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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.

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13 Comments

  1. Ah, I remember seeing Moore play. Kid shut Merrimack down. In fact, one could go so far as to say he’s a Merrimack killer

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  2. jjmc85

     /  February 28, 2012

    You overlook the fact that Moore has the all time UMass save percentage record. I was one of the few UMass fans that saw him set that record with my own eyes.

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  3. Anonymous

     /  February 28, 2012

    We have not finished higher then 7th since moore has been in here. Other then when Paul was here, who knows maybe this kid is better then what we got.

    Straight D-1 BS..scholarship plays…walks ons sit. Hope this kid is the next J.Lin and makes Toot look like an X (insert fun word).

    Agree though tough spot to throw him in. Hope he gets in a minute or two at some point for him, his family and the fans!

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    • Anonymous

       /  February 29, 2012

      If he was better he would play. Also J. Lin was a star at Harvard so the comparison doesn’t work.

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  4. I have a little twist to this series. Why don’t we insert Kevin Moore into it…the senior…as a forward?

    I should note that I didn’t hear one “eff New Hampshire” chant the entire weekend, which was a minor upset.

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  5. George

     /  February 28, 2012

    He seems like a great guy. My guess is if Teglia is back to healthy, Kevin unfortunately won’t even be in the line up.

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    • Toot wouldn’t say when he discussed Tegs on Saturday, but I get the feeling we won’t see Teglia this weekend. I think he’s banged up pretty bad.

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  6. Anonymous

     /  February 29, 2012

    Man that game was brutal last year, was that the freezing rain game up there?

    Wonder what toot will do if either of the freshman have a good game friday, who will be in net saturday?

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  7. Carson

     /  February 29, 2012

    like the idea of putting moore in at the end of the game if the outcome is already decided…please do not start him

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  8. Anonymous

     /  February 29, 2012

    Hope he gets in at some point. I heard he coaches the other goalie from NJ during the summer…what a kick in the balls. I kid u coach comes to the school you are at and plays over you.

    Kid is a class act, i would of quit by my soph year.

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