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Weekend in Review: We must accept finite disappointment

November 24, 2008

Another weird one in Hockey East this weekend. This is definitely the strangest season since we started following college hockey.

Vermont swept a series at BU, winning both games 4-3. The once-No. 1 Terriers have now lost three of their last four since beating Lowell, which figures. Viktor Stalberg had four points for the Catamounts on the weekend and Vermont is now 5-1-1 in its last seven. Can’t wait for that post-Christmas crash.

Maine took three points from Merrimack in Orono, winning 2-1 and drawing 1-1, but don’t be fooled. The Black Bears only scored three goals in 125 minutes against Merrimack and only put like 40 shots on net in doing so. Go ahead and name a less impressive 7-3-1 team. We dare you.

UNH dropped one to Northeastern on Friday, 3-2, before downing Providence in Durham on Saturday, 4-3. The fact that UNH gave up three goals to PC, we think, doesn’t bode well for the Wildcats even with the return of Brian Foster.

BC split with UMass, shutting them out 2-0 in Boston and losing 4-3 in OT in Amherst. Apparently the sold-out Mullins Center went bonkers when UMass won the OT game with 41 seconds left, but let’s keep in mind that UMass blew a pair of leads in that one. UMass fans are eager to point out they’re 6-0-0 when they score more than one goal, but that means they’ve only scored more than one goal in six of 11 games, which is just sad.

And, of course, Lowell beat Providence 6-1 and lost to NU 4-3, but you already knew that.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Brad Thiessen, Northeastern (junior goalie) — You get a pair of wins and allow five goals on 73 shots from teams as good as UNH and Lowell, you win this award walking away. Factor in the Lowell Bump and it’s not even up for debate. We can’t speak for the UNH game, but Thiessen was the reason NU got points against Lowell. Lesser goalies would have given up five or six.
(Honorable mention: Greg Costa, Northeastern; Viktor Stalberg, UVM; Nick Schaus, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
David Vallorani and Michael Budd, Lowell (freshman forwards) — Can’t choose between them, so they both win. A goal and an assist for each this weekend, and no one else in Hockey East did anything of consequence. Easy decision to make.
(Honorable mention: Rob Madore, UVM; Joe Cannata, Merrimack)

Ham-n-eggers of the Weak
Providence College — Again, it pains us to constantly point out that PC is as bad as it is, but we’re honor-bound to uphold the sanctity of an “award” of this magnitude. Even before they inevitably lost to UNH on Saturday, their play Friday was so unbelievably Willy Loman-ish that they earned this award no problemo.
(Dishonorable mention: BU)

Permanent Tomato Cans:
(Yes we officially have our first of the year)
Providence College (2-9-1, 0-2 this weekend)

National Poll

Team (FPV) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota (41) 7-1-4 984 1
2 Notre Dame ( 2) 9-3-1 867 5
3 Colorado College ( 1) 8-3-3 825 3
4 Northeastern* 9-2-2 815 6
5 Boston College* 7-4-1 778 4
6 Miami ( 1) 8-3-3 759 7
7 Princeton ( 3) 7-1-0 710 8
8 Boston University* ( 1) 7-4-0 692 2
9 Denver 7-5-1 555 10
10 Minnesota State 7-3-2 538 11
11 Air Force ( 1) 12-0-0 515 12
12 Cornell 4-0-2 455 14
13 Vermont* 7-3-2 430 15
14 Michigan 8-6-0 350 9
15 New Hampshire* 5-5-3 286 13
16 Nebraska-Omaha 9-2-1 254 19
17 Massachusetts* 6-4-1 239 16
18 St. Cloud State 8-5-0 179 17
19 Alaska-Anchorage 7-5-2 58 NR
20 Dartmouth 5-3-0 46 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Harvard 41, Mass.-Lowell 39, Maine* 30, North Dakota 17, Alaska 14, Minnesota-Duluth* 10, Yale 6, Quinnipiac 5, Niagara 2, Ohio State 1

* indicates 2008-09 Lowell opponent

Hockey East Weekly Awards
Player of the Week: Viktor Stalberg, UVM
Rookie of the Week: Casey Wellman, UMass Amherst
Defensive Player of the Week: Brad Thiessen, Northeastern
Honor roll: Joe Cannata, Merrimack; Joe Charlebois, UNH; Colby Cohen, BU; Paul Dainton*, UMass Amherst; Greg Costa, Northeastern; Kory Falite, Lowell; Chris Higgins, BU; Dan Lawson, UVM; Peter Lenes, UVM; Rob Madore, UVM; Steve Moses, UNH; John Muse, BC; Will O’Neill, Maine; Nick Schaus, Lowell; Matt Taormina, PC; James van Riemsdyk, UNH

Weekend results (home team bolded)
Friday
BC 2, UMass Amherst 0
UVM 4, BU 3
Northeastern 3, UNH 2
Maine 2, Merrimack 1
Lowell 6, PC 1

Saturday
UMass Amherst 4, BC 3 (ot)
UVM 4, BU 3
UNH 4, PC 3
Maine 1, Merrimack 1 (ot)
Northeastern 4, Lowell 3

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 Friday’s win over PC right now. Then vote for the Saturday game immediately after that. 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.

Friday
1) Kory Falite
2) Mike Potacco
3) Maury Edwards

Saturday
1) Ben Holmstrom
2) Michael Budd
3) David Vallorani

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