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Hockey East and NBC Sports announced the 2014-15 telecast schedule this afternoon, which includes UMass' January 17 game at New Hampshire.
The contest, set for a 6:30 p.m. start, will be televised nationally on NBCSN.
View the full Hockey East release here.
Congratulations to former UMass hockey defenseman Joel Hanley, who has signed one year, a two-way AHL deal with the Portland Pirates, the AHL affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes. Upon completing his collegiate career with the Minutemen in 2013-14, Hanley made his professional debut with the Pirates while on an Amateur Tryout Contract and totaled five assists over 15 games with Portland.
Read the Portland Pirates' full release here.
Former UMass defenseman Marvin Degon has signed with the Slovenian team HDD Olimpija Ljubljana of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga.
Degon appeared in 146 games over his four seasons with the Minutemen, spanning 2002-06, and totaled 83 career points on 27 goals and 56 assists.In 2013-14, he spent time with both the Elmira Jackals and the Reading Royals in the ECHL.
Congratulations to former UMass defenseman Mike Marcou who has signed with the Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Royals made the announcement via a release this morning
Also, check out the team's video on Marcou's signing.
Sam Laskaris wrote a piece for Windspeaker on Oshweken resident, incoming UMass hockey freshman Brandon Montour and his junior hockey success, the 2014 NHL draft and his experience at Anaheim Ducks' Prospect Camp.
Read: Year in Waterloo was key to success in NHL draft
The Brantford Expositor out of Brantford, Ontario, took a look at incoming UMass hockey freshman Brandon Montour's progression through his hockey career and what the future holds for the Anaheim Ducks' second round draft pick:
Read: Brandon Montour looks to next step post-NHL draft
Per a press release on the team's website, The Ontario Reign have agreed to terms with former UMass hockey captain Rocco Carzo for the 2014-15 season. Carzo was acquired by Ontario from the Florida Everblades in February and enjoyed success with the Reign in his first full season of professional hockey, tallying 18 points (5g, 13a) in 17 games, highlighted by a nine-game point streak from Mar. 8 through Mar. 29, in which he buried four goals and added nine assists.
Click here for the full press release from the Ontario Reign
Tony Androckitis of the Highland Park Hockey blog (@H_P_Hockey), which provides coverage of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, caught up recent UMass hockey grad Conor Sheary during Pittsburgh Penguins Development Camp a few weeks ago and has this blog post on the former Minutemen captain:
Read: Conor Sheary Aims To Make An Impression
The UMass Sports Network was on hand to get highlights and interviews at the UMass Hockey Pond Club Golf Outing which is an annual fundraiser for the program held at The Orchards Golf Club.
UMass hockey rising-senior goaltender Steve Mastalerz and recent graduate Conor Sheary have both been invited to Penguins Prospect Development Camp
, which will begin next Tuesday, July 15. The camp, which will be held at the CONSOL Energy Center, concludes on Saturday, July 19 with a scrimmage that is free and open to the public beginning at 3 p.m.
Sheary, who signed with the organization this spring, is coming off a stellar postseason with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Mastalerz is attending his first development camp.
For WEEI.com's "Big Bad Blog", DJ Bean took a look at comparisons between 6-foot-7 UMass defenseman Oleg Yevenko, who is currently at the Boston Bruins development camp, and a younger 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara, who was a raw talent before developing into an NHL All-Star.
Read: Giant defenseman Oleg Yevenko hopes to make most of development camp invitation with Bruins
Rising-senior Oleg Yevenko opened up action at Bruins Development camp yesterday, where his 6-foot-7 frame was topic of conversation for many in attendance:
@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty) posted this piece about Yevenko as well: Yevenko makes an impression on first day of camp
Best of luck to recent UMass hockey grad Adam Phillips who has received an invitation to Minnesota Wild Development Camp and will begin action tomorrow, July 9.
Phillips is one of 26 forwards who will be in attendance at the camp that runs through July 14.
Wild Development Camp To Feature Green vs. White Scrimmage
Incoming UMass hockey freshman Brandon Montour was interviewed by the Anaheim Ducks for a feature on their website at the conclusion of the organization's prospect camp yesterday. Montour scored twice in the final scrimmage of the week.
Read: Montour Reflects on his Time at Development Camp
With incoming freshman Brandon Montour finishing up Anaheim Ducks Development Camp yesterday, redshirt-sophomore Frank Vatrano becomes the second Minuteman in action at an NHL team's development camp. Vatrano is attending Winnipeg Jets Development Camp
, which began on Monday and runs through Friday.
Follow @NHLJets for camp updates.
