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Weekend in review: Okay start winning now

February 22, 2010

After a, let’s face it, calamitous night on Friday in which the River Hawks lost 8-4 to a team that’s just okay, they came roaring back to take a 4-2 decision the next night and earn a weekend split, which turned out to be fairly important because everything else pretty much broke Lowell’s way.

Merrimack, just as a fer instance, swept UMass Amherst 4-1 in North Andover then 3-0 out west to improve its standing in the conference and keep the Minutemen at 22 points — Lowell’s current total — despite having one more game played. UNH took three of four points from Vermont, which lost 5-4 in OT on Friday before earning a 3-all draw the next night to force the Catamounts below the drop zone. BC salvaged a split with Northeastern, just a point ahead of Lowell, losing 3-2 at Matthews but avenging that with a 7-1 blowout two days later.

The only other series of the weekend saw BU guarantee that Providence cannot make the playoffs, and the Friars helping keep BU tethered two points up on Lowell, splitting with a 5-4 win for PC and a 2-1 win for the Terriers.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Brian Flynn, Maine (sophomore forward) — You score six goals and two assists on your team’s 10 goals, we guess you kinda deserve this one.
(Honorable mention: Kory Falite, Lowell; Joe Cucci, Merrimack)

Rookie of the Week
Colin Wright (freshman forward) — Hey y’know the kid had two goals and an assist, which Hockey East considers to be not as good as Sebastian Stalberg’s goal and two assists. Because assists, as we all know, are more valuable than actual goals.
(Honorable mention: Stephane Da Costa, Merrimack; Every rookie in the league that is DEFINITELY NOT Sebastian Stalberg, Vermont)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
UMass Amherst
— We caught a bit of crap for listing them last week from the you-know-who’s. We bet they’re not so willing to naysay us after they scored one against Merrimack, and have lost five straight (with just five goals over that stretch), and close the season with a road game at BC before two in Orono. Guys, we accept your sincere apologies in advance.
(Honorable mention: Scott Darling, Maine; Nevin Hamilton, Lowell)

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 still unranked, which is fine, if that’s what you’re wondering.

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Colin Wright got lowbridged outta Rookie of the Week. That’s 100 percent true.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Maine 8, Lowell 4
Providence 5, BU 4
Merrimack 4, UMass Amherst 1
UNH 5, Vermont 4 (ot)
Northeastern 3, BC 2

Lowell 4, Maine 2
Merrimack 3, UMass Amherst 0
Vermont 3, UNH 3 (ot)
BU 2, Providence 1

BC 7, Northeastern 1

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?

Weren’t no home games. Didn’t vote.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2010 4:17 am

    Hey now, I wasn’t arguing that UMass wasn’t deserving of the “award”, much like I won’t argue it this weekend (in fact I would just go ahead and give it to them for the next two weekends as well). I just pointed out that when comparing the preseason expectations of the two teams, maybe you shouldn’t take too much solace in what is transpiring in Amherst.

    • RHHB permalink*
      February 23, 2010 5:34 am

      we got chirped on email too

  2. February 24, 2010 4:25 pm

    I don’t know why anyone would disagree with UMass being listed as the Ham n Egger every week since the beginning of February.

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