UMass hockey coach John Micheletto changed things up before Saturday’s game, which helped produce a more balanced offense despite still losing.
In the final weekend of the season, the Mass Attack will celebrate its seven senior players, including top goaltender, Paul Dainton.
This weekend’s series against the Black Bears will have larger playoff implications for the Maroon and White.
If UMass goaltender Paul Dainton notches 20 more saves, he will break the all-time saves record for the Minutemen.
Boston College, the best team in the nation, won the annual Beanpot Championship at the TD Garden while Merrimack and Vermont continue surging in Hockey East play.
With a tough weekend ahead, the Massachusetts hockey team looks to build and grow despite recent injuries.
A poor start to the season is behind UMass now, which has won its previous two games against Vermont and Quinnipiac, 4-1 and 5-2, respectively. With three players receiving Hockey East honors last week and freshmen producing, the Minutemen are scoring more frequently and are playing their best hockey of the season.
The Minutemen earned their first winning streak of the season against the Bobcats and the Catamounts in part to their penalty kill, which allowed just one goal in 10 penalty kills and senior goalkeeper Paul Dainton’s strong play in net. Dainton made a career-high 44 saves against UVM and was named the Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week.
UMass and BU play each other three times this season, kicking off their season this weekend against the Terriers in Boston. The Minutemen are coming off consecutive losses to the Golden Gophers.
While James Marcou and Casey Wellman anchored the Minutemen’s power-play unit last season, UMass will look for a slew of young players to generate offense in man-up situations. The Minutemen went 0-for-5 against the Golden Gophers over the weekend in the power-play.