Guzzo, Gracel Go From Roommates To Linemates - UMass Athletics

Guzzo, Gracel Go From Roommates To Linemates

The Republican's Harry Plumer featured Steven Guzzo and Branden Gracel this week, two members of UMass' top point-producing line through the first two games of the season:

They became friends because they couldn't get Tim Horton's before practice anymore.

At least, that's part of the reason, according to Branden Gracel.

Gracel and Steven Guzzo, two Canadians who found their way to the University of Massachusetts hockey team, began bonding over their shared experiences when they arrived in Amherst three years ago.

Last season, they were roommates in North Apartments. This season, they no longer share living space, but something more important: Ice time.

The duo finds itself on a line together with captain Rocco Carzo, and the chemistry has been immediate -- the combination has accounted for four of the Minutemen's five even strength goals.

It wasn't a natural fit, though. Gracel, born and raised in Calgary, and Guzzo a, Toronto-area native, had both been centers for their first their three years at UMass. But Micheletto needed instant bonds, and instead of letting positions get in the way, he moved Gracel to wing.

"Ultimately what you're trying to find is guys that have some sort of chemistry together," Micheletto said. "It appears that that's been the case."

Read more of Steven Guzzo, Branden Gracel go from roommates to linemates for UMass hockey