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Weekend in review: An all-around great time

October 17, 2011

Lowell certainly enjoyed their trip to Minnesota this week, having earned a sweep of MSU Mankato by outscoring them 4-2 on Friday and 4-1 on Saturday. Led by hockey legend Riley Wetmore, Lowell did everything right and made Mankato look like the moribund embarrassment of the program they truly are. No wonder all the good schools in the WCHA wanted to get away from them.

The other Hockey East team that went out west this weekend didn’t fare quite so well. Maine won just a point from North Dakota, losing 3-1 on Friday before “earning” a 3-all draw the following night. It should be noted that cheapshot artist and all-around dirtbag Joey Diamond was benched for the game they tied, and we urge Tim Whitehead to keep him in the pressbox for the remainder of the season, for both the sake of Maine and opponents’ spinal columns.

Then, of course, a team from the West came to Boston, as BC and BU hosted Denver. BC lost a 4-2 squeaker Friday, but made up for it by gutting UNH 5-1 to earn a split for the weekend. BU, meanwhile, beat Denver 4-3 on Saturday after having lost to… wait, this says Providence. And it also says 5-3. Hey look, we buy that Providence beat Amherst (who snuck by Bentley 5-3 with an empty netter after trailing 2-0), 6-4, but we certainly do not buy that PC earned a sweep over anyone.

The only other league result was Friday’s hilarious 4-0 win by Northeastern over UNH. But in other non-conference action, Merrimack beat Army 3-2 and no one cared.

And finally, in the most hilarious result so far this season, Vermont lost to the U.S. Under-18 team 2-1 on home ice. Yes, held to one goal by a bunch of high school kids. We’re still laughing.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Riley Wetmore, Lowell (junior forward) — Two goals, two assists, two wins. Yup, it’s Riley Wetmore’s universe. Just be grateful he’s letting you share it with him.
(Honorable mention: Derek Arnold, Lowell; Chad Ruhwedel, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Terrence Wallin, Lowell (freshman forward) — A goal and two assists in your first two college games ever. Yup, that’ll play just about anywhere.
(Honorable mention: Brian Robbins, Lowell; Scott Wilson, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
UNH and Vermont (tie) — Okay first things first here: UNH is 0-3 on the season. They’ve scored just one goal. They’ve allowed 14. There is nothing that isn’t inherently hysterical about that. Matt Di Girolamo’s current save percentage is .835! How is that even possible? Also, we must note, again, that Vermont lost to a bunch of 17-year-old children. How embarrassing.
(Honorable mention: Matt Di Girolamo, UNH; Joey Diamond, Maine)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Terrence Wallin was (rightly) named the Hockey East Rookie of the Week. Riley Wetmore and Chad Ruhwedel were named top performers.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Friday
Lowell 4, Minnesota State 2
Providence 5, BU 3
Northeastern 4, UNH 0
UMass Amherst 5, Bentley 3
Denver 5, BC 3
North Dakota 3, Maine 1
U.S. Under-18 Team 2, Vermont 1 (exh.)

Saturday
Lowell 4, Minnesota State 1
Providence 6, UMass Amherst 4
BC 5, UNH 1
Merrimack 3
, Army 2
BU 4, Denver 3
North Dakota 3, Maine 3 (ot)

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?

There were no home games, so we didn’t vote.

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