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Loose Pucks: Who are we to question Barry Melrose?

November 10, 2009

Three things with which we can get down:
1) Good starts.

If we were kidnapped five years ago and put in a time machine, and magically appeared today — what an odd plot that would be, especially considering the latest findings of theoretical quantum physics show you cannot move forward through time — one look at Lowell’s Hockey East schedule would be shocking. Playing Northeastern, BU, at BU, at Vermont and UNH and coming out of that with one loss would normally have resulted in a record that is certainly not 3-1-1 (and really should have been better). Not that we won’t take it.

2) Recognition.

Barry Melrose spun one hell of a yarn on Sunday. He had read all the game notes, and on the drive up he said to himself, “There’s no way this Lowell team is as good as they’re saying it is.” We can only assume “they” means us, the two brilliant men with chiseled good looks that write this blog, and in that case we say hello Mr. Melrose, we’re glad you now officially see it our way.

3) Nick Schaus.

This kid is a monster and there’s nothing you can do to stop him from smashing everything you hold dear with cold disregard.

Two things that are wiggity-wiggity-wack:
1) Road trips.

Awww we don’t get to see Lowell TWICE this weekend? Eh, maybe we’ll pony up the cashola for a video feed and do another liveblog for one of the games. Stay tuned for that info, we suppose.

2) Crybabies.

Because we’re probably not doing a TWiD this week (you’ll see why tomorrow), we’ll put this here: It’s Dick Umile making himself look foolish in this week’s USCHO.com recap.

“We came down and played a good game for two periods. Then we just gave the game away. I don’t think [Lowell] beat us as much as we gave the game away.”

Our reaction?

You’re right, typically “giving the game away” means getting outscored 7-2. Think that scoreline is a typo? How many goals were scored off Lowell’s sticks versus UNH’s? We rest our case.

Stat of the Week

We’re eight games into this season now, which means the campaign is about 20 percent over (assuming Lowell does well in the playoffs, which is a reasonable assumption). You might remember the last time Lowell had a record of 5-2-1 or better through eight games. It was 2001-02, or the year Lowell climbed as high as No. 3 in the rankings, which is still the school record. That team went 6-2-0 in its first eight and climbed all the way to 13-2-0 before someone handed them another loss (in fact it was Denver in the finals of the Denver Cup under what were, as we recall, some shady circumstances).

Through eight games, that team scored 31 goals (this year’s team has 30). It allowed 19 (this year’s team has conceded 21). Our point is that they’re shockingly similar.

That was, you’ll recall, the team that was more or less invincible at home until the Olympics stole our three best players, and a team that started 16-3-1 ended the season 22-13-3 and just missed the NCAA tournament which at the time was still just 12 teams (and expanded to 16 the next season, just in time to screw Lowell over again).

And the good news? No Olympics this year, baby.

We ballin’

Y’know, as nice as it is to get games on national television, and against traditional powerhouses, and then win those games convincingly, it’s pretty terrible that not only did the first 21:15 of the game didn’t even get seen, but also the rink was like half-empty. Those that gutted it out through the “thrilling” 2-1 shootout victory by South Carolina over whoever the hell they played were treated to a largely underwhelming atmosphere at a rather vacant-looking Tsongas Arena. We understand that it’s Sunday and it’s the afternoon and the Pats game was on, but this kind of fan support is frustrating. Maybe the crowd wasn’t mic’ed properly or something, but it just made Lowell look not-great. The team and the school deserve more than that.

Get it together, fanbase.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Alan permalink
    November 10, 2009 11:36 pm

    I didn’t think Whistling Dick was enough of a sore loser to use the “The Better Team Lost” defense. What a dolt.

    • RHHB permalink
      November 11, 2009 3:41 am

      you… didn’t?

      • Alan permalink
        November 11, 2009 3:10 pm

        Meh… I guess I haven’t been paying enough attention. How Umiliating.

  2. stevo permalink
    November 11, 2009 3:33 am

    your a M0NSTER of a writer LOL

  3. November 11, 2009 3:53 am

    If it’s impossible to move forward in time, how the heck am I ever gonna get to tomorrow?

    • RHHB permalink
      November 11, 2009 4:10 am

      well actually we misspoke (miswrote?) on that.

      essentially the way time travel works is this: a wormhole is opened in the space-time continuum with what is generally accepted to be a small black hole. you can travel through it to any point at which the time machine has existed and continuously been on because that black hole will have existed to be traveled through.

      for example: if you turned on a time machine on nov. 10, 2009 at noon edt, you could, at any point in the future, go backwards in time to nov. 10 at noon edt because you would be emerging from the black hole that was created. you also cannot go back forward through that same black hole because somethingsomethingtheoreticalquantummechanics. it has to do with emerging in a different universe than the one you left because the one you came to split off from the one you went to at the moment you went to it. it’s a whole big thing.

      (we are aware that this was an overly long and technical explanation for a small joke, but we do enjoy our time travel talk.)

  4. justin permalink
    November 11, 2009 4:24 am

    There actually are Olympics this season…you just don’t have anyone you’re going to lose.

    • RHHB permalink
      November 11, 2009 4:26 am

      we’re aware, thank you.

      • justin permalink
        November 12, 2009 4:19 am

        Just making sure :D

    • November 11, 2009 4:17 pm

      And we’re thankful for not losing anyone to the Olympics.

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