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Ortiz To The ECHL; 10-11 Schedule; Recruit Update

Congratulations to Will Ortiz who signed a pro contract with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.  Behind the bench helping guide Ortiz at Cincinnati will be former Minuteman captain and FTT favorite, Dean Stork.  Storker played 3 seasons for UMass from 1996 to 1999 and was named an assistant coach for the Cyclones in 2006.

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So all the rumors regarding next years non-conference schedule were confirmed at Friday’s Reverse Raffle.  UMass will be opening the season October 8th and 9th with a two game series at Minnesota.  Both Yale and Quinnipiac will be returning games at the Mullins Center and UMass will indeed play a yet undetermined opponent at Madison Square Garden.  The MSG game is not part of the BU-Cornell series that has taken place there.  UMass will end the 2010 calendar year with a two game series at Wisconsin.  I believe those dates will be mid-week, December 28th and 29th.  It will certainly be a hell of a challenge for a pretty inexperienced Minuteman squad.  However if it toughens them up for a strong effort from January on, I think it’ll be worth it.

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Congratulations to Joel Hanley and his Newmarket Hurricanes who took the inaugural CCHL championship last week.  Hanley had 4 goals and 9 assists in 19 playoff games.  Hanley and Newmarket are now taking on OPJHL champion Oakville Blades and future Minuteman Steven Guzzo.  Guzzo hasn’t played in the first two games of the series for some reason but he had 5 goals and 3 assists in 17 games as the Blades won the OPJHL.

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I apologize for lack of posting on here lately.  Frankly I was a little burnt out from the season (and the way it ended), plus I recently started a new job.  Oh yeah, and buying MLB: The Show probably didn’t help with having enough free time to post.  But I have a few ideas for some write-ups and will try to get those out in the next week of so.  Of course I’ll definitely be updating for any recruit commitments or other significant news.

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7 Comments

  1. Bullmoose

     /  April 5, 2010

    How certain are the Oct 8/9 dates at Minnesota? I am considering making a very long college hockey trip…

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  2. George

     /  April 6, 2010

    No apologies necessary. Great job here Rocks.

    Bull, never going to say 100% when plane tickets are involved, but I was also told those dates from someone I consider close to the program. They never like to solidify them now as one little glitch could make it Thursday/Friday or Saturday/Sunday games.

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    • Thanks George.

      For those wondering, Gopher football is away that weekend. Too bad, seeing them play in their newish stadium would be more incentive to go.

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  3. justin

     /  April 6, 2010

    It really is too bad this past year’s team didn’t have that schedule. They may have pulled a Vermont and snuck into the tourney based on some early season OOC wins.

    Tough schedule, but I think you’re right about it toughening them up. The only way it backfires is if they get killed in all four of those WCHA games. I think (hope?) they may have enough talent on the team to make those trips worth it.

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    • It’s all going To come down to what the young guys are going to be able to contribute early on. Especially guys like Pereira, Allen, and Hanley. Not to mention Carzo.

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  4. Alan

     /  April 7, 2010

    Those Q and Yale games are also pretty big.

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  5. Wow two series out my way. Woooooooohhhhooooooo

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