This is the series I will actually be at.
Northeastern lost the season series 1-2, going 0-1 at Matthews. However, the team that played at Matthews were not the usual Huskies.
I suspect they were running on the Beanpot hangover having dropped a tough loss to BU. Plus, it didn't help that goalie Brad Thiessen wasn't himself since he got charged in the Beanpot Championship.
However, UMass does feature Hockey East's co-leading scorer James Marcou. They also have a knack for showing up against the best teams.
For Amherst to win they will need a strong offensive presence. They need to get after the young NU defenseman when they are on the ice, get under Thiessen's skin, and shut down the Husky forwards.
For the Huskies to win, the team that has been at the top of the conference standings all year needs to show up. They have a split personality, and the crappy younger brother can often show up against weaker teams.
Players to watch:
James Marcou: UMass Forward. Co-leader for points in Hockey East, tied for seventh in the nation. This kid can play, and what the Minutemen do in this series sits squarely on his shoulders.
Ryan Ginand: NU Forward. Near the top in scoring for Hockey East. Has scored quite a few timely goals this season, and is one of the conferences most exciting puck handlers.
Chris Donovan: NU Forward. Probably my favorite player in the conference. This kid never stops skating, and if you are in the way, he will hit you. He has set career highs in goals, assists, and points and probably isn't done this year.
Northeastern will win in two. The Huskies do not want to drag this one through the dirt at all. Neither does the DogHouse.
This is the first time in years that NU has hosted a Quarterfinal and I doubt anyone at the school wants it to contain any sour notes.