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View From Section U ▲ Potential Coaching Replacements

Ever since I wrote my piece stating that UMass needs to making a coaching change at the end of the season I’ve had many people ask who would be my potential candidates to lead the program to success.  There are a few prospects that immediately come to mind.  There are a few that I wish they had looked at the last time around when the coaching position was open in 2012 and either they weren’t interested, then Athletic Director John McCutcheon didn’t consider them, or the timing just wasn’t right for either side.  I’ve already heard a lot of suggestions from readers and fans on who should be considered and I’ve done my best to take them into account.

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Recap ▲ UMass Loses To Union In Final Seconds Of OT, Extends Winless Streak To 9 Games

There were numerous times in Friday’s contest against Union where it seemed like the Massachusetts Minutemen were on the verge of securing their first win in eight games.  UMass had the lead and momentum very early on thanks to a breakaway goal just 49 seconds into the game.  They had the momentum again late in the game when they roared back with two 3rd period goals to tie the game and had the chance to play the final four plus minutes of the game with a power play.  But in the end the continued offensive problems and defensive breakdowns hurt the Minutemen’s chances to head into winter break with a win and one final lapse handed the win to Union with under 10 ticks of the clock left.

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Preview ▲ Union Comes To Amherst To Close Out First Half Of Season

Union College Dutchmen 5-6-4 (2-5-1) ECAC T-10th

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Massachusetts Minutemen 6-7-4 (2-4-4) Hockey East T-6th

I’m not sure I’d reach into the bag of clichés and call Friday’s game against Union a “must-win”, especially since it’s versus a non-conference opponent.  But, it would be a big positive for the Massachusetts hockey team to head into winter break with a win, especially since they’ve gone winless in their last 8.  A win would bring the Minutemen back to .500 for the season, a position not many people around college hockey thought they’d be at this point in the season.

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