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Weekend in review: Okay

October 25, 2010

Lowell managed two points in a weekend split, downing Providence 5-4 in overtime while dropping a tough 3-1 decision to Northeastern on Saturday. All things considered, the results were what we would have expected, if we fancied that kind of thing.

On Friday night Maine humiliated North Dakota 7-3. New Hampshire drew with Northeastern, while Amherst managed to fall to Boston University 4-3 at home, including an hilarious too many men call late in the game, for which they had SEVEN skaters on the ice. Saturday brought more of the same for Maine, as they completed the sweep of the Sioux 4-2. Merrimack drew Vermont in Burlington 2-2, while BU rounded out its four point weekend with a 2-1 win over Providence at Agganis Arena.

In the most shocking game of the weekend, juggernaut Boston College lost to hated archrival Notre Dame 2-1 in South Bend. While we stand firm in our stance that they only way to truly end the Eagle’s reign of terror is to fly a fighter jet directly into their death ray, BC was going to lose at some point this year, and losing to a program like Notre Dame isn’t spelling doom for York’s boys.


Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Chris Rawlings, Northeastern
(sophomore goalie) — Rawlings stopped 79 of 82 shots over the weekend, helping the Huskies earn three points. Rawlings was, unfortunately, extremely tough if unspectacular on Saturday night against the ‘Hawks.
(Honorable mention: Brian Flynn, Maine; Kieran Millan, BU)

Rookie of the Week
Chad Ruhwedel, Lowell (freshman forward) — Ruhwedel had his second three-point game in a row) on Friday. We’ll never get tired of pointing this out, but the last such effort by a Lowell defenseman? A young man by the name of Ron Hainsey. We’ll take it.
(Honorable mention: Joseph Pendenza, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Alex Beaudry
— We’re quite aware we hit the entire Friar squad last week, but Beaudry was a special kind of nauseating on Friday. For a goalie that is often brought up in the Best in Hockey East discussion, Beaudry was awful in every phase of the game. He couldn’t hold the post. He couldn’t control his rebounds. We’re pretty sure he missed his mouth with the water bottle on multiple occasions. Outdueled by a struggling Doug Carr? We’re patiently waiting for the apologies from those who claimed Beaudry was better than Carter Hutton.
(Honorable Mention: Amherst)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Chad Ruhwedel was named Rookie of the Week and it’s about time. He deserves this award for each of the next 20 or so weeks. He’s earned it.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Friday
Lowell 5, Providence 4 (ot)
Boston University 4, Amherst 3
New Hampshire 2, Northeastern 2 (ot)
Maine 7, North Dakota 3

Saturday
Northeastern 3, Lowell 1
Boston University 2, Providence 1
Merrimack 2, Vermont 2 (ot)
Maine 4, North Dakota 2
Notre Dame 2, Boston College 1

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?

Friday
1) Chad Ruhwedel
2) Joey Pendenza
3) Riley Wetmore

Saturday
1) Maury Edwards
2) Riley Wetmore
3) Marc Boulanger

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