One of the criticisms of the John Micheletto era at UMass was that he did not seem to make much of an effort to lure Bay State recruits to the state’s flagship university. New coach Greg Carvel talked about targeting local talented players when he was hired and just a few months into his regime he has landed his first in-state commitment. Defenseman Jayson Dobay, who this past season played for BC High, announced his commitment on Twitter last night:
Posted by rocks22 on July 6, 2016
UMass has secured commitments today from a couple of left-shooting centers for this fall. The first came from forward Brett Boeing, who left Michigan Tech after his first semester this past winter. Boeing will be eligible to suit up for the Minutemen for the 2nd semester this coming season and could make his debut at the Mariucci Classic in Minnesota. The second came a few hours later from Luke McElhenie. Both players played most recently in the USHL.
Posted by rocks22 on June 9, 2016
In last week’s post I mentioned that UMass coach Greg Carvel would likely name Ben Barr, Jared DeMichiel, and Brennen McHugh to his staff in the coming days. That day was today as the hiring of Barr and Demichiel as assistant coaches and McHugh as Director of Hockey Operations became official.
Posted by rocks22 on April 19, 2016
This will be a mixed bag of a post since there’s a few things to catch up on. It makes sense to start off with this story that ran in the Collegian by Ross Gienieczko where he covers a lot of ground with Greg Carvel who has jumped into the everyday work of being the UMass hockey coach. In the article Carvel talks about filling in his staff, Toot Cahoon, and the fate of committed recruits.
Posted by rocks22 on April 13, 2016
Here is some additional coverage of Greg Carvel being named Massachusetts head coach since my last post.
Posted by rocks22 on April 4, 2016
There hasn’t been a lot of coaching search news in recent days. But a lot of the future Minutemen are still in action. So let’s catch up with them.
Posted by rocks22 on March 23, 2016
We are one day into the Massachusetts hockey coaching search and I’ve done my best to consolidate all the information that is out there regarding the firing of former coach John Micheletto and the ongoing search. Athletic Director Ryan Bamford had a conference call with the media today and I think UMass hockey fans should be very happy to hear what he has to say about a wide range of topics. One piece of news that I reported yesterday is that assistant coach Ryan Miller was named interim head coach during the search process and will continue to handle a lot of the administrative tasks and continue to work with the players in the meantime.
Posted by rocks22 on March 7, 2016
Massachusetts Minutemen 8-19-4 (2-14-4) Hockey East 12th
Lowell River Hawks 19-7-5 (11-5-4) Hockey East 4th
Ideally Friday’s game would feature UMass playing the satellite campus, perhaps with the Alumni Cup on the line, in a competitive tune-up before their final weekend of the regular season against Providence. Instead there’s very little at stake as Lowell clinched the Alumni Cup with their January sweep and UMass obviously isn’t any position where potential non-conference wins hold much value at this stage of the season. For UMass the only thing on the line in Friday’s game against the River Hawks is pride.
Posted by rocks22 on February 18, 2016
Despite the obvious challenges surrounding the program right now coach John Micheletto has been able to continue to secure commitments from recruits to join the Massachusetts program. And he continues to bring some pretty good talent to UMass. Today’s commitment was from goaltender Matt Murray of the Spruce Grove Saints of the AJHL. Murray would likely join the Minutemen for the 2017-18 season after Alex Wakaluk graduates.
Posted by rocks22 on February 16, 2016
The good news is despite missing some key players the Massachusetts hockey team did much better against 12th ranked Yale, a team that had beaten them 6-1 earlier in the season. The bad news is the result was another UMass loss as Yale prevailed 3-2 in overtime. The Minutemen overcame a 2-0 deficit and some dominant play by the Bulldogs through the first two periods to stage a 3rd period rally, netting two in the 3rd period and sending the game to overtime. But an ill-timed penalty in the extra frame put the Minutemen at a disadvantage and Yale got the game winner just seconds after the Bulldog power play expired.
Posted by rocks22 on January 7, 2016