Recruit Update

Kevin Boyle – G – Westside Warriors (BCHL)
37 GP / 19-16-1 / 3.06 GAA / .902 sv%
Boyle had a couple wins this past week.  He stopped 25 of 27 shots in the first game and then picked up an overtime win stopping 28 of 32 shots.

Kenny Gillespie – RW – Shattuck St Mary’s (MN)
39 GP / 11 G / 37 A /  48 Pts / 50 PIM
Gillespie had a goal and an assist in his last couple games.

Zack LaRue – C/F – Markham Waxers (OPJHL)
50 GP / 33 G / 36 A / 69 Pts / 26 PIM
The regular season is over for LaRue.  He ended up 21st in the OPJHL in points, 11th in goals, and 2nd in shorthanded goals with 6.  The Waxers will be facing Stouffville in the first round of the playoffs.

 Shane Walsh -LW – Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
29 GP / 4 G / 6 A / 10 Pts / 8 PIM
Walsh had an assist this past weekend.

South Kent’s Joseph Manno did in fact have his official visit this past Friday.   No word on how it went but I did hear his decision will likely come down to UMass, Northeastern, and Providence.  Of course the prospect of the QMJHL looms as well.

Mike McMahon reports that there is no definitive timetable for the return of Merrimack star Stephane Da Costa, but that the injury is not of the season ending variety.  I have a feeling UMass will not be seeing him this weekend but be sure to keep an eye on Mike’s site for all of this week’s Merrimack news.

A couple good reads to prepare for this weekend.  First is a great piece on how former UMass assistant Mark Dennehy has turned around the Merrimack program from UMass alum Steve Buckley.

And Dick Baker has a good piece on the new and improved Lawler Arena.   I agree, the improvements are great and long overdue.  The $20 ticket prices are a bit much however.

It’s been a while since a UMass player was honored with a weekly award, but I’m happy to say that Fear The Triangle was named INCH’s Tweet of the Week!  For the record, I think very highly of Jerry York as both a person and a coach.  In fact I would make the case that he’s the best coach in the country.  I just found his response to the question after the Beanpot win to be hilariously simplistic.

I was disgusted to learn that David Branch, the commissioner of the CHL which actively poaches hockey players like John Carlson or Zack Phillips from colleges and touts a sham of an education option, played hockey for UMass.  He badmouths college hockey as a legitimate avenue to professional hockey even though that’s the route he took.  Can UMass retroactively bill him for the tuition he didn’t have to pay for while he played in Amherst, complete with inflation adjustments and late charges?



  1. Anonymous

     /  February 17, 2011

    Off the Bridgton Academy website; Bridgton defeated South Kent 9-5 Dan Concannon (Everett, Ma.) 2 goals 2 assists + 3. I believe this is Marc Concannon’s brother 6’3″ 200lbs. Is there any interest?


  2. Anonymous

     /  February 17, 2011

    Not really breaking news, but Lecompte officially out for the year.


  3. Anonymous

     /  February 17, 2011

    agreed, sucky way to end a career.

    gonna be interesting to see how toot attempts to fix the “broken” power play.

    will he mix up the pp strategy or lines?


    • Hopefully the former. I think he needs a strategy that better suits the personnel we have. This perimeter stuff isn’t working because we don’t have snipers.


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