Recruit Update: BCHL Defenseman Carmine Buono Commits To UMass; Iovanna Back In The Fold

The Massachusetts hockey program got it’s second commitment in two days.  Yesterday it was forward Ryan Badger.  Today it was defenseman Carmine Buono.  Buono, a 1997 birth year, played this past season for Powell River of the BCHL where he was teammates with fellow UMass recruit Kurt Keats.  He and Keats also played together for Canada West in the Junior B Challenge this past winter.


Forward Ryan Badger Commits To UMass For This Fall

The Massachusetts hockey program picked up a commitment today from 5’9”, 187 pound forward Ryan Badger.  Over The Boards was the first to have the news:


Bamford Introduced As UMass AD; Recruit Update: Leonard Named ESPN Boston’s “Mr. Hockey”

“I am enthused to get back on campus after four years of being away from college hockey.  Hockey East is arguably the best conference in the country.  And that’s something that I want to help [with].  I want to help be the best hockey program we can be.  And football.  And basketball.  And I think we can get there.”


Ryan Bamford Named UMass Athletic Director

The University of Massachusetts today named Ryan Bamford as Athletic Director, replacing John McCutcheon who left for UC-Santa Barbara last month.  Bamford will be officially introduced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.  Bamford was most recently the Senior Associate AD at Georgia Tech where he oversaw football, basketball, and baseball as well as facilities and game operations.


Massie Commits to UMass; Yevenko Signs With Adirondack

UMass picked up a commitment, likely for fall of 2016, from defenseman Jake Massie.  Massie played this past season for prep school Kimball Union Academy where he was coached by former Maine coach Tim Whitehead.  Massie’s commitment comes on the heels of that of Brian Scoville, another strong prep defenseman who played for Cushing.


Montour Makes His Departure Official; FTT Hockey East Awards

Brandon Montour made official what was first reported over the weekend that he indeed is going to forgo his final three years at UMass and sign with the Anaheim DucksI shared my thoughts on the subject on Saturday when his impending departure was first reported.  While I wish UMass fans had gotten to see him in the maroon and white for longer than 21 games, I wish him well in his pro career.


Report: Brandon Montour Leaves UMass, WIll Sign With Anaheim Ducks

Brandon Montour we hardly knew ye.  Montour’s career with Massachusetts hockey has come to an end after just one semester as he will sign with the team that made him a second round draft pick, the Anaheim Ducks.  He leaves after only 21 games with the Minutemen, but they were a productive 21.  Montour had 3 goals and 17 assists in his time in college and his 20 points were 4th best among all freshmen defenseman nationally despite playing in significantly less games.


Vatrano Signs With Bruins, Forgoes Final Two Years At UMass

Fresh off his 18 goal season for the Minutemen RS sophomore forward Frank Vatrano signed a free agent contract with the Boston Bruins today, ending his career at UMass after one season (plus that one playoff game no one counts).  This is obviously great news for Vatrano who was able to turn his stellar season into an opportunity to play professional hockey with the local team.  The Bruins will gain a great skating forward with a quick, but powerful shot.  To my knowledge Vatrano is the first Minuteman to sign a contract with the Bruins, though Marvin Degon and Tim Lovell played for the Providence Bruins previously and Dusty Demianiuk landed a spot at Bruins training camp after winning NESN’s “Be A Bruin” reality show.


UMass Travels To Notre Dame For Hockey East Playoffs; Pöck Named To UMass Hall Of Fame

Notre Dame

12 Massachusetts Minutemen 10-21-2 (5-16-1)


5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 15-16-5 (10-7-5)

The Massachusetts Minutemen could’ve been on a bus to Boston this weekend to take on the Northeastern Huskies but last week’s loss to UConn means they’ll have to fly to the Midwest for their opening playoff series.  UMass will take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in the best of three Octofinals in the newly formulated Hockey East playoff system.  Pulling off an upset over the 5th seeded Irish will be a tough task for the Minutemen, who have won consecutive games just once this season.


UMass Looks To Upset #2 BU; McCutcheon Leaves UMass For UCSB

Massachusetts Minutemen 8-16-1 (3-11-1)  Hockey East T-11th


#2 Boston University Terriers 15-4-4 (10-2-2)  Hockey East 1st

Almost four months ago Massachusetts and Boston University took to the ice in kind of similar spots.  Both were coming off disappointing seasons with relatively new coaches and featured large freshman classes that would be relied upon to produce early on.  And through two periods the teams looked pretty similar, with BU taking a narrow 2-1 lead into the third period.  But the Terriers exploded for six goals in the final period on the way to an 8-1 win and then the teams went their very separate ways for the next few month.  While the Minutemen were left embarrassed on opening night and would struggle mightily through the entire first half of the season, BU continued their strong play and come into the rematch the second ranked team in the country.



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