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Weekend in Review: Ties!

November 23, 2009

After an uneventful Friday night (BC wins 4-3 at Maine, UNH downs BU 4-2 in Durham, Northeastern trounces Providence at home 4-1), things got a bit weird in Hockey East on Saturday.

Apart from Lowell’s well-deserved 6-3 win over Merrimack, the league had three 3-3 ties. BU played host to UNH and, after reportedly getting some help from our old pal Timmy Benedetto, escaped with a point. In the return trip to Providence, the Friars erased three separate one-goal deficits to salvage one point. Maine let a 2-0 lead slip away before getting one back early in the third and riding it out for the draw. Very strange indeed.

Who-cares results: Providence over Brown last Tuesday by a score of 4-3 and UMass Amherst once again getting late heroics against Yale and winning in OT 4-3. Yawn.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Chris Auger, Lowell (senior forward) — So they ended up taking a goal away from Juice on Saturday, which is unfortunate (we guess Campbell must’ve tipped Auger’s shot, but we were behind that goal and didn’t see it, so who knows?), but still, five points is five points. And even beyond that, his willingness to dive in front of shots and dive for 50-50 pucks warmed our hearts. Even beyond his production, our favorite play of the night was when he blocked a shot in the second period and then, while still sliding on the ice, poked the puck out of Lowell’s zone. That was awesome.
(Honorable mention: Scott Campbell, Lowell; Paul Worthington, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Pat Mullane, BC (freshman forward) — Two goals and an assist at Maine. Big deal, this kid.
(Honorable mention: Joey Diamond, Maine; John Henrion, UNH)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Hockey East’s Awards pickers — They got one right this week (Auger, obviously) and they didn’t have much to choose from the rookies. But Defensive Player of the Week is Brian freaking Foster? Five goals allowed on 60 shots (a .917 save percentage), whoa daddy! Relative to his prior performance, that’s Hobey Baker stuff right there, sure, but Chris Rawlings’ 4-on-64 weekend (.938) didn’t warrant consideration? They got the same amount of points, didn’t they? Please. Believe us, we hate praising Northeastern, but we think it’s fairly obvious what school Pete Souris, Hockey East’s media relations guy who assumedly makes these picks, attended. Brian Foster. What a joke.
(Honorable mention: Mark Dennehy, Merrimack; Joe Cannata*, Merrimack)

Permanent Tomato Can
Maine — 5-6-1, 1-0-1 this weekend.
UNH — 4-6-3, 1-0-1 this weekend.

National Polls

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Miami (37) 9-1-4 983 1
2 Denver ( 9) 8-3-1 938 3
3 Mass.-Lowell* ( 2) 8-2-1 864 4
4 North Dakota 7-4-1 794 2
5 Colorado College 9-2-1 792 7
6 Bemidji State ( 2) 10-1-1 690 8
7 Cornell 5-2-0 648 5
8 Michigan State 9-3-2 632 6
9 Quinnipiac 10-1-0 622 13
10 Massachusetts* 8-2-0 587 11
11 Yale 3-2-2 417 9
12 Alaska 8-3-1 401 10
13 Notre Dame 6-5-3 381 14
14 Minnesota-Duluth 9-4-1 378 20
15 Wisconsin 7-4-1 292 15
16 Boston College* 5-3-2 250 17
17 Ferris State 9-3-2 247 NR
18 Vermont* 4-4-1 188 17
19 Nebraska-Omaha* 5-4-3 109 12
20 Colgate* 6-3-4 70 NR
Others Receiving Votes: St. Cloud State 64, Michigan 63, RIT 20, Princeton* 18, Union 16, New Hampshire* 12, Northern Michigan 10, Rensselaer 8, Merrimack* 2, Providence* 2, St. Lawrence 2

*Denotes 2009-10 Lowell opponent

Hockey East Weekly Awards
Player of the Week: Chris Auger, Lowell
Rookie of the Week: Pat Mullane, BC
Defensive Player of the Week: Brian Foster, UNH
Honor Roll: Bobby Butler, UNH; Matt Campanale, UNH; Scott Campbell, Lowell; Zach Cohen, BU; Phil DeSimone, UNH; Joey Diamond, Maine; Matt Germain, Providence; John Henrion, UNH; Phil Kraemer, Northeastern; James Marcou, UMass Amherst; Daniel New, Providence; Gustav Nyquist, Maine; Grant Rollheiser, BU; Paul Thompson, UNH; Garrett Vermeersch, Northeastern

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Providence 4, Brown 3

UMass Amherst 4, Yale 3 (ot)

BC 4, Maine 3
UNH 4, BU 2
Northeastern 4, Providence 1

Lowell 6, Merrimack 3
BU 3, UNH 3 (ot)
Maine 3, BC 3 (ot)
Providence 3
, Northeastern 3 (ot)

How we voted
For every home game, 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 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 Saturday’s win over Merrimack. Our top-3 for that game were:

1) Chris Auger
2) Scott Campbell
3) Paul Worthington

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