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Weekend in review: Looks like we got our swagger back

February 6, 2012

At this point it should be the least surprising thing in the world that Lowell swept Vermont in a pair of home dates. They won 3-1 on Friday and 6-4 on Saturday, but the latter result was a consequence of the team understandably falling asleep at the wheel in the third period; Vermont proved a very bad team indeed.

Another bad team? Amherst. The Minutemen dropped two games at critical moments this weekend, recalling once again why their fans have been complaining about mental toughness all year long. Northeastern beat them in Boston on Friday, 4-3 in overtime. Then they went home and lost for the second straight game, this time 4-3 to Merrimack, after being undefeated there for so long. That winning Merrimack goal, by the way, came with just two ticks left in regulation. But we are confident that both losses were the refs’ fault. The previous night, Merrimack got smoked by BU in North Andover, 4-1.

Meanwhile, UNH swept Providence, winning 3-1 in Durham on Friday and 3-2 in overtime down at Schneider the next night. In another sweep, this one out of conference, Maine took down visiting Alabama-Huntsville 4-3 in overtime (what?) and 5-0.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Riley Wetmore, Lowell (junior forward) — Welcome back. Wetmore scored his first goal in more than two months on Friday and was generally a dominant player all weekend, just like we know he can be. More of this against Merrimack and Maine would be very welcome indeed.
(Honorable mention: Derek Arnold, Lowell; Josh Holmstrom, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Scott Wilson, Lowell (freshman forward) — Slam dunk no-doubter. We might have to rename this the “Scott Wilson and Terrence Wallin Rookie of the Week” award.
(Honorable mention: Terrence Wallin, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Amherst — When we were almost starting to feel bad for them based on how abysmal their hockey team is, they riot after the Super Bowl. Same old Amherst.
(Honorable mention: Vermont, Tom Brady)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Scott Wilson was Rookie of the Week for the fourth time. He and Wallin have won it seven of the 16 times it’s been awarded this season. Riley Wetmore was named a top performer.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Friday
Lowell 3, Vermont 1
UNH 3, Providence 1
BU 4, Merrimack 1
Northeastern 4, UMass Amherst 3 (OT)
Maine 4, Alabama-Huntsville 3 (OT)

Saturday
Lowell 6, Northeastern 4
UNH 3, Providence 2 (OT)
Merrimack 4, UMass Amherst 3
Maine 5, Alabama-Huntsville 0

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?

Friday:
1) Scott Wilson
2) Riley Wetmore
3) Doug Carr

Saturday:
1) Scott Wilson
2) Josh Holmstrom
3) Chad Ruhwedel

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