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Weekend in review: That’s that

January 30, 2012

The week started inauspiciously for Lowell as, playing in its third game in five days, it went to Providence and inexplicably lost 1-0 on Tuesday. Fortunately, though, it rebounded for a 4-2 win at Amherst on Friday (the Minutemen’s first home defeat of the season) and a 5-2 victory back in Lowell on Saturday to sweep the weekend and the season series.

But that wasn’t the only sweep. Quite the opposite, in fact. Maine also went down to Boston University and took a pair from the previously high-flying Terriers, 4-2 and 3-1. And BC won all four points from UNH with a tight 4-3 win Friday at home and a 3-2 overtime win in Durham the next night. Northeastern surprised absolutely no one by getting two wins at Vermont, 8-3 on Friday and 4-2 on Saturday.

Then on Sunday, in a one-off clash, Merrimack put down Providence in North Andover, 4-2.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Josh Holmstrom, Lowell (sophomore forward) — Lots of strong candidates for the River Hawks this week since playing awful teams like Amherst is always a good way to run up the stats. Holmstrom, though, stepped up the most, with three goals.
(Honorable mention: Derek Arnold, Lowell; Doug Carr, Lowell; David Vallorani, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Terrence Wallin, Lowell (freshman forward) — A goal Saturday that really twisted the knife for Lowell’s archrival to go with an assist, and two assists Friday, on Lowell’s second and fourth goal, made this a pretty easy decision.
(Honorable mention: Jake Suter, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Don “Toot” Cahoon — Like you didn’t see this one coming. Another wasted year out west, more taxpayer money down the drain, and Amherst fans are still left wondering why oh why their team, despite being The Flagship School, can’t be better than Lowell on a year-in, year-out basis. It’s the coaching, stupid. One has to wonder how long Toot can cash paychecks on the state’s dime without  anyone noticing that he seems incapable of getting talented players to make a difference on the ice for more than a season or two here and there. Clearly, he can attract high-quality talent; look at the number of NHL players the program has produced in the last few years. But then compare that with the standings at the end of every year. As two Massachusetts taxpayers, we find Amherst’s annual sixth-or-seventh-place finish to be everything Tim Thomas thinks is wrong with the government. Not that we should be saying any of this and giving people good ideas, though. We want Amherst to be bad forever.
(Honorable mention: Amherst, BU)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Terrence Wallin was Rookie of the Week for the third time, the week after Scott Wilson won his third such award. Josh Holmstrom and David Vallorani were named Top Performers. Doug Carr, somehow, was not despite winning twice and posting a .943 save percentage in three games. Kieran Millan, meanwhile, lost twice and gave up five goals on 60 shots (.917) but made the cut. Classic Hockey East.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Providence 1, Lowell 0

Lowell 4, UMass Amherst 2
Maine 4, BU 2
BC 4, UNH 3
Northeastern 8, Vermont 3

Lowell 5, UMass Amherst 2
Maine 3, BU 1
BC 3, UNH 2 (OT)
Northeastern 4, Vermont 2

Merrimack 4, 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?

1) Derek Arnold
2) Doug Carr
3) Terrence Wallin

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