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Weekend in review: Cruel to be kind

November 21, 2011

Lowell did not start off the weekend very well, getting thumped in its worst effort of the season 5-0 at UNH. But at least the ‘Hawks rebounded well and were nice enough to only beat Amherst 4-0 back in Lowell the next night.

Not a strong weekend for Amherst, either, though you, as an even mildly knowledgable observer of the sport, had likely come to expect that. They had to come back to earn a 2-all tie with Maine. At home. Despite being given seven power plays. Likewise, UNH turned in another poor performance following its victory over Lowell, losing to BU 4-1 in Boston. BU had also hosted and beaten Vermont on Friday night, 4-3.

The other most successful team in Hockey East this weekend? It was Northeastern. Now, of course, the victories came at Providence, 5-2, and against Vermont, 4-1, so they don’t count as much as they would have if they’d been against good teams, but four points is four points.

And in the only other action of the weekend, BC continued its losing ways by going out to Notre Dame and lost 3-2 in overtime.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Chad Ruhwedel, Lowell (sophomore defenseman) — Three points, including a gorgeous roof-job goal, and lockdown defense on Saturday against Amherst. Really strong performance and people are starting to take notice that he’s an excellent do-it-all defenseman in the Jeremy Dehner mold. This after finishing the game on Friday with an even plus-minus rating despite Lowell getting outscored 5-0. Unreal player.
(Honorable mention: Doug Carr, Lowell; David Vallorani, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Terrence Wallin, Lowell (freshman forward) — He played great on Saturday. He may have only gotten an assist but the amount of chances he generated and the forechecking he did were crucial to embarrassing Amherst, which is the most important consideration of all.
(Honorable mention: Casey Thrush, UNH)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Amherst — Oh my, who could have guessed that this team would be terrible? We mean, they beat BC that one time! Then beat both Holy Cross and Northeastern! That seemed like a true sign they were about to run roughshod over the rest of Hockey East and the whole NCAA and then get promoted to the NHL and win a Stanley Cup. Hahahaha.
(Honorable mention: Joey Diamond, Maine)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Doug Carr, Chad Ruhwedel and David Vallorani were all named Top Performers.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Friday
UNH 5, Lowell o
Maine 2, UMass Amherst 2 (ot)
Northeastern 5, Providence 2
BU 4
, Vermont 3
Notre Dame 3, BU 2 (ot)

Saturday
Lowell 4, UMass Amherst 0
BU 4, UNH 1
Northeastern 4, Vermont 1

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) Chad Ruhwedel
2) Doug Carr
3) David Vallorani

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