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Weekend in review: Oh jeez

November 23, 2010

Well that was brutal. Lowell was swept 4-3 and 3-2 by Merrimack of all teams, and neither scoreline show how close those games weren’t. Lowell pissed away a layup W on Friday and followed that up with the single worst first- AND third-period performances we’ve ever seen on Saturday. Something to celebrate, certainly.

Elsewhere, BC swept Maine with terrifying ease, cruising to wins of 4-0 and 4-1 at the Heights on Friday and Sunday, respectively. No big deal there, just BC reestablishing itself as a terrifying force to be reckoned with behind John Muse’s 70 saves on 71 shots. Forget about it.

Northeastern took three of four from Providence, drawing 3-all in Rhode Island and then stomping them 5-0 in Boston, and we’re not sure what to make of that. The Friars have made Schneider a bit of a fortress in recent weeks, but getting opened up like that by a mediocre Huskies team the next night? That’s tough to figure. Legit? Not legit? The Friars don’t even seem to have a good idea.

AND FINALLY, BU and UNH split, with each team winning the home game in fairly impressive fashion. The Wildcats rolled on Friday 5-2, but the Terriers answered with a 4-2 W at Agganis the next night.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
John Muse, BC (senior goalie) — As noted above, he made 70 saves on 71 shots against a pretty strong Maine offense. That’s a .986 save percentage. And that’s reasonably high.
(Honorable mention: Jesse Todd, Merrimack; Paul Thompson, UNH)

Rookie of the Week
Shawn Bates, Merrimack (freshman forward) — Lowell bump and some soft competition made this one a not-too-hard choice, but what’re ya gonna do?
(Honorable mention: Rob Dongara, Northeastern)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Lowell — Obviously. We’ll get into it more tomorrow.
(Honorable mention: Lowell; Lowell; Lowell; Lowell; etc.)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Riley Wetmore was a Top Performer so that’s all fine.

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

Saturday
Merrimack 3, Lowell 2
BU 4, UNH 2
Northeastern 5, Providence 0

Sunday
BC 4, Maine 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) Shayne Thompson
2) Joe Pendenza
3) Riley Wetmore

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