The Northeastern Huskies are on a winning streak such as they have not seen since the 1993-4 season. And much of their winning ways can be attributed to the freshman class. In fact, Northeastern has 12 freshmen (eight forwards, three defenseman, one goaltender) on its roster. This is the most of any team in Hockey East and ties them with Sacred Heart for the most rookies in the country.

In the four games played so far, eight freshmen have seen ice time. They have been credited with four goals and 19 assists, for 43% of the Huskies scoring. The three stars of  Saturday’s game against the Holy Cross Crusaders were all freshmen who combined for seven points on the night; each with a multi-point evening.

Given the pressure the team is showing, hot out of the gate, it looks like this could be an impressive year for the Huskies. Their fourth win on Saturday makes them one of five teams who remain undefeated.

The next two games for the Huskies will have them on the road in Canton, New York as they take on the St. Lawrence Saints, an ECAC Division 1 team that is 3-1 on the season. Northeastern will play two games against the Saints on Friday and Saturday.

The following weekend will find the Huskies playing their first Hockey East bouts as they take on the Boston College Eagles in a home and home. The Friday night game at Boston College, November 1, will be televised on the NBCSN channel.

The freshman class is definitely making their mark on this year’s games. It will be interesting to watch them as the season progresses.

A family historian by profession, Rhonda R. McClure has loved hockey since she was a child in New Hampshire. Any opportunity to combine her love of writing, hockey and research is something she looks forward to with much enthusiasm. She's been accused of seeking out shinny games when there are no other hockey events taking place. She is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research. Follow her on Twitter at @HockeyMaven1917.


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