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Weekend preview: October Revolution

October 29, 2009

The No. 9 Lowell River Hawks (3-1-0, 1-0-0 HE) vs. the No. 4 Boston University Terriers (1-2-0, 0-1-0 HE)

7 p.m. Friday at Tsongas Arena, Lowell, Mass.
7 p.m. Saturday at Agganis Arena, Boston, Mass.

Lowell is tied for second in Hockey East last year with two points from one game and BU is tied for seventh in Hockey East with no points from one game.

Last three games
Lowell — 3-1 vs. Northeastern, 5-3 vs. Colgate, 3-4 at Nebraska-Omaha
BU — 3-2 vs. Michigan, 0-3 vs. Notre Dame, 2-3 at UMass Amherst

Prior meetings
Lowell trails BU 17-62-8 all-time.

Season series
Nothing to report.

Top scorers
Lowell:
Scott Campbell — 4, 3-2-5 (1 GP, 0-0-0 HE)
Kory Falite — 4 GP, 2-3-5 (1, 0-1-1)
Maury Edwards — 4, 1-3-4 (1, 0-1-1)
David Vallorani — 4, 2-1-3 (1, 1-0-1)
Nick Schaus — 2, 1-2-3 (1, 0-1-1)

BU:
Kevin Shattenkirk — 3 GP, 0-3-3 (1 GP, 0-1-1 HE)
Alex Chiasson — 3, 2-0-2 (1, 2-0-2)
Corey Trivino — 3, 0-2-2 (1, 0-1-1)
Zach Cohen — 3, 1-0-1 (1, 0-0-0)
Colby Cohen — 3, 1-0-1 (1, 0-0-0)

Goaltending
Lowell:
Carter Hutton (2-1-0) — 3 GP, 178:00 minutes, 1.69 GAA/.931 sv% (1 GP, 59:35 minutes, 1.01 GAA/.960 sv% HE)
Nevin Hamilton (1-0-0) — 1, 60:00, 3.00/.900

BU:
Kieran Millan (1-2-0) — 3 GP, 174:41 minutes, 2.75 GAA/.896 sv% (1 GP, 58:42, 3.08 GAA/.885 sv% HE)

Team stats
Lowell:
Overall (4 games) — 14 goals for (3.50/gm), 8 goals against (2.00/gm). Power play 6/21 (28.6%, 0 SHGA), penalty kill 14/16 (87.5%, 0 SHGF)
Hockey East (1 game) — 3 goals for (3.00/gm), 1 goal against (1.00/gm). Power play 2/7 (28.6%, 0 SHGA), penalty kill 6/7 (85.7%, 0 SHGF)

BU:
Overall (3 games) — 5 goals for (1.67/gm), 8 goals against (2.67/gm). Power play 3/19 (15.8%, 0 SHGA), penalty kill 16/17 (94.1%, 0 SHGF)
Hockey East (1 game) — 2 goals for (2.00/gm), 3 goals against (3.00). Power play 1/3 (33.3%, 0 SHGA), penalty kill 4/4 (100.0%, 0 SHGF)

Outlook

You may have noticed a new-look banner at the top of this site as you came in today. The look and style was no mistake.

We came to a realization last night at which we had in the past only dug around the edges: Hockey East, like most anything else, is, at its heart, a class war. The small number of “Haves” always, on a year-to-year basis, dominate the vast majority of the “Have-Nots,” using our blood and sweat to grease the wheels of their machines, using us as cannon fodder while they go off to fight bigger wars at the end of the season. We say, “No more!”

The ruling class, this Big Three, has, with the aid of the corrupt officials at league headquarters, played quite a trick on us. They’ve allowed us to be turned against ourselves. Lowell’s quarrel shouldn’t be with Amherst or Merrimack or Providence or Northeastern or even Vermont. How long have we been at war with ourselves? Our warring only serves to please our oppressors and distract us from that which is truly important: the destruction of order as it currently exists. This rule by the bourgeoisie cannot be allowed to continue because it does nothing but cater to the needs of the wealthy few while the masses starve. No longer can we grovel.

