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IN THIS ISSUE... ALUMNI STATISTICS

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INTERNATIONAL

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Updated statistics of former River Hawks playing professional hockey around the world, including players in the NHL, AHL and ECHL in North America.

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Complete list of River Hawks who have been drafted by an NHL club in the Entry Draft or the Supplemental draft, including three current River Hawks.

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Two former River Hawks won Gold for the US Select Team in Germany in November. Also, Michael Budd joins the China Dragon for the 2013-14 season.

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Chad Ruhwedel tallied his first professional goal this past month. Plus, Bobby Robins has dropped the gloves seven times this season.

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NORTH AMERICA Chad Ruhwedel notches first pro goal by Justin Soderberg The UMass Lowell River Hawks won the Hockey East regular season and Tournament Championship last season with the help of defenseman Chad Ruhwedel. Following the season, Ruhwedel opted to depart the school early and sign professionally with the Buffalo Sabres. Ruhwedel spent the remainder of the 2012-13 season up with the Sabres in the National Hockey League. In seven NHL games, the defenseman fired eight shots on net, but was without a point. After spending the preseason with the Sabres, Ruhwedel was sent to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. In eight games before Wednesday night, Ruhwedel tallied four assists with 11 shots on goal. Wednesday night, Ruhwedel notched his first professional goal at 8:49 in the second period. The defenseman added the second goal of his career, season, game and period only 3:17 later at 12:06. The second goal ended up being the game-winning-

goal as the Americans earn topped the Bulldogs, 5-3. Ruhwedel’s outstanding scoring performance earned him the first star of the game. In 110 games with the River Hawks, Ruhwedel tallied 15 goals and 48 assists for 63 points. Ruhwedel was named to

the Hockey East All-Academic Team in 2011-12 and Hockey East First All-Star Team in 2012-13. It may not come until after the allstar break, but in due time Ruhwedel may find himself back up in the NHL with the big club. Photo: Micheline V / Rochester Americans

FORMER RIVER HAWKS IN THE AHL BEN HOLMSTROM, Forward Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia) BOBBY ROBINS, Forward Proivdence Bruins (Boston) CHAD RUHWEDEL, Defenseman Rochester Americans (Buffalo) RILEY WETMORE, Forward Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York I.) UMASS LOWELL ALUMNI REPORT: NOVEMBER 2013 | VIEW FROM 123 | 13


Hutton struggling in net for Preds

by Justin Soderberg The Nashville Predators signed Carter Hutton to a one-year deal this past offseason to add some assurance behind their No. 1 net-minder Pekka Rinne. The Predators did not expect to have to rely on their backup goaltender so early in the season. Hutton choose the Predators this offseason because they gave him the best opportunity to play at the National Hockey League level. His first taste of Predators hockey came quicker than expected, only 9:45 into the first game of the season. Rinne was lit up for three goals on six shots and was replaced by Hutton in the first period. The former UMass Lowell River Hawk went on to complete the game, giving the Predators a fighting chance to get back into the game, stopping 21of-22 shots. Hutton was able to pickup his first NHL win during his next outing for the Preds on Oct. 20 in a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The goaltender stopped 38-of-39 shots fired at him. The Predators were hoping the great start to the 2013-14 season would continue for Hutton, after the team dis-

covered Rinne would miss a considerable amount of time due to an injury. The backup goaltender turned starting goaltender has yet to allow less than three goals in a game since taking over the interim title of No. 1 goaltender role in Nashville. Hutton has posted a 2-3-1 record since Rinne went down, including being yanked from two games after surrendering five goals on 26 shots on Oct. 26 and three goals on eight shots on Nov. 8. Hutton’s last start against the New Jersey Devils he surrendered five goals on 23 shots in the Preds 5-0 loss. Of course Hutton didn’t expect this amount of pressure to be on his shoulders when he decided to sign with the Predators and in a recent interview he stated it was “a bit overwhelming.” Although the Thunder Bay, Ontario native has posted a 4-3-1 record with a 3.53 goals against average and .887 save percentage this season for the Predators, he is not solely to blame. The goaltender is only the last line of defense for a hockey team and the rest of his team isn’t pitching in. The Predators have not found the back of the net themselves over the past two contests with Hutton in net.

