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Weekend in review: Are they not monsters? Monstrous monsters?

November 17, 2008

What an unbelievably hilarious Hockey East weekend.

Let’s get the who-cares series out of the way first: Maine swept Providence on the road. Great.

Now the really funny stuff, like BC coughing up leads of 4-2 and 5-3 over Merrimack on Friday and tying the Warriors 5-5. Hilarious. Then on Saturday they go out and barely beat a pretty bad UNH team 8-6. It has us wondering: what the heck happened to Johnny Muse? We remember last year when he was good and stuff. Now? He gave up 11 goals this weekend on 71 shots. That’s unbelievably bad, especially for him. A similar question, of course, is what the hell happened to the BC defense that they allowed 71 shots in two games? For the record, Merrimack then lost to Vermont in Burlington on Sunday, 2-1. That’s a letdown.

Second most-hilarious weekend goes to BU, which got stomped by a pretty mediocre UMass Amherst team 5-1 on Friday then goes and shuts out Northeastern, which earlier in the weekend had beaten Vermont 5-3, on Sunday, 3-0. Something about the disparity in result against similar opponents has us chuckling for some reason. From what we saw of UMass on Saturday, BU should’ve been able to handle the Minutemen like they did the Huskies.

Lowell, of course, was the only team to have a two-game stretch upon which to hang its hat. That 8-3 win over UNH was fun, but the 2-0 shutout of UMass Amherst on the road was about as hilarious an exclamation point as the ‘Hawks could’ve put on the four-point weekend.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Kory Falite, Lowell (junior forward) — Obviously. Kid lit UNH up on Friday night despite being dropped to the fourth line as a wakeup call for his putrid two games against BU and Vermont last week. For those that were unaware, 11 shots, three goals, an assist and a plus-3 is a much better weekend than zeros across the board. We look forward to, and indeed expect, similar production this weekend.
(Honorable mention: Brock Bradford, BC; Nevin Hamilton, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Matt Ferreira, Lowell (freshman forward) — Obviously. Kid lit UNH up on Friday night. He got his first two collegiate goals, one of them shorthanded and the other putting Lowell up for good. That whole Falite-Ferreira-Sammy D’Agostino line was very, very good this weekend.
(Honorable mention: David Vallorani, Lowell; Jimmy Hayes, BC; Michael Budd, Lowell)

Ham-n-Egger of the Weak
Matt DiGirolamo, UNH (freshman goalie) — This is like kicking a cycloptic, three-legged puppy who recently lost its tail and sense of smell in a terrible accident involving a wheat thresher. Matty, Matty, Matty. You’re kidding, right? Who gives up FIFTEEN goals in a weekend? We don’t even know what to say, except that we saw that your GAA jumped a good 3.71 points and your save percentage dropped .130. Ouch. We’re almost (ALMOST!) sorry we had to do this, but duty calls.
(Dishonorable mention: UMass Amherst in general; Paul Dainton*, UMass Amherst; John Muse, BC)

National poll

Team (FPV) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota (42) 6-0-4 990 2
2 Boston University* ( 4) 7-2-0 943 1
3 Colorado College ( 2) 7-2-3 863 3
4 Boston College* 6-3-1 824 5
5 Notre Dame 7-3-1 715 9
6 Northeastern* 7-2-2 701 7
7 Miami 6-3-3 666 10
8 Princeton ( 1) 5-1-0 616 12
9 Michigan 8-4-0 581 8
10 Denver 6-4-1 566 4
11 Minnesota State 5-3-2 480 11
12 Air Force ( 1) 10-0-0 469 13
13 New Hampshire* 4-4-3 447 6
14 Cornell 2-0-2 385 14
15 Vermont* 5-3-2 239 15
16 Massachusetts* 5-3-1 166 20
17 St. Cloud State 7-4-0 125 NR
18 Harvard 4-2-0 124 NR
19 Nebraska-Omaha 7-2-1 114 NR
20 North Dakota 4-6-0 91 18
Others Receiving Votes: Dartmouth 79, Mass.-Lowell 66, Alaska-Anchorage 37, Ferris State 37, Clarkson 35, Yale 34, Maine* 33, Michigan State* 25, Wisconsin 16, Minnesota-Duluth* 7, Lake Superior 6, Bemidji State 5, Colgate* 5, Ohio State 5, St. Lawrence 5

*indicates 2008-09 Lowell opponent

Hockey East Weekly Awards
Player of the Week: Brock Bradford, BC
Rookie of the Week: Scott Darling, Maine
Defensive Player of the Week: Nevin Hamilton, Lowell
Honor roll: Nick Bonino, BU; Paul Dainton*, UMass Amherst; Kory Falite, Lowell; Matt Ferreira, Lowell; Brian Flynn, Maine; Jimmy Hayes, BC; John Jamieson, MC; Kieran Millan, BU; Gustav Nyquist, Maine; Brian Roloff, UVM; Mike Spillane, UVM; Karl Stollery, MC; Alex Tuckerman, NU; James van Riemsdyk, UNH

Weekend results (home team bolded)
Friday
BU 1, UMass Amherst 5
Maine 3, Providence 2
Lowell 8, UNH 3
Merrimack 5, BC 5 (ot)
Northeastern 5, Vermont 3

Saturday
Maine 3, PC 0
BC 8, UNH 6
Lowell 2, UMass Amherst 0

Sunday
Vermont 2, Merrimack 1
BU 3, NU 0

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 right now. 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.

1) Kory Falite
2) Matt Ferreira
3) Nevin Hamilton

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