Weekend in review: Sweeps ahoy!
Everyone saw it coming: a sweep of Lowell by No. 1 BC, with wins of 4-2 at Tsongas Center on Friday and 6-3 at Conte Forum on Saturday. The first wasn’t especially a fair result, the second overwhelmingly was.
But hey, it was a Hockey East week filled with sweeps, most of them decisive. Merrimack went up to Vermont and handed the Catamounts a couple of lunches, winning 4-2 and 4-1 on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Dispatches from Burlington made it sound particularly grim for the hosts. But at least one team succeeded in an all-home series, with Maine unsurprisingly sweeping Providence by slim margins, 5-4 in overtime on Friday and 3-1 on Saturday, with the third being an empty netter.
The other Hockey East team that won its two games at home this weekend was, if you can believe it, UNH, though only one was a league game. Friday featured a 2-1 overtime squeaker against Union of all teams, but Saturday’s 5-2 thumping of Northeastern was more comprehensive.
The only favored team to not earn all four points this weekend was BU, which settled for three from UMass Amherst, drawing 2-all on Friday out west before coming back to the big city and coming back from a three-goal first-period deficit to win 5-4 in overtime.
Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Joseph Pendenza, Lowell (sophomore forward) — Pendenza is the young fellow that had three points and finished a plus-2 on a weekend against the No. 1 team in the country despite his team giving up 10 goals. What a guy!
(Honorable mention: Ryan Flanagan, Merrimack; Johnny Gaudreau, BC)
Rookie of the Week
Scott Wilson, Lowell (freshman forward) — Scored his first career goal against Boston College on the road. That’ll play.
(Honorable mention: Ludwig Karlsson, Damien Cross, Providence)
Ham n Egger of the Weak
Vermont — Hey wasn’t this team supposed to be good? One of the up-and-coming programs in Hockey East? So how come they’re so, so terrible? They’re 1-3 to start the year and were made fools of by Merrimack at HOME? Christ, it used to be difficult to win at the Gutt (for all teams but Lowell), didn’t it?
(Honorable mention: Matt Di Girolamo, UNH; BU)
Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Pendenza was named a Top Performer.
Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
BC 4, Lowell 2
BU 2, UMass Amherst 2 (ot)
Merrimack 4, Vermont 1
Maine 5, Providence 4 (ot)
UNH 2, Union 1 (ot)
BC 6, Lowell 3
Merrimack 4, Vermont 2
BU 5, UMass Amherst 4 (ot)
Maine 3, Providence 1
UNH 5, Northeastern 2
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?
1) Mike Budd
2) Matt Ferreira
3) David Vallorani