STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s hockey program is gearing up for their debut in Hockey East this fall as we take a look at the 11 other programs that make up the historic conference. Here is a look at the Northeastern Huskies. Season tickets for the Huskies 11-game slate at the XL Center in downtown Hartford are on sale now at UConnTickets.com.
UConn and Northeastern have met just twice before and not since the 2004-05 season. Northeastern has won both meetings, both on their home ice. The two teams met for the first time on October 11, 2002, a 10-1 Northeastern victory. In the return match-up on November 5, 2004, Northeastern posted a 5-2 win at Matthews Arena in Boston. After a scoreless first period, Northeaster exploded for four-straight goals in the second before UConn halted the streak with J.R. Corkery goal late in the period. NU’s Jason Guerriero scored his second of the night to give Northeastern a 5-1 lead early in the third. UConn’s Tim Olsen tacked on the second goal for the Huskies late in the third to produce the 5-2 final. UConn goaltender Brad Smith made 39 saves in the loss.
Northeastern University Notes:
- Northeastern University is a founding members of Hockey East entering their 31st season in 2014-15. The Huskies are still looking for their first-ever Hockey East regular season championship. Northeastern captured the 1988 Hockey East Tournament Championship, beating Maine 4-3 to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
- Head Coach Jim Madigan will enter his fourth season on the bench at his alma mater in 2014-15. Madigan is coming off a season where he led the Huskies to 19 wins and the fourth-best turnaround in the nation. He played for the Huskies from 1981-85 and then served as an assistant at the university from 1986-93. As a player, he led the Huskies to the 1982 Frozen Four and a pair of Beanpot championships in 1984 and 1985. Madigan also spent time as a professional scout for the New York Islander and Pittsburgh Penguin organizations from 1993 through 2011. He played a key role in building the Penguins into the 2009 Stanley Cup Champions.
- The Huskies have made four NCAA Tournament appearances (1982, 1988, 1994, 2009), the last coming in 2009. In 1982, Northeastern advanced to the Frozen Four before falling to North Dakota, 6-2, in the semifinal. In 2009, Northeastern finished 25-11-4 overall and second in Hockey East with an 18-6-3 mark. The Huskies earned an at-large bid into the tournament and fell short in the first round, 3-2, to Cornell.
- The Huskies play their home games in Matthews Arena, the world’s oldest multi-purpose athletic building. Opening in 1910, the arena is named for George J. Matthews, Class of ’56 and is the home of the Northeastern men’s and women’s hockey programs and the men’s basketball program. The arena hosted the Boston Bruins’ first home game in 1924 and was the home to the New England Whalers before they relocated to Hartford in 1974. The Boston Celtics also called the arena home for a period of time, playing their first game there in 1946.
- Northeastern finished the 2013-14 season at 19-14-4 overall and 10-8-2 in Hockey East, finishing tied for fourth the final standings. The Huskies returned to the Hockey East Tournament last season but lost a tough three-game series to New Hampshire, two games to one. Northeastern entered last season picked to finish last in the Hockey East preseason poll and produced a 10-win turnaround from a 9-21-4 record in 2012-13, tied for the fourth best turnaround in the nation.
- The Huskies finished last season ranked 19th in the final USCHO.com poll.
- Northeastern placed three players on the Hockey East All-Star Second Team last season led by Josh Manson who was also named the Old Time Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman. Joining Manson on the second team was forward Kevin Roy and goaltender Clay Witt. Roy and Witt were also selected to the 2013-14 New England All-Star team.
- Manson elected to forgo his senior season with the Huskies and signed a two-year entry level contract with the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL. Manson captained the team last season and led a defensive unit that held opponents to just 2.78 goals per game. He had a team-best +12 rating.
- Witt had a breakout junior campaign between the pipes for Northeastern and was named a finalist for the Mike Richter Award, given to the nation’s top goaltender. He appeared in 32 games posting a 17-12-3 record with a .932 save percentage and a 2.37 goals against average. His .932 save percentage ranked third nationally.
- Roy returns after leading the Huskies in in scoring last season. He produced 46 points on 19 goals and 27 assists, tied for 12th nationally among the nation’s top-scorers.
- Graduated forward Braden Primm received the Paul Hines Award, given to the most improved player in New England. Primm more than doubled his scoring output in his senior season, posting 20 goals with 17 assists.
- Northeastern incoming freshman Dylan Sikura was taken in the sixth round, 178th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft this past June.
- Senior defenseman Dax Lauwers and senior forward Adam Reid have been elected team captains for the 2014-15 season. R-Seniors Torin Snydeman and Clay Witt will serve as the alternate captains this season.
Feb. 13th – at Northeastern – Matthews Arena
Feb. 14th- vs. Northeastern – XL Center
All-Time Series – Northeastern leads, 2-0-0
First Meeting – Oct. 11, 2002 at Northeastern (Matthews Arena), NU 10 – UConn 1
Last Meeting – Nov. 5, 2004 at Northeastern (Matthews Arena), NU 5 – UConn 2
Joined Hockey East – 1984-85 (30 seasons)
Hockey East Titles – 0
2013-14 Record/Finish – 10-8-2 / t-4th place