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January 2, 2010

The No. 14 Lowell River Hawks (10-6-1, 5-4-1 HE) vs. the Holy Cross Crusaders (4-9-4, 4-6-3 AHA) and the Dartmouth College Big Green (3-8-0, 1-6-0 ECAC) or the Northeastern Huskies (6-8-1, 4-7-1 HE)

4 p.m. Saturday at Thompson Arena, Hanover, N.H.
4/7 p.m. Sunday at Thompson Arena, Hanover, N.H.

Lowell is fifth in Hockey East with 11 points from 10 games, Holy Cross is seventh in Atlantic Hockey with 11 points from 13 games, Dartmouth is last in the ECAC with two points from seven games, and Northeastern is seventh in Hockey East with nine points from 12 games.

Last three games
Lowell — 2-3 vs. Princeton, 4-1 vs. Princeton, 5-3 vs. UMass
Holy Cross — 1-1 (ot) vs. Quinnipiac, 2-3 (ot) vs. RIT, 1-1 (ot) vs. RIT
Dartmouth — 3-4 at Vermont, 1-4 vs. Sacred Heart, 6-2 at Harvard
Northeastern — 1-5 at Maine, 2-1 vs. Merrimack, 1-3 at Merrimack

Prior meetings
Lowell lead Holy Cross 20-4-0, leads Dartmouth 4-3-0, and leads Northeastern 52-34-7 all-time.

Season series
Lowell beat Northeastern 3-1 on Oct. 24 in a Hockey East league game behind goals from Riley Wetmore, David Vallorani and Paul Worthington. Carter Hutton made 24 saves in the win.

Lowell has not met the other two teams.

Top scorers
Lowell:
Nick Schaus — 15 GP, 4-14-18 (10 GP, 3-10-13 HE)
David Vallorani — 17, 7-8-15 (10, 4-6-10)
Scott Campbell — 17, 6-9-15 (10, 2-4-6)
Kory Falite — 17, 8-5-13 (10, 4-2-6)
Paul Worthington — 17, 8-5-13 (10, 6-4-10)

Holy Cross:
Everett Sheen — 17 GP, 8-5-13 (13 GP, 5-4-9 AHA)
Jordan Cyr — 10, 5-6-11 (8, 4-5-9)
Brodie Sheahan — 15, 5-3-8 (11, 4-2-6)
Rob Linsmayer — 17, 1-7-8 (13, 1-6-7)
Matt Arhontas — 15, 5-2-7 (11, 5-2-7)

Dartmouth:
Scott Fleming — 11 GP, 7-4-11 (7 GP, 3-1-4 ECAC)
Adam Estoclet — 9, 2-8-10 (7, 1-4-5)
Dustin Walsh — 11, 4-2-6 (7, 3-2-5)
Joe Gaudet — 11, 3-3-6 (7, 3-2-5)
Evan Stephens — 10, 2-4-6 (6, 0-3-3)

Northeastern:
Kyle Kraemer — 15 GP, 5-5-10 (12 GP, 5-4-9 HE)
Garrett Vermeersch — 14, 4-6-10 (11, 2-5-7)
Wade MacLeod — 14, 4-5-9 (11, 4-3-7)
Tyler McNeely — 14, 4-3-7 (11, 3-3-6)
Alex Tuckerman — 14, 3-4-7 (12, 2-3-5)

Goaltending
Lowell:
Carter Hutton (5-4-0) — 9 GP, 538:36 minutes, 2.12 GAA/.927 sv% (5 GP, 300:36 minutes, 2.79 GAA/.914 sv% HE)
Nevin Hamilton (5-2-1) — 8, 481:53, 2.61/.911 (5, 303:01, 2.77/.910 HE)

Holy Cross:
Thomas Tysowsky (4-7-4) — 15 GP, 898:13 minutes, 2.20 GAA/.913 sv% (13 GP, 774:05, 2.33 GAA/.908 sv% AHA)

Dartmouth:
Jody O’Neill (3-7-0) — 10 GP, 555:59 minutes, 3.45 GAA/.904 sv% (6 GP, 317:29, 3.78 GAA/.891 sv% ECAC)
James Mello (0-1-0) — 2, 97:35, 2.46/.917 (same)

