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Friday thoughts: Caught ridin’ Gerbe

January 19, 2008

We feel like we’ve seen this one before.

You know, the one where the River Hawks come out blazing in the first period against a good team, and then proceed to slowly let control of the game, and the lead, slip away?

This one couldn’t have started off any better for Lowell. The River Hawks pinned BC in their own zone for most of the first period. Maury Edwards would give the River Hawks their first lead, firing a pass from Kory Falite past John Muse on the power play. There was a weird setup on that one too; you don’t often see a team run three d-men on the power play. Barry Goers picked up an assist on the play, and Jeremy Dehner was also on the ice. Edwards was acting as the left wing when he scored. Dehner and Goers were running the point.

Jonathan Maniff added to the midway through the period, receiving a hard pass from Ian Schaser in the slot and cutting it to his backhand while diving across Muse (32 saves). Nice goal on a nice setup, and it earned Maniff the No. 9 play of the night on SportsCenter (which is totally awesome).

Lowell was flying high, but had absolutely no answer for the Eagles for a large part of the second period. Joe Whitney, Matt Greene and Tim Filangieri scored three unanswered goals in 7:01 to put BC out front in what was a dismal defensive display from Lowell. Whitney’s goal came on the power play and Greene’s came in a 4-on-4 situtation. Fairly obvious note to Hockey East: do not give Boston College extra space.

Falite tied the game up before the end of the period on a nice give and go with Ben Holmstrom.

Though the score was tied, the game was technically up in the air, and BC was still controlling play, it was a pair of ugly giveaways that doomed Lowell. Schaser turned over a puck in the corner and failed to pick up Benn Ferreiro on the rebound of Ben Smith‘s resultant shot. Ferreiro needed to simply shove the puck toward the net.

But the worst turnover was the product of a blown play by — who else? — Kelly Sullivan. Judging a bouncing puck off the boards is admittedly tough, but you have to do more with it than stand there and wait for it to come to you. Brian Gibbons jumped all over the opportunity and beat Carter Hutton (27 saves) on a breakaway to ice the game.

Dehner scored a goal with five seconds left to cap the scoring.

All in all, it was a disappointing night of what-could-have-beens. Giving up five goals is no way to win any hockey game, but scoring four against a pretty solid BC defense is certainly a good sign. We’re not entirely sold on Muse yet, but he’s a very solid young goaltender. And hey, the ‘Hawks held Nate Gerbe without a goal for the first time in nine games! That has to count for something, right? Right?

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