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Two Minutes’ Hate: No exit

March 27, 2016

It’s time for playoff hockey, and that means it’s time to throw rational, fact-driven commentary out the window. We present to you now a positively Orwellian exercise in general dislike: “The Two Minutes’ Hate.”

We’d like to apologize to our readers for being forced to drag you back to the state of Connecticut. But it is in this barren, foul wasteland that Lowell’s next victim hails from. Having dispatched Yale University with the certainty of the rising sun, you might be wondering what other team could have possibly slithered from New England’s Regret and made the NCAA tournament. UConn? Obviously not. Sacred Heart? Bless Bobby Valentine’s heart, but no. Fairfield? Trinity? Albertus Magnus? All reasonable guesses. No, it’s the Bobcats from Quinnipiac University that stand between Lowell and a date with Boston College in the Frozen Four. Read more…

Two Minute’s Hate: Take out the trash

March 24, 2016

It’s time for playoff hockey, and that means it’s time to throw rational, fact-driven commentary out the window. We present to you now a positively Orwellian exercise in general dislike: “The Two Minutes’ Hate.”

A couple of years ago we put out a Two Minute’s Hate on Yale during Lowell’s run to the Frozen Four. Lowell, playing its worst game of the season, lost in overtime and assured the Bulldogs of a national championship considering the opponent in the finals was Quinnipiac. The question therefore remains, is there enough material left to construct another graphic vivisection of Yale? The answer is yes, obviously.

Yale won the NCAA Tournament in 2013. Much like the Reform Party and Jesse Ventura, they’re going to be carrying on about their one bite at the apple for decades to come. To be honest, we’re a little jealous of Yale. How could we not be? We wish Lowell could play eight fewer games over the course of the season, beat up on the dredges of the ECAC and casually be ranked in the top ten for most of the year without a single shred of legitimacy. Yale was a putrid 2-3-1 this season against NCAA Tournament teams, with their two wins coming against likely first round exits Boston University and Harvard. One might think that a team ranked so highly for most of the season would have a few more quality wins under their belt, however these things happen when you play half a season. The Bulldogs found the time to schedule Amherst (twice), Arizona State and Michigan Tech to fill up the majority of their non-conference schedule. A murderers row, for sure. Read more…

Weekend thoughts: The dogs of war

March 22, 2016

Lowell came up short of their ultimate goal this weekend, however they showed the kind of composure and tenacity that should have River Hawk fans feeling good about their team’s chances heading into the NCAA tournament. While they were denied a third Lamoriello Trophy in four years, Lowell fans were treated to two (almost three) games of exciting hockey and a masterful performance by senior goaltender and tournament MVP, Kevin Boyle.

Friday night’s semifinal against Providence College didn’t start out well for Lowell. The Friars dominated the early possession and struck first when freshman defenseman Vincent Desharnais scored his first colligate goal at 6:38 of the first period. After establishing possession in the River Hawk zone, the Providence defenseman was unchallenged by the Lowell defense as he glided in from the point and put a wrister that changed direction and beat Boyle high glove side. Lowell managed to stop the bleeding and carved out some zone time near the end of the first period. CJ Smith would provide the offense for the River Hawks, as he’s done all season. Collecting the puck in the left circle from Joe Gambardella, Smith weaved around Kevin Rooney to the dulcet tones of Yakety Sax and slid the puck underneath a sprawled Nick Ellis to tie the game with 1:06 remaining. Lowell was outshot 10-5 in the first and were fortunate to head into the locker room knotted at one. Read more…

Weekend preview: Game on

March 17, 2016

The Lowell River Hawks (23-8-5, 12-6-4 HE) vs. the Providence College Friars (27-5-4, 16-3-3 HE)

5:00 p.m. Friday at the TD Garden, Boston, M.A.

Lowell finished tied fourth in Hockey East with 28 points in 22 games, and Providence College finished tied for first in Hockey East with 35 points in 22 games. Read more…

Two Minute’s Hate: Bad moon rising

March 17, 2016

It’s time for playoff hockey, and that means it’s time to throw rational, fact-driven commentary out the window. We present to you now a positively Orwellian exercise in general dislike: “The Two Minutes’ Hate.”

The Providence Bruins. The Pawtucket Red Sox. The Providence College Friars.

What do these three teams have in common, aside from residing in the most embarrassing state in the union? They’re second rate. They’re lower tier. They’re holding pens where more popular and successful teams banish their castoffs in hopes of protecting the better players from getting exposed to loser stink. Read more…

Weekend in review: Red Haven’s on fire

March 15, 2016

Lowell’s weekend was as glorious as it was predictable. The River Hawks swept the Boston University Terriers in two games, winning a tightly fought game 3-2 on Friday before raining down hellfire in a 5-0 drubbing on Saturday night to claim their fourth consecutive trip to the Boston Garden. Read more…

Weekend preview: The stormy present

March 10, 2016

The Lowell River Hawks (21-8-5, 12-6-4 HE) vs. the Boston University Terriers (21-10-5, 12-6-4 HE)

7:30 p.m. Friday at the Tsongas Center, Lowell, M.A.

Lowell finished tied fourth in Hockey East with 28 points in 22 games, and Boston University finished tied for fourth in Hockey East with 28 points in 22 games.

Last three games

Lowell – 3-1 vs. Boston College, 1-3 at Boston College, 4-2 vs. Amherst
Boston University – 5-4 vs. Amherst, 2-1 (ot) vs. Amherst, 0-1 at Notre Dame Read more…

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