UMass Lowell starting to click, top UNH at home

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LOWELL, Mass. – After starting the season with a 1-3-0 record, UMass Lowell is starting to click and have rattled off three straight wins following Friday night’s, 5-3, win over New Hampshire at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass.

The River Hawks offense was able to put up five goals against a goaltender which had at points last season seemed unbeatable in Casey DeSmith.

UMass Lowell got help from 11 different River Hawks on Friday night, including goals from Josh Holmstrom, Scott Wilson, Ryan McGrath, Adam Chapie and Jake Suter. Holmstrom’s goal came on the power play in the first period, something the River Hawks had struggled with to start the season, but have been able to capitalized on more recently.

“It was big, “said Holmstrom about his power play goal. “Anytime coming off a goal for or against the next few shifts are important to get the momentum swung one way or the other. Zack Kamrass threw a good shot in there. It was sitting on the back door there and I was able to slide it in.”

After scoring a team leading 16 goals in 2012-13, Wilson was able to finally put a goal in the back of net on Friday night for the River Hawks. Although it was the final goal of the game for the River Hawks and with the two goal lead didn’t make the difference, it was an important goal for Wilson to get his scoring going.

“When you’re playing a great defensive game and doing all the little things you get rewarded,” said Wilson. “I got back to that a little bit tonight. I had a good felling coming up the ice, I knew Falls [Michael Fallon] was going to give me a great pass. It was pretty much just a tap in for me.”

The Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick also picked up an assist on Chapie’s first period goal to add to his two assists he had entering Friday night’s tilt. Wilson’s two points was enough to earn him the first star of the game following the win.

Wilson moves onto the Saturday night game against New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H. with four points on the season and looking for more.

“This is a very good hockey team that we played tonight, and we’re happy to come out with some points,” said River Hawks head coach Norm Bazin. “Tomorrow is going to be an even bigger challenge on the big sheet.”

Saturday night’s back half of the home-and-home series takes place up in New Hampshire with a first puck drop set for 7:00 p.m. eastern and will be broadcast on WBIN-TV in Lowell, Mass. and surrounding area. We will have our Live Blog as usual with scoring and period updates.

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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