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Weekend in review: Deep in the heart of Dixie

November 28, 2011

Simply put, this was not a good week to be Alabama-Huntsville.

Sure, losing to Lowell 3-0 on Friday afternoon was a thing that should have surprised no one, but the two pieces of bread in that disappointment sandwich were a 6-0 loss to Merrimack on Wednesday and a 9-1 loss on Saturday at UNH, which was hilarious only because UNH allowed a goal to perhaps the worst offense we’ve seen in the last few years, and for which the Wildcats should have been awarded a loss. This followed UNH’s other great blunder last week, a 7-6 loss at Harvard on Tuesday, in a game it led 4-0 through the first period.

Also on Tuesday night, Vermont beat Amherst in Burlington, 2-1. Amherst followed up that sterling performance by losing 4-2 at Quinnipiac on Saturday, while Vermont edged out visiting Dartmouth 5-3 on Sunday after having gotten smoked at home by Colgate, 4-1.

In other out of conference action, Providence lost to both Miami and Princeton, 6-2 and 3-1, respectively, which exposes that early-season success for the mirage it really was. Then BC picked up a 3-2 road win at Yale, and BU needed another dodgy replay controversy with Bunyon as an official to edge Cornell at Madison Square Garden, 2-1 in overtime. Maine also beat Clarkson 4-3 in Orono after having defeated the U.S. Under 18 team there earlier in the week, 6-4.

And somehow, Northeastern beat Michigan 4-1 in Ann Arbor. We don’t get it either.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Doug Carr, Lowell (sophomore goalie) — That’s two shutouts in a row for the Goaltender Who Would Be Starter. Not that either Amherst or Huntsville gave him the slightest bit of trouble, and not that the defense hasn’t been stifling in front of him, but if you’re stopping everything you see for 120 straight minutes, you’re doing something right. And hey, don’t they say it’s harder to concentrate when you’re only facing 20 a night? Kid’s had time to do the Times Sunday crossword between shots lately. Good on him.
(Honorable mention: Scott, Lowell; Chad Ruhwedel, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Scott Wilson, Lowell (freshman forward) — Talk about a strong rebound game. After getting a healthy scratch last Saturday against Amherst, he was back in the lineup and scored Lowell’s third goal after having set up the first. Good to have him back.
(Honorable mention: Kyle Reynolds, Vermont)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Amherst — Look, giving Vermont its first league win of the season is bad enough, but embarrassing Hockey East on NESN in a 4-2 loss to the Q? Does College Hockey America want these guys? Probably not, at least after the petty cheapshottery they pulled at the end of Saturday’s loss. Joke program.
(Honorable mention: Huntsville)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Doug Carr and Scott Wilson were named Top Performers.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Harvard 7, UNH 6
Vermont 2, UMass Amherst 1

Merrimack 6, Alabama-Huntsville 0
Maine 6, U.S. Under-18s 4 (exh.)

Lowell 3, Alabama-Huntsville 0
Miami 6, Providence 2
Colgate 4, Vermont 1
Northeastern 4, Michigan 1

Quinnipiac 4, UMass Amherst 2
BC 3, Yale 2
Princeton 3, Providence 1
Maine 4, Clarkson 3
BU 2, Cornell 1 (ot)
UNH 9, Alabama-Huntsville 1

Vermont 5, Dartmouth 3

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) Doug Carr
2) Scott Wilson
3) Chad Ruhwedel

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