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  1. Great start to the season for Quailer. He was suspended for the first two games for violating team rules, but has bounced back with 5-10-15 totals to lead the team in scoring. NU is 6-7-2 and coming off a sweep of #2 ranked Notre Dame in South Bend. One more game before the winter break this Saturday, at home, againt #18 UMass-Lowell.
  2. Tough loss to BC. That's a damn good team, and no one made them work harder for their wins this season than Northeastern. Bit of a step back for Quailer this year. He finished the year 3-10-13, although he was healthy enough to play all 38 games. Last spring we were told the Habs were taking him at the end of the season...now I'm not so sure. I think he stays in school one more year and gets a chance to anchor a top two line. He seemed to play very well with Cody Ferriero (5th round, SJ) and if Alex Tuckerman comes back strong, hopefully he can be reunited with his freshman year linemate. Justin Daniels (3rd roun, SJ) just didn't get it done as the 2nd line center, although he suffered a leg injury in game 1 that really set him back for the first half. Health is the key next season.
  3. If any of you have NESN, Steve and the Northeastern Huskies are playing in the Hockey East semi-finals at 5 PM EDT. They finished 6th, then upset the 3rd seeded bu Terriers in the first round, winning 2 of 3 (all games on the road). They'll play top seed, and defending national champs, BC. It's be a tough season for Steve, he's playing much better down the stretch but he has been ridiculously snakebit. He's hit at least 3 posts, and had one goal taken away due to a questionable review (apparently he deflected it in with a high stick, and being already up 3-0, no one really argued it too much). Fate owes him a goal or two, I hope he gets them tonight.
  4. Top 4 looks like a pipe dream right now. Two ties (Maine and UMass) and a tough loss to Merrimack sandwiched around a win over UMass puts them in perfect shape for 6th and a trip to Merrimack or bu. But that's a ways off. Cronin is definitely doing a great job. Lots of praise for his ability to prepare guys for the pros (see some of the articles about 18 year old defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, who may be a first rounder in 2011) and it's doing volumes for the program. Former Captain Joe Vitale just got called up for the Pens. He was a 7th round pick back in 2005 and he's flown through the Pens system, getting to the NHL after a little over a season and a half in the minors. Quailer looks to be coming on. he was quite good in January, and he tallied an assist on the Huskies first goal against Harvard in the Beanpot (the GWG in the 4-0 win) with a nice pass in the neutral zone to set up a rush. The season as a whole may be a lost cause, his numbers aren't going to look good given his struggles in Oct-November, but the coaches are really noticing his improvement. I'm wondering if the Habs won't leave him in the NCAAs one more season, but he's only going to get better as his knee gets back to form.
  5. NU is now 7-10-4, 6-3-2 in their last 11. Top 8 of 10 in the conference make the conference tournament, with the first round being a best of 3 at the 4 highest seed's arenas. NU is 6-7-3 in conference play, currently good enough for 6th place. A top-4 seed is the goal right now, and if they stay hot they could do some damage in the playoffs. Also, the famed Beanpot tournament starts in 2 weeks (2/7). The four Boston-area schools play a two-round tournament at the Garden for bragging rights. These are some of the most intense NCAA games anywhere. NU plays Harvard on the 7th, with the winner facing the Boston University-Boston College winner in the Finals on the 14th. We're hoping this is our year (it's been 23 years!)
  6. Glad to see NU hockey gaining a following north of the border. Steve has looked much better in 2011...his explosiveness is coming back a bit, and coach Cronin is looking to him to pick up the scoring in the second half. He scored his 3rd goal of the year on Wednesday (the GWG) in a 3-0 win over Harvard. Very nice individual effort along the boards, he cut back to the middle and beat their goalie with a backhander. Hopefully he gets hot in the second half and leads the 2nd line. Steve has been a winger all season, with sophomore Justin Daniels (San Jose 3rd round pick) as his centerman. JDan missed most of the first half with a high ankle sprain, but getting him back on the second line should be a huge plus. he was a very good playmaker as a freshman. As for Oleksiak, he's a beast. He's a 6'7" dman who was 17 at the start of the season (some freshmen can be as old as 20). He's been one of our top defensemen all year, and his shot is an absolute cannon. I've seen some scouts in the balcony at Matthews Arena...no doubt watching him (or perhaps, 6'5" soph goalie Chris Rawlings, who also got a look from many NHL teams this past summer). He's projected as high as late 1st round in this June's draft.
