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Weekend in review: Honey, I’m home

March 3, 2010

It was a good week for home teams, who took all but four of a possible 20 points and outscored visitors 43-18 this week.

Lowell was one of the visitors to steal at least a point, because it took three of four points from Providence this weekend by positively waltzing to a 4-0 victory in Lowell on Friday before struggling under injuries and pressure to earn a 2-all draw on the return leg the following night. However, as happened last weekend, just about every result broke the way Lowell would have liked.

Maine and Merrimack, for example, split a weekend in North Andover with the home team scoring four third-period goals on Friday to win 6-3, but succumbed to a Gustav Nyquist-led 5-1 assault the next night. This after the Stephane Da Costaless Warriors were thrashed 7-0 at BC on Tuesday. That split kept Lowell within three points of Maine for third place (not that the ‘Hawks will get there) and held the Warriors two points back.

But those BC Eagles kept rolling, beating UMass Amherst 2-1 in overtime on Friday to put itself out of Lowell’s reach, but that loss also meant the Minutemen would finish the weekend on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.

Meanwhile, Vermont miraculously swept BU in Burlington, 7-3 Friday and 3-2 Sunday, and Northeastern took just one from UNH (with a 4-4 tie at Matthews on Friday and a 3-1 loss in Durham the next night) to keep all three teams a point behind Lowell for the final home playoff spot.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Parker Milner, BC (freshman goaltender) — Granted he wasn’t playing the staunchest of competition in Amherst and Merrimack, but when you stop 51 of 52 shots you face over the course of a week, we suppose that’s always going to be pretty good.
(Honorable mention: Carter Hutton, Lowell; Scott Campbell, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Stephane Da Costa, Merrimack (freshman forward) — He played two games this week and ended up with four points. Yup, that’s Da Costa alright.
(Honorable mention: Shawn Sirman, Maine; Justin Daniels, Northeastern)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Boston University
— Giving up 10 goals in two games to Vermont is probably not the way to lock up a home ice spot.
(Honorable mention: UMass Amherst’s offense; Northeastern)

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
None.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Tuesday
BC 7, Merrimack 0

Friday
Lowell 4, Providence 0
Merrimack 6, Maine 3
BC 2, UMass Amherst 1 (ot)
Northeastern 4, UNH 4 (ot)
Vermont 7, BU 3

Saturday
Lowell 2, Providence 2 (ot)
UNH 3, Northeastern 1
Maine 5, Merrimack 1

Sunday
Vermont 3, BU 2

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 the stars of Friday’s 4-0 win.

1) Steve Capraro
2) Carter Hutton
3) Scott Campbell

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 3, 2010 4:26 pm

    What is this “offense” you speak of?

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