Injury Updates; Awards; Recruit Recap

Matt Vautour reports that Paul Dainton’s injury doesn’t appear too serious but that he may be out this weekend.  Specifically, Coach Cahoon is calling him “day-to-day” and if he does miss time it won’t be more than a week or two.  He also reports that Joel Hanley’s return to the team is uncertain as he continues to mourn the loss of his brother.

Meanwhile the guys over at Fight Mass are saying that Eddie Olczyk is likely out a couple weeks.  I’ve also learned that Stephen Guzzo is still awaiting a full diagnosis on the injury he sustained practicing in Minnesota but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be on the ice anytime soon.


The Hockey East weekly awards are out for last week and Mike Marcou, Mike Pereira, and T.J. Syner were all named top performers.

The Daily Collegian has a recap of this past weekend’s games in Minnesota.


John Parker had an assist for the Muskegon Lumberjacks in a weekend the team would probably like to forget.  The team went winless in two games including a 10-3 drubbing at the hands of the US Under 18 team.  Former UMass recruit (and current Minnesota commit) Joel Vienneau gave up all 10 goals on 41 shots.

Shane Walsh had an assist in each of the two Tri-City Storm games this past weekend.

Kevin Boyle had another tough outing for the Westside Warriors, giving up 6 goals on 30 shots.  The Warriors take on Eric Filiou’s previous team, the Penticton Vees as I’m writing.


The athletic department’s Just Take A Minute Blog has this picture of Jon Quick in the throwback sweaters the L.A. Kings wore over the weekend.  Quick even had a custom mask to go with the scheme.

You may recall that on a scouting trip last year I was surprised to see the junior game I was watching being officiated by Jordan Virtue.  Well a friend of Fear The Triangle sent along this this box score showing that Virtue is officiating for Atlantic Hockey this season.  When not wearing stripes on the ice, Virtue is now in the insurance industry working for none other than former UMass defenseman Keith O’Connell.


Just a couple of housekeeping things.  Now that the season started and the freshmen are real people, not just mythical recruits out in cyberspace, I’ll be removing them from the committed recruit page and putting them in the archives.  Also, the Alumni Page is out of date, I’ll work on getting that up and running again soon.

Lastly, I’m happy to announce that Fear The Triangle went over 100,000 page views early last week.  Readership at the beginning of this season is up over 150% from the same time last year.  At the same time Twitter and the Facebook page have more followers than I ever imagined at this point.  And for all of that I want to thank all the readers out there.  I’ve gotten some great feedback from friends, fans, alumni, players, other hockey bloggers, and even media members.  I’m really glad that so many people make this as one of the first places they go to follow their favorite (or sometimes hated) team.  I’ve also enjoyed conversing with so many other UMass and other college hockey fans, either through comments on the posts, other social media, or even in person.  So if you have thoughts to share on UMass hockey, please do so.  I certainly don’t intend for FTT to just be me rambling incessantly, though that of course will happen naturally.  Anyway, keep reading and I promise to continue to do my best to keep you informed of what’s going on with UMass hockey.



  1. Thanks for the shout-out and congrats on 100,000 views. Much love as always from Fight Mass to FTT.


  2. McUMass

     /  October 12, 2010

    Congrats on the blog success Rocks!

    In other news, Slash did the National Anthem for the Kings game tonight.


  3. Hatsoff

     /  October 14, 2010

    Does UMass have more ‘practice’ injuries than other teams? Seems like every year they lose a bunch of playing time from injuries reportedly from practice.

    It’s one thing for an opponent to take someone out, but your own guys!


    • For the first two weeks of this season, certainly. But in past years I haven’t noticed anymore than other teams.

      I’m not sure what’s driving the recent injuries, whether it’s guys coming in out of shape, practices being more intense, or just plain bad luck.


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