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Loose Pucks: Clearing the benches after a ‘Hawkless weekend

January 8, 2008

Three Things We Can Really Get Behind:
1) Eleven out of Lowell’s 17 final games being played at the Tsongas Arena.

2) Merrimack clearing out space in the basement for the Black Bears.

3) The emergence of outstanding defense. The River Hawks currently boast the seventh best scoring defense in the country, as well as the third best penalty kill. Topping it off, sophomore Carter Hutton leads the nation in GAA and SV%…among goalies who aren’t under six feet tall and/or have the initials P.D.

Two things we find it difficult to get behind:
1) Not having Lowell hockey at home for almost a month.

2) Games in hand. We find them worrisome.

Special Thanks To…
The reader who pointed out that we forgot to include an obvious candidate for Ham ‘n’ Egger of the Week:

Oh, Simon Danis-Pepin. Thought you’d slipped under the radar, big man? It’s not hard to find the 6’7″ defenseman from Quebec on the ice; just wait until the other team scores and pick the tallest guy not named Ben Bishop. Danis-Pepin was a horrific -7 (that’s MINUS SEVEN) in the 7-3 whitewash Northeastern put on the Black Bears in Orono. We’re sure the folks in the Chicago Blawkhawks organization are just itching to get their hands on this Ent so he can sweep up at the rink for their ECHL affiliate.

Stat of the Week
UNH goalie Brian Foster allowing six goals on 20 shots in an embarrassing 6-5 loss to St. Lawrence. The mind numbing .700 save percentage led the Wildcats to one of their biggest third-period meltdowns in recent memory.

At the very least, Satan is having someone over to check the thermostat
Sure, there’s still half a season to go. Nevertheless, this year in college hockey started out in a border-line bizzaro world, and things haven’t changed much. Submitted for your approval; if the season were to end today, Northeastern, UNH, UMass, UMass Lowell and Boston College would be among the 16 team field. Perennial powerhouse Minnesota would sneak in on the bubble as the 14th seed, and two of the much ballyhooed “Big Four,” Boston University and Maine, would be on the outside looking in for the first time since 2004 and 1998, respectively.

Picture of the week
While it may be a week old, nothing says Pic of the Week like your team surrounding a big trophy.

Not pictured: The deliciously salty tears of Maine fans.
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    January 9, 2008 11:07 am

    Nice picture! Who is the team member who still has his helmet on? Funny!

  2. Anonymous permalink
    January 11, 2008 7:19 pm

    Dehner

  3. Anonymous permalink
    January 11, 2008 8:55 pm

    If Hutton is so amazing, wouldn’t it make sense to play him more than every 3rd game?

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