On the heels of the announcement that UMass hockey's Oleg Yevenko will be attending Boston Bruins' Development Camp, Matt Vautour spoke with the 6-7 defenseman for this piece in today's Daily Hampshire Gazette:
Read: UMass' Yevenko invited to Bruins rookie camp
Rising UMass hockey senior defenseman Oleg Yevenko has been invited to Boston Bruins' Development Camp, the team announced this afternoon.
Former Minuteman, Hamden native and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is bringing the Stanley Cup to his hometown on Sunday for a fundraiser as the proceeds from the event will go to the college fund for the children of Jason Pagni, a close friend and youth coach of Quick's who died in a car accident earlier this year.
Chris Hunn of the New Haven Register has more information on the event here.
With NHL teams holding their development camps over the next few weeks, incoming UMass hockey freshman Brandon Montour was the first of several Minutemen to begin action. The recent draft pick kicked off Prospect Development Camp with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday afternoon.
Montour was even interviewed by Ducks Daily:
Dan Malone spoke with UMass head coach John Micheletto following the NHL Draft, on the heels of incoming freshman Brandon Montour being selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round.
Read: UMass hockey coach John Micheletto talks Brandon Montour getting drafted, recruiting progress
USHL Interactive has posted an interview with incoming UMass hockey freshman Brandon Montour from this weekend's NHL Draft. Montour was selected 55th overall by the Anaheim Ducks, becoming the highest draft pick in UMass history.
Congratulations to incoming freshman defenseman Brandon Montour, who became the highest draft pick in UMass history when the Anaheim Ducks selected him 55th overall in the second round.
When interviewed following his selection, Montour talked about why he chose to come to UMass:
"I think the biggest thing was the coaches. I love the coaches there. It's a great organization both school-wise and hockey-wise and it's not too far down the road from my house, meaning my family can come down whenever. It's just unbelievable there, in Hockey East, one of the best leagues in college hockey."
Several news outlets had coverage of Montour's selection:
Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass incoming defenseman Brandon Montour picked in the second round of NHL draft Saturday
MassLive: Anaheim Ducks select incoming UMass hockey freshman Brandon Montour in NHL draft 2nd round
Chatham-Kent Sports Network: Brandon Montour Selected In NHL Draft By The Anaheim Ducks
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Black Hawks' Montour, Friedman go in NHL draft
Fox Sports West: Kings, Ducks fill needs in NHL Draft
Anaheimcalling.com: Ducks Pick Brandon Montour 55th Overall
With the 2014 NHL Draft taking place tonight and tomorrow in Philadelphia, Pa., Matt Vautour takes a look at the potential for a pair of UMass hockey players to get selected:
Read: UMass eyes also on NHL draft
On the heels of the Los Angeles Kings winning their second Stanley Cup in the past three seasons over the weekend, Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times takes a look at what has made former UMass netminder, current King, Jonathan Quick so successful.
Read: Los Angeles Times: Kings' Jonathan Quick sets new standard in goal
Congratulations to former UMass hockey goaltender Jonathan Quick who backstopped the Los Angeles Kings to their second Stanley Cup with a 3-2 double overtime win in Game Five to clinch the series against the New York Rangers.
A sampling of the coverage:
CBS Connecticut: Hamden's Quick, Kings Beat Rangers In 2OT, Win Stanley Cup
Orange County Register: Quick closes uneven season on a high for Kings
AP: Kings win Stanley Cup on goal in second overtime
Toronto Sun: Kings edge Rangers in unforgettable Cup finale
One win away from his second title, former UMass hockey All-American Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings will be looking to raise the Stanley Cup on home ice tonight (8 p.m., Eastern - NBC).
In 2012 Quick was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP and Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun makes a case for Quick being one of five Kings worthy of the honor this season:
Read: Five Kings are worthy of Conn Smythe Trophy
Congratulations to former UMass hockey captain Matt Anderson who has signed with KHL Medvescak Zagreb for the 2014-15 season. Anderson played his first season in KHL in 2013-14 and totaled 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) in 54 games with Moscow Spartak.
Click here to read the full release on Anderson from KHL Medvescak Zagreb's site
College Hockey Inc., has pointed out that, with another win, former Minuteman Jonathan Quick will join an elite group of former college hockey players:
Click here for the full list of NCAA alums who have won the Stanley Cup from College Hockey Inc.
The NHL posted this cool video as the Net Cam caught one of Jonathan Quick's saves against Mats Zuccarello of the Rangers during the Stanley Cup Finals.
Today we have tons more coverage of former UMass All-American Jonathan Quick as he has helped put the L.A. Kings on the verge of a second Stanley Cup championships during his career out west. Quick was nothing short of spectacular on Monday in a 3-0 win over the New York Rangers giving the Kings a 3-0 lead in the series which resumes tonight at 8 PM in Madison Square Garden.
