Pens Prospect Wilson Leads UMass Lowell Past Penn State

Friday, November 15, 2013

I got a chance to watch UMass Lowell (UML) and the Penguins' 7th round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, Scott Wilson, take on Penn State at the newly built Pegula Ice Arena. Wilson, in his third season at UML, did not disappoint.

Adam Chapie opened the scoring 1:50 into the contest for UML after Wilson made a play at the blue line to get the puck down low to a teammate which created the scoring chance. Wilson's vision and poise with the puck was unmatched all night. He simply looked like a man among boys out there.

Wilson scored a goal of his own in the second period to make it 2-0 UML, before leading scorer and freshman Derek Arnold tallied back-to-back goals for UML to close out their 4-0 win tonight. The two teams rematch Friday night.

The thing I noticed about Wilson that I was unaware of is his physical play. He took two minor penalties, one a goal-saving hooking minor and the other a big hit along the benches, but his tenacity on the forecheck and ability to get his opponents rattled and off their game was what impressed me the most. Wilson, an alternate captain on UML, now has eight points (2G-6A) in 11 games this season.


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