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Weekend in review: Very cool

January 23, 2012

Lowell did what everyone who has been paying any sort of attention to Hockey East this year should have expected them to do this weekend: Swept Northeastern. It started with an easy 4-0 W in Lowell on Friday, where the River Hawks have lost just one game, and ended at Matthews Arena on Saturday with a 3-2 overtime win that was a bit too nervy for our liking. Four points, though, is four points.

Two other teams also swept this weekend. One was BU, which hided Providence about as badly as one Hockey East team has done in the past couple years, winning 6-1 in Boston on Friday and 8-0 back at Schneider on Saturday. Ugly stuff. Meanwhile, Maine swept BC in Orono 4-3 in OT and 7-4.

The only other two-game series was between Merrimack and UNH, with the visitors winning each. UNH won 2-1 in North Andover Friday and Merrimack returned the favor with a 3-2 overtime win in Durham the following night.

Amherst also beat Vermont at home, 4-3, on Friday but no one cared or noticed.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Doug Carr, Lowell (sophomore goalie) — A 4-0 shutout is good and being the only reason your team won 3-2 in overtime is better. Kieran Millan won Defensive Player of the Week from Hockey East (the reason obviously being anti-Lowell bias) but you could have replaced him with a cardboard cutout of Grant Rollheiser and BU still would have won both games walking away. Not that anyone should be surprised that a Lowell player got snubbed for any reason, but  this one is exceptionally stupid.
(Honorable mention: Dan Furlong, Lowell; Derek Arnold, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Scott Wilson, Lowell (freshman forward) — It’s getting to the point now that even biased Hockey East media members are calling him the best freshman in the league. Imagine how good a Lowell player has to be to get that.
(Honorable mention: Jake Suter, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Northeastern — Any amount of “they’re better than the record indicates” will hopefully have been washed away after this weekend, as the Huskies slipped three games below .500 overall and would need to win seven straight in Hockey East play to even up their record. It’s not a good team. It is in fact a pretty bad one, buoyed by an exceptional goalie who the River Hawks beat seven times this weekend. So maybe strike exceptional. Change it to lucky. This was a lucky team that can’t win against Hockey East teams on the road (1-6-1) and happened to win a few games against very good OOC opponents. Some NU fans chirped us over the weekend that they’d rather beat Michigan and Notre Dame than RPI and UConn but maybe the team should shift its focus to winning more than four league games in 17 tries. But maybe that’s just us, fans of a team that’s third in the Pairwise, spitballin’ unsympathetically.
(Honorable mention: Providence, BC)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Scott Wilson was Rookie of the Week for the third time. Doug Carr and Dan Furlong were named top performers.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)

Friday
Lowell 4, Northeastern 0
BU 6, Providence 1
UNH 2, Merrimack 1
UMass Amherst 4, Vermont 3
Maine 4, BC 3 (OT)

Saturday
Lowell 3, Northeastern 2 (OT)
BU 8, Providence 0
Maine 7, BC 4
Merrimack 3, UNH 2 (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) Dan Furlong
2) Scott Wilson
3) Doug Carr

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