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Weekend in review: Moving forward?

November 26, 2012

Lowell might be starting to get back on the right track, thanks to its semi-convincing, occasionally authoritative 3-1 win over Princeton on Saturday afternoon at Tsongas Center. But given that it was also the only game of the weekend, it’s pretty hard to say whether that’s the case.

In fact, only two other teams in the league even played two games this weekend, those being UNH and Vermont. The Wildcats, like Lowell before them, went out to Colorado College and Denver and certainly had the better of things. Though they blew a 4-0 lead against CC on Friday and drew 4-4, they erased a three-goal first-period deficit to win 6-4 against the Pioneers. This all makes us feel slightly better about losing to both UNH and Denver, but not a lot better.

Vermont, if you’re wondering, was swept in Burlington by Minnesota in the week’s most-foregone conclusion, losing 5-1 Friday and 3-1 Saturday. Vermont also played the only league game of the last week, with Amherst winning 3-1 at Mullins last Tuesday. The Minutemen followed that up by drawing Quinnipiac  2-all on Saturday. The Q also beat Providence 2-0 on Tuesday, but the Friars got back into it with a 7-0 win at Brown Saturday.

Some other results that might be of vague interest is St. Lawrence’s split with the league’s two actually-Boston-based teams, with a 5-2 win at Northeastern on Friday and a 4-0 loss at BU the next night. Finally, BC beat Dartmouth at home 6-3 because of course it did.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Scott Wilson, Lowell (sophomore forward) — We called his name pretty much all season but now he’s finally producing at perhaps even a better rate than we could have expected. Two assists on Saturday coupled with his four against Amherst gives him six in his last two, and that’s how you make up for lost time.
(Honorable mention: Johnny Gaudreau, BC; Kevin Goumas, UNH)

Rookie of the Week
Connor Hellebuyck, Lowell (freshman defenseman) — He didn’t get a ton of looks but had to make more than a few difficult saves against Princeton in only his second career start.
(Honorable mention: Jon Gillies, Providence)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Vermont — Lost three games this week by a combined score of 11-3. This is where we all thought Vermont would be.
(Honorable mention: Northeastern)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Michael Colantone, Connor Hellebuyck and Scott Wilson were all Top Performers.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Tuesday
Amherst 3, Vermont 1
Quinnipiac 2, Providence 0

Friday
St Lawrence 5, Northeastern 2
Colgate 1, Merrimack 1 (ot)
Minnesota 5, Vermont 1
Colorado College 4
, UNH 4 (ot)

Saturday
Lowell 3, Princeton 1
BU 4, St. Lawrence 0
BC 6, Dartmouth 3
Providence 7, Brown 0
Amherst 2, Quinnipiac 2 (ot)
Minnesota 3, Vermont 1
UNH 6, Denver 4

Your Three Stars
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.

Saturday
1. _____________
2. _____________
3. _____________

How we voted
Here were our picks for the stars this week’s game(s).

Saturday
1. Scott Wilson
2. Connor Hellebuyck
3. Terrence Wallin

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