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FutureStarrBuffalo Sabres Goalie Prospect Devon Levi - Northeastern Huskies Win Beanpot Final
Buffalo Sabres goalie prospect Devon Levi is truly remarkable. He's having one of the greatest college seasons in history.
He has yet to concede a regulation loss and currently boasts an incredible 6-1-2 record with a.950 save percentage and 1.53 GAA this season - numbers which could potentially threaten some NCAA records.
The Northeastern Huskies have plenty of reasons to be optimistic for the 2022-23 season. Their young goalie, a robust core of returning players and an experienced coach in Jerry Keefe give them reason to be optimistic.
The Huskies, who went 9-0-1 in their initial 10 games of the season, are now 12-6-1 and in fifth place in Hockey East. Their only loss came during an overtime thriller against UMass Lowell on Nov. 12; nonetheless, they remain well-positioned for a conference title race.
With all that going for them, it's surprising that the Huskies are winless in their last three games. They've been outscored 15-4. Devon Levi returning to the starting lineup is something to be excited about though - maybe this can finally put an end to this losing streak!
If he can keep playing like that, he'll be well on his way to becoming the next great Husky goalie. He possesses all of the talent, tenacity and mental toughness necessary for success.
He's an exceptionally bright student with the discipline to stay another year at college and become a better student. His exposure to some of college basketball's top players will be invaluable for his development as a player.
That type of player has the potential to make it on a professional team and be successful. He's an impressive athlete, making him hard to replace as a goalie in the NHL; however, he will need some time to hone his craft.
It's unfortunate he's missed so many games, but he appears to be building confidence in his abilities each day. He's an impressive shot blocker and has displayed excellent leadership on the ice.
He's shown great resilience after some early setbacks and displayed impressive rebounding abilities. Additionally, his positive attitude and strong leadership on the ice make him an ideal fit for the Sabres' system.
If he can make a strong showing in the 2022-23 Beanpot and perform well throughout the tournament, he could be an excellent option to start in the NHL. While not the most physically gifted goalie out there, he's an incredibly good one who will be an invaluable asset to any team that includes him on their roster.
Northeastern University's victory over Boston University in Monday night's Beanpot final marked their fourth title in five years and eighth all-time. Additionally, it ended a long drought for the team which hadn't won the tournament for 30 years.
The Huskies are ranked 15th in the USCHO rankings and boast a number of eager young players eager to make an impact this season. Although they've started slowly, the Huskies have been playing well enough to stay competitive against Hockey East rivals.
They have a promising goalie in Levi, who is an Ottawa Sabres prospect and has had an outstanding year between the pipes. He's stopped over half as many shots per game since his sophomore season and continues to impress with each passing game.
He's an intelligent goalie with great speed to get out of trouble quickly from post to post. He feels at home in all situations and is one of college's most reliable goalies.
His ability to snag shots into his glove and calmly neutralize a high-scoring offense is an incredibly rare talent, which helps explain why he's been named the consensus top college goalie this season. That, combined with his quiet confidence, are some of the reasons why the Sabres have him on their radar.
Thus, his rise has caught the attention of everyone involved in college hockey. After this season, he could potentially sign and begin his professional career, likely playing for Rochester of the American Hockey League.
But he still has a long road ahead of him. As an inexperienced goalie, he must adjust to the demands of professional play - especially with a younger team.
So Levi has been taking the time to develop with his coach Mike Condon and goalie development coach Seamus Kotyk. They've been meeting regularly to strategize on how best to prepare Levi for life as a pro.
That explains why he's had such an impressive junior season and why his stock is rising quickly. Critics have praised his consistency, positioning and intelligence - no wonder why he is one of the favorites to win this year's Hobey Baker Award!
The 70th Beanpot Final was an exciting one. Harvard Crimson and Northeastern Huskies sparred throughout the first two periods before Northeastern exploded for three goals in the third to secure their victory. This marked the first time since 2018 that two top teams from Hockey East could meet in the Beanpot, making for one of hockey's most thrilling finals we've witnessed in years.
On Monday evening at TD Garden, Northeastern Huskies earned their eighth Beanpot title by defeating Harvard Crimson in a 3-0 shootout. With the game tied 2-2 going into extra time, senior captain Aidan McDonough scored the deciding goal to give his team victory and an eighth Beanpot crown.
Last New Year's Day, Harvard fell to Northeastern 8-4 as Levi made 54 saves in an incredible performance. The Sabres had been hoping that this year would be Levi's breakout year and were thrilled when the win over Harvard got underway.
Northeastern University was coming off a thrilling shootout win against Providence. While the Huskies are no slouches, this victory was especially important as they prepare to travel to Boston and face their rivals in what could determine who finishes second in Hockey East.
Whatever team prevails, it will be an iconic Beanpot matchup as these four teams have competed in this tournament for more than 60 years. It represents a chance for each to make its mark in history books no matter who prevails.
Harvard has won 11 Beanpot titles, but they are not the favorite to win it this year as Boston University (BU) hopes to end a 31-year drought and Northeastern has quietly built an impressive squad. Nevertheless, Harvard has proven difficult to beat this year as they've outscored their opponents 19 goals.
Harvard is playing its most significant game of the season, so if they can defeat Northeastern it will be an unforgettable moment in Harvard's history. Though they may not be favorite to win it, their talented squad makes them a prime candidate to surprise everyone in the final.
One of the greatest strengths of Hockey East is its fierce competition. The conference boasts many top players and some of the fiercest rivalries in college basketball. Hockey East truly provides something special to fans!
When two teams compete for the top spot in a league, it always makes for an exciting matchup. This year's Hockey East promises some of the best action of the season.
Two weeks ago, the Northeastern Huskies were on a six-game winning streak and had just come off an impressive win against UMass Lowell. They looked to be in great shape to start the year off on a high note.
Unfortunately, they weren't quite prepared for their next opponent. After a 2-2 tie with Maine on Friday night, the Huskies had now gone four games without a victory.
On Saturday against New Hampshire, they responded in impressive style. After going down 1-0 early in the game, the Huskies came back to win 3-2 in overtime for a stunning victory that moved them up into second place in the Hockey East standings.
Goalie Devon Levi's victory was especially significant. He continued to be one of the Huskies' most reliable stoppers, keeping Northeastern in the game throughout.
In the second period, Levi was able to block a shot from UNH's Ryan Dzingel that looked certain to go in. This was an incredible moment for Levi as it gave him another opportunity to prove he can be one of hockey's top goalies.
After scoring, he was able to make a save on UNH's Max Domi that could have sent the game into overtime. That goal proved crucial for him as it continued his impressive start this season and earned him an important point in the Hockey East race.
Hopefully, the Huskies can secure a victory against Vermont to end the regular season on an upbeat note and pave the way for postseason success. If so, it will be an encouraging sign for them heading into next week.