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Weekend preview: Something wicked this way comes

October 27, 2011

The Lowell River Hawks (2-1-0, 0-0-0 HE) vs. the Boston College Eagles (5-1-0, 3-0-0 HE)

7:15 p.m. Friday at Tsongas Center, Lowell, Mass.
7 p.m. Saturday at Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Lowell has yet to start its conference schedule. Boston College is first in Hockey East with six points from three games.

Last three games
Lowell — 2-3 (OT) vs. UConn, 4-1 at Minnesota State, 4-2 at Minnesota State.
BC — 4-3 (OT) at Northeastern, 4-2 vs. UMass Amherst, 5-1 at UNH.

Prior meetings
Lowell trails BC 31-56-7, all-time.

Season series
Nothing to report.

Top scorers
Lowell:
Riley Wetmore — 3 GP, 3-2-5
Derek Arnold — 3, 2-2-4
Matt Ferreira — 3, 2-1-3
Terrence Wallin — 3, 1-2-3
Chad Ruhwedel — 3, 0-3-3

BC:
Bill Arnold — 6 GP, 5-5-10 (3 GP, 4-1-5 HE)
Chris Kreider — 6, 4-4-8 (3, 2-2-4)
Johnny Gaudreau — 6, 3-4-7 (3, 2-1-3)
Pat Mullane — 6, 2-5-7 (3, 1-2-3)
Kevin Hayes — 6, 2-5-7 (3, 1-4-5)

Goaltending
Lowell:
Brian Robbins (1-1-0) — 2, 120:54, 2.48/.896
Doug Carr (1-0-0) — 1 GP, 60:00, 1.00 GAA/.960 sv%

BC:
Parker Milner (5-1-0) — 6 GP, 362:56, 2.15 GAA/.911 sv% (3 GP, 184:00, 1.96 GAA/.927 sv% HE)

Team stats
Lowell:
Overall (3 games) — 10 goals for (3.33/gm), 6 goals against (2.00/gm). Power play 4/18 (22.2%, 0 SHGA), penalty kill 9/10 (90.0%, 0 SHGF)

BC:
Overall (6 games) — 26 goals for (4.33/gm), 14 goals against (2.33/gm). Power play 5/27 (18.5%, 1 SHGA), penalty kill 29/32 (90.6%, 0 SHGF)
Hockey East (3 games) — 13 goals for (4.33/gm), 6 goals against (2.00/gm). Power play 3/14 (21.4%, 0 SHGA), penalty kill 16/18 (88.9%, 0 SHGF)

Outlook
Well starting the season with a winning record was certainly something we wanted to see and didn’t really expect. Two wins in Minnesota? Yeah, that’s awesome. Losing to UConn brought us back down to earth a bit but there were a number of circumstances that contributed to it, so we weren’t entirely ready to roast the team just yet, even if they should have won by five.

But this weekend? Oh, god no. It’s a good job Lowell is going to be wearing its blue jerseys on Friday night in the home opener, because it will mask the blood that’s going to be flowing freely and by the bucketful slightly better than the home whites would have. Boston College ain’t exactly the Boston Bruins, but they’re the closest thing Hockey East has to offer, and certainly will look like it against Lowell this weekend. To expect anything more than what are hopefully good performances and exactly zero points to start the league schedule is to invite disappointment.

We expect Doug Carr, who has more college experience and certainly didn’t just lose to UConn, to get the start on Friday as more of an informal feeling-out process, and he’ll be lucky to give up only four goals. Hopefully Lowell can muster more offensively against Parker Milner than Amherst and UNH did, so it can say it went down fighting, but we’re not counting on that either.

Though Lowell is technically a conference opponent for BC, we believe that this weekend you’ll see that these teams aren’t anywhere near to being in the same league.

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