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UMass Lowell's win caps Local 888’s renewal of hockey event for members

December 8, 2021

An annual tradition gets back into play after being sidelined last year due to the pandemic.

Top-notch college hockey, a buffet dinner and socializing with Local 888 members were all on the menu at the union’s UMass Lowell Hockey Night this month. More than 200 members and their guests were on hand.
Attendees at the Dec. 3 event included Corey Robinson, a Local 888 member and newly elected Lowell city councilor; Justin Lawler, the new president of the UMass Lowell’s Local 888 chapter; along with union executive board members and President Tom McKeever.
“It was great to be on hand for this membership outing – an annual tradition that was only interrupted last year due to the pandemic,” said McKeever. “To top it off, the home team won!”
The last time that Local 888 held its UMass Lowell Hockey Night was in December 2019.
This time around, the Lowell River Hawks bested the defending national champion, UMass Amherst, due to a shootout in which the Lowell team scored the only overtime goal. In regulation play, the two Massachusetts teams were tied 4-4.
In the Hockey East standings, the two University of Massachusetts teams are running neck-and-neck. After their Dec. 3 and 4 matchups, UMass Amherst was in first place with 7 wins, 2 losses and 2 ties. UMass Lowell was in third place with 6 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie. (For the latest in men’s Hockey East standings, see
The Lowell Sun reported that the game took place before a sellout crowd of 6,289. Carl Berglund scored the only goal of the shootout.
The UMass Amherst team captured the 2020-2021 Division I NCAA Championship in men’s hockey last April.
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