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Weekend in review: Breaking bad

January 29, 2008

Flip the switches, pull the alarms and batton down the hatches, Lowell might officially be in trouble.

Being held to one goal over two games against a Duluth team that had struggled all year was probably not what the ‘Hawks were looking for headed into the final month or so of the season. Now, because while they were playing non-league games, the rest of the league is getting caught up as far as games in hand go, and the results are grim and darkening.

The hard-charging Friars of Providence College easily dispatched the now-freefalling Northeastern Huskies in a two-game sweep. The Huskies coughed up 10 goals, and Providence jumped Lowell and NU to capture sole possession of third place. And they still have a game in hand on Lowell.

Joining the Huskies in their hilarious tumble to the basement of Hockey East: the fifth-ranked 10th-ranked 14th-ranked 15th-ranked Minutemen of UMass. Far be it for us to be the We-Told-You-So’ers of the league, but not only did we tell you so, we all but drew up diagrams. UMass somehow went 0-1-1 against a fairly pathetic Vermont team in Amherst this weekend, and if the sky wasn’t falling after last week’s debacle, it certainly is now. UMass is eighth in the league, with 13 points from 16 games. Ouch.

Elsewhere, UNH swept BU to the surprise of absolutely no one, and Maine actually managed a late tie with BC in Orono. Merrimack had just one game, beating Canisius or someone like that 4-0.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week:
Tyler Sims, Providence (senior goalie) – Sims stopped 55 of the 58 shots he faced this weekend as Providence pasted NU 5-1 and 5-2. Pierce Norton and Matt Taormina might have had something to do with it as well though. They each popped in a pair on the weekend.
(Honorable mention: Carter Hutton, UML; Kevin Regan, UNH)

Rookie of the Week:
James Marcou, UMass (freshman forward) – Much as we hate to admit that someone from the Minutemen did something well, Marcou scored his first career hat trick against a traditionally stingy Vermont team, so what the hell? Way to go, kid. Your team’s still awful and still lost the game.
(Honorable mention: Colin Wilson, BU; Wahsontiio Stacey, UVM)

Ham-n-Egger(s) of the Weak:
The UMass Lowell River Hawks. That was a stinker, boys. No two ways about it. Injuries or not, one goal’s bad enough for a two-game output, but going 0-fer on 12 power plays is flat-out embarrassing. We’d hate for Lowell’s stellar start to be canceled out by what has been a pretty ugly three-week stretch, and we’d certainly hate for that stretch to continue. Get it together, boys. We still want to believe.
(Dishonorable mention: Brad Thiessen, NU)

Permanent Tomato Cans:
Maine Black Bears (8-11-3, 0-1-1 this weekend)
Vermont Catamounts (6-9-7, 1-0-1 this weekend)
UMass Minutemen (9-8-6, 0-1-1 this weekend)

National Poll

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Miami (49) 25- 3-0 999 2
2 Michigan ( 1) 22- 3-1 915 1
3 North Dakota 16- 8-1 854 4
4 Denver 18- 6-0 839 5
5 Michigan State 17- 5-5 819 6
6 Colorado College 18- 7-1 757 3
7 New Hampshire* 15- 7-1 724 7
8 Notre Dame 20- 9-1 631 9
9 Boston College* 12- 5-7 616 8
10 Clarkson 15- 7-2 568 10
11 Wisconsin 11-10-5 425 16
12 Minnesota-Duluth* 10- 8-6 359 19
13 Northeastern* 11- 8-3 337 11
14 Providence* 11- 9-2 282 NR
15 Massachusetts* 9- 8-6 231 14
16 Mass.-Lowell 11- 8-4 195 15
16 Quinnipiac 14- 7-3 195 12
18 Minnesota 12-11-5 181 17
19 Princeton 10- 8-0 125 18
20 St. Cloud State 11-12-3 120 13
Others Receiving Votes: Michigan Tech 103, Niagara 89, Minnesota State 44, Cornell 17*, RIT 16, Union 15, Bemidji State 14, Air Force 11, Bowling Green 9, Robert Morris 5, Yale 5

Hockey East Weekly Awards
Player of the Week: Tyler Sims, PC
Rookie of the Week: Wahsontiio Stacey, UVM
Defensive Player of the Week: Kevin Regan, UNH
Honor roll: Andrew Braithwaite, MC; Dan Bertram, BC; Simon Danis-Pepin, Maine; Matt Fornataro, UNH; Carter Hutton, UML; James Marcou, UMass; Pierce Norton, PC; Mike Rajda, UNH; Brian Roloff, UVM; Kevin Shattenkirk, BU; Viktor Stålberg, UVM; Matt Taormina, PC; Brett Tyler, Maine; James vanRiemsdyk, UNH; Joe Whitney, BC; Colin Wilson, BU

Weekend results (home team bolded)
Friday
Vermont 5, UMass 4
Providence 5, Northeastern 1
UNH 4, BU 2
BC 3, Maine 3 (ot)
Minnesota-Duluth 1, UML 0

Saturday
Vermont 2, UMass 2 (ot)
Providence 5, Northeastern 2
UNH 5, BU 3
BC 4, Maine 2
Minnesota-Duluth 4, UML 1
Merrimack 4, Canisius 0

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