Weekend Randomness

A weekend without UMass hockey allowed me to sit at home and relax and not drag my ass all over New England for once.  I’m grateful that I decided to skip going to the football game at Rhode Island where once again the Minutemen underachive despite having some of the best players at their level and will be sitting at home during the playoffs for another year.

No UMass hockey did give me the chance to sit down and watch the Bruins last night as they fell to former UMass goaltender Jon Quick and the Kings in a shootout.  Quick ended up with 38 saves, some of them quite good, and got the better of the goaltender matchup with former Vermont backstop Tim Thomas.  Quick continues to impress in LA and defies those who predicted he wouldn’t make it as an everyday NHL starter.  Many doubted he wouldn’t be able to take the job away from Erik Ersberg a couple of seasons ago and those same doubters predicted he would lose his job this season to the highly rated Jonathan Bernier.  Instead Quick is third in the league in goals against, third in wins, and sixth in save percentage.

In other alumni news the Albany Times Union has a Q&A with Matt Anderson.

And the Herald has an article on Greg Mauldin’s return to the NHL.


Around the league this weekend UNH and BU split their series.  BC got themselves back on track with a 4-0 win over Maine at home.  The teams will play again this afternoon.  Merrimack swept Lowell while Northeastern gained a won and tied against Providence. Northeastern’s performance puts the Minutemen in the basement of the league all alone, one point behind Lowell and Vermont.  However the River Hawks have already played 4 more games than UMass to this point.