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Weekend in review: Oh great

March 9, 2010

Well Lowell, as it so often does, came up just short this weekend, getting three of the required four points and, through tiebreakers, finishing out of home ice for the ninth year in a row. It got those three points from Vermont, winning 5-2 on Friday and drawing 1-1 on Saturday. Ugh.

Maine, the River Hawks’ first-round opponent, however, did considerably worse, getting swept by UMass Amherst 5-2 and 4-3 in Orono thanks to a lack of goaltending and Gustav Nyquist being too weak to stand up without double-runners on his skates.

BU, the team that barely edged out Lowell for the last home ice spot, did so with a sweep of Northeastern, 5-4 at Agganis Arena on Friday and 4-3 at Matthews the next night.

Merrimack almost got home ice as well by taking three points from Providence, winning 5-0 down at Schneider the night before playing to a 1-1 deadlock at home on Saturday.

And in the series no one cared about, UNH won the Hockey East regular-season title by taking a solitary point from BC with a 3-3 draw in Durham on Friday. The Wildcats lost 3-2 at the Heights the next night.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Carter Hutton, Lowell (senior goaltender) — Hutton did everything he possibly could have done to give Lowell four points this weekend. You make 42 saves on 45 shots over two games and you expect that you’ll pick up a couple Ws. No such luck for Hutts, apparently. Poor fella.
(Honorable mention: Justin Braun, UMass Amherst; Scott Campbell, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Alex Chiasson, BU (freshman forward) — Three points and a plus-3 in two games that were crucial to get BU home ice? That’ll play.
(Honorable mention: Jake Newton, Northeastern; Stephane Da Costa, Merrimack)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Maine
— Make up all the mitigating circumstances you want, but the Black Bears turned in a pathetic performance this weekend. Giving up nine goals to Amherst and losing twice in Orono? Just awful.
(Honorable mention: Lowell’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 clawed its way back into the poll, pulling down 20th, if that’s what you’re wondering.

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
None.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Friday
Lowell 5, Vermont 2
Merrimack 5, Providence 0
UNH 3, BC 3 (ot)
BU 5, Northeastern 4
UMass Amherst 5, Maine 2

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

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 5-2 win, then click here to vote for the stars of Saturday’s 1-1 tie.

Friday:
1) Chris Auger
2) Kory Falite
3) Scott Campbell

Saturday:
1) Scott Campbell
2) Carter Hutton
3) Jeremy Dehner

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2010 6:52 pm

    Merrimack didn’t get home-ice.

    • RHHB permalink*
      March 9, 2010 6:56 pm

      thus “almost”

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