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Weekend in Review: Like a donkey doing calculus

October 19, 2010

Lowell surprised more than a few people during their road trip to the North Country, emerging with 2-2 and 4-4 draws against Niagara and RIT respectively. We almost felt a pang of nostalgia when Scott Campbell drew the ‘Hawks even in the final second. Except those were times of hope and, dare we say, expectations. These, clearly, are not.

No. 1 Boston College cemented their status as best in the country, taking it to No. 8 Denver, 6-3 and 3-0. Mark your calendar, boys and girls. The Eagles come to Lowell on January 29, 2011, a day that will surely live in infamy.

Maine managed to get a point out of their trip to Michigan State, dropping the Black Bears to 1-1-2 on the season and making them look downright human. Northeastern tied RPI, leaving the Huskies winless on the season. Providence kept it close on Friday against Minnesota-Duluth, only to get eviscerated 7-1 on Saturday.

Rounding out non-conference action, Merrimack gave UConn front row seats to the Stephane Da Costa show, ripping the Huskies 7-1, and New Hampshire drew with visiting Michigan 3-3 on Saturday night.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Cam Atkinson, Boston College
(senior, forward) — Atkinson registered two goals and two assists in the weekend hockey clinic BC was kind enough to hold in Denver. The baddest on a team chock full of bad dudes, the NCAA is on notice.
(Honorable mention: Jimmy Hayes, BC; Stephane Da Costa, MC)

Rookie of the Week
Doug Carr, Lowell
(freshman goalie) — Carr backstopped Lowell to a 2-2 tie against Niagara on Friday. Carr stopped 34 of 36 shots, and rebounded nicely from a game we’re not quite sure ever took place a couple weeks back in Orono.
(Honorable mention: Chad Ruhwedel, Lowell; Kevin Hayes, BC)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Providence College
— There were several individuals on the Friars who could have walked away with this award all by themselves. Alex Beaudry’s 4 goals in 14 shots was pretty pathetic, and we found Ian O’Connor’s -5 particularly hilarious. But hockey is a team sport, and it took the entire squad playing at an AIC level to get Tim Army his 100th loss as head of the Friars.
(Honorable mention: Maine; the rest of Hockey East’s hopes of knocking off BC more than like twice this season)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Doug Carr, Chad Ruhwedel and Michael Scheu picked up Honorable Mentions this week.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Maine 4, Michigan State 4 (ot)

Lowell 2, Niagara 2 (ot)
RPI 2, Northeastern 2 (ot)
Minnesota-Duluth 5, Providence 3
Michigan State 3, Maine 2
Boston College 6, Denver 3

Lowell 4, RIT 4 (OT)
Amherst 2, Boston University 2 (ot)
Michigan 3, New Hampshire 3 (ot)
Merrimack 7, Connecticut 1
Boston College 3, Denver 0
Minnesota-Duluth 7 , Providence 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?

There were no home games, so we didn’t vote.

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