Weekend in review: It all came crashing down
Lowell’s season now seems to be crumbling firmly around it, following a weekend road sweep at the hands of Merrimack on Friday (1-0) and Maine on Sunday (4-3 in overtime). That’s four, count ’em, four bad games in a row for the River Hawks, who draw the ignominious task of trying to beat BC in February in less than a week’s time. Good luck with that.
Of course, with that having been said it should be noted Lowell’s two opponents on the weekend are on a pair of hot streaks these days. Following its thunderous 4-1 win at UNH on Saturday, it has now won or tied in six of its last seven, which is a good run, obviously, and they’ve moved into third in the league. Maine, meanwhile, also wrestled Providence to a 2-2 draw on Friday, running its unbeaten streak to four.
Elsewhere around the league all other games were played on Friday. Amherst walloped BU 5-1 at Mullins Center, UNH won 3-1 at Northeastern, and BC got back to its winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Vermont.
Then some other stuff happened in the Beanpot. Kevin Roy scored all of Northeastern’s goals in an hilarious 3-2 win over BU in the early game, and BC pummeled Harvard 4-1 to the surprise of no one.
Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Sam Marotta, Merrimack (junior goaltender) — Loath though we may be to give credit to non-Lowell players, Marotta clearly earned any number of plaudits this weekend. Stopping 76 of 77 against two nationally-ranked teams will do that, one supposes.
(Honorable mention: Joey Diamond, Maine)
Rookie of the Week
Ryan McGrath, Lowell (freshman forward) — He was the only River Hawk forward who had two points in the loss to Maine. So that’s something.
(Honorable mention: Michael Fallon, Lowell)
Ham n Egger of the Weak
Lowell — These losses arguably bumped the River Hawks out of the national title picture — we can’t even bring ourselves to look at the Pairwise right now — and definitely brought to an end most of our speculation that home ice was firmly within reach. But it could be worse; they didn’t lose to Amherst like SOME teams we could mention.
(Honorable mention: BU)
Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Zack Kamrass was a Top Performer.
Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Merrimack 1, Lowell 0
UMass Amherst 5, BU 1
BC 4, Vermont 1
UNH 3, Northeastern 1
Maine 2, Providence 2 (ot)
Merrimack 4, UNH 1
Maine 4, Lowell 3 (ot)
Northeastern 3, BU 2
BC 4, Harvard 1
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.
How we voted
Here were our picks for the stars this week’s game(s).
1. Doug Carr
2. Joe Pendenza
3. Josh Holmstrom
1. Ryan McGrath
2. Zack Kamrass
3. Riley Wetmore