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Weekend in review: Not all bad for once

February 16, 2010

Lowell split with BC thanks to Carter Hutton’s goaltending and a total inability to produce goals in attack. The ‘Hawks won by a deceptive 4-1 score (two into an empty net, of course) and lost a heartbreaker at the Heights the following afternoon, 2-1.

The other great result from the weekend is, of course, Amherst’s being swept by Northeastern, getting shut out at home 2-0 on Friday and losing 6-3 in Boston on Saturday. The other sweep of the weekend saw BU crush Maine 7-4 and 5-2 at Agganis Arena.

Merrimack took its first road points of the entire season in grand style, drawing Vermont 2-2 on Friday before scoring twice in the final two minutes of Saturday’s affair to win 3-2. (And if you haven’t seen Stephane Da Costa’s game-winner at 1:20 of this video, go do that immediately).

Finally, in a one-off game, UNH beat Providence 5-2 behind a Texas hat trick from Bobby Butler

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Carter Hutton, Lowell (senior goaltender) — We’ve said everything we possibly can about Hutton’s play of late but really he deserves like three of these awards.
(Honorable mention: Bobby Butler, UNH; Chris Auger, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Chris Rawlings, Northeastern (freshman goaltender) — We are obviously big fans of anyone that pretty much singlehandedly helps their team sweep Amherst. Big, big fans of this kid as a consequence.
(Honorable mention: Stephane Da Costa, Merrimack; Chris Kreider, BC)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
UMass Amherst
— Once again, the Minutemen have stumbled down the stretch. Losers of five of their last six, their once-assured home ice and NCAA spots are now looking a bit tenuous aren’t they? While it’s obviously disappointed the way Lowell has basically destroyed its season, we can at least take solace in Amherst’s having done the same thing.
(Honorable mention: Lowell’s offense, Vermont)

National Polls
We have to discontinue this part for now. We don’t know what’s going on with this HTML the last few weeks. You used to be able to C&P right outta USCHO and it wouldn’t look terrible. Now, it’s a disaster. No idea what changed but it sucks and we hate it.

Lowell’s now unranked, which is exactly what they deserve, if that’s what you’re wondering.

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Carter Hutton is the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. Oh what’s that? Co-Defensive player of the week. Of course he is.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Friday
Lowell 4, BC 1
BU 7, Maine 4
Vermont 2, Merrimack 2 (ot)
Northeastern 2, UMass Amherst 0
UNH 5, Providence 2

Saturday
BC 2, Lowell 1
BU 5, Maine 2
Merrimack 3, Vermont 2
Northeastern 6, UMass Amherst 3

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 Friday’s 4-1 win over BC.

Here are our picks:

1) Chris Auger
2) Carter Hutton
3) Scott Campbell

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2010 5:28 am

    Except UMass was picked to finish 7th while Lowell was picked to finish 2nd and ranked 11th nationally to begin the season. Nice try though.

    • RHHB permalink*
      February 17, 2010 5:29 am

      you gotta give us this one. we’re hurtin’.

      • February 17, 2010 5:37 am

        No way. Even I was depending on Lowell to shake things up in the Hockey East standings this year. Now we have have UNH, BC, Maine, and BU all with home ice. Wow, never seen seedings like that before! ZZZzzz….

      • RHHB permalink*
        February 17, 2010 5:39 am

        yes but our feelings :(

  2. February 17, 2010 12:57 pm

    Can we all agree that the team has been a mojor disapointment this season. With all of the seniors on this years team, next year may be one to sleep through. The coach deserves some blame for the predictible up the boards offense that produces little scoring.

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