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He is not the flashiest of skaters. He’s not the biggest, the fastest or the most prolific scorer of any college hockey player in the country but Joe Pendenza is an effective presence on the ice.
The senior forward for UMass-Lowell (16-7-2, 6-4-1) has been a steady and important contributor to his team. This season, Pendenza has 21 points in 25 games. He crossed the 100-point threshold and now has 101 points heading into Friday’s game against Merrimack at the Tsongas Center.
Pendenza, 23, isn’t one to toot his own horn, he just wants the River Hawks to succeed. After a record-setting season last year when the team advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four for the first time in history, he said the team is that much hungrier for more.