Weekend in review: Same old Amherst, always losing
At least things are getting to the point now where Lowell is at least a good bet to split the weekend, which sad though it may be to report, is at least an improvement from previous performances. Not that getting just half your available points is necessarily a good thing for getting home ice, particularly when you play that badly in a 3-0 Friday home loss to UNH, but getting a win on the road, and a measure of redemption to go with it, in a thunderous 8-2 decision at Amherst two days later is at the very least something.
Those Wildcats, though, are pretty well on their way to convincing a lot of the doubters (us included) that they’re for real. Sunday brought another pretty nice win, 3-1 at BU. The Minutemen on the other hand had to claw their way back into a game in Orono on Friday to earn a 2-all draw, salvaging their only point of the weekend. At least BU had the decency to beat Vermont 6-2 on the road on Friday.
Northeastern, though, had the worst weekend of anyone. Getting crushed by Providence 6-2 on Friday is bad enough, but then losing to Vermont on the road on Sunday, 3-2? The Huskies haven’t beaten anyone not named Alabama-Huntsville in more than a month.
The only other result of the weekend was BC winning 4-3 at Conte Forum against Merrimack despite spotting the Warriors the game’s first three goals. That’s just how the Eagles are doing these days. One shudders at the thought of what happens in February.
Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Riley Wetmore, Lowell (senior forward) — A pretty meager performance Friday night was totally redeemed by a hat trick against the team we hate most. This is why he’s the captain.
(Honorable mention: Scott Wilson, Lowell; Joe Pendenza, Lowell)
Rookie of the Week
Christian Folin, Lowell (freshman defenseman) — We haven’t had much opportunity to mention how much Folin has grown on us in the last few weeks, but he’s been one of Lowell’s strongest defenders. Picking up his first two collegiate points against Amherst is okay with us as well.
(Honorable mention: Dmitry Sinitsyn, Lowell)
Ham n Egger of the Weak
Joh Micheletto — You’re the coach of Amherst. You can’t sleep on anyone. Let alone Lowell.
(Honorable mention: Northeastern, Amherst)
Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Riley Wetmore was named one of the Players of the Week, as well he should have been. Doug Carr and Joe Pendenza were both named Top Performers.
Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
UNH 3, Lowell 0
BC 4, Merrimack 3
Maine 2, UMass Amherst 2 (ot)
BU 6, Vermont 2
Providence 6, Northeastern 2
Lowell 8, UMass Amherst 2
UNH 3, BU 1
Vermont 3, Northeastern 2
Your Three Stars
For every game this season, home and , we want to know YOUR Three Stars. Please leave a comment below and we’ll be sure to tally everything up at the end of the year.
How we voted
Here were our picks for the stars this week’s game(s).
1. Doug Carr
2. Joe Houk
3. Ryan McGrath
1. Riley Wetmore
2. Scott Wilson
3. Joe Pendenza