UMass made a statement in its first Hockey East game of the year as they came out on top 3-2 over Boston University Friday night at the Mullins Center.
The UMass hockey team didn’t face a lot of challenges in a 5-2 win over R.P.I. last week. The Minutemen will challenge a tougher opponent Friday in B.U., the reigning national champions and second-ranked team in the polls.
The UMass hockey team hopes to generate back-to-back offensive performances when they take on BU Friday. The power play was strong for the Minutemen, as it tallied four goals in the 5-2 win. Winger James Marcou earned Hockey East Performer of the Week honors for the third time, while conference competition begins this week.
Despite 24 penalties between both teams, the UMass hockey team defeated Rensselaer Thursday night, giving the Minutemen their first victory of the year in their first game of the 2009 season.
Junior James Marcou led the UMass offense against the Engineers, while the power play was impressive in the Minutemen’s 5-2 victory over the Engineers Thursday night.
The UMass hockey team will host Rensselaer Thursday night, as the Engineers return to the Mullins Center for a 7 p.m. puck drop. The Minutemen defeated the RPI last season, 6-0, and hope to get their first victory of the 2009 season.
With coach Don “Toots” Cahoon at the helm of the UMass hockey team, the coach enters his 10th season with the Minutemen. Along with Cahoon, assistant coaches Red Gendron, Len Quesnelle, strength and conditioning coach Chris Boyko and goaltender coach Mike Buckley continue to teach the Minutemen this season.
Behind the scoring of James Marcou, the senior leadership of Brett Watson and the defensive capabilities of Justin Braun and Martin Nolet, the UMass hockey team will try to fill in its losses this season.
A new start to the season means an undefeated record for the Massachusetts men’s hockey team. But coach Don Cahoon knows this year’s results have to be an improvement from last season.
After giving up three goals in the first period, the Minutemen could not overcome the deficit as they fell to the Reds, 3-2, Saturday night. The game was UMass’ lone exhibition match before it begins its season Thursday.
The Mass Attack face many teams in ’09 that were nationally-ranked in 2008, including in-state rivals BC and Northeastern.