Former UMass netminder Jonathan Quick is now just one win away from his second Stanley Cup ring after shutting out the New York Rangers, 3-0 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final last night at Madison Square Garden. Here is a sampling of the news coverage:
ESPN: Quick Makes Greatness Look Ordinary
YahooSports.com: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes memorable debut at MSG in Stanley Cup Final
USA Today: Jonathan Quick comes up big for Kings
FoxSports.com: Quick Goes Beast Mode As Kings Inch Towards Crown
Rich Hammond and Eric Stephens had a piece on former UMass goaltender Jonathan Quick and his timely saves for the Kings in Wednesday's 3-2 win in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Game 2 is tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
Read: Quick stops come when needed most for Kings
Matt Vautour caught up with former UMass defenseman Conor Allen for a piece for today's Daily Hampshire Gazette. Allen is currently with the New York Rangers as one of the club's "Black Aces" during their playoff run.
Read: Former UMass hockey player Conor Allen on call for Rangers during Stanley Cup run
The Los Angeles Kings, backstopped by former UMass goaltender Jonathan Quick, begin their quest for a second Stanley Cup in the past three seasons with Game 1 of the final tonight. Lance Pugmire has this piece on Quick in today's Los Angeles Times:
Read: Jonathan Quick is there for the Kings when it counts
With the Stanley Cup final beginning tonight, Justin Breen of DNAinfo Chicago caught up with former UMass defenseman, Chicago native, Conor Allen. Allen has not dressed, but has been with the New York Rangers during their playoff run as one of the team's "Black Aces".
Read: Conor Allen Soaks in Stanley Cup Atmosphere with Rangers
CSNWashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley has been evaluating the 2013-14 performance of each player on the Caps roster and today has his evaluation of former Minuteman Casey Wellman:
Read: Capitals' final report cards: Casey Wellman
In advance of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, several media outlets had coverage of former Minuteman, current Los Angeles Kings' netminder Jonathan Quick:
New York Post: The kid from Connecticut who'll try to shut down the Rangers
As a rookie with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, recent UMass hockey alum has been enjoying a stellar postseason run as he currently boasts an eight-game point scoring streak and is tied for seventh in the AHL in postseason scoring with 11 points (6g, 5a) in 11 games. In advance of Game 3 of the Calder Cup Eastern Conference finals tonight, Jonathan Bombulie had this piece on Sheary in today's Scranton Times-Tribune:
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins playoff sensation Conor Sheary has something in common with all-time NBA great Michael Jordan.
Each has turned in some scintillating postseason performances.
But that's not it.
They were both cut from their high school varsity teams.
Jordan famously used the demotion to the jayvees as motivation to fuel his legendary career. Sheary looks at it differently. If he had been the coach at Cushing Academy in the fall of 2006, he might have cut himself, too.
"I can't complain about that. I was 5 feet tall, 100 pounds," Sheary said after practice Tuesday. "I wasn't expecting much going in. I just knew I wanted to play there when I was older."
Play there he did, going from Cushing, an elite New England prep school program, to UMass-Amherst, a member of the powerful Hockey East Conference, to an amateur tryout with the Penguins this spring. During that time, he shot up to 5-8, 175 pounds.
Now he has 11 points in 11 playoff games with the Penguins, carrying an eight-game scoring streak into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the St. John's IceCaps tonight at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Read More: Penguins' Sheary rides postseason hot streak
When the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins unpiled after winning in overtime Wednesday night, an unlikely hero emerged from the center of the huddle.
Conor Sheary, an unlikely hero for a whole host of reasons, set up the game-winning goal, giving the Penguins a 2-1 lead in a best-of-five first-round series against the Binghamton Senators. Game 4 is set for tonight at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
"It's something else," Sheary said, describing his first experience with an overtime playoff game. "The energy gets even higher. Guys are tired, but they're still working hard. It's a new intensity and it's a lot of fun. To come up with the game winner like that, it's awesome."
Read more: Unlikely hero puts Pens in series command
Playing in his first professional postseason game, 2013-14 UMass co-captain Conor Sheary played the role of hero, setting up the game winner with his shot from the point that was redirected by Chuck Kobasew with 7:32 gone in overtime to give the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 3-2 win and a 2-1 series lead over the Binghamton Senators on Wednesday night.
AHL.com has the recap and video of the OT game winner.
The Highland Park Hockey blog has a recap, as well.
Also visit the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins playoff blog for postgame reaction from Sheary.
Former UMass netminder Jonathan Quick was named the Second Star of the Game last night as he helped the Los Angeles Kings take game seven and advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks
. Quick stopped 39 of 40 shots last night including this one to rob Patrick Marleau:
Over the past four games, Quick is 4-0 with a .963 save percentage and one shutout. The Kings open second round action against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, May 3, at 8 p.m.
