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Weekend in review: Wuh ohs

January 13, 2009

Bad news, everyone.

The last thing we need is UMass Amherst playing well right now, but the Minutemen took UNH to overtime twice this weekend, earning a 2-2 draw at the Mullins Center and then falling 3-2 in overtime up in Durham. While it was fortuitous for Lowell that UMass Amherst was only able to earn a single point, that point did draw it even with our ‘Hawks in the Hockey East standings with the benefit of a game in hand. That game this Saturday is going to be fairly important, one suspects.

As for Lowell’s other opponent this coming weekend, the Boston College Eagles, Vermont took three points from them with a 3-3 tie and a 4-2 win in Burlington.

Elsewhere, Maine stayed just one point ahead of Lowell in taking a 4-1 beating at the hands of BU and Northeastern swept Merrimack with a pair of 2-1 wins to maintain their firm position atop the league table.

!Late update:! Providence actually beat BU at Agganis Arena 4-2 on Tuesday night! We don’t feel quite SO bad about Saturday now, but this most likely means PC will pass Lowell for the eighth and final playoff spot sometime in mid-February, so.. y’know.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
John Cavanagh, Providence (junior forward) — For all the problems the River Hawks have had over the last few weeks, it still isn’t easy to get goals against them, and Cavanagh did it twice. So yeah, there ya go.
(Honorable mention: Maury Edwards, Lowell; Bobby Butler, UNH)

Rookie of the Week
Alex Beaudry, Providence (freshman goalie) — Two days into his college hockey career, this kid has found mighty enemies in us. This is the last time he will ever be recognized for any accomplishment, for any reason. We HATE Alex Beaudry, and we hold grudges.
(Honorable mention: Rob Madore, UVM)

Ham n Eggers of the Weak
Lowell, again — Obviously.
(Dishonorable mention: Lowell’s offense; Lowell’s defense; Lowell’s goaltending; Lowell’s lack of ability to win games; Lowell’s coaching staff; Lowell’s line chart; Lowell players’ total unaccountability to eachother; Lowell’s poor penalty killing discipline; Lowell’s losing streak; Lowell’s season)

Permanent Tomato Cans:
Providence College (4-10-1, ONE DAMN WIN THIS WEEKEND ARGHHHH)
Lowell (8-11-0, 0-1-0 this weekend)

National poll

Team (FPV) Record Points Last Poll
1 Notre Dame (46) 18-3-2 993 1
2 Boston University* ( 2) 14-4-1 943 2
3 Northeastern*
14-4-2 868 4
4 Denver
15-6-2 827 5
5 Cornell ( 2) 11-1-3 790 8
6 Michigan
15-7-0 692 10
7 Minnesota
10-5-5 674 3
8 Vermont*
12-4-3 669 12
9 Miami
12-7-3 525 6
10 Princeton
13-5-0 510 7
11 Colorado College
12-7-5 483 10
12 Boston College*
9-6-3 474 9
13 New Hampshire*
10-6-4 420 13
14 Ohio State
15-6-1 380 16
15 Air Force
15-4-1 295 14
16 Wisconsin
12-9-3 235 17
17 North Dakota
13-10-1 173 NR
18 Dartmouth
10-6-0 161 15
19 Yale
11-4-0 114 NR
20 Nebraska-Omaha
13-7-3 108 18
Others Receiving Votes: St. Cloud State 48, Minnesota State 30, Quinnipiac* 24, Alaska 22, Maine 15, Minnesota-Duluth* 8, Michigan State* 7, Union 5, RIT* 4, Massachusetts* 2, Ferris State 1

*Indicates 2008-09 Lowell opponent

Hockey East Weekly Awards
Player of the Week: Dean Strong, Vermont
Rookie of the Week: Alex Beaudry, Providence
Defensive Player of the Week: Brad Thiessen, Northeastern
Honor roll: Bobby Butler, UNH; John Cavanagh, Providence; Chris Connolly, BU; Maury Edwards, Lowell; Chris Higgins, BU; Kevin Kapstad, UNH; Peter Lenes, UVM; Dan Meyers, UMass Amherst; Rob Madore, UVM; Kieran Millan, BU; Mike Potacco, Lowell; Steve Quailer, Northeastern; Mike Sislo, UNH; Viktor Stalberg, Vermont; Jesse Todd, Merrimack; Casey Wellman, UMass Amherst

Weekend results (home team bolded)
Vermont 3, BC 3 (ot)
UMass Amherst 2, UNH 2 (ot)
Northeastern 2, Merrimack 1

Providence 4
, Lowell 2
UNH 3, UMass Amherst 2 (ot)
Vermont 4, BC 2
Northeastern 2, Merrimack 1
BU 4, Maine 1

Providence 4, BU 2

How we voted
There wasn’t a home game this week, so we didn’t vote.

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