Scrolling Headlines:

UMass basketball lands transfer Kieran Hayward from LSU -

May 18, 2017

UMass basketball’s Donte Clark transferring to Coastal Carolina -

May 17, 2017

Report: Keon Clergeot transfers to UMass basketball program -

May 15, 2017

Despite title-game loss, Meg Colleran’s brilliance in circle was an incredible feat -

May 14, 2017

UMass softball loses in heartbreaker in A-10 title game -

May 14, 2017

Navy sinks UMass women’s lacrosse 23-11 in NCAA tournament second round, ending Minutewomen’s season -

May 14, 2017

UMass softball advances to A-10 Championship game -

May 13, 2017

UMass basketball adds Rutgers transfer Jonathan Laurent -

May 13, 2017

UMass women’s lacrosse gets revenge on Colorado, beat Buffs 13-7 in NCAA Tournament First Round -

May 13, 2017

Meg Colleran dominates as UMass softball tops Saint Joseph’s, advances in A-10 tournament -

May 12, 2017

Rain keeps UMass softball from opening tournament play; Minutewomen earn A-10 honors -

May 11, 2017

Former UMass football wide receiver Tajae Sharpe accused of assault in lawsuit -

May 10, 2017

Justice Gorsuch can save the UMass GEO -

May 10, 2017

Minutemen third, Minutewomen finish fifth in Atlantic 10 Championships for UMass track and field -

May 8, 2017

UMass women’s lacrosse wins A-10 title for ninth straight season -

May 8, 2017

Dayton takes two from UMass softball in weekend series -

May 8, 2017

Towson stonewalls UMass men’s lacrosse in CAA Championship; Minutemen season ends after 9-4 loss -

May 6, 2017

Zach Coleman to join former coach Derek Kellogg at LIU Brooklyn -

May 5, 2017

UMass men’s lacrosse advances to CAA finals courtesy of Dan Muller’s heroics -

May 4, 2017

On campus: The liberal assault on free speech -

May 4, 2017

UMass hockey forward Brett Boeing still catching on in Amherst

(Jong Man Kim/ Daily Collegian)

Adjusting to life as a collegiate student-athlete can be difficult. Amplify that by joining the Massachusetts hockey roster midway through the season, and meet sophomore forward Brett Boeing.

Boeing was added to the UMass (5-21-2, 2-13-1 Hockey East Association) roster Dec. 28 and suited up to play in his first game two nights later in the Mariucci Classic against Alabama Huntsville in a 2-1 victory.

The 5-foot-8, 187-pound winger was thrown into the fire right away, and has been given the opportunity to succeed by the coaching staff. Boeing has shuffled around mainly the top two lines and has received some time on the power play in his 10 games as a Minuteman.

He played a semester of college hockey at Michigan Tech last winter and suited up in 11 games for the Huskies (goal, five assists) before returning to junior hockey.

The Barrington, Illinois native played three seasons with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League, compiling 107 points (47 goals, 60 assists) in 170 games from 2013-2016.

The results in Amherst have been a mixed bag. In four of the 10 games he has played, Boeing has failed to register a shot on goal and put just one on net in last Friday’s 3-1 loss at Boston University.

Conversely, Boeing has five games in which he has tallied three shots on goal or more, including back-to-back games against Maine and Northeastern where Boeing landed six shots on the goaltender but has thus far failed to put the puck in the back of the net.

“He needs to pick up his game a little bit,” UMass coach Greg Carvel said. “He’s played two or three games where I really liked his game. He was playing with pace. I don’t think he’s found his groove quite yet and we’re just trying to help him get there.”

Boeing picked up his lone point of the season on an assist to William Lagesson in a 4-1 defeat against Maine back on Jan. 27, and is finding some recent rhythm with line mate Austin Plevy.

Plevy has played with Boeing in each of the last two contests. The fellow sophomore plays hard and with speed, and is more often than not jostling for the puck in the dirty areas. That type of effort from a line mate can rub off on any player the right way, and Boeing is trying to follow suit.

“I thought playing with [Austin] Plevy that first game was really good and we had our chances and had our spots,” Boeing said. “Hopefully we’re going to bury one here soon. He’s a really good playmaker. He makes stuff happen which makes it easier for me. I get in the corners and try and help him out and hopefully he can boost off of my game too.”

“[Boeing’s] a good player,” Plevy said. “He’s smart. Obviously he hadn’t played a college game in a while coming in so he had to get readjusted to the speed and I think we’re pretty similar players. We kind of pull pucks to the corner and we’ve found each other a couple of times in the slot. We’re creating some chances and hopefully we can start burying a couple.”

It is a difficult challenge nonetheless to catch on after missing half the season and enter a program where the hierarchy is new. All three coaches – Carvel and two assistants Ben Barr and Jared DeMichiel – have called Boeing on a weekly basis to check in and ensure that his transition is a smooth one.

He has put in the extra work in the rink and watched extra tape in the dark hours, when the lights aren’t shining the brightest and no one is watching, to try and better understand the system and help get his team on the winning track.

“The results haven’t been there the last couple of weeks here but we’ve been really stepping it up and getting our chances,” Boeing said. “We’ve been in some tight games and we’ve definitely had a lot of chances to win. When I first got here, we didn’t get into the flow of the things. The first couple of weeks I definitely started slow, but the coaches and the guys are helping me get my feet under me.”

Kyle DaLuz can be reached at kdaluz@umass.edu and followed on Twitter @Kyle_DaLuz.

Leave A Comment