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Hutton was forced into the starting goaltender role and has the skills to make it in the NHL, but in order for him to get past this rough patch, both he and his teammates need to do a lot better at stopping the puck and scoring the puck. The Predators are back in action on Friday, Nov. 15 against the Pittsburgh Penguins and it is unsure who will get the nod. The Preds have relied heavily on Rinne over the past few seasons and with his injury they have a few options in net to choose from: Hutton, Magnus Hellberg and Marek Mazanec. Photo: Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports


Chad Ruhwedel to play outdoor game

by Justin Soderberg The UMass Lowell River Hawks are 60 days away from battling the Northeastern Huskies at Citi Frozen Fenway on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. This will be the first time UMass Lowell will skate in an outdoor game and the first time in a longtime most of the team will have skated outside. Those who graduated or left the program after last season will miss this opportunity, including Riley Wetmore, Chad Ruhwedel and Dmitry Sinitsyn. However, former River Hawk defenseman Chad Ruhwedel will now get his chance to play in an outdoor game on Friday, Dec. 13 at the Greater Rochester Area Honda Dealers Frozen Frontier presented by Labatt. Ruhwedel’s Rochester Americans will face-off against the Lake Erie Monsters at the first-ever outdoor game in franchise history at Frontier Field, the home of the Rochester Red Wings. The Red Wings are the triple-A baseball affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The American Hockey League game will kick-off a 10-day outdoor hockey festival which will also feature an Atlantic Hockey matchup between the RIT Tigers vs. Niagara Purple Eagles. Rochester’s opponent, the Lake Erie Monsters, are based in Cleveland, Ohio, a city with a rich history in the AHL and a long-standing rival of the Amerks.

The Cleveland Barons were an original AHL franchise in 1936 and went on to win nine Calder Cup championships. The Amerks and Barons twice met in the Calder Cup Final, with Cleveland winning in 1957 and Rochester taking home the Cup in 1966. The current incarnation of professional hockey in Cleveland, the Lake Erie Monsters have been members of the AHL since 2007. The Monsters are the NHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche. Ruhwedel left UMass Lowell after his junior year to pursue his professional career with the Buffalo Sabres. The San Diego, Calif. native spent the final seven games of the 2012-13 season in the NHL. To start the 2013-14 season, Ruhwedel was assigned to the Amerks and has two goals and five assists this season over the first 12 games. The defenseman scored his first professional goal on Wednesday, Nov. 6 against the Hamilton Bulldogs when he netted two goals, including the game-winner. The Rochester Americans are the AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres.

Doesn’t take long for BObby Robins to drop his gloves by Justin Soderberg After spending 316 minutes in the penalty box during the 201213 season, it didn’ take long for the Providence Bruins forward to drop his gloves in the 201314 season. Bobby Robins was involved in 35 fighting majors in the AHL a season ago and so far this season he has gone toe-to-toe with an opponent three times in his first five games. The former River Hawk captain isn’t fighting just for the fun of it. Most of the time Robins is defending his teammates or trying to light a spark under his team to get things going. With the pace Robins is on, it is likely the Peshtigo, Wisc. native will once again lead the AHL in penalty minutes and spend a lot more time sitting in the penalty box.

NHL/AHL FIGHT COUNT PLAYER (TEAM) FIGHTS Holmstrom (ADK) 4 Robins (PRO) 7

PIM 44 71

Total Combined

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Blair calls it quits, retires from hockey by Justin Soderberg The Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins, announced on Saturday, Nov. 16 defenseman Ryan Blair has decided to retire from hockey. Blair had spent the past three seasons in the ECHL with the Cincinnati Cyclones, Toledo Walleye, Reading Royals, Orlando Solar Bears and Nailers. The defenseman skated for the Solar Bears during the 2012-13 season, serving as the team’s assistant captain and was with the Bears during the 201314 training camp. Before the start of the season, Blair was sent to the Nailers along with Jake Areshenko in exchange for future considerations. Blair had only seen action in 5-of-11 Naillers’ games this season and hasn’t skated in a game since Nov. 6. This season, the defenseman has no points with a minus-1. Over his professional career, Blair skated in 117 games and amassed 19 points (4g, 15a). Blair is the second former UMass

Lowell River Hawk to retire from hockey while with the Nailers. Tim Corcoran stepped away from hockey before the start of the season. Former River Hawk Barry Goers is still under contract with the Nailers for the 2013-14 season. The Ashburn, Va. native spent four years with the UMass Lowell River Hawks from 2007-11, skating in 141 games and tallying 36 points on three goals and 33 assists. Blair served as the River Hawks’ assistant captain during his senior year.

