Recruit Update; Free Moore?

Kenny Gillespie – RW – Omaha Lancers (USHL) – 2012
26 GP / 3 G / 4 A / 7 Pts / 43 PIM / -1
Gillespie did not register any points in the three games he played in during the past week.

Willy Smith – LW – Springfield Pics (EJHL/EmpJHL) – 2014
EJHL: 21 GP / 1 G / 1 A / 2 Pts / 28 PIM
Empire: 22 GP / 7 G / 18 A / 25 Pts / 24 PIM
No games for Smith this past weekend as the playoffs are about to begin in the EJHL and Empire League.

Shane Walsh – LW – South Shore Kings (EJHL) – 2012
Dubuque (USHL): 23 GP / 5 G / 7 A / 12 Pts / 0 PIM / –8
South Shore (EJHL): 9 GP / 7 G / 6 A / 13 Pts / 4 PIM
Walsh’s Kings are also in the playoffs and have a first round bye.

Sounds like UMass should offer this Dougherty kid a scholarship.

Lastly, a group of student fans have gotten #freemoore trending on Twitter as an effort to start goaltender Kevin Moore on Friday. I think this is a great movement for a couple reasons. First of all, I always enjoy when students support the team in a constructive and fun manner. You know, something other than “F*ck (insert opponent here)”. Secondly, Moore has been a total class act and important part of the team in his years here, but that’s something I’ll get into more tomorrow in my annual salute to the seniors.

That said, I really doubt Toot Cahoon would start Moore on Friday. And truthfully, I hope he doesn’t. The sentiment is great but it’s the coaches job to put the players on the ice who give the team the best chance to win. Hell, there are fans upset when seldom used sophomores get substituted for freshmen with no goals. Therefore putting in a rarely tested goaltender when a playoff berth is on the line is probably not the best idea, even if only for a minute or two. In basketball you can usually get away with starting seniors for tipoff and quickly substitute. In hockey you don’t necessarily have that luxury and an early goal can be a game changer. If the game plays out where the outcome is already decided with a few minutes left (hopefully in UMass’ favor), by all means Cahoon should insert Moore in and relieve the starter. But not before then.

Besides, if everyone wanted to see Kevin Moore play, why didn’t they join the rest of us for the 11-2 debacle last year at Merrimack?? Misery loves company.