Shane Walsh Commits To UMass; USA!

Considering they were idle, UMass had a pretty good night yesterday.  All the scores went their way with Maine beating Merrimack and UNH taking out Northeastern.  The key one will be this afternoon however as BU and Vermont play at 3pm on ESPNU.  I guess that will give me something to watch when the gold medal game is at commercial.

So for the time being UMass is still tied for 8th, owning the tiebreaker over UVM.  Merrimack is one point ahead while Northeastern and BU are two points ahead.


UMass picked up a committment from Shane Walsh, a 5’10 forward playing for the South Shore Kings in the EJHL.  So far this season he’s scored 22 goals and had 37 assists in 45 games.  That puts him at 6th in the league in total scoring.  Prior to the EJHL he played for Catholic Memorial.  Here’s an article from his time on CM last year.  Looks like his game is that of a skilled power forward who can grind but pass and score as well.

He’s scheduled to come to Amherst in 2011 after another year in juniors.

I’ll have more on Walsh in the days to come.


Of course the big game today is not in Burlington but in Vancouver where Jon Quick and Team USA meet Canada for the gold medal. Good luck to Quick and USA!

Jon Quick (photo by Karen Winger)

Speaking of Olympic hockey, I want to thank Kelli Stack of the women’s hockey team for giving the Fear The Triangle symbol during the medal ceremony a few days ago.  Great to see that even BC players are fans.