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Weekend in Review: lol @ Vermont

October 26, 2009

As you know, Lowell handled itself well in the first games in two weeks, beating Colgate 5-3 and cruising past a hapless Northeastern squad 3-1.

Northeastern fared no better the night prior, going up to UNH and losing 4-2 on Friday. The next night, UNH hosted and, of course, blew out Maine 5-2. Maine also lost to UMass Amherst on Friday 5-3.

The two teams with Boston in their names both faced off with Notre Dame, with BU taking an ugly 3-0 home beating on national TV Tuesday night before BC traveled out to South Bend and came back from a two-goal deficit to win 3-2. BU also beat Michigan 3-2.

Providence, meanwhile, handled Bowling Green 8-2 and 3-1.

But the big yuk-yuk result of the weekend was, of course, Merrimack straight-up handing it to Vermont 5-2 on Friday, this after the Catamounts scored something like 20 seconds into the game. We had a good ol’ fashioned laugh at that one. Merrimack followed that performance with another win against a terrible opponent, beating UConn by the less impressive score of 3-1.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Blake Kessel, UNH (sophomore defenseman) — Blake Kessel is a guy whose tires you might remember us pumping last season after Lowell demolished UNH 8-3 early in the season. In a night where there was almost nothing whatsoever to like about UNH’s play, Kessel was a standout, and that prompted us to let all y’all know that this kid was going to be something special. And being that we’re told-ya-so kinda guys, we were positively tickled to see him pick up five points this weekend to bring his season total to 10 in four games. Blake Kessel rules.
(Honorable mention: David Vallorani, Lowell; Scott Campbell, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Aaron Jamnick, Providence (freshman forward) — Okay so Bowling Green isn’t exactly the greatest opponent of all time, but averaging a goal and an assist in both games this weekend, that’s pretty alright we suppose. (Hint: there weren’t many good candidates this week :( )
(Honorable mention: Riley Wetmore, Lowell; Colin Wright, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Vermont — Hahahahaha. Boy, let’s go back to our being told-ya-so kinda guys. Things we said at the beginning of the season: Merrimack would compete Amherst, not PC or Maine, for a mid-table spot and Vermont wouldn’t be all that good. Where’s the Mack at? Sitting on four straight wins, with only its only losses coming at North Dakota, and those without star player Stephane Da Costa. And where’s UVM at? They’re .500, and allowing almost four goals a game, good for ninth in Hockey East. So much for the vaunted Vermont Defense*. Attaway, Merrimack. Continue proving us right. Vermont doesn’t deserve to be in the top 10, and Merrimack deserves far more than two votes.
(Honorable mention: Maine; Rob Madore, Vermont)

Permanent Tomato Can
Maine — 1-5-0, 0-2 this weekend.

National Polls

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Miami (26) 4-1-1 925 1
2 Denver (20) 4-2-0 899 4
3 North Dakota ( 1) 4-1-1 867 2
4 Boston University* 1-2-0 760 3
5 Michigan 2-2-0 697 5
6 Cornell 0-0-0 627 6
7 Yale ( 1) 0-0-0 562 8
8 Notre Dame 3-3-0 523 9
9 Mass.-Lowell 3-1-0 507 13
10 Vermont* 2-2-0 467 7
11 Princeton* 0-0-0 466 10
12 Nebraska-Omaha* 3-0-1 437 12
13 Boston College* 1-1-0 427 14
14 Bemidji State 3-0-1 327 16
15 Colorado College 4-1-1 309 19
16 Alaska 3-0-1 291 15
17 Massachusetts* 3-0-0 179 NR
18 Quinnipiac 3-0-0 133 20
19 Wisconsin 1-2-1 117 17
20 Michigan State 4-2-0 109 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota 106, St. Cloud State 91, Minnesota-Duluth 75, New Hampshire* 64, Western Michigan 41, Harvard 22, Ferris State 20, Providence* 16, Northeastern* 10, Merrimack* 2, Holy Cross 1, Lake Superior 1, St. Lawrence* 1, Union 1

*Denotes 2009-10 Lowell opponent

Hockey East Weekly Awards
Player of the Week: Matt Bergland, Providence
Rookie of the Week: Dalton Speelman, UNH
Defensive Player of the Week: Karl Stollery, Merrimack
Honor Roll: Chris Barton, Merrimack; Justin Braun, UMass Amherst; Bobby Butler, UNH; Scott Campbell, Lowell; Justin Gates, Providence; Brian Gibbons, BC; Tanner House, Maine; Aaron Jamnick, Providence; Blake Kessel, UNH; Wade MacLeod, Northeastern; James Marcou, UMass Amherst; Kieran Millan, BU; Steve Moses, UNH; John Muse, BC; Gustav Nyquist, Maine; Joe Perreira, BC; Kevin Shattenkirk*, BU; David Vallorani, Lowell; Joe Whitney, BC

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Tuesday
Notre Dame 3, BU 0

Friday
Lowell 5, Colgate 3
Merrimack 5, Vermont 2
UMass Amherst 5, Maine 3
UNH 4, Northeastern 2
Providence 8, Bowling Green 2
BC 3, Notre Dame 2

Saturday
Lowell 3, Northeastern 1
UNH 5
, Maine 2
BU 3, Michigan 2
Providence 3, Bowling Green 2

Sunday
Merrimack 3, UConn 1

How we voted
For every home game, UMLHockey.com wants to know who your three stars of the game for the River Hawks are. All this voting is counted up and given as the UMLHockey.com Player of the Year award at the end of the season, so let’s take it super-seriously and just see if we can’t get those vote totals boosted this year, eh?

Click here to vote for Friday’s win over Colgate. Our top-3 for that game were:

1) Scott Campbell
2) David Vallorani
3) Nick Schaus

Click here to vote for Saturday’s win over Northeastern. Our top-3 for that game were:

1) David Vallorani
2) Carter Hutton
3) Riley Wetmore

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. stevo permalink
    October 27, 2009 3:26 am

    Suprised you left Schaus off your weekly awards/ He won Fridays game,Single handed. and gave Vallorani a tip in pass to win Sat.

  2. October 27, 2009 3:32 am

    well the reason we did it is two-fold. one, only two runners up per award and no one on lowell had a good enoguh weekend to win an award outright. also we thought that apart from the goal, and especially in the second period, schaus had a poor game friday. he got torched on two colgate goals.

  3. stevo permalink
    October 27, 2009 12:12 pm

    guess its safe to say glad he didnt get a three game suspension. those forwards dont have to play d (maybe he was rusty)

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