Hockey East Weekend Review: 12/6

December 6, 2011

Hockey East

Photo Courtesy of Dave Luca

While Northeastern was out west doing the whole conference a huge favor, the rest of Hockey East stayed back east for some home and homes.  The Huskies were named Team of the Week for the 2nd week in a row. They share the honor  with PC this week.  Chris Rawlings also picked up his 2nd Defensive Player of the Week award, but he too had to share it.  PC’s Alex Beadury was named Co-Defensive Player.  Maine’s Spencer Abbot was Player of the Week after a 5 goal weekend.  Lowell’s Terrance Wallin was named Rookie of the Week.  Northeastern also had Cody Ferriero and Braden Pimm named as Top Performers.

  • Merrimack’s bubble finally burst after PC took them to Sweep City.  Saturday night’s 6-1 loss at home also featured over 70 penalty minutes, and even an ejection for Merrimack coach, Mark Dennehy.  Not sure what he did, but I doubt it was as awesome as Cronin throwing all the sticks on the ice during the Beanpot one year.   Also, we heard from more than a few people that our good friend Kyle Bigos was yet again gooning it up.   I know everyone’s supposed to feel good for Merrimack but I, for one, do not.  And I enjoy seeing them lose.
  • The real feel good story is Lowell.  The River Hawks picked up a sweep thisweekend against UNH.  Lowell now sits in 4th place despite playing a somewhat difficult schedule.  Winning at Lake Whitt is no easy task and it looks like Lowell is a contender this year.  They visit Matthews this Saturday.  UNH, on the other hand,  is having a brutal season so far.  Its not looking good for them.
  • The final sweep of the weekend was Maine over Vermont despite being on the road both nights.  Its early, but Vermont is pretty much dead and buried.  They do not look likely to get out of last place at any point this season.
  • BC and BU split a series this.  From the sounds of it, there was a ton of penalties (and BC diving if you ask Jack Parker), great goaltending, and absurd amount of shots for the Eagles.  But each team gets 2 points and they are done with each other for the season barring a Beanpot or Hockey East tournament matchup.
  • The big news out of BC’s weekend is that freshman Bran Billett has earned himself some more playing time.  Jerry York announced that Parker Milner was no longer the unquestioned starter and that the hot goalie will play from now on.  Tough break for Milner who had to wait behind Muse for this chance.  But its tough to feel bad for a white kid named Parker who goes by LilMilzy on Twitter.
  • And last but not least (thanks to Vermont), UMass Amherst tied Harvard.  When a tie vs Harvard at home is a step in the right direction, its been a bad season.  UMass hasn’t looked much better than they were last year and they will need to improve if they want to make the playoffs.

Lots of midweek action lately in Hockey East and this week is no different.  PC heads up to Newton for a Tuesday game.  On Wednesday, Merrimack hosts Vermont, while UMass Amherst has another ECAC matchup, this time with Yale.  And then on Thursday BU travels to the Whittemore Center to face UNH.

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