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Weekend in review: Rollin’, rollin’. Ain’t gonna worry no more

February 23, 2009

Not that it mattered or was too much of a concern, but Lowell’s 3-3 tie on Friday (that should have been a win!) officially meant that neither Providence nor Merrimack could catch them in the standings, and thus guaranteed the ‘Hawks a playoff spot. So there’s that. The next night’s shutout win, coupled with Amherst’s sweep of Maine, ensured that Lowell finishes no lower than seventh.

So, progress!

But the aforementioned UMass Amherst Minutemen, who nearly blew a four-goal lead to Maine at home in a 4-3 win on Saturday after needing overtime to beat the Black Bears the night previous night, 4-3, can still theoretically catch the River Hawks. Not that we’re worried about it, since they’d have to make up five points. And they’re awful.

BC, meanwhile, gave the ‘Hawks no help whatsoever, rolling over in a sweep from UNH by scores of 3-2 and 4-2. The four points pulled the Wildcats even with third-place Vermont and gave them an extra point of breathing room above Lowell, which had trailed by just one entering the weekend.

At the top of the league, BU and Northeastern played to a pair of draws, 2-2 at BU on Friday and 1-1 at Matthews, where Lowell plays the Huskies in four days or so, the following night.

And at the bottom of the league, Merrimack took three points from Providence to all but guarantee that they both finish out of the playoffs. The teams are six and four points back of Maine, respectively.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Mike Scheu, Lowell (freshman forward) — Pretty decent way to score your first two collegiate goals. One inside a minute left in the first period to ensure that your team goes into the dressing room tied in a rink where the home side is notably stingy, and the other with an extra attacker to rescue a point and salvage the hopes of a three-point weekend that the team eventually earned. And to step in front of a Maury Edwards point shot and try to tip it? That takes balls.
(Honorable mention: Paul Worthington, Lowell; Carter Hutton, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Joe Cannata, Merrimack (freshman goalie) — Kid made a boatload of saves in two games against Providence to help his team earn nearly 30 percent of its league points in one weekend (what that says about the team in question is quite another thing).
(Honorable mention: We almost put Scheu down for this as well. He’s awesome.)

Ham n Egger of the Week
Viktor Stalberg, Vermont (junior forward) — What happened, Toothpick Vik? You had like 20 goals and 34 points in 28 games. You were supposed to be “Colin Wilson” good. Then you run into Lowell and go 0-1-1, -1 in two games? That’s not how the real superstars of the league compete when their team needs a win to keep ahead of UNH in the standings, is it? Face it, comrade, you got clowned out by a better team. What’d you eat between games, you zero? An egg salad sandwich from a nearby gas station?
(Dishonorable mention: Providence College; Vermont fans keepin’ it classy)

National poll

Team (FPV) Record Points Last Poll
1 Boston University* (31) 23-5-4 981 1
2 Notre Dame (19) 25-5-3 968 2
3 Michigan 24-10-0 863 3
4 Northeastern* 20-8-4 850 4
5 Denver 19-9-4 790 8
6 Princeton 20-7-0 673 10
7 Miami 18-9-5 666 5
8 North Dakota 20-11-3 637 9
9 Vermont* 17-8-5 635 6
10 Cornell 17-6-4 540 11
11 Yale 19-6-2 532 7
12 New Hampshire* 16-9-5 513 12
13 Colorado College 16-9-8 352 18
14 Minnesota-Duluth* 16-9-7 336 15
15 Ohio State 19-11-4 281 16
16 Wisconsin 16-13-3 227 13
17 St. Lawrence 17-11-4 191 20
18 Minnesota 13-11-6 145 14
19 St. Cloud State 17-13-2 122 19
20 Mass.-Lowell 15-13-2 62 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Air Force 50, Boston College* 41, Alaska 22, RIT* 16, Dartmouth 7

*Denotes 2008-09 Lowell opponent

Hockey East Weekly Awards
Player of the Week: James Marcou, UMass Amherst
Rookie of the Week: Mike Scheu, Lowell
Defensive Player of the Week: Joe Cannata, Merrimack
Honor Roll: Joe Cucci, Merrimack; Danny Dries, UNH; Brian Flynn, Maine; Brian Foster, UNH; Matt Gilroy, BU; Carter Hutton, Lowell; Blake Kessel, UNH; Kieran Millan, BU; Steve Quailer, Northeastern; Mike Sislo, UNH; Brad Thiessen, Northeastern; Jesse Todd, Merrimack; James van Riemsdyk, UNH; Casey Wellman, UMass Amherst; Paul Worthington, Lowell; Brandon Yip, BU

Weekend results (home team bolded)
Lowell 3, Vermont 3 (ot)
BU 2, Northeastern 2 (ot)
UNH 3, BC 2
UMass Amherst 4, Maine 3 (ot)

Lowell 1, Vermont 0
UNH 4, BC 2
BU 1, Northeastern 1 (ot)
UMass Amherst 4, Maine 3
Merrimack 1, Providence 1 (ot)

Merrimack 5, Providence 1

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

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