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Weekend in review: Only an appetizer

February 13, 2012

Lowell suffered its first split in a while over the weekend, despite both games being played at Tsongas Center. Beating Merrimack 3-0 on Friday sure was nice, but going down 2-1 to Maine the night after was a little disheartening. But still, the team is first in the league. So we have to take it.

Maine and Merrimack had little success against their other opponents as well, with the Black Bears losing 4-3 at Providence on Friday and the Warriors drawing UNH1-1 in North Andover Saturday. UNH also beat Northeastern in Durham the night before, 3-2. Providence also beat Amherst 5-4 at Mullins Center the night after the Minutemen upset BU 3-2 at Agganis.

In a one-off game, BC unsurprisingly beat Vermont 6-1 in Burlington.

Oh and also last Monday the Beanpot happened and wouldn’t you know it, BC and BU won their opening-round games!

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Doug Carr, Lowell (sophomore goaltender) — Just another ho-hum excellent performance from the league’s top goaltender. He may have lost on Saturday, but he can hardly be blamed. Making 63 saves on 65 shots in a weekend should be enough to win you both games.
(Honorable mention: Derek Arnold, Lowell; Riley Wetmore, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Scott Wilson, Lowell (freshman forward) — Why do we even bother with this any more?
(Honorable mention: Jake Suter, Lowell; Terrence Wallin, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
BU — A quirk of the schedule, sure. BU makes its biggest night of the season the Beanpot final, and Amherst, fortunately, somehow, almost impossibly, capitalized on that. Look, we’ve seen firsthand how awful Amherst is this year and don’t blame a team for sleeping on them. But losing to them at home? That doesn’t seem like it should be possible. Not that we’re complaining.
(Honorable mention: Vermont, Merrimack)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Doug Carr was correctly named Defensive Player of the Week. Derek Arnold and Riley Wetmore were named Top Performers.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Monday
BC 3, Harvard 1
BU 7, Northeastern 1

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

Saturday
Maine 2, Lowell 1
Merrimack 1, UNH 1 (OT)
Providence 5, UMass Amherst 4

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) Derek Arnold
2) Riley Wetmore
3) Doug Carr

Saturday:
1) Doug Carr
2) Chad Ruhwedel
3) Jake Suter

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