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Weekend in review: Vermont-bound

March 9, 2009

Well Maine came to Lowell and left without a win or dignity. On the strength of its power play and smothering team defense, the River Hawks positively walked to wins of 5-3 and 6-0 to pull down points No. 26-30 of the season, ensuring Lowell’s best finish (points-wise) in over 15 years.

But friggin’ Vermont. Thanks to a 6-4 win on Friday, all they needed to do on Saturday was not lose for Lowell to not go to Vermont, but noooooooo. UNH pulled out a 6-5 overtime win to earn a split in Burlington and lock up third place and sending the ‘Hawks up near the Canadian border for the second time in a month.

Meanwhile, BU locked up its regular-season title with a sweep of Providence, 8-2 in Rhode Island on Friday and 3-0 in Boston on Sunday. Northeastern helped that along by splitting with BC, posting a 2-1 win in overtime at Matthews before falling 4-1 at the Heights the next night.

The other series of the weekend, of course, saw UMass Amherst split with Merrimack (haw haw), losing 3-2 in North Andover then bulldozing the Warriors 6-1 in Amherst.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Kory Falite, Lowell (junior forward) — That’s the way to get it done. Two assists on Friday, two goals, including the game-winner, on Saturday. Falite was a monster this weekend against a team he typically kills. We just hope he keeps it up in Vermont.
(Honorable mention: Brian Roloff, Vermont; Nick Bonino, BU)

Rookie of the Week
Karl Stollery, Merrimack (freshman defenseman) — The best rookie defenseman in Hockey East gave Merrimack the win over UMass Amherst, which is juuuuust fine with us. If he’s not on the All-Rookie team, it will be a serious outrage.
(Honorable mention: Casey Wellman, UMass Amherst; Cam Atkinson, BC)

Ham n Eggers of the Weak
Vermont — Thanks for nothing, losers. We’re coming up this weekend, and Hell’s coming with us.
(Dishonorable mention: Scott Darling, Maine; Maine’s special teams)

National poll

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Boston University* (42) 27- 5-4 992 1
2 Notre Dame ( 8) 27- 5-3 958 2
3 Michigan 26-10-0 894 3
4 Northeastern* 23- 9-4 828 4
5 Denver 20-10-5 791 5
6 North Dakota 22-12-4 709 6
7 Vermont* 20- 9-5 670 7
8 Miami 19-10-5 641 8
9 New Hampshire* 19-10-5 579 9
10 Yale 20- 7-2 552 11
11 Princeton 20- 9-0 533 10
12 Cornell 18- 7-4 479 12
13 Colorado College 16-10-10 383 13
14 Ohio State 22-12-4 352 14
15 St. Lawrence 19-11-4 302 15
16 Minnesota 15-12-7 200 17
17 Wisconsin 17-15-4 174 19
18 Boston College* 16-13-5 124 20
19 Minnesota-Duluth* 16-12-8 91 16
20 St. Cloud State 18-15-3 82 18
Others Receiving Votes: Mass.-Lowell 65, Air Force 58, RIT* 18, Alaska 8, Minnesota State 8, Alaska-Anchorage 3, Union* 3, Northern Michigan 2, Dartmouth 1

*Denotes 2008-09 Lowell opponent

Hockey East Weekly Awards
Player of the Week — Brian Roloff, Vermont
Rookie of the Week — Karl Stollery, Merrimack
Defensive Player of the Week — John Muse, BC
Honor Roll — Cam Atkinson, BC; Nick Bonino, BU; Brock Bradford, BC; Greg Collins, UNH; Paul Dainton, UMass Amherst; Kory Falite, Lowell; Tanner House, Maine; Carter Hutton, Lowell; Blake Kessel, UNH; Dan Lawson, Vermont; James Marcou, UMass Amherst; John McCarthy, BU; Rob Ricci, Merrimack; Grant Rollheiser, BU; Steve Quailer, Northeastern; Casey Wellman, UMass Amherst; Brandon Yip; BU

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Lowell 5, Maine 3
BU 8, Providence 2
Merrimack 3, UMass Amherst 2 (ot)
Vermont 6, UNH 4
Northeastern 2, BC 1 (ot)

Lowell 6, Maine 0
BC 4, Northeastern 1
UMass Amherst 6, Merrimack 1
UNH 6, Vermont 5 (ot)

BU 3, Providence 0

How we voted
Last year, voting for the Player of the Game was very, umm, lax. Let’s not have that happen this year, eh? Go vote for Friday’s game right now and then vote for Saturday’s immediately afterwards. 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) Nick Schaus
3) Maury Edwards

1) Kory Falite
2) Maury Edwards
3) Carter Hutton

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jay permalink
    March 10, 2009 8:29 pm

    Congrats on a good season.

    Hopefully you can continue it up in VT and earn a berth at the Garden.

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