“Every night is a grind.”
Jim Madigan, Northeastern University’s head hockey coach, couldn’t have summed up Wednesday night’s Hockey East opener better.
Merrimack College head coach Mark Dennehy’s opinions didn’t differ, stating simply “you have to play a full 60 minutes to win…we didn’t deserve to win this game.”
Merrimack got off to a tough start Wednesday night as goaltender Rasmus Tirronen, getting his first collegiate ice time during his first collegiate start, gave up 3 opening period goals, the first coming just :53 seconds into the game.
A rowdy, rousing NU student section was endlessly heckling Tirronen as soon as he took the ice, something he’ll have to get used to in the Hockey East.
Despite immediately facing an uphill challenge, Dennehy was relatively pleased with Tirronen’s performance.
“I thought he played fine,” said Dennehy. “He was not our problem tonight.”
To be fair, Dennehy had a point. After…
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