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Weekend in review: Red Haven’s on fire

March 15, 2016

Lowell’s weekend was as glorious as it was predictable. The River Hawks swept the Boston University Terriers in two games, winning a tightly fought game 3-2 on Friday before raining down hellfire in a 5-0 drubbing on Saturday night to claim their fourth consecutive trip to the Boston Garden. Read more…

Weekend preview: The stormy present

March 10, 2016

The Lowell River Hawks (21-8-5, 12-6-4 HE) vs. the Boston University Terriers (21-10-5, 12-6-4 HE)

7:30 p.m. Friday at the Tsongas Center, Lowell, M.A.

Lowell finished tied fourth in Hockey East with 28 points in 22 games, and Boston University finished tied for fourth in Hockey East with 28 points in 22 games.

Last three games

Lowell – 3-1 vs. Boston College, 1-3 at Boston College, 4-2 vs. Amherst
Boston University – 5-4 vs. Amherst, 2-1 (ot) vs. Amherst, 0-1 at Notre Dame Read more…

Two Minutes’ Hate: Some things never change

March 9, 2016

It’s time for playoff hockey, and that means it’s time to throw rational, fact-driven commentary out the window. We present to you now a positively Orwellian exercise in general dislike: “The Two Minutes’ Hate.”


In the 1,061 days since we laid The Ice is Life to rest, a few things have changed in the world of college hockey. The Big Ten (Six? Twelve? Pick a number, guys) decided to pollute the landscape by forcing its six member schools to come together like a mediocre, rusted out Voltron and form their own little conference.

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Postmortem: Dancing, dancing

April 19, 2013

We will never forget the conversations we had at Harvard.

In talking with a handful of Lowell fans in the time before the puck dropped and the River Hawks romped to a laughable 5-0 win in Connor Hellebuyck’s second career start, we all pretty much agreed that while the playoffs were certainly something Lowell could reach with ease, and while it had just beaten Northeastern, this was not a team built to live up to lofty expectations.

The team had by that point pretty well established a clear pattern: Beat the bad teams far more often than not, and get creamed by the good ones. We took solace in the fact that Lowell only had BC once more in the remaining few months of the regular season, and BU three times, but other than that the schedule wasn’t so bad, and certainly was conducive to the team clawing back into the home ice conversation if they got especially hot.

We had no idea, though, that the team would or could get as hot as it did. Lowell went out from that Monday night, when it became the winners of two shutouts in a row, and only lost four more games for the rest of the season, with none of them really amounting to very much save for that last one. That one was a biggie.

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Semifinal thoughts: Give me the blood and let me get away

April 12, 2013

Putting aside the season in its entirety, which we’ll get to in the coming week, there are two ways to look at Lowell’s 3-2 overtime loss to Yale University.

The glass-half-full crowd would pontificate that Lowell played arguably its worst game of the season and still only lost by a goal, and that in overtime.

The glass-half-empty types would surmise that this game was a wasted opportunity to make the national championship game, given that even 20 percent more effort could have made the difference.

We don’t subscribe to either theory. To us, the glass is still back at the hotel in Pittsburgh, with the rest of the team who couldn’t be bothered to show up.

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Semifinal preview: You’re not the chosen brother, Eli

April 11, 2013

The Lowell River Hawks (28-10-2, 16-9-2 HE) vs. the Yale Bulldogs (20-12-3, 12-9-1 Hockey East)

4:30 p.m. Thursday at Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Penn.

Lowell finished first in Hockey East with 34 points from 27 games, and Yale finished third in the ECAC with 27 points from 22 games.

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Two Minutes’ Hate: Who was nursing you?

April 10, 2013

George W. Bush, the worst President in the history of the United States not named Millard Fillmore. Bradford Bishop, former United States Foreign Service officer, wanted for murdering his family of five. Gene Siskel, the albatross that hung around the neck of the more talented, recently departed Roger Ebert.

What do these three men have in common? Aside from being the scourge of everything America stands for, they were all educated — for lack of a more appropriate term — at the Ringo Starr of Ivy League schools, Yale University.

Yale. The house that Eli built (poorly), and a borderline boardinghouse where trust fund babies to commiserate and complain about their Harvard rejection letters.

Thursday, when Yale futilely takes the ice against Lowell in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals, it will continue to represent its school and infamous alumni in a manner to which the university has grown rather accustomed over the years: as losers who should just be happy that the rest of society acknowledges their existence.

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