Ice Hockey: River Hawks Travel to Providence, Northeastern This Weekend
by the Boston Globe Business Team
LOWELL, Mass. (Nov. 14, 2007) – Fresh off a pair of draws last weekend, the UMass Lowell River Hawks hockey team travels to Providence College (Friday) and Northeastern (Saturday) for a pair of Hockey East road games this weekend. Both games are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. starts.
UML is 2-2-3 overall and 0-2-3 against Hockey East competition. The River Hawks earned two points in the league standing with consecutive ties at New Hampshire (2-2, Friday) and home against Massachusetts (3-3, Saturday).
The Friars enter play this weekend 3-5-1 overall and 3-2-1 in league play. Providence, who is 3-1-1 in its last five, swept the University of Maine at the Alfond Arena last weekend, winning 6-2 and 1-0.
The Huskies are unbeaten in their last three Hockey East games (2-0-1) with wins over New Hampshire and Vermont and a tie against Boston University. Northeastern is 3-4-1 overall and 3-3-1 against the league this season.
Friday’s contest with the Friars is the 84th all-time meeting between the two schools. PC swept the season series last year, 2-0-1, and leads the all-time series 43-32-8. The Friars won the last match-up at Schneider Arena, 4-2 on November 24, 2006.
The River Hawks and Huskies meet for 86th all-time meeting Saturday night at the Matthews Arena. UML holds a 48-30-7 edge in the all-time series against Northeastern, but the Huskies took the season series a year ago with a 2-1-0 record. The River Hawks won the last match-up, 1-0, at the Tsongas Arena on February 8. The Huskies won the last meeting at Matthews Arena in overtime, 2-1, on January 20.
Sophomore defenseman Barry Goers (Ivyland, Pa.) leads the River Hawks with seven points and six assists. Sophomore forward Kory Falite (Billerica, Mass.) and freshman defenseman Maury Edwards (Rocky Rapids, Alb.) are tied for the team lead with three goals.
Between the pipes, Carter Hutton (Thunder Bay, Ont.) and Nevin Hamilton (Ashland, Mass.) have alternated starts for UML. Hutton is 1-1-1 with a 1.62 goals-against average (GAA) and a .935 save-percentage in three starts. Hamilton has made four starts and posted a 1-1-2 record with a 2.89 GAA and a .906 save-percentage.
As a team the River Hawks have scored 19 goals and surrendered 19 goals through seven games. UML’s penalty kill ranks second in Hockey East at 88.2% (30 of 34) on the year. The power play has five goals in 34 attempts, good for 14.7%.
Both games this weekend can be heard on 91.5 FM, WUML, and via the internet at the River Hawk Hockey. Bob Ellis, the longtime Voice of the River Hawks, will provide the play-by-play.