Joseph Pendenza notches first professional goal

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Joseph Pendenza Joseph Pendenza Joseph Pendenza notches first professional goal Joseph Pendenza
(Photo/Justin Soderberg/Mill City Sports)

Former UMass Lowell River Hawk forward and Massachusetts native Joseph Pendenza tallied his first professional goal on Saturday, October 11 as the Milwaukee Admirals topped the Rockford IceHogs, 3-2.

His goal at the 7:14 mark of the third period was not only his first professional goal, it proved to be the Admirals game-winning goal.

The Wilmington, Massachusetts native signed an ATO with the Admirals following his senior year at UMass Lowell and skated in five games for Milwaukee last season. Seeing what they liked, the Nashville Predators American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate opted to re-sign the forward to a one-year deal this offseason.

This year, the 23-year-old has a goal on four shots with a plus-two rating and four penalty minutes.

Prior to joining the AHL, Pendenza tallied 110 points (49g, 61a) with a plus-36 rating 118 penalty minutes over 152 games. He served as assistant team captain during his senior year and won back-to-back Hockey East titles with the River Hawks.

The Admirals are back in action on Friday, October 17 at 8:00 p.m. eastern as they face the Iowa Wild.

Pendenza is the second former River Hawk to tally a ‘first’ this past week. St. John’s IceCaps goaltender Connor Hellebuyck earned his first professional win on Saturday.

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