Weekend in review: Roll on, big river
Lowell took three of four points from Northeastern on the weekend when it might have deserved to get about zero. It all started with a two-goal, third-period comeback to earn a 4-all tie on Friday night at Matthews, and then ended with the famous three-goal, third-period comeback that culminated in a 5-4 overtime win the next night at Tsongas Center. The three points, combined with some weird bounces across the league, put Lowell firmly back in the home ice conversation from which it was absent for so long.
One of those bounces was BU taking three points from Providence, winning 3-2 at Schneider on Friday before returning to Agganis the next night and still not winning there in a 3-3 tie. Providence now has just one point on Lowell, and the River Hawks have a game in hand.
Another fortunate set of results for the River Hawks was the split between UNH and Merrimack. The Warriors won 3-2 at home on Friday, but got walloped 6-2 in the back end of that series Saturday. Merrimack is now tied with Lowell. BU and UNH are both only up three points, though BU has played an extra game.
Easily the biggest shock of the weekend, though, came in the Maine/BC series at Conte Forum, because the Black Bears won both games with a plus-FIVE goal differential. Friday saw Maine win 4-1, and they followed it up with a 3-1 win the next night.
And in a series literally no one cared about, Vermont and Amherst split in Burlington. The visitors took a 3-2 win on Friday but fell by the same score the next night.
Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Joe Pendenza, Lowell (junior forward) — We haven’t had a lot of disrespect to complain about for some time now, but Hockey East served up a piping hot plate of it this afternoon, naming Mike Collins and Jon Swavely as the league’s Players of the Week. Both went 2-1-3 on the weekend. Compare that with Pendenza’s 1-4-5 weekend, in which he singlehandedly keyed a massive comeback, and we don’t see how it’s even a comparison worth discussing. Pendenza got jobbed, plain and simple. Kid was amazing this weekend.
(Honorable mention: Derek Arnold, Lowell)
Rookie of the Week
Christian Folin, Lowell (freshman defenseman) — We’ve said it before but Folin has become such an important part of Lowell’s blue line that we can’t even begin to imagine what it was like back when he wasn’t playing big minutes in every game this season. His goal on Saturday was obviously huge, and his assist the night before was helpful as well. He has nine points in his last 10 games and is a rock in his own zone. What a player.
(Honorable mention: AJ White, Lowell)
Ham n Egger of the Weak
Boston College — Look, we know what it’s like to lose to this not-so-good Maine team at home. That 4-3 game earlier this season still stands as Lowell’s most embarrassing result of the season by a pretty decent margin. But with that having been said, losing 4-3 is one thing. Losing 4-1 and 3-1 is entirely another. BC’s slumping, as all teams do, and we’re sure that they’re going to galvanize into an unstoppable killing machine in a week or two, as they always do. But for right now, these results are pathetic and hilarious and worthy of any amount of derision. Get a life.
(Honorable mention: Northeastern)
Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Christian Folin was Rookie of the Week, and Joe Pendenza was a Top Performer.
Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Lowell 4, Northeastern 4 (ot)
Maine 4, BC 1
BU 3, Providence 2
Merrimack 3, UNH 2
UMass Amherst 3, Vermont 2
Lowell 5, Northeastern 4 (ot)
Maine 3, BC 1
BU 3, Providence (ot)
UNH 6, Merrimack 2
Vermont 3, UMass Amherst 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. Derek Arnold
2. AJ White
3. Zack Kamrass
1. Joe Pendenza
2. Riley Wetmore
3. Joe Houk