first two games Northeastern is being lead by a bunch of newcomers to the team.  Freshman Kevin Roy has accounted for both game-winning goals.  First-year forward Cam Darcy continued the sturdy play of newcomers with a pair of assists in the Boston College game.  Also, just barely five minutes into the game in front of the sold out crowd, freshman Ryan Belonger brought the capacity crowd to their feet by drawing first blood against B.C.

The Huskies have returned to the NCAA rankings of the top 20 for the first times since October of 2009.  If the youth can continue to play at this level and be lead by some of the guidance of upperclassmen, the Huskies can be lethal this season.  Boston College looks for vengeance on Saturday Night against the Huskies in Chestnut Hill at the Conte Forum.

Current native Beanpot teams, Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, and Northeastern are all ranked in the top 20, which could pave the way for a great Beanpot tournament this coming February.


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