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Loose pucks: Feelin okay

February 24, 2010

Three things that are agreeable:
1) Kory Falite.

It’s always nice when a player hits 100 career points. A well-deserved congratulations to Falite for accomplishing it in the team’s second win in three games in Orono, which was also fairly important.

2) Everyone around Lowell being worse than Lowell.

In this wacky year of Hockey East play, every point seems to matter more than it would have in previous years. And all the teams that were within two points of Lowell as of last Friday afternoon were more or less terrible. Amherst, which was up two on the River Hawks, were swept by… Merrimack? That has to be a typo. Vermont, which was a point back of Lowell, only took one point from UNH. And one of the teams within three points of Lowell, Northeastern, only managed a split with BC after winning on Friday (sound familiar?). Plus Merrimack, which was only a point back of Lowell with a game in hand, got flattened by BC last night. It’s been a strong few days for Lowell.

3) Dehner’s back.

Yessss. He may not have looked great Friday night (on the ice for three of Maine’s even-strength goals and four total, yikes!) but Saturday he was a plus-2 and wasn’t on the ice for a goal against, and by all reports looked very much to be the Jeremy Dehner of old. We can get behind that for the last two weeks of the regular season, can’t we?

Two things that are disagreeable:
1) The decision to start Nevin Hamilton on Friday.

So puzzling and frustrating. It cost Lowell dearly.

2) Dropping another season series.

That makes three season series lost (to Maine, BU and Amherst), one drawn (to UNH) and two more still to be decided. But Lowell needs to win two to take the season series from PC, not that that matters, and three points from Vermont to win that one, which might matter but probably won’t. The problem: two of the three or four teams with which Lowell will compete for a home ice spot are Maine and BU, both currently two points up on the River Hawks. Great news!

Stat of the Week

A Falite-ful Stat of the Week this week in honor of the man scoring his 100th career point. Falite has scored 55 points (29-26-55) of his career 58-44-102 in 23 career multiple-point games, but where it gets weird is when you look at Lowell’s record in those games. It seems that if Falite has a good game, Lowell does as well. In those 23 multiple-point games, Lowell is 19-3-1 and outscored opponents 100 (4.35 GF/gm) to 51 (2.22 GA/gm).

Falite’s 58 career goals have him tied for 18th in Lowell history with Paul Lohnes and Tony LoPilato and he is the school’s most prolific goalscorer since Ed McGrane, who graduated in 2003 with 70.

Wondering what team Falite abuses the most? It’s Maine by a longshot. In 12 career games against the Black Bears, Falite has 7-7-14 and is a plus-8. He also has 4-7-11 in 11 games against Merrimack and 11 points in 12 games against Northeastern. He’s played 134 career games for Lowell, scoring 102 points. Of those, 72 have come in 96 Hockey East games (.44 goals per game, .75 points per game) and the other 30 in 38 non-conference games (.42 goals per game, .79 points), obviously.

Here.. we.. go

Four games remain in the regular season, against the two worst teams in Hockey East. If Lowell is to make an assault on the home ice spots, it needs all eight points. Maine closes with two at Merrimack and hosts Amherst for two more, and BU visits Vermont then has a home-and-home with Northeastern. All three teams are capable of getting eight points from those games. The only wildcard is Northeastern, which has home-and-homes with UNH and BU and could crash out of home ice contention just as easily as secure it.

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 25, 2010 12:05 am

    I’m obviously not a big fan of UVM, but considering they lost in OT at UNH and tied UNH, they deserve some credit.

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