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Weekend in Review: Ugh-ly

November 10, 2008

Not a good weekend for more than a few teams in Hockey East.

Obviously Lowell’s was the most disappointing on a personal level for us, but at least our boys didn’t lose to Maine, right?

The same can’t be said for formerly-No. 2 Boston College which, after losing 4-1 at Conte to Notre Dame on Friday night, dropped a 2-1 game to the Black Bears at Alfond Arena. One-off games in Maine are never easy because you load up on four hours’ worth of bus legs in one day, but the No. 2 team in the country has to beat this Maine team every time. Scoring two goals on the weekend is also likely not what the great Jerry York was looking for out of his squad.

Notre Dame also downed Providence 4-1 on Saturday after the Friars had skated to a 2-2 tie with Vermont the night prior.

Similarly, No. 5 UNH went out to Minnesota and took a gigantic header on Saturday against the No. 4 Golden Gophers, giving up four goals in the third period (like another team we know did this weekend.. ick) and losing 6-2. The teams drew 2-all on Friday and UNH would certainly have liked a less embarrassing result the following night.

And how about those Warriors of Merrimack College easily beating No. 19 UMass (and we’re still waiting for an explanation on that decision) on Saturday, 3-1.

Who-cares result: Northeastern beat Bentley 4-1.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Colin Wilson, Boston University (sophomore forward) — Four points in one game and the game-winner with 15 seconds left plus the Lowell Bump? This was as much of a no-doubter as has ever existed. Please sign him soon, Nashville. Like, tomorrow.
(Honorable mention: Mike Potacco, Lowell; James van Riemsdyk, UNH)

Rookie of the Week
Scott Darling, Maine (freshman goalie) — You stop 24 of 25 shots and get the win against the No. 2 team in the nation, you probably had a good game. It really can be that simple sometimes.
(Honorable mention: Brian Flynn, Maine; Rob Madore UVM)

Ham-n-egger of the Weak
Lowell’s top-three defensemen — Nine goals in two games. After the start they had, giving up just six goals in five games, this was an unfathomably bad weekend. Jeremy Dehner was a -3, Nick Schaus and Barry Goers were both -2. Just awful. The bottom-three, though, were just fine. Ryan Blair was a +2, Maury Edwards was a +1, and Steve Capraro was even. We said it in the Vermont thoughts, but you need your best players to show up every night.
(Dishonorable mention: Kory Falite; UMass; BC)

National poll

Team (FPV) Record Points Last Poll
1 Boston University* (29) 6-1-0 973 3
2 Minnesota (12) 5-0-3 930 4
3 Colorado College ( 8) 6-1-3 904 1
4 Denver ( 1) 6-2-1 846 6
5 Boston College* 5-3-0 751 2
6 New Hampshire* 4-2-3 724 5
7 Northeastern* 6-1-2 646 10
8 Michigan 7-3-0 621 7
9 Notre Dame* 6-3-0 617 12
10 Miami 4-3-3 506 8
11 Minnesota State 4-2-2 470 13
12 Princeton 2-1-0 458 9
13 Air Force 8-0-0 388 14
14 Cornell 1-0-1 330 17
15 Vermont* 4-2-2 285 16
16 Clarkson 2-2-2 229 15
17 Michigan State* 4-4-2 224 11
18 North Dakota 3-5-0 141 NR
19 St. Lawrence 4-2-1 94 NR
20 Massachusetts* 4-2-1 82 19
Others Receiving Votes: Nebraska-Omaha 75, Colgate* 32, Ferris State 26, Minnesota-Duluth* 26, Harvard 25, Alaska-Anchorage 14, Wisconsin 14, Ohio State 11, St. Cloud State 10, Yale 10, Alaska 8, Union 8, Dartmouth 7, Lake Superior 6, Bemidji State 5, Mass.-Lowell 3, Maine* 1

*indicates 2008-09 Lowell opponent

Hockey East Weekly Awards
Player of the Week: Colin Wilson, BU
Rookie of the Week: Brian Flynn, Maine
Defensive Player of the Week: Andrew Braithwaite, Merrimack
Honor roll: Matt Bergland, PC; Scott Campbell, Lowell; Scott Darling, Maine; Chris Hahn, Maine; Chris Higgins, BU; Rob Madore, UVM; Pierce Norton, PC; Mike Potacco, Lowell; Steve Quailer, NU; Viktor Stålberg, UVM; Brad Thiessen, NU; James van Riemsdyk, UNH; Joe Vitale, NU

Weekend results (home team bolded)
Friday
BU 6, Lowell 4
Vermont 2, Providence 2 (ot)
UNH 2, Minnesota 2 (ot)
Notre Dame 4, BC 1

Saturday
Minnesota 6, UNH 2
Merrimack 3, UMass 1
Vermont 3, Lowell 1
Notre Dame 4, Providence 1
Northeastern 4, Bentley 1

Sunday
Maine 2, BC 1

How we voted
Last year, voting for the UMLHockey.com Player of the Game was very, umm, lax. Let’s not have that happen this year, eh? Go vote for the BU game right now. Then, when you’re done with that, vote for the UVM game immediately afterwards. What we’ll do is post our votes each week and then you can have something to copy because you know we know what we’re talking about.

POTG for Friday:
1) Mike Potacco
2) Scott Campbell
3) Mark Roebothan

POTG for Saturday:
1) Ben Holmstrom
2) Matt Ferreira
3) Nick Monroe

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