UNB Game Recap; Canniff Service; Mauldin’s Journey; Kostka In WMass

Well, thankfully it doesn’t count as UMass lost their exhibition game to the UNB Varsity Reds by the score of 3-2.  It sounds like the team came out flat defensively as they gave up three first period goals but were able to keep the V-Reds off the board after that.  What is especially troubling though is that the team went 0 for 5 on the power play.  Considering how the Minutemen went long, long, incredibly long stretches without power play goals last season they’ll need to improve on it to be successful this year.  The UMass goals were scored by Casey Wellman and T.J Syner.

Here’s the recap from the Republican.  The Minutmen Athletics Blog was at the game and has some pictures.

Surprisingly, Paul Dainton played the entire game in net.  It looks like pretty much all the regulars played except for Martin Nolet.

Normally I’d be pretty unhappy with a loss in a pre-season exhibition.  However considering that UNB is the reigning Canadian college champions and how well they played against the AHL Portland Pirates this week it may not be necessary to give up on the season yet.  And keep in mind that the 2003-2004 UMass squad that went to the Hockey East final also lost their exhibition to begin that season, by 5 goals!

As mentioned I wasn’t able to get to the game last night, but I’ll be posting a first-hand account from one of my friends who did later on.

Next week’s opponent, the RPI Engineers, also struggled in their exhibition and ended up with a 3-3 tie against Prince Edward Island.  BU also was only able to manage a 2-2 tie against St Francis Xavier.

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The Boston Globe talks about the celebration of life service for Jack Canniff that takes place today in Gloucester.  Coach Cahoon will be in attendance.

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UMass alum Andrew Merritt has an interesting article on the long journey that Greg Mauldin’s hockey career has taken him on.

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Mike Kostka and the Portland Pirates were in Springfield to play the Falcons.  The recap features a picture of Kostka.

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