Around Hockey East: 11/28

November 29, 2011

Hockey East

Photo Courtesy of Dave Luca

It was another big weekend for Northeastern.  For the second week in a row, an NU player was named Hockey East Player of the Week.  This week it was Cody Ferriero, who shared the award with UNH’s Stevie Moses.  Northeastern was also named Team of the Week after just missing out on it last week.  Braden Pimm, Steve, Quailer, and Chris Rawlings were also named Top Performers.

Rounding out the awards, Kyle Reynolds (Vermont) picked up Rookie of the Week and freshman Brian Billett (BC) picked up Defensive Player of the Week after his first collegiate start.

There were no conference games this past weekend*, but there were a ton of non-conference games.  It was a mixed bag for Hockey East as a conference.

*There was one mid-week however, UVM picked up their first HE win over a struggling UMass team.

The Good (for the conference, not necessarily NU fans)

  • In the third edition of Red Hot Hockey, BU came out with an overtime victory against nationally ranked Cornell.  Ross Gaudet scored the winner and followed it up by Tebowing.  A 4th line junior, fighting to stay in the lineup?  Sounds a lot like Alex Tuckerman, who scored and Tebowed LAST weekend.  Real original, Gaudet.
  • The other big Hockey East-ECAC matchup, also was won by Hockey East.   BC came from behind to beat Yale.
  • Maine and Vermont added wins over the ECAC as well, beating Clarkson and Dartmouth, respectively.

The Bad

  • PC finished last in the Denver Cup Classic.  They lost to Miami on Friday and Princeton on Saturday.  They seem to be coming back to earth after a hot start.
  • Vermont lost 4-1 to Cornell on Friday.

The Extremely Ugly

  • UNH lost to Harvard 7-6 on Wednesday despite the Wildcats jumping out to a 4-0 lead.
  • UMass embarrassed themselves on NESN, getting dominated by Quinnipiac. They fought back in third to make it a respectable 4-2 finish, but this team is not looking good.  They are still winless on the road and they look like the most likely to join Vermont in missing the playoffs, if things keep going the way they are.
  • UAH’s final season hasn’t been going well, but their trip through Hockey East this past week was absolutely brutal.  Wednesday, they were crushed by Merrimack.  Friday, Lowell took care of them.  Saturday, the Chargers finally picked up their first goal of the trip.  Unfortunately, they also gave up 9 in that game.  Stevie Moses had 4 for UNH, who won 9-1.  Its sad to see them go.  And it really sad that this is how their final season is going.
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