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Weekend in Review: BUtiful

February 25, 2013

Lowell is now on four straight wins after sweeping BU for both the weekend and the season series, with wins of 3-0 at Agganis Arena on Friday and 3-1 at Tsongas Center the next night. Frankly, we’re shocked BU picked up any goals at all. They were pathetic in every sense of the word. We almost even felt bad for the dimwits that took fan buses from Boston to watch their team get pantsed. Four goals in a season series? Yeesh. Amherst did better than that.

But even as Lowell helped itself big-time in its quest to win home ice for the second straight season, no one else seemed particularly interested in doing so. Providence swept Northeastern, as you might have expected, winning 6-2 at home Friday and 3-2 on the road Saturday. UNH, meanwhile, took three points at Vermont, winning 4-3 and drawing 1-1.

In games that no one had any right at all to care about, Northeastern also took down Amherst at Mullins Center 5-4 in overtime, which gave way to a weekend series for Maine in the same decrepit venue. The Black Bears earned a sweep there, winning 2-0 Friday before giving the two points back in a 5-2 loss the next night.

And in the only Sunday game, BC beat Merrimack 2-1 in overtime at Volpe.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Joe Pendenza, Lowell (junior forward) — A goal and an assist in both games this weekend against a team which Lowell entered the weekend pursuing really helped the team a lot, and he’s been lethal for the last two months straight, more or less. Just an unbelievable series of performances at this point. He has 17 points in his last 13 games.
(Honorable mention: Scott Wilson, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Connor Hellebuyck, Lowell (freshman goaltender) — The only reason a goalie who gave up just one goal on the weekend isn’t the Player of the Week is because BU did so little to trouble him that we couldn’t do it in good conscience. Yes, 40 saves on 41 shots is impressive, but, like, only facing 41 shots in two games? Why did they even put him out there?
(Honorable mention: Gregory Amlong, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
BU — We can’t even begin to imagine where you start addressing this team’s many, many problems. Is it the whole sexual assault scandal last year? Is it the team’s total lack of depth? Is it the fact that everyone is jumping ship to major juniors or pros? Is it that they aren’t all that good to begin with? Is it that the team quit on Jack Parker? No good answers to any of those questions, but the program sure seems like it needs a complete and total overhaul. If you’re one of BU’s many drafted players, why on earth are you sticking with this team?
(Honorable mention: Amherst, just because)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Joe Pendenza was Player of the Week, Connor Hellebuyck was Co-Rookie of the Week, and Lowell was Team of the Week, while Chad Ruhwedel and Scott Wilson were Top Performers.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Northeastern 5, Amherst 4 (ot)

Lowell 3, BU 0
Maine 2, Amherst 0
Providence 6, Northeastern 2
UNH 4, Vermont 3

Lowell 3, BU 1
Amherst 5, Maine 2
Providence 3, Northeastern 2
UNH 1, Vermont 1 (ot)

BC x, Merrimack x

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. _____________

1. _____________
2. _____________
3. _____________

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

1. Joe Pendenza
2. Connor Hellebuyck
3. Scott Wilson

1. Joe Pendenza
2. Scott Wilson
3. Connor Hellebuyck

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