Photo: Fernando Medina/Orlando Solar Bears

#26 RYAN BLAIR, D YEAR 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11

GP 37 37 38 29

G 1 1 0 1

A 9 11 11 2

Pts. 10 12 11 3

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Two former River Hawks join FHL by Justin Soderberg Peter Vetri rejoined the Danbury Whalers and made his first start of the season. The former River Hawk goaltender stopped 38-of-40 shots, allowing two goals in the Whalers 2-1 overtime loss. Vetri has spent the previous three seasons with the Whalers in the FHL, playing 41 games. His best season came in 2011-12, winning the FHL Rookie of the Year award. He posted a 21-13-0 record with a 3.28 goals against average and .919 save percentage. The former River Hawk spent two seasons (2004-06) at UMass Lowell before transferring to Quinnipiac. While with the River Hawks, Vetri was 2627-6.

Malcolm Lyles also join the FHL for the 2013-14 season, joining the Danville Dashers. So far this season, Lyles has seen game action in two games and has posted a goal and four assists for five points. Lyles spent two seasons with the River Hawks from 2011-2013, but saw game action in only a single game last season. In 2011-12, the defenseman

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skated in 30 games, posting a goal and six assists for seven points. Prior to joining UMass Lowell, the Miami Gardens, Fla. native skated two seasons (13 games) for Boston College and a season for the Vernon Vipers (BCHL). Photo: Scott Mullin/News Times


INTERNATIONAL

Budd joins China Dragon by Justin Soderberg The China Dragon of the Asian League Ice Hockey announced on Friday former UMass Lowell forward Michael Budd has signed on for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. Budd had been searching for a new team since opting not to return to the ESC Moskitos Essen in Germany this season. The China Dragon compete in the ALH which is based in East Asia, with seven teams from Japan, China, and South Korea. The Dragon have yet to win this season in twelve games and sit in dead last of the eight teams who compete in the ALH. Budd spent four seasons with the UMass Lowell River Hawks from 2008-

2012. The forward tallied 42 points on 20 goals and 22 assists in 123 career games for the River Hawks. His best season came during the 2010-11 season when he scored five goals and tallied eight assists for 13 points in 23 games. Budd served as the River Hawks’ assistant captain during his senior year of 2011-12. Following his time at UMass Lowell, Budd signed with the ESC Moskitos Essen in Germany and tallied 31 goals and 41 assists for 72 points over

33 games, plus three goals and four assists during his team’s five postseason games. The Burlington, Ontario native joins 22-year-old Rick Soo (Concord, Mass.) and 21-year-old Miles Beason (Edmonton, AB) as the only other North American player on the Dragon for the 2013-14 season.

#18 MICHAEL BUDD, F YEAR 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12

GP 30 35 23 35

G 5 4 5 6

A 5 4 8 5

Pts. 10 8 13 11

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Two Former River Hawks to represent US Men’s select team in Germany by Justin Soderberg USA Hockey announced the 21player roster for the 2013 U.S. Men’s Select Team that will compete in the Deutschland Cup Nov. 8-10 in Munich, Germany. All 21 players on the roster are currently participating in European elite leagues in Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland. The 21-man roster features two defensemen who at one point suited up for the UMass Lowell River Hawks, Jeremy Dehner and Andy Wozniewski. These two former River Hawks also skated for the U.S. Men’s Select Team at the 2011 Deutschland Cup. Dehner skated for the River Hawks from 2006-2010, serving as the team captain for a year and the assistant captain for another two. While at UMass Lowell, the defenseman tallied 13 goals and 66 assists for 79 points over 139 collegiate games. Following his NCAA career, Dehner spent eight games with the Norfolk Admirals in 2009-10 notching a single assist. After his short stint in the AHL, the defenseman signed with Jok-

erit in the SM-liiga and has spent four seasons with the team. Wozniewski spent only a single season at UMass Lowell before transferring to Wisconsin. In 17 games for the River Hawks he tallied a goal and an assist. As a Badger, the defenseman tallied 10 goals and 28 assists in 115 games. After seven seasons between the AHL and NHL, Wozniewski has been playing professionally overseas and currently skates with EHC Red Bull München of the DEL. The defenseman has spent a total of 79 games at the NHL level and has 12 points on two goals and 10 assists. The 2013 U.S. Men’s National Select Team will be coached by former Boston University head coach Jack Parker. The recently retired coach spent a 40year career spanning from 1973-2013 coaching at the collegiate level.