Another former Minuteman, Matt Irwin, scored his first career postseason goal, San Jose's only goal of the night:
Irwin played 20:52 in the contest and had two shots. Teammate and fellow UMass hockey alum Justin Braun saw 17:36 of ice time.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an extensive notebook in today's paper which covers all of Friday's results from lacrosse to tennis. Vautour also highlights Saturday's jersey retirement for Brianna Scurry and April Kater and gives mention to a pair of academic award winners from rowing and women's lacrosse.
Former UMass defenseman Mike Kostka, who made an appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year as a rookie with the Toronto Maple Leafs, returns to the postseason for the second time in his career with his new club, the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning open up their first round action against the Montreal Canadiens tonight at 7 p.m. on CNBC. The entire first round playoff schedule for Tampa Bay vs. Montreal is listed below.
| Mike Kostka (UMass Years: 2004-08) - Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Regular Season Statistics:|| 28 GP, 4 G, 7 A,11 Pts, 8 PIM, +10|
|First Round Playoff Schedule|
|Date||Opponents|| Time (ET) | TV|
| Wednesday, April 16|| MTL at TBL|| 7 p.m. | CNBC, SUN|
| Friday, April 18|| MTL at TBL|| 7 p.m. | CNBC, FS-F|
| Sunday, April 20|| TBL at MTL|| 7 p.m. | CNBC, SUN|
| Tuesday, April 22|| TBL at MTL|| 7 p.m. | NHLN, FS-F|
| Thursday, April 24|| MTL at TBL (If Nec.)|| 7 p.m. | TBD|
| Sunday, April 27|| TBL at MTL (If Nec.)|| TBD|
| Tuesday, April 29|| MTL at TBL (If Nec.)|| TBD|
The NHL posted its "Top 10 Saves of the Season" video on YouTube this afternoon. Spoiler alert: former UMass netminder Jonathan Quick holds the No. 1 spot.
The publication Stadium Journey has released its list of rankings of the arena experience for 57 of the 59 collegiate men's hockey teams that compete in Division I and UMass' Mullins Center makes the list at No. 11.
Click here to see the entire list and to read the review for the Mullins Center.
Congratulations to former UMass goaltender Jonathan Quick who won the NHL's Jennings Trophy with the Los Angeles Kings upon the conclusion of the 2013-14 regular season on Sunday. The Jennings award goes to "the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it."
Quick is the first member of the Kings to capture the Jennings Trophy and won it outright when the Boston Bruins allowed three goals Sunday in their final game of the season, bringing their total to 177. Los Angeles allowed 174 goals this season.
Read more: Los Angeles Times - Kings' Jonathan Quick wins NHL's Jennings Trophy
Check out this awesome clip from "Ellen" where UMass' own Jonathan Quick surprises young fan Daniel Clarke Bouchard, a 12-year-old Montreal native and piano prodigy who already has played Carnegie Hall.
Congratulations to former UMass hockey goaltender and current Los Angeles King Jonathan Quick who has been named the MeiGray Group ECHL Alumnus of the Month for March.
Quick appeared in 38 games for the Reading Royals in the 2007-08 season going 23-11-3 with one shutout, a 2.79 goals-against average and a save percentage of .905. He became the ninth goaltender in ECHL history to score a goal on Oct. 24, 2007 against Pensacola.
Read the ECHL's full release here.
Congratulations to former UMass goaltender Jonathan Quick who broke the Los Angeles Kings' franchise record for regular season victories with his 172nd career win over the weekend
Quick also added another to his growing highlight reel Saturday afternoon with one of the top glove saves of the season. Video of the save is below from NHL.com:
UMass hockey commit Brandon Montour, who signed with the Minutemen last November,
is highlighted in the most recent Prospector Files on NHL.com, which lists a First Team draft-eligible pick six series at each position from the major junior and international ranks.
Here is the portion of the piece that mentions Montour:
Committed to the University of Massachusetts, Montour leads all defensemen in the league with 52 points and is third with a plus-30 rating in 53 games for the Black Hawks. The 5-11, 186-pound right-hander is No. 186 on Central Scouting's midterm rankings. He also has five goals and 22 points on the power play.
Rajanen likes what he sees in Montour, whose ambition outside of hockey is to become an architect.
"He is having a great year; very solid puck play," Rajanen said. "He's producing points and has some bite to his game. I believe he's a solid defender and good prospect."
