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Weekend in review: Resilient

February 20, 2012

Not a good start to the weekend for Lowell but at least one that showed reasons for some encouragement, as it lost 7-4 to BU at home on Friday but that’s after having been down 5-1 and cutting the deficit to just two goals twice in the third period. The next night was an even better bounce-back, as the River Hawks won 4-2 at Agganis Arena to salvage the weekend split and, far more importantly, win the season series.

Meanwhile, BC continued to pile the pressure on Lowell, edging into first place (though only by a single point) with a sweep of Merrimack, 4-2 at the Heights on Friday and 2-1 in North Andover Saturday. Earlier in the week, the Eagles had won the Beanpot 3-2 over BU in overtime but no one cared.

Maine, though, took a bit of pressure off Lowell by somehow splitting with Amherst in Orono, getting winning 7-3 on Friday but dropping a 4-1 decision the next night. Baffling stuff.

That was it for the home ice contenders, but what of those lowly crap teams rolling around in their own filth down at the bottom of the league table? Well, Northeastern and Providence played to a pair of ties at Matthews, 1-1 Friday and 2-2 Saturday, which sounds like a barrel of fun. This after Northeastern lost to Harvard in the Beanpot consolation game, 3-2, which, again, no one cared about.

And finally, UNH and Vermont split in Durham, with the visitors taking a 4-3 overtime decision on Friday but succumbing 3-1 the next night.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Riley Wetmore, Lowell (junior forward) — Wetmore had another three points this weekend, continuing his staggering success with Scott Wilson and Derek Arnold on his line. Since being put together eight games ago, the three have combined for 34 points and 12 goals. They’re unstoppable killing machines.
(Honorable mention: Chad Ruhwedel, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Scott Wilson, Lowell (freshman forward) — As if there was to be any surprise here. Two goals at BU on Friday and somehow a plus-1 in Friday’s debacle with an assist on Wetmore’s goal to his name. Hockey East can go ahead and carve the kid’s name onto the league trophy right now.
(Honorable mention: Terrence Wallin, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Maine — How does anyone lose to Amherst at home? How do you give up seven goals to Amherst anywhere? Lowell didn’t do that in an entire season series. That was only the second road win of the season for Amherst, too, which is really helping Lowell a lot these days. It’s greatly appreciated.
(Honorable mention: Kieran Millan, UNH)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Scott Wilson was Rookie of the Week for the fifth time. He and Terrence Wallin have now won it eight of the 17 times it’s been awarded this season. Riley Wetmore and Chad Ruhwedel were named top performers.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Harvard 3, Northeastern 2
BC 3, BU 2 (OT)

BU 7, Lowell 4
BC 4, Merrimack 2
Northeastern 1, Providence 1 (OT)
Maine 7, UMass Amherst 3
Vermont 4, UNH 3 (OT)

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

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) Matt Ferreira
2) Joe Pendenza
3) Riley Wetmore

3 Comments leave one →
  1. D. Smith permalink
    February 20, 2012 1:34 pm

    Psst. Not that it matters… But Kieran Millan, UNH looks funny to me.

    • RHHB permalink
      February 20, 2012 1:36 pm

      Yes, that should be read as “both Kieran Millan and UNH, separately.”


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