Scott Wilson signed with the Penguins.Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our Smugmug site.
Scott Wilson signed with the Penguins.

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LOWELL -- UMass Lowell junior forward Scott Wilson has become the second member of the River Hawks to decide to forego his remaining college eligibility at the school to sign a professional contract.

Two days after defenseman Christian Folin accepted an NHL offer from the Minnesota Wild, Wilson put pen to paper and is the newest member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the franchise that drafted him in the 7th round (209th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

In addition, Wilmington's Joseph Pendenza, leading scorer for the River Hawks in his senior season, has signed a professional contract with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL. The Admirals are affiliated with the NHL's Nashville Predators.

Wilson, a native of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, appeared in 31 games for the River Hawks this season and registered seven goals and 12 assists totaling 19 points.

During his three-year collegiate career, the 21-year-old forward amassed a total of 95 points on 39 goals and 56 assists in 109 games played.

UMass Lowell coach Norm Bazin issued this statement concerning Wilson's signing with the Penguins.

"Scott has spent three years with us and also has seen his game grow. He helped change the culture of our program and we wish him the best the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. We hope he will return to complete the final year of his degree from this world class university."