The No. 15 UMass Lowell men’s hockey team (7-2-2, 5-1-0 Hockey East) returns to the ice after the Thanksgiving break for a Saturday tilt with Maine (1-9-2, 1-6-1 HEA) on Nov. 27. Puck drop for the post-holiday matchup is set for 5 p.m. at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine.
SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS
UMass Lowell enters this late afternoon contest against Maine with a 7-2-2 / 5-1-0 record after last weekend’s split with UConn. After earning a 3-0 shutout on Saturday, the River Hawks saw their nine-game unbeaten streak come to an end in a 2-1 loss on Sunday in Hartford. The team is 5-0-2 at the Tsongas Center and 2-2-0 on the road. The River Hawks are slotted at number 15 in the USCHO poll, their fourth week in the Top 20, and continue to be listed as “receiving votes” in the USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 poll. Hockey East Coaches, in their pre-season poll, placed the River Hawks seventh in the conference. They currently sit in 5th place despite having played just six conference games. The River Hawks lost eight players from last year’s squad which finished out a much-interrupted season with a 10-9-1 record and a trip to the Hockey East Championship Game. This year’s roster shows eight…