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Loose pucks: Drainage

January 5, 2010

Three things hip-hip-hooray:
1) Kory Falite.

Well at least someone wanted to play 120 minutes this weekend. Granted, we didn’t go to the games, but just from listening on the ol’ internet (well, for five periods; thanks Perry Persoff/WUML!) we got the feeling that Falite was absolutely everywhere. Stats bear that out too. Two goals, an assist, 14 shots and a plus-2. If everyone showed up like Kory Falite did, Lowell would have won by 12 on aggregate.

2) Hockey East games.

This is what it’s all about. The last two months of the regular season are upon us and they all matter a great deal. So it’ll be interesting to see how Lowell responds to the next eight weeks or so.

3) Carter Hutton.

Hey, any time you set a school record in something good (like shutouts), you’ve done a pretty good job of things. Let’s hope he can get that all-time clean sheet total into double digits this weekend, eh?

Two things boo-hiss:
1) The lack of scoring.

How does Lowell play those two teams this weekend and only come out of it having scored four goals? There’s no excuse for that. Yeah, Maury Edwards finally scored again on Friday, as did Ben Holmstrom, who is hopefully beginning his torrid second-half scoring pace a game or two early here. But still, four goals total against Holy Cross and Northeastern. Just terrible.

2) Cobwebs.

We’d thought this team would have shaken off whatever was bogging it down over the break. Not so much though. Results like these are not acceptable.

Stat of the Week

With Hutton setting the all-time school record, we thought we’d go back and look at the minutiae of each of his nine shutouts.

His busiest shutout was his latest one (32 saves against Holy Cross), and his easiest was his first (14 saves against Merrimack). November has been his most successful month as he has recorded three shutouts in it. December, January, February and March are tied for last with one each. He has two in October.

He has shutout Maine and Merrimack twice each and Vermont once, meaning five of his shutouts have come against Hockey East teams. He also has shutouts against a team from each of the CCHA (Michigan State), CHA (Huntsville), Atlantic Hockey (Holy Cross) and ECAC (St. Lawrence).

The land’s been had, it’s gone

Just a friendly reminder that Saturday’s game at Northeastern is on NESN. We’ll have a live chat goin’. Tell your friends.

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