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Weekend in review: Givin’ ’em the business

November 14, 2011

Well the big news of course is that Lowell continued to be the coolest team ever, having swept Maine in Orono for the first time in 26 years. No big deal there. Just wins of 5-3 and 4-3, the latter being the result of a furious third-period comeback that was so humiliating for the Black Bears their fans want everyone fired. We couldn’t in good conscience ask for a better weekend than that.

The other notable happening in Hockey East this weekend is of course Merrimack mounting a comeback of its own on Friday at BU, winning 3-2 in overtime to remain the only undefeated team in the country. To its credit though, BU rebounded on Sunday and trounced BC 5-0 at Conte Forum after the Eagles had just beaten Northeastern 2-1 at home on Friday. Northeastern also lost to Amherst on Saturday, 4-2, because Northeastern is terrible. The night before, Amherst had beaten Holy Cross 7-2.

Speaking of terrible, how about UNH tying Vermont 4-4 in Burlington? We’re furious that the Catamounts now have a league point to their name.

And finally, in a series that drew a whopping 2,388 fans, Providence swept Alabama-Huntsville, 3-0 and 4-2.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Riley Wetmore, Lowell (junior forward) — He had three goals, the back two of which sparked Lowell’s miracle comeback against Maine, and the first of which stood as an important insurance goal in Friday’s game. We’d hoped for a bigger contribution from this, arguably Lowell’s best player, going forward. We got it big-time this weekend.
(Honorable mention: Doug Carr, Lowell; Chad Ruhwedel, 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 two absolutely gorgeous goals against Maine. He’s got more skill than anyone we’ve seen at Lowell since Elias Godoy. And oh, that finish.
(Honorable mention: Terrence Wallin, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Maine — Is this the death of Hockey East’s third-most successful program? Mainers seem to think so. Here’s a sampling of some of the quotes from the Black Bears. “They kicked our butts,” said Tim Whitehead. You ever think you’d see a Maine coach say something like that about Lowell? Or how about this other quote from Whitehead: “Clearly, the better team won.” Or this: “All weekend, when we made mistakes, they made us pay. There’s no excuses. We didn’t get it done. This one really hurts, it really hurts.” Or maybe you’d like to hear from the league’s preeminent jerk cheapshot artist scumbag, Joey Diamond: “This loss is embarrassing for us.” Good. You gave up nine goals at home to Lowell. Groove on it.
(Honorable mention: Tim Whitehead, Maine; Joey Diamond, Maine)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Scott Wilson was Rookie of the Week, making that two in a row for the kid. Doug Carr and Riley Wetmore were named Top Performers. Lowell was named Team of the Week, but you wouldn’t know it from the logo Hockey East put next to it in the weekly release.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Friday
Lowell 5, Maine 3
Merrimack 3, BU 2 (ot)
UMass Amherst 7, Holy Cross 2 1
Providence 3
, Alabama-Huntsville 0

Saturday
Lowell 4, Maine 3
UMass Amherst 4, Northeastern 2
UNH 4, Vermont 4 (ot)
Providence 4, Alabama-Huntsville 2

Sunday
BU 5, BC 0

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?

There was no game, so we didn’t vote.

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