UMass Lowell loses top scorer Lohin year early as River Hawks co-captain inks with Lightning

Nick Marin (UML - 23) celebrates his second goal of the game with Ryan Lohin (UML - 18) and Mattias Göransson (UML - 26). (2017 Melissa Wade)
Ryan Lohin (left) led UMass Lowell in scoring this season with 12 goals and 27 points in 33 games (photo: Melissa Wade).

UMass Lowell junior co-captain Ryan Lohin has signed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

He will report immediately to the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch.

Lohin led the River Hawks in scoring, posting 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) with a plus-7 rating in 33 games this season.

“Ryan has chosen to forgo his senior year and sign a contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning,” said UMass Lowell coach Norm Bazin in a statement. “He has given us three years and we are supportive of him as he embarks on his quest to play professional hockey. He will always be a Lowell man and we wish him well.”

In 110 career games in a River Hawks uniform, Lohin amassed 81 points on 33 goals and 48 assists.

Lohin was originally drafted by the Lightning in the seventh round (208th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft.