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NU will face Merrimack in a home-and-home starting Saturday at Matthews Arena.

The two top freshmen Sam Colangelo and goalie Devon Levi are not playing.

Colangelo may make the final World Juniors Tournament roster for Team USA. Levi has made the roster for Team Canada.

Here's an article in the Globe on the team...

Northeastern men’s hockey team eager to finally begin season
By Andrew Mahoney Globe Staff

After a few starts and stops, it appears the Northeastern men’s hockey team is ready to get its season underway this weekend when it faces Merrimack in a home-and-home series beginning Saturday at Matthews Arena.

“We’re ready to go. We’ve practiced a lot. Our kids are excited,” said Huskies coach Jim Madigan.

Originally set to open Nov. 27 at UMass Lowell, Northeastern’s season was delayed on Nov. 23 after some members of the athletic community tested positive for COVID-19. Although the men’s hockey team was not affected, the decision was made to delay competition for all winter teams until Dec. 18.

“When I had to deliver the news, it was almost as bad delivering the news to the locker room on March 12,” said Madigan, equating the experience to when he had to tell last year’s team that the season was over. “The players were deflated. They were disappointed.”

A few days after the decision, as the thrice-weekly COVID-19 tests continued to come back negative, the team was allowed to return to practice, and last week the school announced that the program could return to play this weekend.

The Huskies will be without a pair of promising freshmen to start the season. Goalie Devon Levi has been participating in Canada’s selection camp in Red Deer, Alberta, for the World Junior Championship, and was named to the team on Thursday. Forward Sam Colangelo, a Stoneham native, is at the US camp in Plymouth, Mich. Should he also be selected to the final roster, both players will head to Edmonton on Sunday to prepare for the tournament, which will be Dec. 25-Jan. 1.

Even with Levi out of the picture, Northeastern has three goalies on the roster: senior Curtis Frye, sophomore Connor Murphy, and junior Nick Scarpa from Andover. Frye and Murphy have been getting the most work in intrasquad games.

“One of those two will get the nod for Saturday,” said Madigan. “We’ll just keep evaluating like we do with all of our players, but I’m very happy with where all three of our goaltenders are to this point. It will be a tough decision that will have to be made.”

Senior captain Zach Solow is back after putting up 13 goals and 18 assists last season, as is Milton native Aidan McDonough, who had 11 goals and 16 assists in his freshman campaign. Juniors Jordan Harris and Julian Kislin anchor the defense.

Northeastern will be facing a Merrimack squad that opened its season last week with a split against UMass Amherst.

“It’s a typical Merrimack team. They play heavy. They’re physical and they finish their checks,” said Madigan. “I thought last year in the second half they were playing as well as anyone in our league.”

The Warriors dropped the opener in Amherst before returning to North Andover for a 3-2 win. Freshman Alex Jefferies had a goal and two assists on the weekend to take home conference rookie of the week honors.

Saturday’s game is at 6 p.m. and will air on NESN. The home-and-home shifts to Lawler Rink Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

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Solid weekend for the men's team. 14 goals and 2 wins vs a Merrimack team that split two close games vs UMass already. Production from many players, and that's without Colangelo on the ice, nor goalie Levi.

Awesome way to start the season! I was pretty bummed when Madden left early but hoping this is a sign of high flying Huskies
(12-13-2020 10:31 PM)SomebodyToLove Wrote: [ -> ]Solid weekend for the men's team. 14 goals and 2 wins vs a Merrimack team that split two close games vs UMass already. Production from many players, and that's without Colangelo on the ice, nor goalie Levi.

Awesome way to start the season! I was pretty bummed when Madden left early but hoping this is a sign of high flying Huskies

STL how have you been? You were pretty quiet before this week.

An excellent weekend for sure. Madden would be nice to have kept, but Colangelo is going to be a stud for us. We just have to hope Colangelo and Levi healthy from the World Juniors (which I thought should have been canceled).

The next game is Dec. 26th at Vermont.

NU's win over Merrimack Saturday...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_DnQJ_v-IU

Sunday's win at Merrimack...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBV6MtJS_7Q
(12-13-2020 11:58 PM)geewizNU Wrote: [ -> ]
(12-13-2020 10:31 PM)SomebodyToLove Wrote: [ -> ]Solid weekend for the men's team. 14 goals and 2 wins vs a Merrimack team that split two close games vs UMass already. Production from many players, and that's without Colangelo on the ice, nor goalie Levi.

Awesome way to start the season! I was pretty bummed when Madden left early but hoping this is a sign of high flying Huskies

STL how have you been? You were pretty quiet before this week.

An excellent weekend for sure. Madden would be nice to have kept, but Colangelo is going to be a stud for us. We just have to hope Colangelo and Levi healthy from the World Juniors (which I thought should have been canceled).

The next game is Dec. 26th at Vermont.

NU's win over Merrimack Saturday...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_DnQJ_v-IU

Sunday's win at Merrimack...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBV6MtJS_7Q

Just been a weird year. Haven't been able to get into sports as much as I used to. I've been hearing about the new names on the bball and hockey teams for a while now but I have to get used to seeing them play. Always excited to see the season start. Plenty to be optimistic about.
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