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Weekend in Review: Get it together

October 12, 2009

Certainly the weekend didn’t go as we (or, we’re sure, Lowell) wanted. Splitting weekends, particularly weekends against opponents like St. Lawrence and Nebraska-Omaha, isn’t going to fly with us this season like it did the last two. Lowell is simply a better team than either side it faced last weekend, and so now wins like Friday’s 3-0 victory over the Saints are expected, and losses like Saturday’s 4-3 implosion against the Mavericks are patently intolerable.

Two team that was delighted with its split, though, were Vermont, which blew a number of leads on Friday night en route to a 5-4 loss to No. 1 Denver, but rebounded the next night for a 6-4 victory, and Northeastern, which dropped a 4-2 decision to Colorado College but came back on Saturday to win 4-3.

Merrimack, meanwhile, went out west and had a pair of fairly good showings against North Dakota, losing 5-2 and 3-2 but acquitting themselves well against a powerhouse squad. Maine was the other Hockey East team to get swept, fumbling two winnable games to Union (UNION!), 4-1 and 6-3. There’s no good way to spin that.

UMass Amherst and UNH hosted RPI on a leaf-peeping tour of New England. The Minutemen were inhospitable hosts, rolling to a 5-2 W, but UNH bent over backwards to accommodate its guests en route to an embarrassing 3-1 loss. Down in Providence, the Friars got steamrolled by New Brunswick 6-3 but beat the mighty Holy Cross Crusaders (THEY BEAT MINNESOTA ONCE!), 2-1.

BC and BU, meanwhile, beat the US Under 18 team 6-3 and 3-2, respectively.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Chris Barton, Merrimack (junior forward) — A lot of players had multiple-point weekends, but this kid scored three of the ‘Mack’s four goals at North Dakota. That is, obviously, considerably better than James’ Marcou’s four-point night against RP-freaking-I.
(Honorable mention: Kory Falite, Lowelll; Brayden Irwin, Vermont)

Rookie of the Week
Garrett Vermeersch, Northeastern (freshman forward) — Very few freshmen did anything above and beyond the rest of the field, so what the hell, Vermeersch, enjoy this award. It’s the last one you’ll get, we’re sure.
(Honorable mention: Riley Wetmore, Lowell; maybe someone else too, but who cares)

Ham n Eggers of the Weak
UNH — Yikes guys. Losing 3-1 to RPI at home? RPI’s so bad they lost to Amherst by three, and you only scored one against them? It might be really fun to watch the Wildcats this season. Y’know, as outsiders.
(Honorable mention: )

National Polls

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Miami (28) 2-0-0 871 4
2 Boston University (17) 0-0-0 859 2
3 Denver 1-1-0 772 1
4 North Dakota 2-0-0 759 6
5 Michigan 1-1-0 685 3
6 Cornell 0-0-0 608 7
7 Notre Dame 1-1-0 598 5
8 Yale 0-0-0 523 8
9 Minnesota 0-0-0 521 9
10 Princeton 0-0-0 459 10
11 Vermont 1-1-0 408 14
12 Boston College 0-0-0 395 12
13 Wisconsin 0-0-0 352 13
14 Mass.-Lowell 1-1-0 348 11
15 Bemidji State 2-0-0 183 NR
16 Nebraska-Omaha 2-0-0 154 NR
17 Alaska 2-0-0 126 NR
18 Quinnipiac 2-0-0 110 NR
19 St. Cloud State 0-2-0 109 15
20 Northeastern 1-1-0 105 20
Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota-Duluth 102, New Hampshire 84, Union 55, Michigan State 53, Minnesota State 46, Northern Michigan 43, Ohio State 32, Colorado College 24, Harvard 17, Massachusetts 11, Air Force 9, Alaska-Anchorage 7, RIT 7, Colgate 5, St. Lawrence 4, Alabama-Huntsville 3, Rensselaer 2, Canisius 1

Hockey East Weekly Awards
Player of the Week: James Marcou, UMass Amherst
Rookie of the Week: Garrett Vermeesch, Northeastern
Defensive Player of the Week: Alex Beaudry, Providence
Honor Roll: Cam Atkinson, BC; Chris Barton, Merrimack; Nick Bonino, BU; Andrew Braithwaite, Merrimack; Bobby Butler, UNH; Rocco Carzo, UMass; Chris Donovan, Northeastern; Jack Downing, Vermont; Kory Falite, Lowell; Carter Hutton, Lowell; Brayden Irwin, Vermont; Matt Irwin, UMass Amherst; Chris Kreider, BC; Daniel New, Providence; Gustav Nyquist, Maine; Joe Pereira, BU; Adam Shemansky, Maine

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Thursday
UMass Amherst 5, RPI 2

Friday
Lowell 3, St. Lawrence 0
Union 4, Maine 1
New Brunswick 6, Providence 3
BC 6, US Under 18 Team 3
Colorado College 4, Northeastern 2
Denver 5, Vermont 4
North Dakota 5, Merrimack 2

Saturday
Union 6, Maine 3
RPI 3, UNH 1
Providence 2, Holy Cross 1
BU 3, US Under 18 Team 2
Nebraska-Omaha 4, Lowell 3
Northeastern 4, Colorado College 3
Vermont 6, Denver 4
North Dakota 3, Merrimack 2

How we voted
Nothing on which to vote just yet.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Scott permalink
    October 13, 2009 2:07 am

    UNH lost at RPI, not at home. Still a good chuckle for you, but not quite as bad as you’d like.

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