After being named MVP of the Ledyard Classic earlier this week the accolades continued to roll in for Branden Gracel today as he was named Hockey East Co-Player of the Week. Gracel shared the honor with Northeastern’s Cody Ferriero. In addition, UMass was named the Hockey East Team of the Week in this week’s release from the conference. Shane Walsh and Eddie Olczyk were deservingly named Top Performers after their play in the tournament.
For those who may have missed it, the new rankings came out this past Monday. This poll reflects UMass’ win over Bemidji State but not the upset of #8 Dartmouth. The win over the Beavers was enough to get UMass back into the Also Receiving Votes category. The Minutemen were able to climb back into the Pairwise rankings as well where they’re currently at #24.
College Hockey News has an entertaining piece on the mentality of the team under new coach John Micheletto.
Here’s the Collegian’s coverage of the tournament win.