Daily Hampshire Gazette Hockey Preview - UMass Athletics

Daily Hampshire Gazette Hockey Preview

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Matt Vautour previews the Army game tonight and exhibition against the Swedish Under-20 National Team tomorrow (Noon). Tonight is Military Appreciation Night where any service member can get a $5 general admission ticket with ID.

University of Massachusetts coach Toot Cahoon has been pleased with his team's level of competitiveness, very pleased in fact given the youth of his roster.

"The competitiveness has been above the curve," said Cahoon, whose team is 0-4-2. "In every game situation we've competed. No one can deny us that."

Execution, however, is another story. It needs a lot of work and this weekend's two games give the Minutemen an opportunity to focus on it. UMass plays Army tonight at 7 p.m. and then plays an exhibition game against the Swedish Under 20 National Team, Saturday at noon.

"Execution is the whole issue right now as long as we continue to compete," Cahoon said. "We're well below the curve right now. For us it's all about getting a group of young guys to execute at the level we need them to execute at."

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