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Weekend in review: Aw shucks

December 12, 2011

Kind of a disappointing weekend for Lowell, to be honest. Beating Boston College 3-2 on Friday in Lowell before another crowd of 6,000-ish was certainly a great start, but following it up with a loss by the same score the next night at a rather poor Northeastern team (especially given that it was entirely the coach’s fault) is obviously a more than slightly disheartening way to enter break.

Earlier in the week, BC had hosted and easily handled Providence, 4-1. The next night, Merrimack did the same with Vermont, 5-2, while Amherst beat Yale 3-1 (the third being an empty-netter) at Mullins Center. Later in the week, Merrimack also drew Colgate in upstate New York, 1-1, in what was presumably a barnburner.

BU had a more successful weekend than Lowell, at least in terms of it’s won-lost record. It knocked off UNH 2-1 in Durham on Thursday before steamrolling Maine in Orono 5-1.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
David Vallorani (senior forward) — Though he was occasionally frustrating on Saturday night, he would have needed to actually score twice into Lowell’s net to merit not-getting this one after the Friday night he turned in. He finished the weekend at 1-2-3 and now has eight points in his last six games. The strong senior season keeps rolling.
(Honorable mention: Derek Arnold, Lowell; Doug Carr, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Scott Wilson (freshman forward) — Only the one goal this weekend, but he was Lowell’s best skater on Saturday to boot and downright scary for BC on Friday. To make things more entertaining, let’s also talk about the play of other Hockey East Rookie of the Year contenders Johnny Gaudreau and Ludwig Karlsson, both of whom went head-to-head against Wilson: They combined for two whole shots on goal against the River Hawks and were we not actively looking for them on the ice, they’d have passed without notice. Scott Wilson makes you sit up and pay attention. Deal with it.
(Honorable mention: Jake Suter, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Maine — Remember when it used to be hard to win in Orono? You can thank Lowell for shattering the facade of invincibility.
(Honorable mention: UNH, Vermont)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Stephen Buco, Doug Carr and David Vallorani were all named performers of the week. Somehow Derek Arnold’s two goals didn’t warrant mention.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Tuesday
BC 4, Providence 1

Wednesday
Merrimack 5, Vermont 2
UMass Amherst 3, Yale 1

Thursday
BU 2, UNH 1

Friday
Lowell 3, BC 2

Saturday
Northeastern 3, Lowell 2
BU 5, Maine 1
Merrimack 1, Colgate 1 (OT)

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) David Vallorani
2) Doug Carr
3) Derek Arnold

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