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Weekend in review: Remember me to one who lives there

January 7, 2013

Lowell picked a road sweep of Clarkson over the weekend that wasn’t too difficult but did extend the team’s winning streak to five games. The wins came 2-1 on Friday and 6-2 on Saturday and featured a number of players making very strong contributions. We’ll certainly take it.

In the other two actual two-game series, Maine split with Mercyhurst in Orono, winning on Friday 2-1 before falling the next night 5-2, and Providence was swept by Minnesota State-Mankato, 4-3 in overtime and 4-0. Meanwhile, RPI had a pair of games against Hockey East opponents, losing at BU 3-2 in overtime on Friday before getting thumped by UNH 5-2 in Durham the next night.

One-off non-conference contests also included BC drawing Yale 3-all at Conte, and Bentley pummeling Northeastern 6-3 at Matthews.

And finally, in the only Hockey East game of the weekend, Merrimack knocked off Vermont 4-1 on Saturday in Burlington.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Riley Wetmore, Lowell (senior forward) — We’ve been calling his name for a while and not getting much in return. That is, until Saturday, when he scored his first two goals in more than a month. Put that together with his four-shot performance on Friday, in which he went a stunning 20 of 26 at the dot (76.9 percent), and this was a pretty easy choice.
(Honorable mention: Chad Ruhwedel, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Connor Hellebuyck, Lowell (freshman forward) — Sure his shutout streak was snapped on a not-great goal but he made up for it by stopping 25 of 26 and backstopping another Lowell win on a night when the offense was, let’s say, underwhelming.
(Honorable mention: Christian Folin, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Northeastern — Hey, we get it. Bentley put up a bigger fight than we anticipated eight days ago and Lowell was lucky to escape with a 3-2 win. But we at the Ice is Life aren’t entirely sure how you go out and let a team like Bentley and not, say, Boston College, come into your building and hang six on you. Oh wait, Chris Rawlings was in net. Maybe we are entirely sure. Northeastern is just a genuinely bad hockey team no matter which way you slice it.
(Honorable mention: Clarkson)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Lowell was named the league’s Team of the Week, Connor Hellebuyck was once again its Rookie of the Week, and both Chad Ruhwedel and Riley Wetmore were Top Performers.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Friday
Lowell 2, Clarkson 1
Maine 2, Mercyhurst 1
BC 3, Yale 3 (ot)
BU 3, RPI 2 (ot)
Mankato 4, Providence 3 (ot)

Saturday
Lowell 6, Clarkson 2
Merrimack 4, Vermont 1
Mercyhurst 5, Maine 2
Bentley 6, Northeastern 3
UNH 5, RPI 2
Mankato 4, Providence 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.

Sunday
1. _____________
2. _____________
3. _____________

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

Friday
1. Christian Folin
2. Connor Hellebuyck
3. Michael Colantone

Saturday
1. Riley Wetmore
2. Chad Ruhwedel
3. Shayne Thompson

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