Player of the Week: Mike Morris

Player of the Week: Mike Morris

Although Northeastern dropped its game Friday 3-1 to UNH, senior captain and The Northeastern News Player of the Week Mike Morris is showing a promising start to his final season.

Morris scored the only goal of the game for the Huskies in the third period, making it his fourth goal in the last five games, and the second consecutive time he tallied in the third period.

“We need to put a full 60-minute game together, no letdowns,” Morris said. “We need to focus on our systems and not beat ourselves.”

In 12 games this season, Morris has scored six goals and tallied seven assists. The team is 2-8-2 overall, with a 0-7-2 record in Hockey East.

Morris sat out last season due to post-concussion syndrome after a car accident. He returned to the ice late last summer, excited to start his senior season. With more work and recovery still ahead, Morris said he takes each day, and game, one at a time.

“I was excited and nervous,” Morris said. “It was a lot of emotions coming together. It was nice to be back on the ice, almost a relief.”

In his 2005 season, Morris earned Hockey East All-Star second team honors and posted a career-high 19 goals on the season. He tallied 20 assists and a career-high 39 points. Morris scored 14 goals and 12 assists to give him 26 points in 20 Hockey East games, which earned him a seventh-place ranking.

In 2002, Morris was drafted as the 27th overall pick in the first round by the San Jose Sharks, which made him the highest prep/high school player picked, and the highest draft pick ever for Northeastern.

“Coming into this season, we wanted to be the best team in the league,” Morris said. “We really want to push for home-ice advantage in the playoffs.”

With two-thirds of the season left, Morris’ hopes for the team are still alive, and his focus is on upcoming games. The Huskies face Hockey East opponent Merrimack at home this Friday.

As a rookie Morris was third on the team in points with 21 and second in goals with nine. He was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie team and voted NU Rookie of the Year.

In his collegiate career, Morris tallied 44 goals and 59 assists in 106 games.

“I know it’s my last year, my last chance to win,” Morris said. “Each game you know that it’s one closer to the end.”

– Danielle Ossher, News Correspondent

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