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Weekend in review: Onward, ever onward

December 5, 2011

Pretty aces weekend for Lowell. Two wins. The first came at home, 3-2, before a Tsongas Center-record 6,800-plus fans, all of them there to see Lowell dominate UNH. The other was more momentous, however, because it came at UNH for the first time since George W. Bush was still serving his first term, 5-3 in a game Lowell should have been out of 10 minutes in. But instead it wasn’t, and we’ll happily take the four points.

Another team that will take the four points? Providence, which somehow swept No. 1 Merrimack in a home and home. They won 2-1 in overtime on Friday before going to North Andover and pumping six past the ‘Mack defense. First time all year the Warriors had allowed more than two.

Another big sweep belonged to Maine, though it was certainly the least impressive of the weekend, given that it came against host Vermont, 6-4 and 5-2. And in the only other league series of the weekend, BC and BU split their home-and-home, with each team winning their road game. BU went into Conte Forum on Friday and won 5-3 despite being outshot 45-15(!), and BC answered with a 6-1 W at Agganis the next night.

In out of conference action, Northeastern swept No. 2 Notre Dame 9-2 and 2-1 in South Bend, indicating that the Irish are currently the fourth-best Catholic school in Hockey East play this year. Also, Amherst drew Harvard at home 4-all and no one cared.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Doug Carr, Lowell (sophomore goalie) — Another week, another POTW honor for Carr, who is the rock on which Lowell has built its 9-4-0 record. He was so steady even when Lowell wasn’t that it’s now impossible for anyone to wonder whether he’s simply a product of the system (not that they should have been before).
(Honorable mention: Matt Ferreira, Lowell; David Vallorani, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Terrence Wallin, Lowell (freshman forward) — Just when we were quietly wondering if Wallin’s production had dropped off. A goal on Friday night and two assists, including one on the game-winner, on Saturday later, and we’re not wondering anything any more. Great play from Wallin this weekend. Just great.
(Honorable mention: Scott Wilson, Lowell; Jake Suter, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Matt Di Girolamo — Gotta ease up on the rebound goals, eh, kid? Gosh, he really is terrible.
(Honorable mention: UNH students, UNH, Vermont)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Terrence Wallin was named Rookie of the Week. Doug Carr, Matt Ferreira and David Vallorani were all named Top Performers.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Friday
Lowell 3, UNH 2
Providence 2, Merrimack 1 (OT)
Maine 6, Vermont 4
BU 5, BC 3
Northeastern 9, Notre Dame 2
UMass Amherst 4, Harvard 4 (OT)

Saturday
Lowell 5, UNH 3
Providence 6, Merrimack 1
BC 6, BU 1
Maine 5, Vermont 2
Northeastern 2, Notre Dame 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) Doug Carr
2) Chad Ruhwedel
3) David Vallorani

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