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Weekend in review: … The wind began to howl

March 16, 2009

And so a new era may be dawning in Hockey East. It’s no longer a gimme that the Big Four make it to the TD Banknorth Garden every year.

BC knocked UNH out of the first round of the tournament, which guaranteed that at least two of the B4 were doomed to watch the Boston-based festivities from home. The Eagles took Game 1 5-3 before completely shutting the Wildcats down in Game 2 and winning 1-0.

The other Big Four team to get bounced nice and early was, of course, Maine, which lost Game 1 in a tight 2-1 game at BU thanks to a very late goal. The next night Maine bounced back, putting up a shocking 6-3 win in Game 2 to force a Game 3, which it promptly lost 6-2.

And then there was some developing talk about Vermont being the new member of the Big Four now that Maine seems to have dropped out of it (more on that tomorrow), but Lowell hopefully put an end to that with wins of 4-3 in overtime and 4-2 to sweep the season series and head back to Boston for the first time in seven years.

In the other series that guaranteed a Bottom Six team would make it, Northeastern snuck by UMass Amherst, losing 2-1, winning 4-1 and then taking Game 3 in overtime, 3-2.

This sets up semifinal meetings between Lowell and Northeastern at 5 p.m. and BC and BU at 8 p.m. (or whenever). This weekend is going to be crazy.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Scott Campbell, Mark Roebothan and Mike Potacco, Lowell (sophomore, senior and senior forwards) — This unstoppable force of a line scored three goals and five assists between them this weekend and let Vermont know who they is in all three zones. This has been Lowell’s best line for weeks, even if the stats haven’t shown that. They sure showed it this week, and in doing so, saw Vermont shuffle its pathetic little way out of the Hockey East tournament.
(Honorable mention: Maury Edwards, Lowell; Nick Schaus, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
David Vallorani, Lowell (freshman forward) — Three points in two games is a hell of a way to start a postseason career, that’s for sure. Vallorani was all over the ice for Lowell this weekend and helped set an emphatic tone for the third line. Massive weekend. We expect another.
(Honorable mention: Matt Irwin, UMass Amherst; Alex Tuckerman, Northeastern)

Ham n Eggers of the Weak
Vermont fans — Loooooooooots of big talk outta the Vermonters last week about how much better than Lowell their Catamounts were. Loooooooooots of excuse-making on Sunday. We love it.
(Dishonorable mention: Vermont; Peter Lenes, Vermont; Everyone associated with Vermont who is not Kevin Sneddon because Kevin Sneddon is our new second-favorite Hockey East coach)

National Poll

Team (FPV) Record Points Last Poll
1 Notre Dame (27) 29- 5-3 977 2
2 Boston University* (23) 29- 6-4 969 1
3 Michigan 28-10-0 900 3
4 Denver 22-10-5 819 5
5 Northeastern* 25-10-4 778 4
6 North Dakota 24-12-4 776 6
7 Yale 22- 7-2 689 10
8 Princeton 22-10-0 584 11
9 Cornell 20- 8-4 533 12
10 Vermont* 20-11-5 532 7
11 New Hampshire* 19-12-5 437 9
12 Miami 20-12-5 435 8
13 Minnesota 17-12-7 397 16
14 St. Lawrence 21-11-4 394 15
15 Boston College* 18-13-5 280 18
16 Wisconsin 19-15-4 253 17
17 Minnesota-Duluth* 18-12-8 250 19
18 Ohio State 23-14-4 148 14
19 Mass.-Lowell 19-15-2 126 NR
20 Colorado College 16-12-10 101 13
Others Receiving Votes: Alaska 40, Air Force 37, Northern Michigan 21, St. Cloud State 11, RIT 7, Minnesota State 4, Bemidji State 2

*Denotes 2008-09 Lowell opponent

Hockey East Weekly Awards
Player of the Week: Scott Campbell, Lowell
Rookie of the Week: Alex Tuckerman, Northeastern
Defensive Player of the Week: John Muse
Honor roll: Brock Bradford, BC; Colby Cohen, BU; Brian Foster, UNH; Tanner House, Maine; Matt Irwin, UMass Amherst; Gustav Nyquist, Maine; Matt Price, BC; Mark Roebothan, Lowell; Viktor Stalberg, Vermont; Brad Thiessen, Northeastern; James van Riemsdyk, UNH; David Vallorani, Lowell; Brandon Yip, BU

How we voted
There weren’t any home games this week, so we didn’t vote.

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