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Weekend in Review: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

November 16, 2009

Yes, just as Grant conquered Lee, Lowell swept into the South and came back with everything it wanted. Two wins, by six total goals, is about as little as could have been asked for. Nice work, boys.

For everybody else, though, it was splitsville. UMass Amherst split with UNH at home after nearly losing on Friday. Amherst scored to erase a UNH lead with something like 11 seconds left (we obviously cannot be bothered to look that up) and ended up winning 4-3 in overtime, but then fell 4-2 the next night.

Maine thumped Northeastern on the road 6-2 on Friday before losing 5-2 Saturday.

Merrimack pounded BU 6-3 Friday in North Andover and lost 6-4 despite BU’s best efforts to blow a four-goal, first-period lead at Agganis on Saturday.

And finally, BC demolished Vermont 7-1 on Saturday before succumbing 3-2 on Sunday afternoon. All in all, a very strange weekend.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Chris Connolly, BU (sophomore forward) — You want to talk about a player that had an impact in a win and a loss, Connolly straight brought it for the Terriers. Six shots, an assist and one of only three Terriers to not be a minus on Friday, then he put the team on his back, picked up two goals and an assist, four shots and a plus-3 on Saturday. That’s not bad at all considering how bad the team has been lately.
(Honorable mention: Jimmy Hayes, BC; Scott Campbell, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Colin Wright, Lowell (freshman forward) — Wright picked up two very important goals in Lowell’s first game against Huntsville. The first was the game-winner, the second one was the message-sender. The message he sent: “You guys suck, so get out of our way.”
(Honorable mention: Stephane Da Costa, Merrimack; Steve Whitney, BC)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Fans of Alabama-Huntsville — As the kids say, these clowns got on our blog and talked “mad smack” but in the end, all that feudin’ and a fussin’ boiled down to one thing: a good ol’ fashioned whoopin’ boy howdy. Lowell went down to your barn, stomped a mudhole in your team and walked it dry. Didn’t hear so much talk after that first game, didn’t hear any after the second one. Either the revenuers came and took you away for moonshinin’ or y’all clammed up awful quick when you saw the quality of the opponent you were facing.
(Honorable mention: Kieran Millan, BU; UMass Amherst)

Permanent Tomato Can
Maine — 4-6-0, 1-1-0 this weekend.
UNH — 3-6-2, 1-1-0 this weekend.

National Polls

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Miami (42) 8-1-3 986 1
2 North Dakota ( 2) 7-2-1 916 2
3 Denver ( 2) 6-3-1 855 4
4 Mass.-Lowell ( 3) 7-2-1 824 5
5 Cornell 4-1-0 781 3
6 Michigan State ( 1) 9-2-1 727 13
7 Colorado College 7-2-1 695 10
8 Bemidji State 8-1-1 658 7
9 Yale 2-1-2 506 12
10 Alaska 7-2-1 505 9
11 Massachusetts* 7-2-0 414 14
12 Nebraska-Omaha* 5-2-3 371 11
13 Quinnipiac 8-1-0 366 20
14 Notre Dame 5-5-2 299 8
15 Wisconsin 6-3-1 242 NR
16 Michigan 4-6-0 230 6
17 Vermont* 4-4-1 222 15
17 Boston College* 4-3-1 222 16
19 Princeton* 3-2-1 181 19
20 Minnesota-Duluth 7-4-1 175 18
Others Receiving Votes: Ferris State 128, St. Cloud State 46, Colgate* 43, Boston University* 41, Merrimack* 17, Rensselaer 16, Providence* 12, Union 9, Northeastern* 8, RIT 3, New Hampshire* 2

*Denotes 2009-10 Lowell opponent

(P.S. That’s right, three first-place votes.)

Hockey East Weekly Awards
Player of the Week: Bobby Butler, UNH; Chris Connolly, BU
Rookie of the Week: David Boehm, UMass Amherst
Defensive Player of the Week: Mike Spillane, Vermont
Honor Roll: Fraser Allan, Merrimack; Mike Banwell, Maine; Justin Braun, UMass Amherst; Brandon Brodhag, Merrimack; Tommy Cross, BC; Stephane Da Costa, Merrimack; Paul Dainton*, UMass Amherst; Brian Flynn, Maine; Jimmy Hayes, BC; Carter Hutton, Lowell; Blake Kessel, UNH; Peter LeBlanc, UNH; Matt Mangene, Maine; Grant Rollheiser, BU; Kevin Shattenkirk*, BU; Adam Shemansky, Maine; Ben Smith, BC; David Vallorani, Lowell; Garrett Vermeersch, NU; Steven Whitney, BC; Colin Wright, Lowell

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Friday
Lowell 3, Alabama-Huntsville 1
Merrimack 6, BU 3
Maine 6, Northeastern 2
UMass Amherst 4, UNH 3 (ot)

Saturday
Lowell 4, Alabama-Huntsville 0
BU 6, Merrimack 4
Northeastern 5, Maine 2
UNH 4, UMass Amherst 2
BC 7
, Vermont 1

Sunday
Vermont 3, BC 2

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?

There was no home game, so we couldn’t vote!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Keith permalink
    November 17, 2009 2:27 am

    Things are falling into place and the nation has been alerted to the truth that is Lowell.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    November 17, 2009 3:26 am

    One of Connolly’s two goals was an empty net goal. And the other one was gift wrapped from Bonino. He said himself if he had missed it he should have packed it in for the night. His assist on Friday came when it was already game over at 5-1. I enjoy the job you guys do here but Connolly really didn’t do much this weekend and his team came a bounce or two from dropping two games.

    • November 17, 2009 3:36 am

      Just so you know we don’t actually care very much at all.

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