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Saturday thoughts: Crushed

March 7, 2010

We’re pretty well upset with that tie for obvious reasons.

But despite how clear they should be to anyone that knows us through this blog, we think it will be somewhat cathartic to work through our frustration with this team and its inability to accomplish any of its goals if we just rifled them off really quickly and got the hell out of here before our brains melted in our heads.

1. Lowell really should have had home ice sealed up a long time ago and we shouldn’t have been having this conversation.

“Hockey East is a tough league and every game is a battle” etc. etc. etc. But how about next time Lowell doesn’t give away 11 of 24 points to the bottom four teams in the league? That sweep by Amherst, much as we hate to say it, killed the season. Or, to be more specifically, the Ben Holmstrom/Riley Wetmore penalties that led to Amherst’s 5-on-3 goal with 1:07 left in the rubber game of that series killed the season.

2. Holmstrom got kicked out of his senior night game six minutes in.

Whether or not you feel as though he deserved five and a game, and it was marginal, that’s the kind of thing that gets CALLED five and a game every time. Every. Time. If a guy falls headfirst into the boards and there’s an opponent within an arm’s length, you’re really not giving the refs much of a choice, are you? That this guy is the captain of the team playing in the most important regular-season game of his career is rather upsetting as well, but it’s just one of those things that we’ve almost come to expect. Lowell will do anything to trip over its own feet.

3. The return of no offense.

Yup, 36 shots on goal, one goal to show for it. Why it’s almost as if this were a team that spent a long stretch of the season not winning winnable games because it couldn’t score to save its life. Sure Scott Campbell popped one in for the fourth straight game (and that’s seven points in his last five) but the rest of the team? Not so much. It’s remarkably frustrating to watch Rob Madore making all kinds of ridiculous save attempts — and that’s “ridiculous” in terms of “rather dimwitted,” not “outstanding” — and not be punished for it. He was behaving as though the puck was Gentleman Jim Corbett this weekend, and barely holding his own in what seemed to be the fight of his life. Lowell let it happen.

4. Lowell’s league record when allowing two goals or fewer.

It’s 6-4-3. Just go ahead and think about that for a little while. Lowell has given away 11 of 26 points when it allows two goals or fewer. Lowell also scored just once in seven Hockey East games. That’s almost unbelievable.

5. That this is being played up as no big deal.

Oh yeah, now Lowell only has to schlep up to Orono, where they’ve been awash with success of late and.. what? Oh right that 8-4 game we’d nearly forgotten. That was a thing that happened. Yeah sorry that we can’t be all excited about the prospect of heading up to Orono again for the playoffs. We’ve been down that road too many times before to not be jaded. And besides, not getting home ice in the only season in years in which you have a legitimate chance to get it is, in fact, a very big deal. And it’s totally unacceptable.

6. The feeling that this team will always come close to doing what it needs to do but never actually do it.

How many almosts are we going to have to sit through?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Justin permalink
    March 9, 2010 2:47 am

    Well, you may have gotten the best match-up, despite the horror that is Alfond in the postseason. The Maine goalie situation is pretty rugged, and Nyquist is well below 100% right now. If UML throws 30+ shots on net, they should be good for a trip to the Fleet, especially if Hutton shows up.

    Good Luck.

    • March 9, 2010 5:21 am

      Hutton has been showing up all season. He just has to figure out a way to get down the ice and score a couple goals for himself.

      • RHHB permalink*
        March 9, 2010 7:06 am

        hutton has two assists this year. production from the back end, baby!

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