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Sophomore winger Kenny Hausinger is someone to watch. Hausinger was the team’s leading scorer last season as a freshman, and he’s looked even better so far this season. He has great speed and puck-handling ability, and he’s not afraid to shoot the puck.
Junior winger C.J. Smith is another player to keep an eye on. Smith is a gifted scorer who put up some big numbers in Junior hockey He’s still adjusting to the college game, but he has the potential to be one of the best players in Hockey East
Freshman forward Charles Duhart was a highly touted recruit, and he’s already made an impact for the River Hawks Duhart is a big body with good hands and a nose for the net. He could be a key player for UMass Lowell for years to come.
The UMass Lowell River Hawks have a long tradition of success in Hockey East and this year’s team is no exception. Head Coach Norm Bazin has built a roster full of talent including several experienced goaltenders who will give the River Hawks a chance to compete for the conference title
This year’s goaltending group is led by junior Kevin Boyle who was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Year last season. Boyle posted a .918 save percentage and was one of the top goalies in the conference. He will be joined by senior Christoffer Hernberg and freshman Tyler Wall, who both saw significant playing time last season.
Hernberg is a big, experienced goaltender who finished last season with a .912 save percentage. He will likely see the majority of starts in net for the River Hawks this season. Wall is a promising young goalie who had a .915 save percentage in limited action last year. He will push Hernberg for playing time and will be an important part of the team’s success this season.
Players to Watch
The 2017-2018 UMass Lowell hockey season is just around the corner, and fans are eager to see how the team will perform. There are a few new faces on the roster this year, and some familiar ones as well. Here are some players to keep an eye on this season:
defenseman Lucas Romano – A key addition to the blue line Romano is a versatile player who can contribute offensively as well as play a shutdown role.
forward Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson – The highly-touted Boston Bruins prospect is expected to make an immediate impact for the River Hawks. He’s a big body with good hands and a nose for the net.
goaltender Connor Hellebuyck – Hellebuyck had a stellar season last year, and he’ll be looking to build on that success in his junior year. He’s one of the best goaltenders in college hockey and he’ll be a key player for UML this season.
forward C.J. Smith – Smith was one of the River Hawks’ top scorers last year, and he’ll be counted on to produce again this season. He’s got a knack for finding the back of the net, and he’s also a good playmaker.
The 2017-2018 UMass Lowell Hockey Team welcomes six newcomers to the program this season. Forward Reid Stefanson (Edmonton, Alta.) joins the River Hawks after spending the last two seasons with the Broomfield Eagles in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Defensemen Lucas Condotta (West Chester Pa.), Kieran Burr (Rochester, N.Y.) and Mattias Sholl (Kissell, Pa.) all come to Umass Lowell after successful junior hockey careers. In goal, Cam Johnson (Oakville, Ont.) joins the River Hawks from the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League (USHL), while blogspot Collin Olkonen comes to Lowell from Salisbury prep school
This season, the Mass Lowell Hockey Team will have several key departures from last year’s squad. Goaltender Kevin Boyle, who was a mainstay in net for the River Hawks over the past two seasons, has signed a professional contract with the Anaheim Ducks organization. Forward A.J. White, who was one of the team’s top offensive players has also signed a professional contract and will be playing for the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack this season. defenseman Dylan Zink, who was a key player on the blue line has graduated and will be playing professionally in Europe this season. Lastly, forward Evan Campbell, who was one of the leaders on and off the ice for UMass Lowell, has also graduated.
Strength and Weaknesses
The UMass Lowell River Hawks are looking to defend their Hockey East Championship this season. The team is young but has a lot of promise. Coach Norm Bazin has said that the team will be relying on its young players to step up and fill the roles of the graduated seniors. Below is a look at the 2017-2018 roster, with an emphasis on the new players.
Colin Wilson: A senior from Marblehead, Massachusetts, Wilson is the River Hawks’ leading returning scorer. He had 15 goals and 19 assists last season. Wilson is a skilled player who is good at finding open ice and creating scoring chances for his teammates. He will need to continue to be a leader for this young team.
Joe Gambardella: Another Marblehead native, Gambardella is entering his junior year. He had 13 goals and 15 assists last season and is another skilled forward who can create offense. Gambardella also has a good work ethic and is one of the team’s best forecheckers.
C.J. Smith: A sophomore from Des Moines Iowa, Smith was one of the River Hawks’ top scorers as a freshman, with 14 goals and 18 assists. He has good speed and vision on the ice and is dangerous both as a scorer and playmaker. Smith will need to build on his strong rookie campaign in order to help lead this team to success.
Derek Arnold: A senior from Groton, Connecticut, Arnold is another experienced forward who will be counted on to provide leadership for this young team. He had 9 goals and 12 assists last season while playing in all 38 games for the River Hawks. Arnold is good at winning face-offs and killing penalties, and he will likely see time on both special teams units again this season.
Michael Kapla: A junior from Eau Claire Wisconsin, Kapla was named Hockey East’s Best Defensive Defenseman last season after leading all league blueliners with 12 goals and 20 assists. He has good size (6’0″, 200 lbs.) and is solid in his own end of the ice. Kapla also has a knack for joining the rush and creating offense from the blue line He will be one of the leaders of this young River Hawks team both on and off the ice this season
This section will provide an outlook for the 2017-2018 UMass Lowell Hockey team The 2017-2018 UMass Lowell team is set to be a very young and inexperienced squad. They lost a lot of production from last year’s team, as well as their starting goaltender. The team will look to their experienced forwards and defensemen to provide leadership and production.
-October 6: vs. Arizona State
-October 7: vs. Arizona State
-October 13: vs. Boston College
-October 14: @ Boston College
-October 20: vs. Merrimack
-October 21: @ Merrimack
-November 3: @ Notre Dame
-November 4: vs. Notre Dame
-November 10: @ Northeastern
-November 11: vs. Northeastern
How to Follow
To follow the 2017-2018 UMass Lowell hockey team you can do a few things. Primarily, you can follow them on social media The team has accounts on both Twitter and Facebook, and they are pretty good about updating those regularly. You can also find a game schedule on their website, and that is probably the best place to check for updates on game Times and Locations If you want to catch a Game Live you can find ticket information on the website as well.