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Weekend in review: Two steps forward

December 11, 2012

Lowell is slowly but surely turning us into believers again. Its 2-0 home win against Northeastern on Saturday wasn’t the most convincing in world history, nor was the 5-0 W at Harvard two nights later, but taken as a whole, it’s hard to line up against outscoring opponents by seven in a pair of shutouts, no matter how bad they are. This has been a very strong move into break, and let’s just hope they keep it going.

Where the rest of Hockey East is concerned, though, let’s just say things aren’t looking so rosy. BU had inarguably the best weekend out of all the teams in the league winning 3-2 at UNH last Thursday before taking down Maine in a deep and convincing 1-0 win back at Agganis on Saturday. UNH also drew the US Under-18 team 2-all in Durham on Sunday, just 24 hours after those same U-18s took down Merrimack 3-1 in North Andover. The Warriors also played to a 2-2 tie with Harvard on Friday, which should tell you everything you need to know about the quality of both sides.

Meanwhile, Boston College goes into break having blown a two-goal third-period lead against Providence Friday night, admittedly on the road, and settling for a 3-all draw to keep Jerry York at 924 wins.

In the only two-game series of the weekend, Amherst lost to Colgate twice at home, 6-4 and 5-2 on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Finally, Vermont and Dartmouth played in a positively dreadful game in Hanover last Wednesday, and the Catamounts predictably lost 4-2.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Connor Hellebuyck, Lowell (freshman goalie) — Two straight shutouts will get this award done pretty much every time. He stopped 55 shots in the two games, boosting his season save percentage to .939, while his GAA was slashed to just 1.68. We’re not about to anoint him the official Lowell starter given the quality of his opponents, but that’s a hell of a way to a) respond to the opportunity to start two in a row, and b) rebound from what wasn’t exactly the hottest start to his college career.
(Honorable mention: Jake Suter, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Ryan McGrath, Lowell (freshman forward) — He might have had just three points in his first 12 games, but now he’s up to three in his last two as well. Lots of River Hawks have stat lines like that lately, but he’s been pretty impressive in these last two games.
(Honorable mention: Michael Colantone, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Amherst — Of course Amherst.
(Honorable mention: Northeastern)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Connor Hellebuyck was defensive player of the week, and Ryan McGrath was a top performer.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Dartmouth 4, Vermont 2

BU 3, UNH 2

BC 3, Providence 3 (ot)
Colgate 6, Amherst 4
Merrimack 2, Harvard 2 (ot)

Lowell 2, Northeastern 0
BU 1, Maine 0
US Under-18 Team 3, Merrimack 1 (exh.)
Colgate 5, Amherst 2

UNH 2, US Under-18 Team 2 (ot)

Lowell 5, Harvard 0

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.

1. _____________
2. _____________
3. _____________

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2. _____________
3. _____________

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

1. Connor Hellebuyck
2. Ryan McGrath
3. Michael Colantone

1. Jake Suter
2. Connor Hellebuyck
3. Joe Pendenza

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