Read more: Prospector Files: USHL draft-eligible All-Star team
Here's a look at what's on tap for the American Hockey League teams with former Minutemen on their roster for this coming weekend:Conor Allen (Hartford Wolf Pack) -
3/21 vs. St. Johns (7 PM), 3/22 at Adirondack (7 PM)Joel Hanley (Portland Pirates) -
3/23 at Bridgeport (3 PM) - ListenDanny Hobbs (Binghamton Senators) -
3/21 at Norfolk (7:30 PM), 3/22 at Norfolk (7:15 PM) - ListenMichael Pereira (Worcester Sharks) -
3/21 vs. Springfield (7:30 PM), 3/22 vs. Hershey (7 PM) - ListenConor Sheary (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins) -
3/21 at Syracuse (7 PM), 3/22 vs. Utica (7:05 PM), 3/23 at Albany (4 PM) - Listen
Casey Wellman (Hershey Bears) -
3/21 at Providence (7:05 PM), 3/22 at Worcester (7 PM), 3/23 at Manchester (3 PM) - Listen
Live stats for all games can be found on TheAHL.com
Congratulations to former UMass goaltender Jonathan Quick who stopped two of three Washington Capitals' attempts in the shootout last night to tie Rogie Vachon for the Los Angeles franchise record with his 171st career win. Quick is now 171-115 over 326 games with the Kings.
Read more here:
NHL.com: Kings top Capitals in shootout for Sutter's 500th win
Los Angeles Times: Kings grind out historic milestones in 2-1 shootout win over Capitals
The Worcester Sharks have posted video highlights of Sunday's 5-1 win over the Manchester Monarchs, which includes former Minuteman Michael Pereira's first professional goal.
Watch the video "Sharks vs. Manchester 3/16/14" here (clip of Pereira's goal begins around the 1:50 mark
Nick Canelas spoke with UMass hockey senior Michael Pereira over the weekend after Pereira made his professional debut with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.
Read: Former UMass hockey standout Michael Pereira seizes opportunity in unexpected AHL debut weekend
Late last week, Nick Canelas spoke with UMass hockey senior Conor Sheary, who recently signed with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins of the AHL.
Read: Conor Sheary out to 'prove people wrong again' after signing AHL contract with Wilkes-Barre Scranton
Jon Rosen from LA Kings Insider has this piece on LAKings.com, talking with former Kings' goaltender Rogie Vachon about UMass hockey alum, current King, Jonathan Quick. Vachon won a franchise record 171 games with the Kings between 1971 and 1978 and Quick is on the verge of breaking Vachon's record, currently with 170 victories.
Read: Rogie and Quick
Earlier today, it was announced that senior defenseman Joel Hanley has signed a PTO with the Portland Pirates
Hanley is in the lineup tonight as the Pirates take on the St. John's IceCaps. The game is currently scoreless at the first intermission and can be heard live, for free, here.
Former UMass standout Casey Wellman has once again been called up to the NHL's Washington Capitals this season from the Hershey Bears - the AHL affiliate.
Wellman has 2 goals and an assist in 10 games with the Caps this season. In 46 games with the Bears, he has 29 points on 15 goals and 14 assists.
Former UMass All-American Justin Braun played in his 200th NHL game on Saturday as San Jose defeated Montreal 4-0. Braun has been a regular with the Sharks since the 2010-11 and is on pace to log a career high in games played this season. He had 66 total appearances in 2011-12 and has 65 this season.
A recent study has shown that goal scoring for players in the NHL declines after participation in the Winter Olympics. Whether it's that or just that Jonathan Quick is in a groove, the former UMass standout has now won five consecutive games for the L.A. Kings giving up an average of 1.0 goals per game.
He has a six-game win streak in hand having won a game before the Olympic games and is 21-13 overall this season. His 2.02 GAA is 2nd among goalies in the NHL this year.
Nick Forrester of the International Business Times has former UMass All-American and current L.A. Kings netminder Jonathan Quick as the 4th best player in the NHL this season. Forrester composed a list of the top 50 NHL players for the 2013-14 campaign.
UMass hockey opens play in the Hockey East tournament tonight, Friday, March 7, at Vermont at 7:05 p.m. in a game that will be televised on NESN. Here's all the info on how to follow tonight's action:
Matt Vautour had this preview of UMass hockey's first round playoff matchup at Vermont in today's Daily Hampshire Gazette. The game will mark the collegiate debut of redshirt freshman Frank Vatrano.
Frank Vatrano, UMass head to Vermont for Hockey East tournament opener
Check out the preview of UMass hockey's first round Hockey East Tournament matchup at Vermont. The Minutemen will take on the Catamounts tomorrow night, Mar. 7, at 7:05 p.m. on NESN.
Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a story examining UMass hockey's senior class and the value it associates with this season's Hockey East Tournament.
Cameron McDonough of the Daily Collegian has a preview of this Friday's Hockey East Tournament matchup between UMass and Vermont.
