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Weekend in Review: Movin’ in the right direction

November 2, 2009

It was an odd weekend in Hockey East but, as far as we’re concerned, a good kind of odd.

First and most obvious was that Lowell split with Boston University, losing 5-4 in overtime at Tsongas Arena after falling victim to another dubious call by Tim Benedetto (who is now officially an Eternal Archnemesis) before winning 3-2 at Agganis Arena the next night because there wasn’t a quisling toadie referee on the ice.

The next kind of odd result which will, we suspect, look less and less odd as the year progresses: Merrimack split with Boston College, losing 4-3 at the Heights on Friday before coming back home and winning 5-3 like it was no big deal. These Warriors, led by Hockey East’s two leading goalscorers in Chris Barton and Stephane Da Costa, are for real.

Third odd result, which we actually liked a lot, was Vermont getting punked by Maine in Orono on Friday, 4-1. “But,” you must be saying, “You just got done talking about how the Big Four have traditionally blah blah blah.” And we’d say that we would agree with you under normal circumstances, but Lowell plays them this weekend so what do you want from us?

Less surprising results: UMass Amherst split with Providence 5-3 and 2-1 with the visitors winning each game, and UNH getting demolished by Wisconsin in Madison, 4-1 and 6-1.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
David Vallorani, Lowell (sophomore forward) — Not only did Vallorani pick up three assists against the No. 4 Terriers this weekend, he did just about everything he could to ensure that Lowell was always in a position to win games. He won draws (going 14 of 21 on the weekend), he won puck battles, he got the puck to teammates with expert precision. Even BU fans were clamoring to praise him on Friday. He is a very special player indeed.
(Honorable mention: Mike Scheu, Lowell; David Warsofsky, BU)

Rookie of the Week
Stephane Da Costa, Merrimack (freshman forward) — Proof positive of what Da Costa can do for you: linemate Brandon Brodhag entered the weekend having recorded no points in three appearances. He closed the weekend with four points in five. Da Costa racked up 1-3-4 in the same games, and that’s no coincidence. He’s now got 6-4-10 in six games.
(Honorable mention: Brandon Brodhag, Merrimack; Kyle Bigos, Merrimack)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
UNH — The way the Wildcats had been hemorrhaging on defense, expectations headed out to Wisconsin can’t have been high. And yet somehow they contorted themselves under that limbo bar as well. Not only did they lose both games, they did so 10-2 on aggregate, surrendering 95 shots and only managing 35 of their own. That’s just about as embarrassing as you can possibly get without actually tapping out midway through the game.
(Honorable mention: Rob Madore, Vermont; Vermont’s defense*)

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

National Polls

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Miami (41) 6-1-1 931 1
2 Denver ( 4) 5-2-1 856 2
3 North Dakota 4-1-1 833 3
4 Michigan 4-2-0 711 5
5 Cornell 1-0-0 657 6
6 Yale ( 1) 1-0-0 634 7
7 Boston University* 2-3-0 613 4
8 Mass.-Lowell* 4-2-0 572 9
9 Notre Dame 4-3-1 552 8
10 Nebraska-Omaha* 4-0-2 430 12
11 Bemidji State 5-0-1 385 14
12 Colorado College 4-1-1 372 15
13 Alaska 5-0-1 363 16
14 Princeton* 1-1-0 314 11
15 Vermont* 2-3-0 271 10
16 Boston College* 2-2-0 233 13
17 Michigan State 6-2-0 231 20
18 Wisconsin 3-2-1 225 19
19 Massachusetts* 4-1-0 205 17
20 Minnesota-Duluth 5-2-1 92 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Quinnipiac 53, Minnesota 36, Harvard 22, St. Cloud State 21, Providence* 18, Northeastern* 10, New Hampshire* 7, Merrimack* 6, Minnesota State 6, Ohio State 1

*Denotes 2009-10 Lowell opponent

Hockey East Weekly Awards
Player of the Week: David Warsofsky, BU
Rookie of the Week: Brandon Brodhag, Merrimack; Adam Shemansky, Maine
Defensive Player of the Week: Alex Beaudry, Providence
Honor Roll: Andrew Braithwaite, Merrimack; Paul Carey, BC; Alex Chaisson, BU; Colby Cohen, BU; Stephane Da Costa, Merrimack; Scott Darling, Maine; Mark Fayne, Providence; Brian Foster, UNH (ed. note: HAHAHA WHATTTT?); Brian Gibbons, BC; Jimmy Hayes, BC; Matt Irwin, UMass Amherst; Mike Scheu, Lowell; Ben Smith, BC; David Vallorani, Lowell; Alex Velischek, Providence; Paul Worthington, Lowell

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Friday
BU 5, Lowell 4 (OT)
BC 4, Merrimack 3
Maine 4, Vermont 1
UMass Amherst 5, Providence 3
Wisconsin 4, UNH 1

Saturday
Lowell 3, BU 2
Providence 2, UMass Amherst 1
Wisconsin 6, UNH 1

Sunday
Merrimack 5, BC 3

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 overtime loss to BU. Our top-3 for that game were:

1) David Vallorani
2) Nick Schaus
3) Mike Budd

3 Comments leave one →
  1. keith permalink
    November 3, 2009 3:03 am

    Nice work…both here and on the ice. I am a newbie here and quickly learning that this little gem is a fairly addictive little happening. A couple more days and I should have all the posts read. Nice job and happy to be among other proletariats who stand proud of Lowell.

  2. stevo permalink
    November 3, 2009 3:06 pm

    anyone get schaus’s hip check on film?

  3. November 4, 2009 2:08 pm

    I’d like to add one more thing I’m rather happy about from this weekend … the commitment of 2012 goaltender Chris Eiserman to the River Hawks. It happened Friday night.

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