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Weekend in review: Time after time

March 5, 2012

Lowell finished second in Hockey East this week because it rules, and all it had to do was beat Providence twice to get there. No problem. It was a 5-1 smackdown at Schneider on Friday that got ‘er started, and a 4-2 mauling the next night at the Tsongas Center to wrap ‘er up. Oh, and they get to do it all over again on Thursday. Wear a raincoat, it’s gonna get messy.

Of course, Lowell only didn’t finish in first because the league padded the hell out of the back end of BC’s schedule, giving them a pair at home against dead-last Vermont. Not surprisingly, the Eagles rolled to victories of 5-1 and 4-0.

And here’s where the really funny results start. BU? Split with Northeastern, winning 5-2 in their own rink on Friday but dropping a 5-4 overtime decision at Matthews to give Lowell second place on Saturday. Hooray Huskies. Sorry you were so bad this year. But not really.

At the same time, Merrimack wilted to the immense pressure that comes with playing at Amherst or whatever and cost themselves home ice with a 5-1(!) loss. They earned a modicum of redemption the following night in a 5-3 win, but pay penance for giving up eight to Amherst by traveling to Orono for the playoffs. Maine, by the way, beat UNH 1-0 at Alfond in a Saturday one-off.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Joe Pendenza, Lowell (sophomore forward) — Come on, two goals and an assist on Saturday after a two-assist night on the road? This was a no-brainer. Even a Providence fan could have guessed at this one.
(Honorable mention: Derek Arnold, Lowell; Mike Budd, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Scott Wilson, Lowell (freshman forward) — As if the Hockey East Rookie of the Year award needed any more salting away, Scott Wilson piled up three assists over two nights against the seventh-place team in the league. Johnny Gaudreau, meanwhile? One helper out of nine goals against Vermont. Kid’s a fraud. Terrence Wallin, who was pretty damn good this weekend, should be runner-up for the award.
(Honorable mention: Terrence Wallin, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
BU on Saturday — Hey you played Grant Rollheiser on Saturday instead of going with your starter against a really bad team? Lowell did that too, only against a better team. And Lowell won? Weird. What happened with you guys, eh?
(Honorable mention: Providence, Merrimack)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Joe Pendenza was named Player of the Week. Derek Arnold and Scott Wilson were named top performers.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Friday
Lowell 5, Providence 1
BC 5, Vermont 1
BU 5, Northeastern 2
UMass Amherst 5, Merrimack 1

Saturday
Lowell 4, Providence 2
BC 4, Vermont 0
Northeastern 5, BU 4 (OT)
Merrimack 5, UMass Amherst 3
Maine 1, UNH 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) Joe Pendenza
2) Derek Arnold
3) Marc Boulanger

One Comment leave one →
  1. bob permalink
    March 5, 2012 9:10 pm

    Speaking of Wilson, he could have easily had two or three goals on Saturday night. He had some real good looks and just misfired on a couple of chances.

    Agree on Wallin, he’s been solid all season.

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