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Weekend in review: What does joy feel like?

November 15, 2010

We never like a weekend without Lowell hockey. It’s like a summer without sunlight. But we persevered and made it out the other side.

The same cannot be said for Amherst, which once again slumped its way through a home-and-home set, this time with UNH, and ended up with its first point on the year. A huge accomplishment. Hey, remember the days when Toot-coached teams would explode out of the gate, peak around Christmastime and then flame out spectacularly after winter break? How do they get worse than this?

Another garbage team had another garbage weekend. Northeastern went up to Maine and loss 4-2 both nights, mustering just 38 total shots on goal. Not very good. Wonder how Lowell lost to that Huskies team. Oh right, Marc Boulanger was in net.

BU and Merrimack split in a rather odd fashion: playing to a pair of ties, 1-all at BU and 3-all in North Andover. Stephane Da Costa has, by all accounts, been a non-factor this year.

And finally, the greatest weekend any team has ever had came up in Vermont where the Catamounts earned a split with the Boston College Eagles after losing the first game 3-2. Oh yes, that decision sure looks good. Piling five on the defending national champions(‘ backup goalie). ‘Course that discounts that UVM almost blew the lead, allowing BC to whittle it to 4-3 inside of four minutes left, before Tobias Nilsson-Roos scored an heroic empty netter.

Elsewhere, Providence swept Huntsville 3-1 and 4-2, and no one, except maybe a quarter of the combined 2,557 that schlepped out to the rink for both games, cared.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Matt DiGirolamo, UNH (junior goalie) — Now normally we would, of course, discount any success against Amherst as being kind of unimpressive. But hey, 48 saves on 51 shots is solid enough in a week when no one really had that good of a weekend.
(Honorable mention: Jimmy Hayes, BC; Matt Germain, Providence)

Rookie of the Week
Dan Sullivan, Maine (freshman goalie) — Another strongish weekend for the kid. Of course, he did give up four goals on just 38 shots against Northeastern, so he’s lucky no other freshmen did anything of note this weekend.
(Honorable mention: Pretty much nobody)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Amherst —Vermont had to go and wreck our fun by finally pulling out a W (and only eight games into the season!) (and only after six home games!) (and only on November 13!) (and only against a submediocre backup goalie!), but Amherst decided to keep it fun by giving up three of four points to UNH. Unfortunately, these two towering tributes to futility face off tomorrow night, meaning it becomes increasingly less likely that Lowell can say it has more wins than two other Hockey East teams combined. Pity.
(Honorable mention: Northeastern; Still Vermont because what the hell?)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
None, for obvious reasons.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
BU 1, Merrimack 1 (ot)
BC 3, Vermont 2
Maine 4, Northeastern 2
New Hampshire 3, Amherst 0
Providence 3, Alabama-Huntsville 1

Merrimack 3, Boston University 3 (ot)
Vermont 5, BC 3
Maine 4, Northeastern 2
New Hampshire 3, Amherst 3 (ot)
Providence 4, Alabama-Huntsville 2

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?

No games at all. Yuck.

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 16, 2010 4:18 am

    UMass has 3 points on the year. Don’t gip them! Also, it wasn’t a home and home. Both games were at UNH.

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