Time sure is flying by. Here’s a little recap of the end of February- early March.
On February 15th and 16th the Connecticut Huskies came to Boston to play back-to-back games. After two great games on Saturday and Sunday the pups swept UCONN by scores of 3-0 the first game and then 5-0 the next game.
With only two regular season games left everyone took the next week to fully prepare for our last battle against UNH. What better way to end than a home and home series against New Hampshire? A week went by and on Saturday, February 22nd, the puck dropped against the Wild Cats at 2pm. This was not just any game however. Senior day had finally arrived. The girls decorated the locker room in honor of our 2013-14 senior class. Before the game had started each senior was recognized. Both teams battled until the end, but the final score ended with a 5-4 win for the pups. That game was played and won, especially, for #3,5,7, 12, 13, 22, 31. No time for celebration though as we had to rest up for the quick turn around on Sunday. Everyone boarded the bus, and we were off to New Hampshire. Both teams battled but the Huskies beat the Cats 4-2. Not only was it a happy ride back to the city, but also it was a great way to end the regular season play. With a 3rd place finish in Hockey East, we clinched a home ice spot for the first round of playoffs.
Somewhere in between, at one of the men’s ice hockey teams home game, the Northeastern University athletes that represented our country in the 2014 Olympic Games were honored. It was awesome to see and congratulate Kendall Coyne for her silver medal!
On Friday February 28th, the pups, for the fourth time this season, faced off against our fellow huskies from Connecticut. Both teams came to play and gave it their all from the drop of the puck until the final buzzer. With only three minutes left in the game the pups were down one goal to UCONN. A time out was called and with just a couple of minutes left, Sonia St. Martin scores the tying goal. Not long after, senior Brittany Esposito scores the second and game-winning goal to advance NU to the Hockey East Championships.
What made that win even more significant was knowing that Spring Break had arrived. This was great because now we could focus on hockey and only hockey. It was awesome having practice everyday and not having to worry about class and the extra homework as we prepared for the next round of playoffs. February came and went, but March 7th marked the departure to Hyannis, Cape Cod. On Friday night we arrived to the hotel and then headed straight to the rink to practice one last time before the next big game. After practice we went back to the hotel to get ready for the annual Hockey East banquet. Vermont, Boston University, Boston College, and Northeastern were all in attendance. This is always a fun event before the games begin. Individual players are honored and given awards for their spectacular performance throughout the 2013-14 season. A member from each team is also given the opportunity to speak on behalf of their school. Congratulations to all players who received an award! After dinner was served and all awards had been announced, it was time to get a good night sleep. The next day had arrived. The biggest game of the year was just a few hours away. After a couple of team meals, and the bus ride to the rink, it was finally time to start gearing up to play against our Boston rival. Sixty minutes was all it took for the Terriers to defeat the pups 2-3. At the end of regulation it was only necessary to hang our heads high. We gave it our best effort, but it just wasn’t our day. Despite the tough loss it was a great game between two respected Boston teams. Congratulation to Boston College and Boston University for advancing to the first round of NCAAs.
I am sad to see my junior season come to the end, and this senior class will be missed, but I can honestly say what a season for the pups. It has been quite the journey, but a great one indeed! I hope everyone had a great time keeping up with the Huskies this season, and enjoy the rest of the college hockey that has yet to be played!
Talk to you all again soon!