Preview: Northeastern at UMass Lowell


#12 Massachusetts Lowell (5-3-0, 2-0-0 HEA)
vs Northeastern University (5-3-0, 0-2-0 HEA)

When: Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:00pm ET
Venue: Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
City/State: Lowell, Massachusetts
Notes: Conference game, River Hawk Strong
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Radio/TV: 980AM WCAP / WBIN-TV
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Top Forwards


Joseph Pendenza (4-1-5, +2)
Ryan McGrath (4-1-5, +1)
Adam Chapie (3-2-5, +1)
Kevin Roy (7-6-13, +2)
Mike Szmatula (3-10-13, +4)
Braden Pimm (6-4-10, +1)


Top Defense


Michael Kapla (0-4-4, +6)
Zack Kamrass (0-4-4, +3)
Jake Suter (1-2-3, +5)
Colton Saucerman (2-4-6, +1)
Matt Benning (1-3-4, +2)
Josh Manson (1-2-3, +12)


Top Goaltenders


C. Hellebuyck (3-2-0, 2.02 GAA, .934 SV%)
D. Carr (2-1-0, 2.30 GAA, .919 SV%)
C. Witt (3-2-0, 2.60 GAA, .924 SV%)
D. Roy (2-1-0, 2.69 GAA, .907 SV%)


Key Stats


Power Play: 17.1% (7/41)
Penalty Kill: 81.6% (31/38)
Goals Per Game: 2.75
Goals Against: 2.12
Power Play: 23.9% (11/46)
Penalty Kill: 79.6% (39/49)
Goals Per Game: 4.78
Goals Against: 2.88


The UMass Lowell River Hawks are coming off a weekend sweep of the New Hampshire Wildcats to start Hockey East conference play, while their incoming opponent Northeastern University Huskies are coming off a weekend in which they were swept by the Boston College Eagles.

UMass Lowell is riding high on a current four-game win streak and a 2-0-0 record in Hockey East, which is good for a tie for first place in the conference standings. After starting the season off 5-0-0, the Huskies have lost their last three games and are looking to get back on the right track.

Northeastern is second among Hockey East schools in goals per game with 4.78. The Huskies have five players with seven or more points on the season, including three who have 10 or more points. They have had no problem putting the puck in the net, but will have to try their best to keep the River Hawks from doing the same come Saturday night.

UMass Lowell struggled to start the season but have started click as of late and are hoping to continue their winning ways on Saturday night at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass.

Saturday night will be a special night. UMass Lowell will honor the victims, survivors and first responders of the Boston Marathon bombing with “River Hawk Strong Night” on Nov. 9 prior to the UMass Lowell vs. Northeastern hockey game at 7:00 PM. Marathon bombing survivors Celeste and Sydney Corcoran of Lowell, Karen Rand of Somerville and Roseann Sdoia of Dracut will drop the ceremonial first puck. They will be joined on the ice by first responders. A portion of the ticket sales from the game will support Boston Marathon bombing survivors through America’s Fund and the UMass Lowell Boston Marathon Scholarship Fund.

This matchup is the first of two this season for these two squads, the other coming on Saturday, Jan. 11 in Boston, Mass. as part of the Citi Frozen Fenway. In their history, UMass Lowell is 57-40-8 overall against the Huskies and 29-18-2 at UMass Lowell home sites, including a 14-10-1 record at the Tsongas Center. The River Hawks were 2-0-1 last season against Northeastern.

First puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. eastern and will be broadcasted on WBIN-TV locally. The broadcast can also be heard on the ESPN Radio app or online.

If you can’t make it to the arena, our LIVE BLOG and twitter updates (@JMSoderberg) will start prior to the puck drop.

Justin Soderberg has covered the UMass Lowell River Hawks and Hockey East for over two years. Soderberg also contributes to Boston Bruins coverage for Inside Hockey. Follow him on twitter: @JMSoderberg