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Sunday thoughts: No good

February 4, 2008

If Lowell loses to Vermont and nobody’s watching, does it count?

Apparently so, but we wish it didn’t. We can’t speak too eloquently about the game considering we didn’t make the trip to Burlington, but from the sound of things, Vermont capitalized on its few meager chances, and Lowell did not.

The River Hawks, of course, opened the game down 2-0, but Ben Holmstrom’s third goal of the season midway through the second period really seemed to spark a series of good chances. All for naught.

Instead, Viktor Stålberg scored a little over four minutes later. Lowell went on two late power plays, both of which were squashed.

Kory Falite pulled Lowell within a goal at 10:49 of the third, his 11th of the year, but Vermont held on for the win.

Now, despite the loss to what we would have considered a lesser opponent coming into the game, there are positives.

First, Lowell finally, at long last, scored a power play goal when Holmstrom tipped a shot from Falite at 8:22 of the second period. The goal snapped an 0-for-21 streak that had stretched since Mark Roebothan’s power-play empty netter against UMass. From latter to the former, Lowell went 208:39 without a goal on the man advantage.

Second, it would appear as though Lowell is actually developing scoring without Mike Potacco. Falite had a pair of goals this weekend, as did Jonathan Maniff, and Holmstrom had a goal and three assists this weekend. Patrick Cey also looked better than usualthis weekend, so here’s hoping that will continue. With Potacco coming back in for the BU game next weekend, we like this team’s chances to score more goals heading into the homestretch.

Finally, Lowell could have packed it in after the Stålberg goal, but didn’t. The ‘Hawks put 24 shots on goal in the last two periods, and held Vermont to just 12. Didn’t help that two of those Vermont shots were breakaways (a goal by Peter Lenes) or a grade-A chance (Stålberg’s), but such is life.

It would have been nice to see Lowell move back into a tie with Northeastern for fourth, but as we said, Lowell is getting some people back next weekend. We’re disappointed, not discouraged. Go ‘Hawks.

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