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Weekend in review: No Lowell for us, thanks

October 24, 2011

Frankly, after last Tuesday’s loss 3-2 overtime loss to UConn in Nashua, we needed the days off and some schadenfreude over the weekend to really get our heads back in a place where we could smile again.

Thankfully, Vermont was more than happy to oblige, getting thumped on NESN by Minnesota 6-0 on Friday night. Unfortunately, the Catamounts rebounded to grab a 5-4 win on Sunday and earn a split in Minneapolis. But hey, giving up 10 goals in two games is a great way to start the season, is it not? (It’s not.) UNH was also out west, where it got just one point from St. Cloud, losing 7-5 on Friday before earning a 3-all draw the following night.

Meanwhile, in a time zone people care about, BC played two Hockey East games and, to the surprise of no one at all, won both of them. The first was a 4-2 win over Amherst at the Heights, the second was a 4-3 OT squeaker over Northeastern at Matthews. Northeastern also lost on Friday night, getting rolled 4-1 at Merrimack, which went on to beat UConn on Saturday, 5-0.

Providence, somehow, hosted reigning national champs Minnesota-Duluth and earned a point, losing 5-2 and salvaging a 2-2 draw on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

And in further schadenfreude news, BU lost to Holy Cross 5-4 at Agganis, which is just too funny to bear.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Bill Arnold, BC (sophomore forward) — Three goals in two league games is a pretty good weekend no matter how terrible your opponents are. In this case, they were very terrible.
(Honorable mention: Ryan Flanagan, Merrimack; Eric Knodel, UNH)

Rookie of the Week
Joseph Manno, Northeastern (freshman forward) — Scored twice against BC which is pretty good if you ask us. Hell, if the entire Lowell team does that on its own on Friday we’ll be dancing in the streets.
(Honorable mention: Ludwig Karlsson, Northeastern)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
UNH — Oh they’re racking up the goals now. Eight this weekend! Never mind that they allowed 10. But Matt Di Girolamo, The Worst Goalie In Hockey East, was only in net for five of them. Because they pulled him after he gave up five on 24 shots on Friday and didn’t let him play again all weekend.
(Honorable mention: Matt Di Girolamo, UNH; BU)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
UConn 3, Lowell 2 (ot)

BC 4, UMass Amherst 2
Merrimack 4, Northeastern 1
Minnesota-Duluth 5, Providence 2
Minnesota 6, Vermont 0
St. Cloud 7, UNH 5

BC 4, Northeastern 3 (ot)
Merrimack 5, UConn 0
Holy Cross 5, BU 4
Providence 2, Minnesota-Duluth 2 (ot)
UNH 3, St. Cloud 3 (ot)

Vermont 5, Minnesota 4 

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) Riley Wetmore
2) Mike Budd
3) Malcolm Lyles

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