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College Hockey News: UMass Rises To The Occasion

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On the heels of UMass hockey's taking home the Ledyard Classic title, College Hockey News posted this piece about the Minutemen's tournament win today:

Massachusetts has struggled to get on the national stage, and struggled to win even small championships. But something changed Monday night when UMass took on Dartmouth in the championship game of the Ledyard Bank National Classic. UMass looked like a confident bunch; a team with a new coach and a new mentality.

"It was disjointed, emotional and electric," said UMass coach John Micheletto. "Obviously its championship hockey, whether it's in a holiday tournament or the end of the season there is a lot on the line. Both teams were fired up with good spirited play and it's a good test."

In the process, UMass knocked off a home team that had been red hot in the process, having just defeated New Hampshire in the semifinal. The Big Green were undefeated at home (7-0) and sat in a tie for second place in the Pairwise. The Minutemen were never bothered by this and for most of the game they were in fact the aggressors.

Micheletto, in his first season as head coach, wanted to instill a new mentality in his team upon arrival -- a championship mentality. It can be said that holiday tournaments mean little, but in the grand scheme, even Boston College looks at winning championships as an important skill, no matter how big they are.

"The biggest thing we talked about coming into this thing was winning a championship," said Micheletto after a win against Bemidji State on Sunday night. "It is a skill that you need to learn if you want to be in the midst at the end of the season."

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