Weekend Review episode 8: Union wins the Belpot, Harvard downs Cornell at MSG, and a rant on the USHL and media’s handling of Wahlstrom

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Union brought home the Belpot. Photo: William Cherry/PressEye).

In this episode: Union wins Belpot at the Friendship Four, allowing two goals in two games, while more than 23,000 fans attended. It’s also considered one of the most televised events in Northern Ireland history.

Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger also highlight:

Harvard beats Cornell in rivalry game at Madison Square Garden;

North Dakota finds a way to sweep;

UMass wins in overtime vs. Princeton;

Bentley pulls off the upset against Boston College;

Robert Morris was impressive in a sweep of Mercyhurst;

Minnesota State loses back end of home-and-home with Bemidji St.;

Omaha sweeps Arizona State.

Plus: About that whole Tri-City Storm claiming of Oliver Wahlstrom. Jim and Ed go on a bit of a rant about the irresponsibility of the USHL and the media.

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly is a senior writer at USCHO.com and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with USCHO.com as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he co-writes “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” Jim is the winner of the 2012 Joe Concannon award. He a former color analyst for UMass-Lowell hockey’s radio network and studio analyst for NESN.

Ed Trefzger has been part of USCHO since 1999 and now serves as a senior writer and director of technology. He is the radio play-by-play voice for Rochester Institute of Technology hockey on the RIT Tigers Sports Network, and has been involved with the broadcasts as a producer, studio host, and color commentator since their inception. He is co-owner and president of broadcasting company Genesee Media, and was general manager of the former Rochester, N.Y., sports radio station 97.5 The Team.


  1. Miami was at home last weekend against Providence and its important to note Miami also swept Michigan in Oxford last year in November

  2. Lake Superior State is notorious for playing half a weekend. This season is no different, with solid 4-2 and 2-0 wins on the first two Fridays, and then being absolutely manhandled 8-4 and 5-0. I think the Lakers come out and get the big win to open the weekend, but expect more of the same inconsistency from them on Saturday. I’m calling a split on this one.

  3. I share your hesitancy about BU. It is a talented team that makes the kind of mistakes young teams do: sluggish first periods, too many penalties and lapses in attention, especially on the power play. There is also a little pressing at home, in front of the fans,

    Having said that, BU is the better team this year, with an opportunity gain some ground at the top of Hockey East and the Pairwise rankings.

    Go BU!

    • BC is a much better team than they were the first time these teams met. BC was also in the middle of a funk. If this was a neutral site, I’d probably pick BU but BC OWNS Agganis.

      • Quinn has finally created a top moving Rodrigues with Eichel and O’Regan. They will start playing 20+ minutes a night. This is scary. This line is much better then the Neito, O.Regan, Rodrigues two years ago. Don’t be surprised when this line gets 6 plus points a night. This is the best line in Collage Hockey. All 3 will be playing Pro hockey somewhere next year (only Jack in the NHL).

  4. Maine has been better of late winning 4 of 6. This is mostly the same team as last year with exception of young goaltending. Do you recall BC coming into Alfond and getting smoked last year? Maine has also had Lowell’s number, even with the struggles over the past half decade, always play Lowell tough. Maine should have beaten Lowell this year and if not for yet another blown 3rd period lead on the road would have. This team seems to be playing with everyone and so close to puting it together. First half schedule was brutally tough and they were in position to bat BU twice, Lowell and Vermont in a couple games. I am holding optimism, albeit tiny pieces that this team is close and playing close games with highly ranked foes.

    • With that being said I realize it is hard to pick Maine, just saying I wouldn’t be completely surprised if Maine won or two this weekend or if they got hammered both nights. Nothing surprises me with this team except the 4-5 record when leading after two periods. Dreadful!

    • Maine entered the United States along with Missouri as part of the Missouri Compromise. Missouri is known as the “show me” state. Maine will also have to “show me” because I don’t have much faith they’ll do anything special. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  5. Massachusetts at New Hampshire 6:30 ET NBCSN

    What UNH or UMass Alum is working for NBC?? There will be more people in the stands than watching this one on TV across the country. There may be more people in the restroom at any given time than watching this one on TV.


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