BC rebounds, Lowell in trouble, and a respite for Hockey East

These are the three things I think I learned this week.

1. BC ain’t dead yet. 

After falling out of the national polls for the first time since February 23, 2009–(that stat from Jim Connelly’s column last week–the Eagles rebounded with a sweep of Merrimack.

Hey, it’s not like they toppled the number one team in the country. Merrimack is now 1-6-2. And it’s not like they dominated the Warriors. Aside from an empty-netter with eight seconds left on Friday, both games were 2-1 squeakers.

But when you go into a weekend 1-5-1, you can’t be picky. You take the wins and move onward and hopefully, upward.

2. Lowell may not be dead, but the emergency monitors are flashing red and blasting all alarms.

Arguably, the biggest negative surprise of the early season was when the River Hawks opened with three losses. They’d been picked to finish second in the league, nipping on the heels of Boston University. Getting swept by (then) lowly regarded New Hampshire was a stunner.

But when Lowell won the back end of a weekend series with Omaha and then travelled to the North Country and took both games from Clarkson and St. Lawrence, and by a collective margin of 8-1, all appeared well.

These were the River Hawks we’d come to respect over the past few years.

A week ago, however, they were swept by Northeastern, then this weekend they managed only a split when hosting Maine.

In the insightful words of Scooby-doo, “Ruh-roh.”

3. Perhaps this was a good week for no non-conference games.

Jim has documented Hockey East’s poor play out of conference, but didn’t kick the league teams again when they were down a week ago. But fact is, a week ago they took a sub-par non-conference record and made it worse, losing all six games.

So it was a relief to see 100 percent league action this week.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Sorry Dave, Lowell IS dead. I personally watched them die on Saturday afternoon, and the only thing I can draw from watching that debacle is that UML is just a bad team. They still haven’t even figured out how they want to play, let alone be able to execute that scheme. At times I felt like I was watching the Keystone Cops, complete with Yakety Sax sound track.

    • I agree with that as I went Saturday afternoon and left when it was 5-0. I have been to 4 Lowell games and they haven’t even had a lead once. I thought the #5 rating early Nationally was crazy, but no excuse for this. Recruiting the less talented, harder working has finally caught up with them. A sniper or two is needed. The pass first mentality is painful to watch. Shoot the damn puck!

  2. Sorry Dave, Lowell IS dead. I personally watched them die on Saturday afternoon, and the only thing I can draw from watching that debacle is that UML is just a bad team. They still haven’t even figured out how they want to play, let alone be able to execute that scheme. At times I felt like I was watching the Keystone Cops, complete with Yakety Sax sound track.

    • I agree with that as I went Saturday afternoon and left when it was 5-0. I have been to 4 Lowell games and they haven’t even had a lead once. I thought the #5 rating early Nationally was crazy, but no excuse for this. Recruiting the less talented, harder working has finally caught up with them. A sniper or two is needed. The pass first mentality is painful to watch. Shoot the damn puck!

      • Haha. Way too many times on Friday, I saw them just give up the puck right in front of their goalie. Like that’s basics. Even in lacrosse, you never clear up the middle.

      • Haha. Way too many times on Friday, I saw them just give up the puck right in front of their goalie. Like that’s basics. Even in lacrosse, you never clear up the middle.

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