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Weekend in review: Meh

February 27, 2012

Not a good weekend for Lowell, which dropped three of four points to Merrimack. The ‘Hawks needed just two points to ensure a home playoff spot but got drilled 5-2 in North Andover on Friday and could only muster two goals in a home tie the next night.

Fortunately, Maine gave the ‘Hawks a considerable amount of help for the second straight weekend by losing at Northeastern 4-2 on Friday before rebounding with a massive 7-1 win. But because Maine has just the one game next weekend and already lost the season series to the River Hawks, Lowell needs just one point from Providence to get home ice.

And these days, it’s looking more and more like either Maine or UNH will end up being Lowell’s first-round opponent, which isn’t an easy ask. The Wildcats, though, just split with Amherst in two at Mullins Center, winning 4-3 on Friday but losing 4-2 in the second half of the series.

BC and BU, meanwhile, continued to distance themselves from the pack. The Eagles slaughtered Providence 3-0 on the road and 7-0 at home, and the Terriers swept Vermont in Burlington 5-0 and 3-2 in overtime.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Barry Almeida, BC (senior forward) — Five points this weekend against an admittedly not-great team is nice, and helping his team distance itself in what had previously been a very tight pack all but assures it another Hockey East regular-season title. That’s really rising to the occasion.
(Honorable mention: Joe Cannta, Merrimack; Steven Whitney, BC)

Rookie of the Week
Casey DeSmith, UNH (freshman goalie) — This kid is the only reason UNH is still remotely relevant this season. Did Matt DiGirolamo die?
(Honorable mention: Scott Wilson, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Lowell — Nothing’s ever easy.
(Honorable mention: Maine, Providence)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Matt Ferreira was named a top performer.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)

Friday
Merrimack 5, Lowell 2
Northeastern 4, Maine 2
BC 3, Providence 0
UNH 4, Amherst 3
BU 5, Vermont 0

Saturday
Lowell 2, Merrimack 2 (OT)
Maine 7, Northeastern 1
BC 7, Providence 0
Amherst 4, UNH 2
BU 3, Vermont 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?

Saturday:
1) Josh Holmstrom
2) David Vallorani
3) Doug Carr

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