UMass Lowell and Zack Kamrass get HEA weekly honors

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Zack Kamrass named Co-Defensive Player of the Week by Hockey East. (Photo/Justin Soderberg/View from 123)

After a weekend home-and-home sweep of the New Hampshire Wildcats, the Hockey East Association has named the UMass Lowell River Hawks as the Hockey East Team of the Week for the second week in a row.

UMass Lowell topped New Hampshire, 5-3, at the Tsongas Center on Friday night in front of a crowd of 4,459. The River Hawks came back from a one goal deficit to score three straight goals and eventually taking the victory.

The River Hawks were able to continue their momentum into the back half of their home-and-home series and take down the Wildcats, 3-2 in an overtime thriller. Their back-to-back Hockey East conference wins pushed the River Hawks winning streak to four games and put them in a tie for first place in the Hockey East Association.

In addition to the great team play from the River Hawks, junior defenseman Zack Kamrass was outstanding. With his great weekend, he was named as the Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week. Kamrass picked up four assists, seven blocked shots and a +3 in the weekend sweep of New Hampshire.

This is also the second week in a row a River Hawk has been named Defensive Player of the Week, goaltender Connor Hellebuyck received the honor a week ago.

UMass Lowell has this coming Friday night off, but will be back in conference action on Saturday, Nov. 9 as the team welcomes Northeastern University to the Tsongas Center for the first time this season. Northeastern has also started the season off 5-3-0, but lost their first two conference games to the Boston College Eagles over the weekend.

The River Hawks will honor the victims, survivors and first responders of the Boston Marathon bombing with “River Hawk Strong Night” on Saturday, Nov. 9 prior to the UMass Lowell vs. Northeastern game at 7:00 p.m. eastern. 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.

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