Time for the first Weekend Wrap-around of the season taking a look at what’s going on around the rest of Hockey East and in college hockey in general, as well as catch up on any other UMass news coming out of the weekend.
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Posted by rocks22 on October 5, 2015
The Massachusetts hockey team got much of what it wanted from its warm-up to the 2015-16 season with a 4-0 victory over the Dalhousie Tigers from the CIS. The shutout was a combined effort as each of the team’s goaltenders turned away all the Tigers shots while playing a period each. The team’s freshman class made solid contributions in net, on defense, and in the game’s scoring.
Posted by rocks22 on October 4, 2015
Normally FTT game previews are an in-depth look at the opponent, their strengths and weaknesses, and what the Massachusetts hockey will need to do to gain a win. For Saturday’s exhibition game against Dalhousie however I’m much more concerned with the Minutemen. I don’t really care if they get the win or not, as long as they play well. So let’s take a brief look at the Dalhousie Tigers, but focus more on a few things UMass fans should keep an eye out for with the Minutemen taking the ice for the first time this season.
Posted by rocks22 on October 1, 2015
A couple weeks ago I shared my ballot for the media preseason Hockey East poll where I picked Boston College to win it all and our beloved Minutemen to, unfortunately, finish last yet again. But with the season nearly upon us it’s time to take a closer look at each team, see what each squad has going for it, and what challenges they may need to overcome between now and March (and for some, April). This is Hockey East!
Posted by rocks22 on September 30, 2015
Happy Tuesday. Time to take a look at how the future Minutemen are faring. Before we do that though there was some news today concerning a current player and a recruit. NHL Central Scouting released their preliminary Players To Watch for the upcoming season and freshman defenseman Carmine Buono and forward recruit and Amherst native John Leonard made the list. They’re both listed as “C” prospects, meaning it’s projected they’d be picked in the later rounds.
Posted by rocks22 on September 29, 2015
Over the weekend UMass hockey’s Shane Walsh, Ben Gallacher and goaltender Henry Dill were arrested by Amherst police in connection with a loud party off-campus. Also arrested was former player Evan Stack who retired from the sport last year due to concussion issues. The Collegian’s Jason Kates reports that the four were arraigned today in Hampshire County Court and Walsh, Gallacher, and Stack paid fines for violating Amherst’s noise bylaw. Dill paid a fine for disorderly conduct after “punching a police car”.
Posted by rocks22 on September 28, 2015
We are just a week away from the Massachusetts hockey team kicking off its season with the exhibition game against Dalhousie of the CIS. Since I didn’t have a chance to post yesterday, we have a couple Minutemen to spotlight today.
Posted by rocks22 on September 26, 2015
Time for a weekly look at how the future Minutemen are doing early on in this hockey season.
Posted by rocks22 on September 24, 2015
The Massachusetts hockey team has a very large, hopefully talented freshman class this year that could be the key to turning around the team’s fortunes on the ice. Regular FTT readers have become acquainted with them through the regular Recruit Update posts and the recent player features as we count down to the Dalhousie game. But each year I like to run down each freshman and compare their numbers against other recent Minutemen who have come out of the same junior leagues to see how they stack up.
Posted by rocks22 on September 23, 2015
Today was Hockey East Media Day and, like the media members over the weekend, the league coaches also picked the Massachusetts hockey team to finish 12th in the 12 school league. Again, not a big surprise given that the Minutemen are losing their top two players off a squad that finished 12th last year as well. Will the dueling polls with UMass in last serve as motivation for the players and staff? We’ll have to see. Here’s the whole poll:
Posted by rocks22 on September 21, 2015