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Weekend in review: On and on and on and on and

January 2, 2012

Lowell went down to Storrs, Conn. and let everyone at the UConn Toyota Classic or Toyota UConn Classic or Classic UConn Toyota or UConn Classic Toyota or whatever it was called know why they are one of the best teams in the nation. They handled RPI with alarming ease, winning 7-2 in a game that could have been a lot worse, and played only so-so hockey in beating UConn 4-3 in overtime. Two wins though. Can’t argue with that.

Two other Hockey East teams also had two wins on the weekend, of course. One was Maine, which decked Clarkson 6-1 then beat Amherst 5-2 in the title game of that Florida tournament. Amherst had beaten Cornell 5-2 the night before. Meanwhile, Northeastern won the Mariucci Classic in Minnesota, drawing Princeton 3-3 but winning the shootout, then taking down Minnesota 3-2 the next night.

Other teams in the league fared considerably less well. Merrimack drew St. Lawrence 6-all and lost in a nine-round shootout, but then took care of Holy Cross 3-0 in the consolation game of the Dartmouth Tournament. Likewise, BC lost its opening game at the GLI, 4-2 to Michigan but beat Michigan Tech 2-1 the next day, and Vermont dropped the first game of its own tournament 5-3 to Lake Superior then got past Ferris State 4-2.

In non-holiday tournament games, two Hockey East teams were victimized by Brown in their own buildings on Friday and Sunday, respectively, and by the same embarrassing scoreline: 5-2. Good job, UNH and Providence. Also BU lost to Notre Dame on national TV in South Bend by the same score that Brown hung on its two opponents.

And in an exhibition earlier in the week, Vermont got steamrolled by the Russian Red Stars, 6-1. Haha.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
David Vallorani (senior forward) — This was one player who had a significant influence on both games this weekend. He scored a beauty shorthanded goal for his 100th career point, then two more the next night, including the game-winner in overtime. He also chipped in a pair of apples but we at the Ice is Life suspect that was just him showing off.
(Honorable mention: Doug Carr, Lowell; Spencer Abbott, Maine)

Rookie of the Week
Scott Wilson (freshman forward) — Two goals and one assist is just as good as Hockey East’s pick for this award, some scrub from Vermont. But unlike that kid, these weren’t the first two goals of Wilson’s career, so Lowell is once again penalized for being too good.
(Honorable mention: Terrence Wallin, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
UNH and BU — We don’t know which of these teams are more cooked for the back half of the season, but we’re leaning toward the Terriers because while the Wildcats’ problems (soft D, horrible goaltending) will persist all year, at least they were familiar by now. BU’s loss of its two best forwards is a whole new can of worms, all wiggling about grossly.
(Honorable mention: Vermont)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
David Vallorani was a co-Player of the Week and it was almost fair this time. Doug Carr and Scott Wilson were both Top Performers.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Russian Red Stars 6, Vermont 1 (exh.)

Lowell 7, RPI 2
Maine 6, Clarkson 1
Lake Superior 5, Vermont 3
UMass Amherst 5, Cornell 2
Michigan 4
, BC 2

Lowell 4, UConn 3 (ot)
Merrimack 6, St. Lawrence 6 (SLU wins SO, 2-1)
BC 2, Michigan Tech 1
Northeastern 3, Princeton 3 (NU wins SO, 1-0)
Brown 5, UNH 2
Vermont 4, Ferris State 2
Maine 5, UMass Amherst 2

Merrimack 3, Holy Cross 0
Notre Dame 5, BU 2
Northeastern 3, Minnesota 2

Brown 5, Providence 2

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?

There were no home games so we didn’t vote.

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