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Weekend in Review: What Lowell game?

October 19, 2009

The league schedule opened proper this weekend, with BU traveling out to their bogey team in Amherst and promptly losing 3-2. The only other Hockey East game was BC at Vermont on Sunday, which was unhappily featured on ESPNU. Vermont won that dismal affair 4-1 since BC, and more specifically Johnny Muse, looked absolutely terrible.

Unfortunately, there was not a game featuring a good team this weekend for us to attend, and instead we had to busy ourselves with going to Merrimack on Friday to see them take on, and then beat, Holy Cross 3-1. The following night, they smoked Army 6-3. Big whoop. Elsewhere, Northeastern survived a bit of a scare against Bentley on Friday and won 3-2.

Elsewhere UNH was embarrassed by No. 1 Miami by scores of 6-3 and 5-5, the latter only being an embarrassment because the Wildcats led 5-3 midway through the game and completely melted down as they are wont to do. And speaking of embarrassing (though we’re not sure which team it’s more embarrassing for), lowly Michigan State split with Maine in Orono, winning 5-3 on Friday before succumbing by the same score the next night.

And now the shocking news: Providence. Split. With Notre Dame. Yes, really. They won 3-2 Thursday and made a good defensive accounting of themselves in a 2-0 loss on Friday.

Almost all of it boils down to “who cares?”

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Stephane Da Costa, Merrimack (freshman forward) — As we mentioned above, we saw Merrimack beat Holy Cross live and in person on Friday and, while Merrimack merely looked good, this freshman looked STELLAR in his first NCAA game. He controlled play every time he stepped on the ice, and created a buzz every time he touched the puck. Players like this are the reason they made up the word “electrifying.” We couldn’t stop raving about him to all our friends after the game, and he didn’t even have any points. The next night, he had a natural hat trick 13-something minutes into the game and finished the night with a five-spot.
(Honorable mention: Blake Kessel, UNH; Paul Dainton*, UMass Amherst)

Rookie of the Week
Stephane Da Costa, Merrimack (freshman forward) — Yes, this breaks every piece of protocol we have for these awards, but this kid.. wow. There are no words. He has as many goals in two games as Providence does in three. Think about it.
(Honorable mention: Chris McCarthy, Vermont; Rocco Carzo, UMass Amherst)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Brian Foster, UNH (senior goaltender) — Brian, Brian, Brian, Brian, Brian. Are you SURE you don’t want Matt DiGirolamo to steal your job? In your first start this weekend, you gave up six goals on 26 shots. And when you inexplicably got another go on Saturday, you gave up five on 27 (which, you will sadly note, is an improvement). We’re not saying Miami doesn’t deserve to be No. 1 in the country, but we are saying that you don’t deserve to be No. 1 in any goalie rotation in NCAA Division 1 college hockey. That’s including AIC. A 5.13/.831 line through three starts? We’d say don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, but we’re sure it’d go through your five-hole instead.
(Honorable mention: Dick Umile, UNH; BU)

National Polls

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Miami (46) 3-0-1 994 1
2 North Dakota ( 1) 3-0-1 940 4
3 Boston University* ( 2) 0-1-0 820 2
4 Denver 2-2-0 801 3
5 Michigan 1-1-0 784 5
6 Cornell 0-0-0 701 6
7 Vermont* ( 1) 2-1-0 650 11
8 Yale 0-0-0 589 8
9 Notre Dame 2-2-0 554 7
10 Princeton* 0-0-0 530 10
11 Minnesota 0-1-1 454 9
12 Nebraska-Omaha* 3-0-1 366 16
13 Mass.-Lowell 1-1-0 363 14
14 Boston College* 0-1-0 273 12
15 Alaska 3-0-1 253 17
16 Bemidji State 2-0-0 243 15
17 Wisconsin 0-1-1 205 13
18 Minnesota-Duluth 3-1-0 175 NR
19 Colorado College 2-1-1 160 NR
20 Quinnipiac 3-0-0 150 18
Others Receiving Votes: Massachusetts* 136, St. Cloud State 107, Northeastern* 74, New Hampshire* 48, Michigan State 31, Alabama-Huntsville* 22, Harvard 21, Northern Michigan 18, Ohio State 12, Lake Superior 8, Union 8, St. Lawrence* 6, Providence* 3, Ferris State 1

*Denotes 2009-10 Lowell opponent

Hockey East Weekly Awards
Player of the Week: Stephane Da Costa, Merrimack
Rookie of the Week: Chris McCarthy, Vermont
Defensive Player of the Week: Paul Dainton*, UMass Amherst
Honor Roll: Alex Beaudry, Providence; Mike Borisenok, UNH; Bobby Butler, UNH; Alex Chiasson, BU; Pat Bowen, Merrimack; Rocco Carzo, UMass Amherst; Joe Cucci, Merrimack; David deKastrozza, Maine; Aaron Jamnick, Providence; Blake Kessel, UNH; Rob Madore, Vermont; Jake Newton, Northeastern; Gustav Nyquist, Maine; Will Ortiz, UMass Amherst; Colin Vock, Vermont; Joe Whitney, BC

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Thursday
Providence 3, Notre Dame 2

Friday
UMass Amherst 3, BU 2
Miami 6, UNH 3
Michigan State 5, Maine 3
Northeastern 3, Bentley 2
Merrimack 3, Holy Cross 1
Notre Dame 2, Providence 0

Saturday
UNH 5, Miami 5 (ot)
Maine 5, Michigan State 3
Merrimack 6, Army 3

Sunday
Vermont 4, BC 1

How we voted
Nothing on which to vote just yet.

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