Hockey East Preview: UMass Lowell Riverhawks

Last season: 19–13–5 (12–7–5 HE); lost in HE quarterfinal

Head Coach: Norm Bazin (eighth season)

Coaches’ Poll Projected Finish: Sixth

Losses

  • G Christffer Hernberg
  • D Avini Bershia
  • D Croix Evingson
  • D Seth Barton
  • F Nick Master
  • F Ryan Dmowski
  • F Connor Wilson
  • F Ryan Lohin
  • F Cole Paksus
  • F Michael Dill
  • F Nick Marin
  • D Mattais Goransson

Additions

  • G Logan Neaton
  • D Jordan Schulting
  • D Marek Korenick
  • F Matt Brown
  • F Carl Berglund
  • F Brian Chambers
  • F Andre Lee

By Dale Desantis

The Riverhawks’ 2018–19 season was a great success. With a 19–13–5 record, Head Coach Norm Bazin rebounded from a tough 2017–18 campaign that saw the Riverhawks slip from fourth to seventh in the conference standings. Behind a group of rising juniors and senior scorer Ryan Dmowski, the Riverhawks placed fourth in Hockey East last year with 12 conference wins, with two coming against powerhouses BC and Northeastern.

Unfortunately the regular seaon success did not carry to the postseason, as BU eliminated UMass Lowell in the Hockey East quarterfinals. Although this was a disappointment, BU was playing great hockey after a dismal start to the season.

Last year the Riverhawks were anchored by junior goaltender Tyler Wall and his impressive .929 save percentage. Five different players tallied over 20 points, led by junior forward Ryan Lohin (27). Although no one put up huge offensive stats, the scoring-by-committee model and unselfish play benefited the team. With Wall and four of the top five goal scorers returning, the Riverhawks are poised for another solid season.

Bottom Line: The biggest knock against Coach Bazin’s squad is an inability to land top-rated recruits. BC and BU both scored great recruiting classes and will likely leapfrog Lowell in the standings. Nonetheless, Lowell is a well-run program primed to contend in Hockey East.

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