  7. Not a good first weekend. Steve looked a little tentative in the opening loss at PC (one of the league's worst teams). They had him on the point during the PP, and he struggled there, and didn't do much to stand out. Better game against defending national champion bc on Saturday, but he didn't crack the scoresheet at all (nor did anyone else, the team lost 2-0). They play tonight at home against RPI. I have to miss this one, but I'll talk to people who attend to get a better feel for the evening. GoNu.tv broadcasts the games: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/n...eastern.portal#
  8. Quailer was back on the wing for most of last weekend's exhibition game. He looked tentative at times, but it was good to see him back on the ice. First regular season game is tonight at Providence.
  9. not this season. the Habs want him to play one more year in college, so Northeastern gets him for 2010-11 and they'll take him from there. i'm interested to see if NU puts him back on the wing or at center. He was playing center in the one exhibition game he played last year and I'm hoping that continues this season. they're a little thin at center and could use him on the 1st or 2nd line.
  10. apparently Montreal was ready to take him for 2010-11 until the injury. now it sounds like he gets one more year as a Husky before moving up to Hamilton.
  11. Official word from NU is that he's "out indefinitely". I take that to mean the best case scenario is he comes back after Christmas.
  12. Sounds like he may be out for the year. We should know more this weekend.
  13. NU played their first "game" of the season...an exhibition against St. Thomas (of New Brunswick). Quailer spent most of his time centering the second line, and was very effective on the PP until he was hit from behind with 5 mins to play. He stayed down on the ice for a few minutes and skated off VERY gingerly, placing very little pressure on his knee. Official word is that he's "fine" but it didn't look good to me from where I was sitting.
  14. Quailer was named to Hockey East's All-Rookie team on Wednesday. Conference semifinals are tonight at 5. Northeastern faces UMass-Lowell.
  15. Big couple of weekends for the Huskies. Needing to sweep BC to win the Hockey East Regular Season title, Quailer scored the game-winning goal Friday night to give Northeastern a 2-1 OT win. Just a classic garbage goal...he parked himself in front of the net, and with pressure on the goalie the puck bounced his way and he roofed it for the goal. On the downside, he was pretty invisible in the loss at BC on Saturday. This past weekend, in the playoffs, he scored NU's second goal of the night on Saturday in a 4-1 win, and also assisted on their 3rd goal, a PP goal. His blast from the point was saved but his linemate, Alex Tuckerman, jammed home the rebound. He then picked up an assist Sunday on Tuckerman's OT game-winner, finding the fellow freshman open behind the net...Tuckerman skated out and fired a shot high to the short side for the win.
  16. Quailer scored the tying goal Saturday night with 2:22 to play in a 1-1 tie with #1 Boston University. Northeastern managed a split (2 ties) on the weekend and remain in first place thanks in no small part to his goal.
  17. To be fair, both points were rather cheap. The assist was a great effort play on his part, as he was getting dirty in the corner and the puck popped out to the defenseman near the circle for an empty net PP goal (the goalie got stuck tryin to play the puck along the boards). The goal was basically the same play...Chris Donovan's aggressive forecheck stole the puck from the goalie, he dumped it out front and Quailer buried it from 20 feet. Still, very welcome points in a HUGE game. Quailer got the nod on the top line last night, playing with Hobey Baker Award candidate Joe Vitale and sophomore winger Wade MacLeod. Saw plenty of time on an effective top PP unit too, as he was on the ice for both NU PP goals.
