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Weekend in review: LOL UVM

November 10, 2010

We’d be lying if we said this week’s results didn’t mildly surprise us, not that they should have. Lowell, as it has demonstrated time and time again, proved itself superior to the Catamounts of Vermont, winning 3-1 on Friday. Despite a fantastic weekend by freshman Doug Carr, the River Hawks only managed the two points. Lowell fought valiantly against New Hampshire on Saturday and, despite a few choice opportunities in the third, but fell 2-1.

On Friday, Providence shocked Merrimack with a 2-0 shutout. New Hampshire earned a four point weekend with a hard fought 2-1 win over Boston College. Amherst continued to humiliate itself with a 5-2 loss to Army. And in this week’s edition of “How Low Can Northeastern Sink?” the Huskies dropped a miserable 4-1 game to the Purple Eagles of Niagara.

Saturday showcased a pair of draws, as Maine and Boston University skated 2-2, and Vermont managed a single point as they split with a suddenly tough Friar squad 3-3, keeping the Catamounts without a win through six games this season. Even Lowell didn’t start out that poorly.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Doug Carr, Lowell (freshman goalie) — Let us first express our utter disgust at the Hockey East Awards this week. Carr got snubbed as Player of the Week, Rookie of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week, something we’re sure Joe Bertagna had a personal hand in. Both POTW and DPOTW were filled by goalies whose numbers on the weekend were comparable (in Matt DiGirolamo’s case) or inferior (in Alex Beaudry’s) to Carr’s. And don’t get us started on Charlie Coyle’s one goal being enough to get him Rookie of the Week. Absurd and disrespectful is what it is. Regardless, Carr had himself one heck of a weekend and by now should have convinced even the harshest critic of who Lowell’s No. 1 is.
(Honorable mention: Matt DiGirolamo, UNH; Tim Schaller, Providence)

Rookie of the Week
Dan Sullivan, Maine (freshman goalie) — Kid put up a strong performance at BU, stopping 28 of 30. Not bad.
(Honorable mention: Absolutely anybody except Charlie Coyle, BU)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Vermont— Ohhhh boy. We knew this day would come. Through good times or bad, there are certain things you can set your watch to. Old Faithful. The swallows returning to Capistrano. And the inevitable beating that the River Hawks are going to unleash on the University of Vermont. The Catamounts have not beaten Lowell in the last eight games, stretching back two calendar years. Wrap your head around that. To compound Vermont’s suffering, which we’re all gung-ho for, by the way, the Cats blew a two goal lead against Providence to remain winless on the season. We’re positively giddy.
(Honorable mention: Northeastern)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Two River Hawks earned Top Performers on the weekend. The powers at Hockey East decided Doug Carr’s .959 save percentage on the weekend reluctantly warranted some attention. Matt Ferreira was honored for his 2-1-3 line on the weekend.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Boston College 5, Lowell 2
Merrimack 4, Sweden U-20 1 (exh.)

Providence 2, Merrimack 0
Lowell 3, Vermont 1
New Hampshire 2, Boston College 1
Army 5, Amherst 2
Niagara 4, Northeastern 1

Maine 2, Boston University 2 (OT)
UNH 2, Lowell 1
Vermont 3, Providence 3 (OT)
Amherst 5, Sweden U-20 1 (exh.)

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?

1) Joe Pendenza
2) Doug Carr
3) Josh Holmstrom

1) Doug Carr
2) Matt Ferreira
3) Shayne Thompson

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