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Weekend in Review: Not bad

December 7, 2009

Lowell officially broke out of its mini-slump this weekend, losing a very close game 2-1 at UNH before walloping Amherst 5-3 at home to get back on the right track.

Amherst, though, was already in the midst of a bad weekend, having fallen to Boston College at home 3-1 on Friday. The Wildcats, meanwhile, continue to run through Hockey East opponents, handing a severe beating to Vermont yesterday, 5-2 in Burlington. This after Vermont seemed to be getting it all together again, having beaten Yale 1-0 on Monday and got a point from BU at Agganis on Friday, drawing 3-all.

And despite the pair of home games this weekend, BU was not so good considering after the draw with Vermont it went out and lost to archrival BC 3-1.

In the two proper weekend series, Maine swept Providence with a pair of 3-1 results in Orono and Northeastern split with Merrimack, losing 3-1 in North Andover before getting its revenge 2-1 the next night in Boston.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
David Vallorani, Lowell (sophomore forward) — As if there was any doubt. A hat trick at home to singlehandedly score almost as many goals as Lowell had netted in its previous three games is pretty okay with us. Also, the fact that it was against Amherst: hilarious.
(Honorable mention: Nick Schaus, Lowell; Mike Scheu, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Pat Mullane, Boston College (freshman forward) — Three assists, a plus-2 and more points than anyone on the Eagles who was not linemate Cam Atkinson, who is, incidentally, not a freshman. So there ya go.
(Honorable mention: Joe Caveney, Lowell; Stephane Da Costa, Merrimack)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
UMass Amherst — Christmas must’ve come last week, because after the Minutemen started the season 9-2-0, they’ve lost their last three, all to opponents that many would have had us believing they could and should beat. Funny how that works out. The precipitous fall is, of course, enough to remind one of that time two seasons ago they climbed as high as fifth in the nation before falling to Earth like Icarus as punishment from the hockey gods for attempting to outstrip their place in the world. Or perhaps we’re reading too much into it.
(Honorable mention: Paul Dainton*, UMass Amherst; BU)

National Polls

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Miami (36) 11-2-5 977 1
2 Denver (11) 10-4-2 956 2
3 North Dakota 9-5-2 860 3
4 Bemidji State ( 2) 13-2-1 843 5
5 Cornell ( 1) 7-2-2 756 7
6 Colorado College 10-4-2 726 6
7 Quinnipiac 12-3-0 635 4
8 Yale 7-3-2 606 10
9 Mass.-Lowell 9-5-1 578 8
10 Boston College* 8-3-2 542 15
11 Wisconsin 10-5-1 489 16
12 Minnesota-Duluth 10-5-1 438 12
13 Ferris State 11-3-2 419 17
14 Michigan State 10-6-2 399 11
15 Massachusetts* 9-5-0 383 9
16 Alaska 8-4-4 233 12
17 St. Cloud State 8-6-2 194 20
18 Notre Dame 7-7-4 127 14
19 New Hampshire* 7-6-3 112 NR
20 Union 7-3-5 79 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Vermont* 47, Michigan 30, RIT 27, Nebraska-Omaha* 17, Northern Michigan 10, Maine* 8, Colgate* 7, Air Force 2

*Denotes 2009-10 Lowell opponent

Hockey East Weekly Awards
Player of the Week:
Rookie of the Week:
Defensive Player of the Week:
Honor Roll:

As always, when these come out, we’ll update them, but we can’t sit around waiting on Hockey East all day. Of course we didn’t end up updating them last week so we might just scrap this in the future unless a Lowell player wins something significant. “Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards,” perhaps.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Monday
Vermont 1, Yale 0

Friday
UNH 2, Lowell 1
BC 3, UMass Amherst 1
Maine 3, Providence 1
Merrimack 3, Northeastern 1
BU 3, Vermont 3 (OT)

Saturday
Lowell 5, UMass Amherst 3
BC 3, BU 1
Northeastern 2, Merrimack 1
Maine 3, Providence 1

Sunday
UNH 5, Vermont 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?

Click here to vote for Saturday’s strong win over Amherst. Our top-3 for that game, which should be obvious, were:

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

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