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Weekend in Review: Now officially a new season

October 10, 2011

Well Lowell surrendered a 3-3 draw with the University of New Brunswick in its exhibition game, allowing the tying goal with less than a second to go. Typical, really.

Meanwhile, the most active teams in Hockey East this weekend were Maine and Northeastern, who met Sunday in Orono, where Maine won 6-3 behind five points from Brian Flynn, who we’re pretty sure is now playing his sixth season for the Black Bears. On Friday, Maine lost to Merrimack at Alfond for the first time in 17 years, 2-1, in the kind of penalty-filled matchup that you’d expect in any game featuring Joey Diamond, the dirtiest player in the League. The same night, Northeastern earned a 3-all draw with UMass Amherst thanks to Braden Pimm’s game-tying goal with two seconds left in the game.

Out west, BC crushed all comers at the IceBreaker, beating Michigan State 5-2 on Friday, then hanging a touchdown, sans PAT, on a heavily-hyped North Dakota squad in a 6-2 win. Also on Saturday, BU kneecapped UNH in Boston 5-0 and no one was surprised or cared

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Kieran Millan, BU (senior goalie) — It’s almost impossible to believe, but Millan actually got a shutout while facing more than 12 shots in a game. This impressive feat marks the first and last time we will praise his work.
(Honorable mention: Brian Flynn, Maine; Chris Kreider, BU)

Rookie of the Week
John Gaudreau, Boston College (freshman forward) — The kid had four points in just his second game for BC, helping the Eagles win the IceBreaker tournament with relative ease.
(Honorable mention: No one else)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
UMass Amherst — Blowing a lead to Northeastern? What a laugh.
(Honorable mention: Lowell; Matt Di Girolamo, UNH)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Merrimack 2, Maine 1
Northeastern 3, UMass Amherst 3 (ot)
BC 5, Michigan State 2

Lowell 3, UNB 3 (ot) (exh.)
BU 5, UNH 0
BC 6, North Dakota 2

Maine 6, Northeastern 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?

Game didn’t count, so we didn’t vote.

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