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Weekend in review: An interesting proposition

January 1, 2013

Lowell’s only game this weekend was, oddly, terribly, confusingly, a nail-biter 3-2 win against Bentley on Sunday, in which they trailed or were tied for the vast, vast majority of the game. We still don’t get it either.

The other big headline of the weekend is that BC coach Jerry York went out and earned his 925th career win, beating Alabama-Huntsville 5-2 on Saturday. That was likely not much of a salve for the 8-1 beating Minnesota put on his Eagles the next night.

Meanwhile, Maine, Amherst, and Vermont all won their holiday tournaments, if you can believe it. Maine’s came in Florida, as it so often does, with a 1-0 win over Minnesota-Duluth on Friday and a 6-4 result against Cornell Saturday. Amherst took down Bemidji State, 4-3, and Dartmouth, 3-2, to win the latter team’s home tournament. And Vermont won its own tourney, beating Union 2-1 on Friday and Princeton 6-3 the next night.

Merrimack also participated in the Vermont tournament, and drew 2-2 against Princeton, (not sure how that happens in a tournament, but okay) then lost to Union 4-1. UNH played in Dartmouth’s tournament as well, losing 4-1 to the hosts on Sunday but then beating Bemidji 3-2 in overtime the next day. That’s enough to make one wonder if the wheels are coming off, as we’ve been saying they would.

In non-tournament games on Saturday, Denver embarrassed BU 6-0 in Colorado, and Northeastern dismantled Harvard 5-1 in Cambridge.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Ryan McGrath, Lowell (freshman forward) — One of very few players to actually show up for the River Hawks on Sunday, McGrath scored twice to salvage any kind of respectable result for Lowell. A win’s a win, and McGrath looked very good, but no one should be happy with how everything shook out.
(Honorable mention: Cody Ferriero, Northeastern)

Rookie of the Week
Kevin Roy, Northeastern (freshman forward) — He would have gotten player of the week if not for the fact that he doesn’t play for Lowell and also Harvard is utter trash. Five points, including a goal, against the Crimson. He’s up to 18 points in 16 games, and looking very much like the Scott Wilson of the league. Just a sensational rookie.
(Honorable mention: Michael Colantone, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
BU — At least Lowell put up a fight against Denver for a little while there. In addition to being embarrassed by a Pios team that hadn’t won in eight games, the Terriers also embarrassed themselves by taking 56 penalty minutes (Denver went 3 for 8 on the power play; sound familiar?) including a game DQ for Alexx Privatera.
(Honorable mention: UNH)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Hockey East didn’t give out any awards but let’s just assume Ryan McGrath was a Top Performer and call it a day.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Maine 1, Minnesota Duluth 0

Merrimack 2, Princeton 2 (ot)
BC 5, Alabama-Huntsville 2
Northeastern 5, Harvard 1
Vermont 2, Union 1
Maine 6, Cornell 4
Denver 6, BU 1

Lowell 3, Bentley 2
UMass Amherst 4, Bemidji State 3
Union 4, Merrimack 1
Dartmouth 4, UNH 1
Vermont 6, Princeton 3
Minnesota 8, BC 1

UMass Amherst 3, Dartmouth 2
UNH 3, Bemidji State 2 (ot)

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. _____________

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

1. Ryan McGrath
2. Steve Buco
3. Chad Ruhwedel

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