Any coach worth his salt isn’t going to celebrate his team being above .500 slightly more than halfway through the Hockey East schedule.
There are mountains to climb and obstacles to overcome as winter winds its way into early spring.
But if you’re Northeastern coach Jim Madigan, whose team was picked to finish dead last in the preseason coaches’ poll, it was a very satisfying week.
Senior right wing Braden Pimm continued his hot streak with a pair of goals as the 16th-ranked Huskies defeated No. 9 UMass-Lowell, 4-1, Saturday afternoon as part of Frozen Fenway. NU (13-6-3, and 6-4-1) knocked off No. 6 Providence on Tuesday at Schneider Arena and is 7-1-3 in its last 10 games. NU moved into a tie with PC for second in the league standings, 4 points behind Boston College. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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