Check out the podcast of last night's Bud Light UMass Hockey show, featuring Brock Hines with head coach John Micheletto and player guests senior co-captain Conor Sheary and redshirt freshman Frank Vatrano.
The final Bud Light UMass Hockey Show of the 2013-14 season will air tonight, March 4, live from the Hangar Pub & Grill on University Drive in Amherst at 7 p.m.
Brock Hines will be joined by head coach John Micheletto as well as player guests senior co-captain Conor Sheary and redshirt freshman Frank Vatrano with a look ahead to the Hockey East Tournament, which will open for the Minutemen this Friday night at Vermont.
Fans can submit questions for Coach Micheletto to answer on air via the Ask The Coach Page or through Twitter by tweeting @UMassSportsNet.
Listen over the air on WHMP (AM 1400/1240, FM 96.9), online, or on mobile devices through the TuneIn Radio app.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a notebook today looking at the announcement of the 2014 UMass football schedule, a preview of the Hockey East playoff game for UMass at Vermont, an update on men's lacrosse moving up in the national polls and an announcement that NBC Sports has added several television games for the Atlantic 10 basketball tournament.
Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a feature story on Frank Vatrano who will be eligible to play for the UMass hockey team this week as the Hockey East Playoffs begin at Vermont. Vatrano had to miss the regular-season due to transfer rules.
Off the ice, Conor Sheary is pretty unassuming.
"He's a real mellow guy," teammate Michael Pereira said. "He comes off as a quiet and humble and nose-to-the-grindstone type kid. But when he gets down to the rink, he means business."
Notoriously competitive and difficult to play against, Sheary has attracted a lot of attention on the ice lately in what's been an otherwise down year for Massachusetts. He posted an eight-game point streak from Jan. 24 to Feb. 21, totaling five goals and five assists. Over that span, he also strung together a five-game goal streak despite facing two of the top goalies in college hockey, Northeastern's Clay Witt and Massachusetts-Lowell's Connor Hellebuyck, twice each.
"He's just continued to will our team to keep moving forward and stay in games," head coach John Micheletto said. "He's scored some big goals during that stretch."
Read more: Fighting To the End - Sheary a Bright Spot for Massachusetts
With UMass hockey entering a bye weekend in the final weekend of the regular season, awaiting its first round playoff opponent, Nick Canelas took a look ahead at the postseason in his column today for the Daily Collegian:
Daily Collegian - Canelas: Don't count out UMass hockey in a playoff game
If you weren't able to be at last Saturday night's hockey game for Senior Night, here is the tribute video to this year's senior class which was honored prior to the opening puck drop.
2014 HOCKEY SENIOR CLASS HIGHLIGHT VIDEO
Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has an editorial in today's paper saying not to look past the UMass hockey team when the Hockey East Playoffs start up. He says half of the team's losses were by one goal and the addition of Frank Vatrano to the lineup are reasons why UMass can be a scary team in the conference's opening one-game playoff round.
UMass hockey alum Rocco Carzo has been traded from the Florida Everblades to the Ontario Reign, it was announced earlier today.
Read about Carzo's successful rookie campaign and the trade here.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have claimed former UMass defenseman Mike Kostka off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks, Lightning vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced on Sunday.
Lightning Claim Defenseman Mike Kostka Off Waivers
Tampa Bay Times: Defenseman Mike Kostka claimed off waivers
Lauren Rose previews the weekend's Hockey East matchups with Providence with head coach John Micheletto.
CollegeSpun.com has a quick look at an image tweeted out by NBC Sports today which shows off the back of Jonathan Quick's helmet for the Olympics. It features the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier on the back.
Yahoo!Sports has a collection of photos from today's Olympic semifinal game between the USA hockey team and Canada. UMass' Jonathan Quick is featured prominently in the 100 photo gallery.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of this weekend's regular-season finale series with Providence.
Cameron McDonough of the Daily Collegian has a preview of this weekend's series with Providence. The series will start at Providence on Friday night before returning to the Mullins Center on Saturday night. Prior to Saturday's game, UMass will honor its 2014 Senior Class.
NHL teams returned to practice after their Olympic break ended Wednesday, and with several Washington Capitals still participating at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the Caps found themselves a little thin at forward.
Because of that, Washington recalled centers Michael Latta, Ryan Stoa and Casey Wellman from the AHL's Hershey Bears on Thursday morning.
Read more: Washington Capitals recall Cs Michael Latta, Ryan Stoa and Casey Wellman from Hershey Bears
The puck went in, T.J. Oshie turned and skated back toward the American bench, and before he could cement himself as the early favorite for America's Olympic hero, he stopped and pointed a big gloved finger in the air back towards his own goal, where Jonathan Quick came charging forth.
