So Long And Thanks For All The Sieves

A triangle is a geometric shape that Joe Mallen used prominently as he designed the Massachusetts hockey program’s uniforms when the team moved up to Division I in the 90s.  A triangle is also the Greek letter delta, which in math and science means “change”.  There has been a lot of changes, good and bad, to the UMass hockey program since I started Fear The Triangle seven years ago.  And there has been a lot of changes in my own life as well.  Previous change in my personal life forced me to take a season’s hiatus from writing about UMass hockey once.  And sure enough things keep changing and that continued change means Fear The Triangle is all done.  Again.  In the end, I just ran out of time.

Up To The Minute ▲ Boston College’s Couturier Transfers To UMass

The Massachusetts hockey team added an established Hockey East defensemen for the future as Boston College blueliner Josh Couturier announced he is transferring to UMass.


Up To The Minute ▲ Lazarus Commits To UMass; Former Captains Battle For The Cup

Last week was a busy one on the recruiting front as UMass received four commitments for this coming season over the course of three days.  I covered three of the four in my most recent posts.  But on May 26th Coach Carvel and his staff secured another , this time from Jonny Lazarus, a right shooting right wing who played this past season for the Wichita Falls Wildcats in the NAHL.


Recruit Update ▲ Pelton-Byce Decommits From UMass

The Greg Carvel news prevented me from doing any recruiting updates for the last couple weeks.  But time to get back into it with a bit of bad news.


Reports: UMass To Hire SLU’s Greg Carvel

ESPN’s John Buccigross is reporting that UMass will hire St Lawrence head coach Greg Carvel as its next head coach. Carvel holds a graduate degree from UMass and was once an assistant coach at Amherst College. 

Prior to being named coach at SLU, where he served as captain as a player, Carvel was an assistant coach in the NHL with the Senstors and Ducks. He won the ECAC Coach of the Year in 2015. 

More coverage coming later on FTT.

Recruit Update ▲ Bear Notches Four Assists In 10-2 Win For Brooks

Time to check in on the future Minutemen.


Recap ▲ UMass Falls 5-2, Hands Maine Their First Road Win Of Season

This weekend’s series against last place Maine appeared to be an ideal opportunity for the Minutemen to gain valuable Hockey East points, grab their first Hockey East win since early November, and create some momentum heading into the final stretch of the season.  They may still achieve some of those goals with a win tonight.  But UMass kicked off the weekend with an incredibly disappointing 5-2 loss to the Black Bears that made official the fact that the season has become nothing short of a train-wreck.


Recap ▲ UMass Gift-Wraps 1,000th Win For Jerry York, Falls 8-0

Last night’s game between #4 Boston College and the Massachusetts Minutemen seemed to be a referendum on how the respective teams feel about their coaches.  From the start the BC Eagles played like they were going to stop at nothing to make sure Jerry York would gain his 1,000th career win, the first to ever reach such a milestone.  On the other side, if the UMass players are worried that the Minutemen’s continued poor results is going to cost John Micheletto his job, they didn’t play like it.  Or maybe, like nearly all the remaining UMass hockey fans, they too are ready for a change.  UMass played before its biggest crowd of the season last night, but few of the 4,673 fans were there at the end to witness history as the embarrassing 8-0 loss sent them to their cars, or nearby bars, early.


Recap ▲ #11 Lowell Dominates UMass In Weekend Sweep, Wins Alumni Cup

The Massachusetts played 120 minutes this weekend against sister school Lowell and was barely in the games for more than a matter of a few minutes.  The River Hawks grabbed an early lead both nights, controlled possession throughout the weekend series, and utterly embarrassed the Minutemen.  Lack of focus and at times what looked to be a lack of effort made for a tough weekend for the UMass hockey team.  A season that started with such promise after a 4-0-1 start in October now is shaping up to be another huge disappointment as the team has gone 3-13-3 since that hot beginning to the season and is in danger of falling to the bottom of the Hockey East standings.


Preview ▲ UMass Faces #11 Lowell In Home And Home Series

#11 Lowell River Hawks 12-4-4 (7-2-3) Hockey East 1st


Massachusetts Minutemen 7-10-4 (2-5-4) Hockey East T-7th

The Massachusetts hockey team hasn’t won a league game since their sweep of UConn in the first week of November, going 0-3-3 in that time.  Their return to Hockey East play in the new year got off to a very rough start last Friday when they were blown out by the Boston University Terriers 7-2.  They’ll look to get back on track in conference this weekend, but it won’t be easy as they’ll have to face the 1st place Lowell River Hawks in a home and home series starting Friday in Amherst.