You wouldn’t know it if you just saw the final score of 7-2, but the Massachusetts hockey team went toe-to-toe with #11 Boston University for over half of this game. The Minutemen had the lead for most of the first period and with just under seven minutes left in the second period the teams were deadlocked at two goals apiece. But the end of the game was reminiscent to last season when the wheels would regularly fall off for the Minutemen and they’d give up a rash of goals on the way to an embarrassing result. That’s exactly what happened last night.
Posted by rocks22 on January 10, 2016
Massachusetts Minutemen 7-9-4 (2-4-4) Hockey East T-7th
#11 Boston University Terriers 10-6-3 (4-3-2) Hockey East T-4th
The Massachusetts Minutemen kick off the second half of Hockey East play with a pretty tough matchup as they travel to Comm Ave to take on the #11 Boston University Terriers. It’s the first meeting of the year between the two teams. It’ll be the second game of the week for both squads as UMass fell in overtime to #12 Yale on Tuesday while BU had a dramatic come from behind win at #5 Harvard on Thursday. UMass will look to start the league home stretch with at least a point, but that’s going to be tough to do against a skilled Terrier team.
Posted by rocks22 on January 8, 2016
The good news is despite missing some key players the Massachusetts hockey team did much better against 12th ranked Yale, a team that had beaten them 6-1 earlier in the season. The bad news is the result was another UMass loss as Yale prevailed 3-2 in overtime. The Minutemen overcame a 2-0 deficit and some dominant play by the Bulldogs through the first two periods to stage a 3rd period rally, netting two in the 3rd period and sending the game to overtime. But an ill-timed penalty in the extra frame put the Minutemen at a disadvantage and Yale got the game winner just seconds after the Bulldog power play expired.
Posted by rocks22 on January 7, 2016
#12 Yale Bulldogs 6-4-2 (3-3-2) ECAC 6th
Massachusetts Minutemen 7-8-4 (2-4-4) Hockey East T-7th
It’s rare for teams to have a chance to avenge a loss to a non-conference team earlier in the season unless they happen to meet again in the NCAA tournament. But that’s exactly the chance UMass has on Tuesday when they welcome the 12th ranked Yale Bulldogs to the Mullins Center. The Minutemen were off to a 4-0-1 start to their season when they first met Yale back on Halloween in the championship game of the Capital City Classic in Trenton, NJ. Yale would hand UMass their first loss of the season in a dominant 6-1 win and the Minutemen have won only three games since.
Posted by rocks22 on January 4, 2016
After finishing 2015 with a nine game winless streak and five game losing streak the Massachusetts hockey team got the new year started on the right foot with an overtime win over Army West Point. Captain Steven Iacobellis scored the game winner early into the extra frame to give the Minutemen the 2-1 win over the Black Knights. UMass was able to overcome the absence of a number of key players and bring their record back to one game under .500 at 7-8-4.
Posted by rocks22 on January 3, 2016
Massachusetts Minutemen 6-8-4 (2-4-4) T-7th Hockey East
Army West Point Black Knights 5-8-4 (3-7-4) T-7th Atlantic Hockey
At first glance a game against Atlantic Hockey’s Army West Point Black Knights seems to be exactly what the Massachusetts Minutemen need to get back on track and kick off the new year right. But upon closer inspection this Army team isn’t one to overlook. After all, with their mid-week 3-2 win over #20 Merrimack the Black Knights now have a two game winning streak against Hockey East. Army entered the holiday break on a downward note after getting swept by American International. But they’ve already done what UMass so desperately needs, to get a win under their belts as the season enters its second phase.
Posted by rocks22 on January 1, 2016
A couple weeks ago I wrote about the challenges ahead for the Minutemen in the second half of the season in terms of schedule. Half of their 16 games left on the season will come against teams at the top of the KRACH and USCHO rankings. With the team currently at 6-8-4 on the season it’ll be a tough road for UMass to get back to .500 or better. But it’s not just the opposing teams that the Minutemen have to contend with. UMass has historically done poorly in the games that come after the holiday break.
Posted by rocks22 on December 31, 2015
Future Minutemen Shane Bear and Cale Makar, both currently playing together for the Brooks Bandits in the AJHL, won gold this past week representing the Canada-West team at the World Junior A Challenge. Canada-West beat Russia 2-1 in the championship game. Makar had a goal in the tournament, and hit a post in the championship, while Bear did not register a point. Makar was named to the tournament all-star team.
Posted by rocks22 on December 22, 2015
The Massachusetts hockey team played their final game of 2015 on Friday night in an exhibition game against the US Junior National Team, falling by a score of 4-0. The game was the conclusion of Team USA’s evaluation camp ahead of their trip to Finland to compete in the World Junior Championships. I think there are positives and concerns to take away from the exhibition loss and probably highlights the team’s most glaring area of improvement heading into the second half; offense.
Posted by rocks22 on December 20, 2015
The Massachusetts hockey team picked up a commitment from forward Brian Williams (insert exaggerating newscaster joke here) today. The news was first reported by Over The Boards on Twitter:
Williams later took to Twitter to announce his commitment as well:
Posted by rocks22 on December 17, 2015