"We don't get the win without Quickie shutting the door there," Oshie told NBC Saturday, just moments after he went 4-for-6 in the shootout, including five turns in a row, en route to a 3-2 win over the hometown Russians in Sochi.
Yet as Oshie was receiving all the acclaim, his first response was to credit Quick, the Los Angeles Kings netminder who stopped Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeni Malkin, not just in the shootout but in the hard-fought 65 minutes prior, and gave the first week of games its defining moment.
Read more: US counting on Quick in net entering medal rounds
After being given a game's rest as Team USA wrapped up pool play, former Minuteman Jonathan Quick will be back between the pipes for the U.S. squad on Wednesday against the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals at Noon (Eastern) on USA Network.
The Bud Light UMass Hockey Show is back at The Hangar Pub and Grill on University Drive in Amherst tonight at 7 p.m. Player guests will be seniors Peter DeAngelo and Branden Gracel.
Join us in person or listen online.
Click here to submit a question for the "Ask Coach" segment with head coach John Micheletto or submit one via Twitter @UMassSportsNet
Jonathan Quick, former UMass netminder, has been selected to start in goal for the U.S. men's Olympic team Thursdayin its opener against Slovakia, it was announced on Wednesday morning.
Several news outlets had coverage:
USA Today: Jonathan Quick starting first game for USA
Los Angeles Times: Kings' Jonathan Quick to start U.S. men's Olympic hockey opener
ABC News: Goalie Jonathan Quick to Start Sochi Opener for US
Casey Wellman missed two chances to score on Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, but in the same rapid-fire sequence there was another rebound. He finished the job.
The former University of Massachusetts star, who has been traded by three teams, has learned that to be successful in the NHL it sometimes takes a few tries.
Wellman has scored twice for the Washington Capitals since his Jan. 25 callup. Both times, he was on the receiving end of passes from superstar Alex Ovechkin. Wellman's next goal is to prove he should stay.
"I would love for this to be my last stop," Wellman, 26, said after stepping off the ice Tuesday at the Capitals' practice facility. "I'd love to make a spot for myself on this team."
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On the heels of his last-minute game-tying goal last Friday against Boston University, freshman Ray Pigozzi is the focus of Nick Canelas' piece in today's Daily Collegian.
Read: Freshman Ray Pigozzi brought in to give UMass a winning formula.
It's probably been barely noticed, but when analyzing the reasons for the 6-15-3 record of the University of Massachusetts hockey team, the strength of its schedule is a contributing factor.
Even including the home loss to American International Jan. 14, the Minutemen's strength of schedule is ranked fifth nationally of all 59 Division I teams. They trail only New Hampshire, with the strongest slate, followed by Minnesota, Notre Dame, and Minnesota-Duluth in the latest Ratings Percentage Index as posted by U.S. College Hockey Online.
Additionally, UMass has played 15 of its 24 games away from the Mullins Center. Its home mark is 3-5-1, but 3-9-1 on the road, and 0-1-1 on neutral ice (UConn Hockey Classic).
"We're never going to make excuses, but we're pretty battled- tested for this time of year," UMass coach John Micheletto said.
Read more: Battle-tested UMass hockey looks to surge in final nine games
The tournaments, the nonconference games and the exhibitions are over.
For the next five weeks, beginning Friday and going until the end of the regular season, the University of Massachusetts will play nine games, all against conference foes, to determine its position in March's Hockey East tournament.
It starts with this weekend's home-and-home series with Merrimack -- Friday at the Mullins Center, Saturday at Lawler Arena in North Andover. Both games are at 7 p.m.
"We've been stressing every time out, no matter who we play, at home or on the road, every league game matters," UMass coach John Micheletto said. "We've tried to create that sense of urgency without creating a sense of panic. The difference is there's nothing but league games mixed in the rest of the way. There's a sprint to the finish line mentality, but I don't know that we're looking at it as any more important or less important than we have with games in the past."
Read more: UMass enters final stretch of Hockey East schedule
UMass senior co-captain Conor Sheary said the Minutemen will be looking to make a push up the Hockey East standings as they begin their nine-game stretch run with a home-and-home series vs. Merrimack tomorrow in Amherst.
"Well, we've obviously had a few rough patches throughout the season. . . . Right now, we have all league games left, so that's what we're focusing on."
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With the Minutemen coming off a bye weekend last weekend before resuming Hockey East play against Merrimack, Nick Canelas takes a look at the team's preparations during the 10-day layoff in today's Daily Collegian.
Cameron McDonough had this preview
in today's Daily Collegian ahead of UMass' pair of games against Merrimack this weekend. The Minutemen host the Warriors on Friday before traveling to North Andover for Saturday's matchup.
