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Weekend in Review: Look out over the sea

March 11, 2013

As you may or may not have heard, Lowell went out and won a regular-season title for the first time in the history of any school not called BU, BC, UNH or Maine, and it did so by merely splitting with the still-not-great Providence College Friars. They may have lost 3-0 at home despite a series of tough bounces, but speaking of bounces, they did that the next night and won 4-1 at Providence to lock up the title. The Friars ended fourth.

Of course, they could only do that because UNH, which entered the weekend a mere point back, choked in spectacular fashion, as is Dick Umile’s tendency. This time, though, they did it at home. First they lost 4-3 to Maine in a game that wasn’t even really that close, then played to a 4-all draw on Senior Night and ended up finishing only fifth. Maine is eighth and will take on Lowell this weekend, and lose spectacularly.

At least BC got some traction out of the weekend, taking three points on the road at Vermont. The 4-4 Friday draw was drab and forgettable, but the 7-2 win the next night, keyed by Johnny Gaudreau putting up six points, was anything but, and helped the Eagles lock up the No. 2 spot. Vermont ended up being seventh.

The only team that actually swept this weekend, against all odds, was BU, which took down Northeastern 4-3 on Friday before returning home to win 5-0 and seal up the third seed. Northeastern was dead last, which anyone with half a brain saw coming in October.

And in a series with no serious playoff implications, Amherst lost at Merrimack 4-3 in OT on Friday before taking a 3-0 decision at home the next night. The Minutemen finished out of the playoffs, because they stink. Merrimack was sixth.

Our Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Scott Wilson, Lowell (sophomore forward) — After an unfortunately quiet night on Friday, Wilson brought his A-plus game on Saturday in the biggest Hockey East contest of his career. He set up Riley Wetmore’s opener pretty early into the game at the tail end of a rather dynamic shift by passing the puck about two feet, then after Lowell took a 2-1 lead, he also delivered a third-period dagger to push the ‘Hawks’ lead to two and essentially end the game.
(Honorable mention: Connor Hellebuyck, Lowell; Josh Holmstrom, Lowell)

Rookie of the Week
Connor Hellebuyck, Lowell (freshman goaltender) — It’s not easy to fault him for any goals he gave up this weekend, of which there were four, but the work he (and the rest of the team’s penalty killers) did in holding down the for as Providence worked 10 power plays in the game was exceptional on Saturday.
(Honorable mention: Christian Folin, Lowell)

Ham n Egger of the Weak
UNH — They seemed to have a pretty good shot at wrapping up the regular season title but instead crashed out in hilarious fashion by taking just one point from Maine at home in their final weekend of the season. They went from being a point back of first to finishing without home ice, despite playing the eighth-place team in the league. Really embarrassing stuff.
(Honorable mention: Amherst, Northeastern)

Noteworthy Hockey East Weekly Awards
Connor Hellebuyck was Co-Defensive Player of the Week, and Lowell was Team of the Week, while a few guys were probably Top Performers but it’s 7 p.m. and Hockey East doesn’t have the release out so we can’t be bothered at this point.

Weekend Results (Home team bolded)
Providence 3, Lowell 0
BC 4, Vermont 4 (ot)
BU 4, Northeastern 3
Maine 4, UNH 3
Merrimack 4
, Amherst 3 (ot)

Lowell 4, Providence 1
BC 7, Vermont 2
BU 5
, Northeastern 0
Maine 4, UNH 4 (ot)
Amherst 3
, Merrimack 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.

1. _____________
2. _____________
3. _____________

1. _____________
2. _____________
3. _____________

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

1. Connor Hellebuyck
2. Scott Wilson
3. Ryan McGrath

1. Scott Wilson
2. Josh Holmstrom
3. Connor Hellebuyck

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