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Weekend in review: Two wins, no effort

December 2, 2008

Another truly bizarre weekend in Hockey East, and we’re beginning to think that bizarre will now be par for the course.

Nationally-ranked UMass Amherst got swept at home by Vermont and St. Lawrence (of course), BU barely got by Holy Cross but beat SLU, Northeastern finally lost (to Princeton) but rebounded against RPI, and Merrimack beat UNH at the Whitt.

There were, however, some not-so-odd results: Lowell obviously beat Merrimack and RIT, as we knew they would, despite largely poor showings in both games. Providence lost to both Dartmouth and Union. BC swept Harvard and the aforementioned Big Green. But even the latter game was not without its share of controversy. BC had a late tying goal waved off, on, off, and on again. This possibly happened several more times as well. The Eagles ended up winning in OT.

Who-cares result: Maine lost to Vermont.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Scott Campbell, Lowell (sophomore forward) — A Lowell player had a hat trick and two assists in one game. Was there any doubt he’d get this award? However, beyond the point-getting, Campbell was immense as ever at the dot (Hockey East’s website says he won nearly 70 percent of his draws in two games, which is just insane) and still did the dirty work along the boards. We’ve been waiting a while for this Scott Campbell, of whom we’d only seen brief flashes, to show up, and we hope he sticks around for a very long time.
(Honorable mention: Mike Potacco, Lowell; Rob Ricci, Merrimack)

Rookie of the Week
David Vallorani, Lowell (freshman forward) — Without a tremendous amount of rookie output this week, we went with the old standby. Can’t go wrong with Vallorani. Kid’s dynamite.
(Honorable mention: Joe Cannata, Merrimack; Brian Flynn, Maine)

Ham n Eggers of the Weak
Brian Foster, UNH (senior goalie) — Brian, when you came back from injury it was supposed to help UNH. And while, numberswise, that may be true (the Wildcat’s haven’t given up eight lately), wins-wise, it ain’t. Four goals on 27 shots against the ‘Mack? We got a good look on Tuesday and those boys don’t exactly come in looking like the ’84 Oilers.

National Poll

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Notre Dame* (40) 10-3-2 961 2
2 Boston College* ( 1) 9-4-1 886 5
3 Minnesota ( 2) 7-2-5 881 1
4 Miami ( 2) 8-3-3 773 6
5 Colorado College 9-4-3 732 3
6 Northeastern* 10-3-2 717 4
7 Boston University* ( 1) 9-4-0 707 8
8 Denver ( 1) 9-5-1 697 9
9 Princeton ( 2) 9-2-0 650 7
10 Air Force ( 1) 13-1-0 625 11
11 Minnesota State 8-3-3 531 10
12 Vermont* 9-3-2 488 13
13 Cornell 5-1-2 414 12
14 Michigan 9-7-0 338 14
15 Alaska-Anchorage 7-5-2 131 19
16 Dartmouth 6-4-0 124 20
17 Mass.-Lowell 8-5-0 123 NR
18 Nebraska-Omaha 9-4-1 115 16
19 New Hampshire* 5-6-3 113 15
20 Alaska 8-4-2 85 NR
Others Receiving Votes: St. Cloud State 78, Wisconsin 72, Massachusetts* 65, Ohio State 54, Maine* 40, North Dakota 39, Minnesota-Duluth* 36, Yale 13, Harvard 7, Ferris State 3, Niagara 1, Quinnipiac* 1

*Indicates 08-09 Lowell opponent

p.s. That’s right.

Hockey East Weekly Awards
Player of the Week: Scott Campbell, Lowell
Rookie of the Week: Barry Almeida, BC
Defensive Player of the Week: Joe Cannata, Merrimack
Honor roll: Josh Burrows, UVM; Bobbu Butler, UNH; Zach Cohen, BU; Brian Flynn, Maine; Ryan Ginand, NU; Peter Lenes, UVM; Kieran Millan, BU; John Muse, BC; Pierce Norton, PC; Andrew Orpik, BC; Mike Potacco, Lowell; Cory Quirk, UMass Amherst; Rob Ricci, Merrimack, Viktor Stalberg, UVM; Jesse Todd, Merrimack; Alex Tuckerman, NU; David Vallorani, Lowell; Colin Wilson, BU

Weekend results (home team bolded)
Tuesday
Lowell 3, Merrimack 1
Vermont 3, UMass Amherst 2 (ot)
BU 3, Holy Cross 2

Friday
Princeton 5, Northeastern 3
BC 5
, Harvard 1
St. Lawrence 4, UMass Amherst 3
Dartmouth 4, Providence 2

Saturday
Merrimack 4, UNH 3
Vermont 3
, Maine 2
Lowell 6
, RIT 3
Northeastern 5, RPI 1
Union 4,
Providence 2
BU 4, St. Lawrence 1

Sunday
BC 2, Dartmouth 1 (ot)

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 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) Scott Campbell
2) Mike Potacco
3) David Vallorani

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