Weekend in review: The oop-de-oop
Well, Lowell took care of business in its exhibition game on Saturday afternoon, putting Toronto down 5-2 behind a more or less solid team effort. Toronto fared little better against BU at Agganis the next day, getting pounded 5-0. In all, the Varsity Blues were outshot 102-38 in the two games, so, not a good weekend there.
Meanwhile, Maine blew a third-period lead and ended up settling for a tie with New Brunswick in a Sunday exhibition, 2-2. That disappointment came just a night after losing 2-1 to Quinnipiac at home on a goal with less than 90 seconds to go in regulation. The Black Bears were helped immeasurably by the Boston College Eagles softening the Varsity Reds up with a 6-0 afternoon win the day before. In another game that actually counted, Merrimack went down to Union, a team we hate forever, and crushed them 4-1. That’s good stuff from a team no expects to do very much this year.
Even Vermont had a good showing this weekend, scoring more goals against a Canadian school than any other team in the league could muster in a 7-1 win over Concordia. Too bad that doesn’t count in the Hockey East standings.
Northeastern, meanwhile, was the only Hockey East team to continue the tradition of allowing a CIS squad to come into their building and beat them. A night after falling to UNH 5-2 in Durham, the X-Men beat the Huskies 4-3. If we’re not mistaken, Northeastern hasn’t won an exhibition game since 2009, which is all kinds of hilarious.
And finally, in an effort to shield themselves from the humiliation of losing to another CIS team in an exhibition game, Amherst instead had a Maroon and White scrimmage, and White won 3-2. Of course, this also guaranteed that Amherst lost to, well, Amherst, which is nearly as galling as losing to a Canadian school.
Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Scott Wilson, Lowell (sophomore forward) — He had a goal and an assist, which in our book isn’t usually enough to beat out a guy like Joe Pendenza who had a pair of goals himself, but his total control of the game on just about every shift was magnificent to behold. With all due respect to Pendenza, we cannot in good conscience give this one to anyone but Wilson.
(Honorable mention: Joe Pendenza, Lowell; Ryan McGrath, Lowell)
Rookie of the Week
Ryan McGrath (freshman forward) — Well that was quite the start for Lowell’s new No. 10. He was strong enough on the puck, a bit crafty, a little tough along the boards, and ultimately had two assists. A very commendable debut.
(Honorable mention: Sam Marotta, Merrimack; Casey Hohmann, BU)
Ham n Egger of the Weak
Joey Diamond — Much as we would like to continue our now-annual tradition of making fun of Northeastern for losing to a Canadian team, we must instead turn our focus to Maine senior captain Joey Diamond, who showed more of that leadership we’ve all come to expect of him in getting tossed for a hit from behind — the Joey Diamond Special — halfway through his first game of the season. Maine went on to lose 2-1 and one only imagines that Tim Whitehead was incensed and benched him for the exhibition game the following afternoon. Oh wait, he played. Of course he did.
(Honorable mention: Maine, Northeastern)
Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
There wasn’t one.
Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Lowell 5, Toronto 2 (exh.)
Merrimack 4, Union 1
Quinnipiac 2, Maine 1
BC 6, New Brunswick 0 (exh.)
UNH 5, St. Francis Xavier 2 (exh.)
Vermont 7, Concordia 1 (exh.)
Maine 2, New Brunswick 2 (OT) (exh.)
BU 5, Toronto 0 (exh.)
St. Francis Xavier 4, Northeastern 3 (exh.)
For every game this season, home and , we want to know YOUR Three Stars. Please leave a comment below and we’ll be sure to tally everything up at the end of the year.
How we voted
Here were our picks for the stars this week’s game(s).
1. Scott Wilson
2. Joe Pendenza
3. Ryan McGrath