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Weekend in review: On and on and on

January 21, 2013

Lowell was, weirdly, the only Hockey East team to win a home game over the weekend, taking down Providence 2-1 at Tsongas Center Thursday on national television. The predictably followed it up on Saturday with a 4-3 win at Agganis Arena against the reeling BU Terriers, who had dropped a 6-5 home decision to Northeastern a day earlier. The River Hawks’ win streak, by the way, is up to nine games in a row.

The Huskies followup, though, was nothing to write home about: They lost 9-3 at Matthews to BC on Saturday, though that was likely due to the Eagles’ having been upset about getting killed by Amherst 5-2 at home on Friday.

Meanwhile, Merrimack went up to Orono and took three points from Maine, drawing 1-all on Friday before picking up a 3-2 win on Saturday. On the latter night, Providence went into Durham and shocked the once-mighty Wildcats 6-5.

In the only nonconference game of the weekend, Vermont lost to Penn State of all teams in Philadelphia, 4-2, because of course they did.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Chad Ruhwedel, Lowell (junior defenseman) — One of only four River Hawks with multiple points on the weekend (Scott Wilson, Derek Arnold, and Josh Holmstrom were the others), Ruhwedel’s were both goals, and of the massive variety. His first was a game-winner against the nigh-unsolvable Jon Gillies, and the second was a 5-on-3 goal to put some distance between Lowell and BU. Big weekend for the kid, and now he has nine points in his last eight games.
(Honorable mention: Derek Arnold, Lowell; Scott Wilson, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Ryan McGrath, Lowell (freshman forward) — Lowell needed someone to find an answer against Gillies on Thursday, and it was McGrath who finally got through, with another scorching wrister from the top of the circle. This kid is becoming a very dangerous player; he’s on 10 points in his last nine.
(Honorable mention: Connor Hellebuyck, Lowell; Adam Chapie, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
Vermont — Just when you thought a team couldn’t get any worse, the Catamounts trek down to Philadelphia and get pantsed by a Penn State squad that earlier in the week dropped a decision to a Division 3 school. You don’t get much more embarrassing than Vermont these days. Fortunately for them, they didn’t have any Hockey East games to lose.
(Honorable mention: BU)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Connor Hellebuyck was Rookie of the Week, and Chad Ruhwedel was a Top Performer.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Thursday
Lowell 2, Providence 1

Friday
Northeastern 6, BU 5
UMass Amherst 5, BC 2
Merrimack 1, Maine 1 (ot)

Saturday
Lowell 4, BU 3
Merrimack 3, Maine 2
BC 9, Northeastern 3
Providence 6, UNH 5
Penn State 4, Vermont 2

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.

Thursday
1. _____________
2. _____________
3. _____________

Saturday
1. _____________
2. _____________
3. _____________

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

Thursday
1. Chad Ruhwedel
2. Ryan McGrath
3. Connor Hellebuyck

Saturday
1. Derek Arnold
2. Scott Wilson
3. Josh Holmstrom

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