Northeastern:
Chris Rawlings (5-7-1) — 13 GP, 750:05 minutes, 3.12 GAA/.908 sv% (10 GP, 570:58, 3.15 GAA/.906 sv% HE)
Bryan Mountain (1-1-0) — 4, 151:08, 1.99/.906 (same)

Team stats
Lowell:
Overall (17 games) — 58 goals for (3.41/gm), 41 goals against (2.41/gm). Power play 20/85 (23.5%, 1 SHGA), penalty kill 56/68 (82.4%, 1 SHGF)
Hockey East (10 games) — 34 goals for (3.40/gm), 29 goal against (2.90/gm). Power play 13/50 (26.0%, 1 SHGA), penalty kill 34/44 (77.3%, 0 SHGF)

Holy Cross:
Overall (17 games) — 36 goals for (2.12/gm), 47 goals against (2.76/gm). Power play 12/81 (14.8%, 5 SHGA), penalty kill 69/84 (82.1%, 1 SHGF)
AHA (13 games) — 30 goals for (2.31/gm), 34 goals against (2.62/gm). Power play 9/64 (14.1%, 5 SHGA), penalty kill 53/63 (84.1%, 1 SHGF)

Dartmouth:
Overall (11 games) — 28 goals for (2.55/gm), 36 goals against (3.27/gm). Power play 8/54 (14.8%, 0 SHGA), penalty kill 42/56 (75.0%, 0 SHGF)
ECAC (7 games) — 14 goals for (2.00/gm), 24 goals against (3.43/gm). Power play 8/42 (19.0%, 0 SHGA), penalty kill 31/40 (77.5%, 0 SHGF)

Northeastern:
Overall (15 games) — 34 goals for (2.27/gm), 45 goals against (3.00/gm). Power play 11/73 (15.1%, 1 SHGA), penalty kill 55/76 (72.4%, 1 SHGF)
HE (12 games) — 25 goals for (2.08/gm), 36 goals against (3.00/gm). Power play 5/33 (15.2%, 2 SHGA), penalty kill 46/63 (73.0%, 1 SHGF)

Outlook

Of the four teams involved in this tournament, Lowell is the only one above .500, and no other team is even close to it (Northeastern’s .433 win percentage otherwise stands as the high-water mark).

Lowell needs to win this walking away.

No other team in this tournament is scoring more than 2.55 goals per game. No other team is allowing fewer than 2.76. No other team has a power play above 15.1 percent. No other team has a penalty kill running better than 82.1 (though this is just 0.3 percent behind Lowell’s, come on, Holy Cross is in Atlantic Hockey).

The most interesting fact that we’ve uncovered about this tournament so far is the lack of marquee players. The four teams playing in this tournament have, combined, 13 players with double-digit point totals. Of those, seven play for Lowell, and only one player, The Crusaders’ Everett Sheen, has as many points as Lowell’s fifth-highest scorer.

So again, Lowell needs to steamroll its opponents this weekend. Holy Cross should offer little resistance to the marauding Lowell attack and its stalwart defense and goaltending and, depending upon the result of the late game tonight, the same should be true of tomorrow.

The worst-case scenario for Saturday, we think, is drawing Northeastern. And if that’s the worst-case scenario, then the whole situation can’t be all that bad. This is an opponent with which Lowell is familiar, and an opponent which it can easily dominate, as evidenced by the closer-than-it-should-have-been 3-1 win in which Lowell bossed the Huskies for the entirety of the final two periods and, really, only failed to do so in the first period because the cross-crease passes for which Northeastern had no answer were being fanned on. That game could have ended 5-, 6-, or even 7-1 and it wouldn’t have raised our eyebrows any.

The fact is that Lowell, regardless of the quality of their opponent, needs wins. And this weekend, in which it is facing two of three weaksauce teams, is just the remedy to many of the problems that have plagued it since Thanksgiving.

Four points. Required.

One Comment leave one →
  1. January 3, 2010 3:43 am

    One win down … one to go.

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