Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass looks to break slump with two-game hockey series at No. 13 Notre Dame - UMass Athletics

Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass looks to break slump with two-game hockey series at No. 13 Notre Dame

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Matt Vautour had this preview of UMass' first Hockey East games versus Notre Dame in today's Daily Hampshire Gazette:

After going 1-6-2 in November, the University of Massachusetts hockey team is hoping a new month, a new league rival and renewed attention to detail leads to improved results when the Minutemen face Notre Dame for the first time since the Fighting Irish joined Hockey East.

The teams will play Friday at 7:35 p.m. and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Both games are in South Bend, Ind., and on the NBC Sports Network.

Senior Branden Gracel thought the team was getting closer to turning things around.

"Each player tries to simplify their game and get back to basics. A lot of times players will try to do too much and that drags the slump a little bit longer," Gracel said. "If everybody gets back to what they're good at and plays their own game, I think that helps the whole team get out of their slump.

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