Too long have we, the helpless many, allowed ourselves to be subjugated by the mighty few. The situation into which we have allowed ourselves to be forced can no longer be seen as tenable. The rich grow weak and complacent behind their palace gates, the poor grow hungrier by the day. We have seen in the past few years that it is not impossible to break into and disrupt the order they would keep for themselves. Our comrades at Northeastern did it last year, winning a home ice spot that had eluded many from our ranks over the years. Our brothers at Amherst did so several years ago. And Lowell, now, is the hope of Hockey East’s downtrodden proletariat. With the league’s oligarchy standing weakened in both power and resolve, now is the time for us to strike.

We have the power to cripple their industry of fear and greed. Their power to rule comes from us; we allow ourselves to be conquered, and ruled over, and dominated. At last, we have the power to stand up, to say no, to fight back. Look at their crumbling empire and rejoice! Maine has already tumbled down from its once-proud pedestal, and Boston College, it seems, may not be far behind.

Boston University, too, has faltered in its quest to prop up this unacceptable status quo. They have played so remarkably poorly, even by standards to which many would not dare to hold a titan of its stature, that they have scored far fewer goals than even Merrimack. And still they stand at No. 4 in the nation, protected only by those who have a vested interest in protecting them.

This is our hour, come ’round at last, and we must accept the great responsibility entrusted to us. We must break the chains which have confined us too long, and openly assault their tattered defenses. They cannot be allowed to mount a counterattack. This must be the series that smashes them, dashing their hopes and scattering their will to the four corners of the Earth.

We reach out a hand to all our brothers in Hockey East and across the entire country. Our aggression against each other is misplaced. Our war is with the elites. The plight of the oppressed ends with the oppressors. Several have found this to be true, as will others. Blood alone moves the wheels of history. It cannot be ours that is shed tomorrow.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. October 29, 2009 6:20 pm

    Comrades at Northeastern? Brothers at Amherst? This blog has gone soft.

  2. RHHB permalink
    October 29, 2009 6:23 pm

    insofar as they, like us, get cheated and stepped-on by the Big Three and the league itself. this theme will only be reoccurring when lowell plays BU, BC and UNH.

  3. Steve DeSimone permalink
    October 29, 2009 6:42 pm

    Outstanding!!!

  4. Monty permalink
    October 29, 2009 7:45 pm

    Why is the line “Spartans … Unite!” going through my head.

    Great job as usual RHHB.

  5. RHHB permalink
    October 29, 2009 7:48 pm

    dunno. is it because you think karl marx, friedrich engels and vladimir lenin are spartans?

    • Monty permalink
      October 30, 2009 1:08 pm

      They might have been!

      Go Hawks!

  6. Alan permalink
    October 29, 2009 10:28 pm

    Down with the Hockey East Proletariat!

  7. RHHB permalink
    October 29, 2009 10:31 pm

    alan, you understand that your minutemen are also a member of the proletariat right?

  8. Alan permalink
    October 30, 2009 12:12 am

    Oh my… I meant bourgeoisie…. very embarrassing! Yes I understand the difference, just made a mistake.

    And yes, are we ever proletariat…..

  9. Alan permalink
    October 30, 2009 12:14 am

    Oh and I hope you kick the crap out of BU this weekend.

  10. October 30, 2009 1:36 am

    I never thought in a millions years I’d read anything like this here. Is this legal? Screw it. Go Lowell!

  11. October 30, 2009 3:01 pm

    Epic post.

  12. Spanky permalink
    October 30, 2009 6:51 pm

    NO JUSTICE NO PEACE

  13. Bullmoose permalink
    October 31, 2009 1:31 am

    Wow, awesome post! Go Lowell!!! Destroy BU this weekend!

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