SCHEDULE/RESULTS USA vs. Slovakia: L, 3-4 SO USA vs. Switzerland: W, 5-4 USA vs. Germany: W, 7-4

Dehner helps U.S. defeat Switzerland by USAHockey.com MUNICH, Germany – A three-goal outburst in the final 12:14 of regulation helped the U.S. Men’s Select Team come back to defeat Switzerland, 5-4, in the Deutschland Cup here tonight. With Switzerland leading, 4-2, early in the third frame, Clay Wilson (Fridley, Minn.) converted on a power play at 7:46 to cut the Swiss lead in half. Then, at 13:06, Tim Stapleton (La Grange, Ill.) knotted the score with help from Peter Mueller (Bloomington, Minn.) and Chris Bourque (Boston, Mass.) before Steve Moses

(Leominster, Mass.) connected on a power-play at 18:34 to give Team USA the lead for good. “I was very happy with the way we responded when we fell behind,” said head coach Jack Parker. “It was almost the opposite of last game. We were down tonight and came back. The tell-tale sign was when we fell behind, 4-2, and kept doing the right things. It was just a tremendous all-around effort, from start to finish.” The two teams traded goals to begin the game, with Jeremy Dehner (Madison, Wis.) putting the United States on the board at 10:50 of the

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first period to open the scoring. Switzerland answered with three straight tallies before Stapleton recorded his first goal of the night -- a shorthanded marker -- at 15:07 of the middle period to keep the U.S. within striking distance entering the final stanza. Stapleton had an assist to go along with his two-goal effort, while teammates Mueller (two assists), Moses (goal, assist) and Dehner (goal, assist) each recorded multi-point games. Team USA goaltenders Jeff Frazee (Edina, Minn.) and Ryan Zapolski (Erie, Pa.) combined for 31 saves in the win.


U.S. WINS DEUTSCHLAND CUP

by USAHockey.com MUNICH, Germany – The U.S. Men’s Select Team received goals from seven players and 23 saves from goaltender Ryan Zapolski (Erie, Pa.) as it skated past Germany, 7-4, in the final game of the 2013 Deutschland Cup here today. The win clinched the tournament title for the United States, which also won the event in 2003 and 2004. “We’re very happy to win a championship for USA Hockey,” said head coach Jack Parker. “Obviously, we’re very happy with how the team played this weekend and how we hung together after being behind in both the Saturday and Sunday games. Credit to the people who put this team together, because it was just an unbelievable group of players. Today, we made a few adjustments after they were up, 2-0, and everyone contrib-

uted to the comeback. It was really a great day for this team, and to win this tournament after only being together for a few days, it’s a great accomplishment.” The Germans jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first 3:22 of the contest. Following a Team USA timeout, Jeremy Dehner (Madison, Wis.) scored with an assist from Chris Connolly (Duluth, Minn.) at 10:14 to pull the U.S. within a goal at the first intermission. After a Team Germany goal at 1:14 of the second, Grant Lewis (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made it 3-2 just 23 seconds later. Peter Mueller (Bloomington, Minn.) then tied the score on a power play at 3:55 with assists from Clay Wilson (Fridley, Minn.) and Nick Bailen (Fredonia, N.Y.), but the Germans scored soon after to regain the lead. The U.S. rallied, and Chad Kolarik (Abington, Pa.) found the back of the net at 14:14 to knot the score, 4-4, be-

fore Pete MacArthur (Clifton Park, N.Y.) put the United States in front for good at 18:53. Steve Moses (Leominster, Mass.) and Phil McRae (Minneapolis, Minn.) both scored third-period tallies to give Team USA a 7-4 victory. Kolarik, Wilson and Dan Sexton (Apple Valley, Minn.) all finished with three points to pace all U.S. skaters in the contest. Mueller and Tim Stapleton (La Grange, Ill.) both collected five points in the three-game tournament to tie for the scoring lead, while Wilson’s four-point effort in the Deutschland Cup made him the highest-scoring blue-liner in the event.

ALUMNI STATISTICS PLAYER Jeremy Dehner Andy Wozniewski

G 2 0

A 2 0

Pts. 4 0

Combined

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