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Loose pucks: What do you call a blind dinosaur?

October 26, 2011

Three things that got us dancin’:
1) A real home game.

None of this high school rink (literally, like three high schools play their home games at Conway Arena) crap any more: Lowell is about to play its first game in the Tsongas Center. With a fresh ice-making system and a number of other improvements over the summer, it’s going to be great to get back to one of the nicest rinks in the league and never again have to worry about losing to UConn in a terrible neutral venue (we hope).

2) A second chance.

Yeah, we know that BC is almost certainly going to rip Lowell for at least 10 goals this weekend but that’s not the point. The point is that Lowell played indefensibly poorly last Tuesday and we’d just love for them to get their feet back under them, play well and still lose by a touchdown.

3) A week off.

No better way to prepare for the No. 1 team in the country than by getting a good long look at them, and to reassess what went wrong last week. We’re sure that the one-game trials for borderline players are now over, and that the team as we’ll come to know it going forward will be what’s on the ice on Friday night.

Two things that are makin’ us frown:
1) A week off.

In professional wrestling, they call it ring rust. When you’ve just been away from competitive action for too long, it can be tough to reestablish the level of play that had been present before the time off began. We think there’s no question the UConn loss was the result of the cross-country trip and the team having played two games just days prior, so it will be interesting (and unnverving!) to see how they fare on Friday and Saturday. Plus, who likes a week without hockey? Not us!

2) Two games against Boston College.

God help us all.

Stat of the Week
Lowell opens its Hockey East schedule with two games against Boston College for the first time since the 1993-94 season (oddly, those first two games came on Nov. 11-12, pretty late if you ask us). During that weekend, Lowell took three points, tying BC at the Tully Forum 3-3 before winning at Conte Forum the next night, 4-3. But how does Lowell traditionally do in Hockey East openers in which it plays the same opponent on back-to-back nights?

Somewhat surprisingly, it’s a very rare occurrence. In fact, this will be just the sixth time in league history that it’s happened, and the first since the 1996-97 season, when it split 5-2 and 2-4 with Amherst. Overall, Lowell is just 4-5-1 in series of this type, with BC and Amherst being the most common opponents in them at two times apiece. The only other one, and coincidentally, the only one in which Lowell failed to earn points, was against Northeastern in 1984-85 (losses of 6-5 and 6-4), the first year the league existed.

Lowell actually has a winning record against BC in these games at 2-1-1. But that’s probably going to change this weekend.

What do you call a blind dinosaur’s dog?
In case we haven’t impressed it upon you enough, we’re really looking forward to this weekend despite the fact that we fully expect the weekend to end with Lowell looking like that wall of dead bodies from the movie 300. The contrast is confusing for us as well.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Monty permalink
    October 27, 2011 6:50 am

    Also looks like we might have close to a sell out … really hope the students come out in force for this one. Would be great for the team…

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