Check out head coach John Micheletto and redshirt-freshman Frank Vatrano's comments from yesterday's postgame press conference:
Dick Baker focused on local product Frank Vatrano in his recap of UMass' 5-2 win in the squad's exhibition matchup against the U.S. Under-18 Team on Sunday:
In computer science, there's a "five-minute rule" for deciding whether a data item should be kept in memory or stored on a disk.
If there was a five-minute rule to determine whether a player should become a distant memory, it would depend on how he handled hockey's version of the disk.
In his first unofficial game with the University of Massachusetts, Frankie Vatrano of East Longmeadow beat that clock by scoring at 4:01 of the first period Sunday to send the Minutemen off to a 5-2 exhibition win over the U.S. National Under-18 squad at the Mullins Center.
Read more: Just give him (less than) five minutes: Frankie Vatrano quickly earns rave reviews in first game for UMass hockey
Nick Canelas had coverage of UMass' 5-2 exhibition win over the U.S. Under-18 Team on Sunday and the unofficial debut of Frank Vatrano:
It was a day Frank Vatrano has looked forward to all season.
A redshirt freshman on the Massachusetts hockey team, Vatrano is ineligible to play in an official game until the 2014 Hockey East Tournament, but got his first taste of game action on Sunday when the Minutemen hosted the U.S. National Under-18 Team in an exhibition contest.
He made the most of it.
Vatrano scored a power-play goal and assist while playing on UMass' top forward line in a 5-2 win at Mullins Center.
It may have been an ordinary scrimmage for the rest of the Minutemen. But for Vatrano, it was relief. He's practiced with the Minutemen all season, but Sunday marked his first organized game since January 2013, meaning he could finally hit someone in another jersey.
"When you play against your teammates you don't wanna go so hard against them, you don't want to hurt them, but it was great," said Vatrano, who was a former player for the USA. "It felt like a college game to me because I remember when I was in their shoes playing against Michigan, Wisconsin, all those schools."
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UMass hockey opens the second half of its season at the UConn Classic tomorrow afternoon in Hartford vs. #8 Quinnipiac. Nick Canelas has a preview:
"The tale of the first half of the Massachusetts hockey team's season could be told in three very unique chapters.
In the first chapter, the Minutemen were an every-other-weekend team over four weeks. They went winless in the first and third weekends of the season, while earning points in both games of the second and fourth weeks. In that time, they got major production from the power play while freshmen Steven Iacobellis and Ray Pigozzi quickly emerged as immediate impact players alongside veteran Troy Power on the second line.
The second chapter - the longest of all - was easily the most forgettable of UMass' season thus far. The Minutemen went winless in eight straight games from November into early December, and lost goaltender Steve Mastalerz due to injury for three of those games.
The third is one UMass probably wishes was a little longer. The Minutemen won three of their last four games before the holiday break, including a weekend sweep at Colgate, and got its best penalty killing performance of the season in that stretch."
UMass hockey kicks off second half at UConn Hockey Classic
The Los Angeles Times had this update today on former UMass goaltender Jonathan Quick who has been out of the L.A. Kings' lineup for the past six weeks with a groin injury:
It is not a 100% return to health -- not that any NHL team is ever completely without issues -- but the Kings are inching toward that elusive goal.
On hand Friday in practice for Saturday's game at Nashville were defenseman Willie Mitchell and goalie Jonathan Quick. It is the first trip Quick has taken with his teammates since he suffered a strained groin at Buffalo on Nov. 12. Mitchell suffered an upper-body injury at Ottawa on the Kings' last trip.
Quick's presence is a definite sign of progress, considering Coach Darryl Sutter had indicated recently he did not think Quick would make this trip. General Manager Dean Lombardi said before the holiday break that Quick might be able to return the first week of January.
Read more: Jonathan Quick, Willie Mitchell return to Kings practice
Matt Vautour talked to defenseman Oleg Yevenko about his trip to Switzerland to play for his native Belarus in the Arosa Cup:
While most of his University of Massachusetts hockey teammates head home for holiday activities and get away from hockey for a few days, junior defenseman Oleg Yevenko will head home to Belarus and compete for his country's national team.
After UMass' loss to Denver on Tuesday, Yevenko flew to Switzerland and will be in uniform for the four-team Arosa Challenge. Belarus will face Slovakia on Friday, and either Switzerland of Norway on Saturday. The event will give the 6-foot-7 defenseman a chance to impress his country's governing body and improve his chances of making the national team that will play in next summer's IIHF World Championship, which Bealrus is hosting in Minsk.
"I'm really excited. It'll be a great experience I think," Yevenko said. "Where I come from, it's the No. 1 sport in my country. With the world championship in my hometown, if I'm able to make the team, that'd be great. My family is really excited, especially my dad, who is a big fan of the national team."
Read more: UMass defenseman Oleg Yevenko to play for Belarus national team