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October 10, 2008

UMass Lowell River Hawks vs. the Colgate (Red) Raiders

7 p.m. Saturday at Starr Rink in Hamilton, N.Y.

All-time head-to-head: UML leads Colgate 9-6-0

Lowell finished seventh in Hockey East last season with 24 points from 27 games, Colgate finished eighth in the ECAC last season with 21 points from 22 games.

Last three games
Lowell: 6-1 vs. St. Francis Xavier (exhibition)
Colgate: No games played

Prior Meetings
Last time they met, Colgate beat Lowell 6-2 at Starr Rink on Oct. 7, 2005. No one from the current Lowell team played in that game, but Colgate has two seniors, Jesse Winchester and Nick St. Pierre, that had an assist for the Raiders. In all, five current Raiders played in the 2005 meeting.

Season series
No games played.

Returning top scorers
Lowell:
Kory Falite – 37 GP, 18-14-32 (27 GP, 15-10-25 HE)
Ben Holmstrom – 37, 7-2o-27 (27, 5-16-21)
Barry Goers – 37, 4-20-24 (27, 3-14-17)
Mark Roebothan – 37, 14-9-23 (27, 11-5-16)
Mike Potacco – 31, 10-12-22 (23, 7-10-17)

Colgate:
David McIntyre — 39 GP, 15-17-32 (21 GP, 8-8-16 ECAC)
Tom Riley — 41, 8-17-26 (22, 3-9-12)
Brian Day — 41, 9-13-22 (22, 3-6-9)
Peter Bodanich — 34, 6-16-22 (20, 3-11-14)
Jason Williams — 41, 9-8-17 (21, 3-5-8)

Goaltending
Lowell:
Carter Hutton (7-11-2) — 20 GP, 1,187:27 minutes, 2.48 GAA/.909 sv% (14 GP, 831:02, 2.74 GAA/.899 sv% HE)
Nevin Hamilton (8-6-2) — 17, 982:44, 2.56/.911 (14, 803:09, 2.61/.913 HE)

Colgate:
Charles Long (no record) — 1 GP, 3:13 minutes, 37.31 GAA/.500 sv% (same ECAC)

Team stats
Lowell:
Overall (37 games), 100 goals for (2.7/g), 96 against (2.59/g). Power play 27/160 (16.9%, 0 SHGA), penalty kill 124/148 (83.8%, 1 SHGF)
Hockey East (27 games), 70 goals for (2.59/g), 76 against (2.81/g). Power play 18/116 (15.5%, 0 SHGA), penalty kill 84/103 (81.6%, 0 SHGF)

Colgate:
Overall (42 games), 113 goals for (2.69/g), 104 against (2.48/g). Power play 22/196 (11.2%, 2 SHGA), penalty kill 150/182 (82.4%, 5 SHGF)
ECAC (22 games), 58 goals for (2.64/g), 55 against (2.50/g). Power play 12/108 (11.1%, 1 SHGA), penalty kill 78/95 (82.1%, 3 SHGF)

Outlook:
This is a game Lowell should win. Period.

Not that we’re well-versed in the exploits of Colgate’s team in any way, but the Raiders lost their top two scorers and both goalies that saw even a reasonable amount of time last season and, even with them, produced Lowell’s goals for and against per game almost exactly. Lowell, of course, hopes for much better offense this year, and Colgate’s will be about the same, theoretically at least. And we know this, too: Colgate was picked to finish ninth by the ECAC coaches, and 10th by the ECAC media out of 12 teams. That’s not good.

‘Course, we said that three years ago and look how that turned out. Last time Lowell went to Starr Rink, the Raiders scored once in the first period and the game quickly got out of hand. We’re hoping Lowell strikes first, and quickly, as it did against SFX. The ‘Hawks’ top two lines have the potential to be deadly this year, and the quicker they taste blood, the better.

With Lowell’s defense and goaltending, the Colgate offense, which was toward the bottom of the pack in the ECAC last year, doesn’t scare us especially. David McIntyre is a very good hockey player from what we understand, but if they only have one or two real threats, Lowell’s defense (and we’ll assume that McIntyre’s line will see a lot of Mssrs. Jeremy Dehner and Nick Schaus) can handle it.

In net, we like the experienced duo of Carter Hutton and Nevin Hamilton better than Charles Long’s two goals against on four shots in 3:13 of action last year, and a pair of late-commit freshman goalies. A good start to this season is crucial to Lowell, and it simply can’t go dropping games to mediocre ECAC teams, regardless of where the game is played.

Anything less than a win is unacceptable here.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    October 13, 2008 2:06 am

    So much for the lack of experience in their goalie Long.

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