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Weekend in review: Tryin’ to let Hockey East know who we is

February 16, 2009

Lowell helped itself a pretty decent amount, putting two points of padding between itself and BC and keeping one point back of UNH for the final home ice spot.

Of course, the ‘Hawks could’ve been tied with the Wildcats had Providence managed to pull out the win, rather than the 4-4 tie for which it settled in Durham on Friday night. The next night, obviously, the Friars lost 4-2 at home to give UNH the three-point weekend that matched Lowell’s.

Even Merrimack helped Lowell a bit, earning a split with Vermont in North Andover. The Warriors pulled out a 3-2 win on Friday before succumbing on Saturday 4-3. The Catamounts’ two-point weekend means that the ‘Hawks are only four points back of third place.

Northeastern, meanwhile stayed in first place in the league, but just barely, winning in hilarious fashion out in Amherst, 5-3. The Minutemen led that game 2-0 and 3-2 before surrendering three unanswered goals to lose the game. But UMass Amherst did get revenge the next night, pulling out a 4-1 win at Matthews.

At the same time, BU was pulling ever closer to its richly-deserved top spot, taking three points Maine in Orono by scores of 7-2 and 3-3.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Colin Wilson, BU (sophomore forward) — The best player in the country, not surprisingly, had the best weeke in the conference. He had four goals and three assists in his three games this week, including a hattie in Orono as part of the 7-2 curbstomping he and the Terriers administered on Friday. That’s back-to-back RHHB POTW awards for the kid and it’s seriously frightening how much better than everyone else this kid is. He’s got 40 points in 28 games. How do you even stop that?
(Honorable mention: Nick Schaus, Lowell; Nevin Hamilton, Lowell; Mike Potacco, Lowell; Mark Roebothan, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Jesse Todd, Merrimack (freshman forward) — Three assists this weekend for Todd, who now has 12 points in has last 12 games. Kid’s not jokin’ around.
(Honorable mention: David Vallorani, Lowell; Joe Cannata, Merrimack)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
John Muse, BC (sophomore goalie) — What the hell happened to this kid? Last year he had a 2.20 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage. This year he’s got a line of 2.92/.898. That’s embarrassing. He gave up 10 goals to Lowell this weekend on 65 shots. That’s a save percentage of .846. Jesus, Yorkie, how bad are your backups?
(Honorable mention: Nick Petrecki, BC; Paul Dainton, UMass Amherst)

National Poll

Team (FPV) Record Points Last Poll
1 Boston University* (44) 23-5-2 993 1
2 Notre Dame ( 6) 23-5-3 945 2
3 Michigan 23-9-0 905 4
4 Northeastern* 20-8-2 815 3
5 Miami 18-8-4 783 7
6 Vermont* 17-7-4 731 5
7 Yale 19-5-1 677 10
8 Denver 17-9-4 659 8
9 North Dakota 18-11-3 564 11
10 Princeton 18-7-0 560 9
11 Cornell 15-6-4 495 6
12 New Hampshire* 14-9-5 420 12
13 Wisconsin 16-11-3 404 13
14 Minnesota 13-9-6 371 14
15 Minnesota-Duluth* 15-9-6 256 17
16 Ohio State 18-10-4 211 16
17 Boston College* 13-10-5 177 15
18 Colorado College 14-9-8 167 18
19 St. Cloud State 17-13-2 101 NR
20 St. Lawrence 16-11-3 92 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Dartmouth 91, Mass.-Lowell 21, RIT* 18, Air Force 16, Nebraska-Omaha 12, Alaska 5, Colgate 5, Massachusetts* 4, Alaska-Anchorage 2

*Denotes 2008-09 Lowell opponent

Hockey East Weekly Awards
Player of the Week: Colin Wilson, BU
Rookie of the Week: Joe Cannata, Merrimack
Defensive Player of the Week: Nevin Hamilton, Lowell
Honor Roll: Nick Bonino, BU; Bobby Butler, UNH; Justin Braun, UMass Amherst; Brian Foster, UNH; Chris Higgins, BU; Jason Lawrence, BU; Peter Lenes, Vermont; James Marcou, UMass Amherst; Kyle MacKinnon, Providence; Steve Moses, UNH; Gustav Nyquist, Maine; Mike Potacco, Lowell; Rob Ricci, Merrimack; Mark Roebothan, Lowell; Nick Schaus, Lowell; Viktor Stalberg, Vermont; Alan Thompson, UNH; Jesse Todd, Merrimack; Casey Wellman, UMass Amherst

Weekend results (home team bolded)
Friday
Lowell 6, BC 0
BU 7, Maine 2
Providence 4, UNH 4 (ot)
Northeastern 5, UMass Amherst 3
Merrimack 3
, Vermont 2

Saturday
Lowell 4, BC 4 (ot)
BU 2, Maine 2 (ot)
UNH 4, Providence 2
UMass Amherst 4, Northeastern 1
Vermont 4, Merrimack 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 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) Mark Roebothan
2) Mike Potacco
3) Maury Edwards

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    February 17, 2009 2:22 pm

    I like how it’s somehow Providence’s fault that UML is so far behind UNH and not UML themselves for choking at home after they had a 2 goal lead in the 3rd.

  2. sevenzerokc permalink
    February 17, 2009 3:01 pm

    Over/Under on Falite’s stay in the DNPCD dog house? They could use his finishing ability down the stretch, provided he shows some signs of life in his own end. Is there more to this than just taking shifts off?

  3. MarySunday permalink
    February 18, 2009 4:33 pm

    Where in the post did it say anything about PC being at “fault” for Lowell being “so far behind UNH” (hint – it’s 1 game)??

    You just like to make things up as you go along, eh?

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