  18. With 3 of their top 5 centers graduating next year, that's a very good possibility.
  19. You can't have him for 3 more seasons! We want him to graduate!
  20. Sorry for the lack of a recent update...been a little busy of late: So, since the Minnesota tourney NU's played 6 games...I've been to 5 of them. In their first home game (vs lowly Merrimack) Quailer notched the first goal of the 2-1 win on a penalty shot. Showed a nice little backhand move and beat the goalie glove-side. In the back end of the home-and-home I recall his line being rather invisible...it was another 2-1 win, but the second half of the game they pretty much sat back and played defensively. The following weekend, NU hosted Vermont for a pair. Vermont is a top 10 team as well, and was at the time the biggest threat to NU's spot in first-place in the Hockey East, so it was a pretty big series. Quailer notched the first goal of this game as well, a nice PP goal. His linemates, Tuckerman and Silva did a great job moving the puck and Quailer stepped into the slot and buried the feed. He assisted on a similar play the second night, as he and Tuckerman set up fellow freshman Mike McLaughlin for his first collegiate goal, a PP goal that temporarily knotted the game at 2 in an eventual 4-2 loss (their first home loss of the season). Quailer was without a point in last weekend's home-and-home sweep of Providence, the conference's second-to-last place team. He didn't do much in the game I saw...was a little physical, but overall unimpressive. That said, part of it could have been that he was overshadowed by a teammate's hat trick and a number of skirmishes in the first period. Overall, my impressions have been positive. The coaches seem to be gaining confidence in him, as he's seeing a lot of time on the PP now (not as much early in the season) and some time on the PK as well. The PP has started to click the last month and as I said here, he's had 2 PP goals and a nice assist on another...that's a big part of the team's recent success rate (8 for the last 25 or so). He's also using his body very well...some kids get to this level and struggle with more physical play, but it looks like he's figured that he's got a very solid 6'3" frame and he's going to use it to shield the puck and hold off defenders. He's looking similar to last year's freshmen, Wade MacLeod and Tyler McNeely, in that they looked tentative for the first dozen games or so, then really got comfortable with what they can and cannot do and really excelled. His 6-9-15 totals are good for 6th on a team that is now ranked 3rd in the country.
  21. Don't be surprised if they do. 3 of NU's top 5 centers are seniors (Vitale, Ginand and Rassey), only Silva and Costa will return next year and I don't know of any other underclassmen that have experience at C. I think I read McNeely was a C in juniors, but he's been very good as a winger. Costa's a great 4th line guy so I could see Quailer centering a top 2 line, with Silva anchoring the other, in 2009-2010....if he stays.
  22. Sorry for the lack of a recent update. It's winter break for most college teams, so I figured I'd update the end of the first half of Quailer's freshman season. He had a very strong game against UNH, IMO. His first shift he set up an early NU goal with a strong rush down the left boards, firing a shot on net that was stopped by UNH's goalie (in his first game back from injury, it was key to test him early)...the goalie also stopped the first rebound, but not the second and Quailer had an assist and NU was on their way to a chippy 3-2 win over a good opponent (ranked #13 in the country at the time). It sounded like he was pretty invisible the next night in a win at UMass-Lowell, but he notched an assist against #7 Princeton the following weekend at the RPI tourney, and then a goal and an assist against the hosts the following night. He's been seeing some more time on the PP and PK as well, and the PP had a number of good chances with him on the ice in their 3-2 win over Maine in their most recent game. NU heads into the break 11-3-2, their best start in years. Quailer's got a 3-8-11 line that's tied for 4th on the team with his linemate Steve Silva and sophomore first-line winger Tyler McNeely. It's been fun to watch NU be able to roll 3 solid scoring lines out there, and Quailer's play (along with fellow frosh Alex Tuckerman) has been a big reason they have this type of depth.
  23. O'Neal is soft. Cavs look like a big threat to the C's in the East...adding Mo Williams is a nice pickup. The Hawks have been very good, but I think they'll come back to earth. I think the Pistons window is closed.
  24. Well, Quailer had a very good night at UVM. His center returned from injury (he'd been paired with our #5 center the previous 5 games because of an injury to our #3 guy) and Quailer set him up for one goal and got an assist on fellow freshman Alex Tuckerman's goal in a 5-3 win. 2 assists for the evening at the 15th ranked team in the country. Not bad. The line of Quailer-Silva-Tuckerman looks like it has the potential to be our #2 line this season. At BU, the entire team laid an egg. BU had been spanked on Friday, and they came out with a venegeance, especially on the defensive end. Northeastern lost 3-0. I thought Quailer's line again was pretty solid, but BU didn't give up many good chances. Steve is throwing his weight around a little more...he laid out a couple good hits in the corner and is becoming more physical as he gets comfortable at this level. Going into the weekend I would have been happy with 2 points on the weekend, and the team got that. Quailer was a very big part of Friday's win. Next up, hosting UNH on Friday then at UMass-Lowell on Saturday. I'll be at the UNH game.
  25. I'm a Northeastern alum and season-ticket holder...Quailer looks very, very good thus far. I've been to all three home games, and he's spent a lot of time on our second and third line, and seen action with the #1 PP unit. He'll need to bulk up, at 185 he looks a little small for even the NCAA's, but he's been a very good skater, he makes good decisions, and he's playing very well as a freshman in a difficult league. Northeastern's off to a great start to the season and Quailer has been a big reason why. I'll be interested to see how he looks this Sunday...Northeastern plays at Boston University, the #1 team in the country (having already knocked off one #1 team this season) and they always play a physical game. Hopefully, he can hold his own against them in a hostile environment.
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