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Weekend in review: Remember, remember

November 7, 2011

So Lowell had only one game this weekend but scored enough for two in a decisive 7-1 win over BU in which Kieran Millan was so embarrassingly bad we never wanted it to stop.

Two other Hockey East teams had very successful weekends as well. Providence swept Vermont in Rhode Island to the surprise of no one, winning 5-2 and 5-1 on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Meanwhile, UNH hosted both Amherst and Maine this weekend, winning 7-3 and 3-2, respectively. On Friday, Maine also lost to BC, 5-1. The Eagles then traveled to Amherst and lost 4-2 somehow.

One team that had a slightly less successful weekend was Merrimack, which was only able to take three points from a woebegone Northeastern side. The teams played to what must have been a scintillating 1-all draw at the Strip Mall on Friday before heading to the big city on Saturday, where the Warriors picked up a 3-2 overtime win despite doing all in their power to give up the game late.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Matt Ferreira, Lowell (senior forward) — He had three points (all assists) in Lowell’s only game of the weekend, but had a goal waived off without review, which was absurd because it obviously should have counted.
(Honorable mention: Derek Arnold, Lowell; Doug Carr, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Scott Wilson, Lowell (freshman forward) — Second consecutive week he’s picked up this award, and this time it’s for scoring three points against BU. He’s now a point-a-game player.
(Honorable mention: Terrence Wallin, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Kieran Millan — We’re not sure what more can be said about how bad this kid is. First of all, any success he had in his career came not-inconspicuously when he was a freshman, playing behind probably the best defensive corps Hockey East has ever seen, if not in all of college hockey history. You could have put literally any Division 1 goaltender not named Adam Kraus behind that team for a whole season and he would have produced at least .921 save percentage and sub-2 goals-against average. Carter Hutton, on the other hand, might not have allowed any goals at all from October to April. But then things fell apart for Millan as soon as everyone who was good from that team left. The next year he posted a 3.15 GAA and sub-.900 save percentage and no one seemed to notice because he’d just won a national title and clearly Had Success At the College Level, the most important consideration for how good any goalie is. His save percentage climbed to .919 again the next season but his GAA was still nearly 2.70 and if this had been any other netminder in the conference (say, one that played for Lowell), there would be serious questions about the team’s goaltending situation. And then of course there’s this year, when his save percentage is .894 and his GAA is now a Boulangerian 3.67. He was seriously atrocious on Saturday night and NO ONE is killing him for it. He just tied the BU career record in wins at 63, but TWENTY-NINE of them came when he was a freshman. He’s 34-29-9 since then. That’s really mediocre for a BU goaltender. Wake up, everyone.
(Honorable mention: Vermont)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Scott Wilson was Rookie of the Week, as he should have been. Derek Arnold, Doug Carr and Matt Ferreira were named Top Performers.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
UNH 7, UMass Amherst 3
Merrimack 1
, Northeastern 1 (ot)
BC 5, Maine 1
Providence 5
, Vermont 2

Lowell 7, BU 1
Merrimack 3, Northeastern 2 (ot)
UMass Amherst 4, BC 2
UNH 3, Maine 2
Providence 5, Vermont 1

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) Matt Ferreira
2) Scott Wilson
3) Derek Arnold

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