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Weekend preview: How ’bout we drown it?

October 9, 2009

The No. 11 Lowell River Hawks (0-0-0, 0-0-0 HE) vs. the St. Lawrence Saints (0-0-0, 0-0-0 ECAC) and the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (0-0-0, 0-0-0 CCHA)/Army Black Knights (0-0-0, 0-0-0 AH)

5:05 p.m. Friday at Quest Center, Omaha, Nebraska
5:05/8:05 p.m. Saturday at Quest Center, Omaha, Nebraska

Lowell finished fifth in Hockey East last year with 30 points from 27 games, St. Lawrence was fourth in the ECAC with 26 points from 22 games, UNO was tied for seventh in the CCHA with 26 points from 28 games and Army was sixth in AH with 26 points from 28 games.

Last three games
Lowell — 3-0 vs. Acadia (exh.)
SLU — 2-1 vs. Toronto (exh.)
UNO — 2-1 vs. Lethbridge (exh.)
Army — Hasn’t played yet.

Prior meetings
Lowell is 10-8-1 against St. Lawrence, 0-1-0 against UNO and 19-6-0 against Army.

Season series
Nothing to report.

Top scorers (all 2008-09)
Lowell:
Maury Edwards — 38 GP, 12-18-30 (27 GP, 9-16-25 HE)
Scott Campbell — 38, 13-16-29 (27, 6-11-17)
David Vallorani — 38, 9-18-27 (27, 7-12-19)
Jeremy Dehner — 38, 3-23-26 (27, 3-17-20)
Kory Falite — 31, 14-8-22 (20, 10-5-15)

St. Lawrence:
Mike McKenzie — 38 GP, 16-18-34
Brock McBride — 34, 13-20-33
Kevin DeVergilio — 34, 11-20-31
Zach Miskovic — 38, 16-9-25
Casey Parenteau — 26, 8-15-23

Nebraska-Omaha:
Eddie Del Grosso — 39 GP, 6-28-34
Dan Charleston — 39, 9-18-27
Rich Purslow — 40, 12-12-24
Joey Martin — 39, 10-14-24
Tomas Klempa — 40, 14-9-23

Army:
Owen Meyer — 30 GP, 19-14-33
Eric Sefchik — 36, 9-20-29
Cody Omilusik — 34, 13-14-27
Mike Hull — 33, 5-12-17
Zach McKelvie — 33, 5-12-17

Goaltending
Lowell:
Carter Hutton (9-8-1) — 19 GP, 1,106:15 minutes, 2.06 GAA/.916 sv% (12 GP, 667:58 minutes, 2.25 GAA/.910 sv% HE)
Nevin Hamilton (10-8-1) — 19, 1,113:50, 2.15/.925 (16, 934:54, 2.18/.926)

St. Lawrence:
Alex Petizian (17-9-5) — 31 GP, 1,844, 2.18 GAA/.927 sv%
Kain Tisi (2-2-0) — 6, 319, 2.85/.885

UNO:
Jerad Kaufmann (9-10-3) — 22 GP, 1,274 minutes, 2.31 GAA/.915 sv%
Jeremie Dupont (6-7-5) — 20, 1,190, 2.67/.910

Army:
Jay Clark (9-9-5) — 24 GP, 1,390 minutes, 2.98 GAA/.914 sv%
Josh Kassel (2-10-1) — 14, 728, 4.04/.867

Team stats (2008-09)
Lowell:
Overall (38 games) — 112 goals for (3.03/gm), 86 goals against (2.26/gm). Power play 38/197 (19.3%, 2 SHGA), penalty kill 158/180 (87.8%, 5 SHGF)
Hockey East (27 games) — 84 GF (3.11/gm), 66 GA (2.44/gm). Power play 26/132 (19.7%, 1 SHGA), penalty kill 122/137 (89.1%, 5 SHGF)

We refuse to do team stats for the other three teams because their leagues’ websites make it incredibly difficult to find all the info (we had to get individual stats from USCHO, which we’ve never had to do before). Consider this protest.

Outlook

Here are Lowell’s choices this weekend: Win. Or also, win. Really that’s it.

Here’s the No. 11 team in the country, in a tournament with one team that picked up any votes in the poll. All their opponents, potential or certain, are critically flawed. Both St. Lawrence and UNO played in 2-1 exhibition wins last weekend against Canadian colleges that, much to their detriment, are not in the Maritimes (this is, of course, the most reasonable and expedient pass/fail test to discern a Canadian college’s relative goodness). Lookit the goaltending stats outta St. Lawrence: 2.18/.927 for Alex Petizian, and they didn’t barely pull a point a game from their league schedule last year? And their league is the ECAC? How is that possible? Obviously St. Lawrence is the most dangerous team in the tournament besides Lowell, but we get the feeling that the River Hawks aren’t going to be sleeping on an ECAC opponent in their first game of the season. They did it last year and look how that ended up. They’re going to be out for blood against St. Lawrence, no question about that, and it’s because they have to be.

The other opponents, well, they’re not great. UNO has so-so goaltending but next to no offense — one guy above 30 points and they played 40 games last season. It might end up looking that way since they’re playing Army, which they’ll steamroll. Neither team should be particularly worrisome for the ‘Hawks in the championship game, or consolation (haha, yeah right).

There’s really not much else to say. Lowell’s got to bring us a pair of scalps. Anything less than four points this weekend will be a total and complete disappointment, and we think everyone involved — including Lowell’s opponents —  recognizes that. Let’s get this, the most important Lowell season since it went Division 1, started properly.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 9, 2009 3:04 pm

    What is this? RHHB calling Lowell the number 11 team in the country? What blatant disrespect!!!! I expect this from the national media, but you guys? I’m shocked.

  2. RHHB permalink
    October 9, 2009 4:09 pm

    sometimes, irrespective of our personal beliefs (that lowell should be no.1 in a runaway), we simply have to deal with the sad fact that the people who make these decisions do wield some amount of power, however regrettable that may be.

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