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Today for the Daily Collegian, Anthony Chiusano previews tonight's non-league matchup between UMass hockey and Northeastern at the Mullins Center, also mentioning the likely debut of freshman defenseman Brandon Montour.
Read: UMass hockey returns to action against Northeastern, Montour to make season debut
In today's Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a preview of tonight's UMass hockey game vs. Northeastern at the Mullins Center, focusing on the expected debut of freshman defenseman Brandon Montour.
Read: UMass hockey hoping highly touted defenseman Brandon Montour makes an impact
Join head coach John Micheletto and guests Assistant Coach Ryan Miller and Director of Hockey Operations Kevin Czepiel tonight at 7 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Chicopee for the Bud Light UMass Hockey Show. Coach Micheletto and hosts Brock Hines and Adam Frenier will recap last weekend's Hockey East games against Notre Dame and preview next Tuesday's non-league matchup against Northeastern.
The live radio show airs from 7-8 p.m. on WHMP (AM 1400/1240, FM 96.9) in the Pioneer Valley. Additionally, fans can listen online at WHMP.com or by downloading the TuneIn Radio app on their mobile devices.
To interact with the broadcast team, tweet your questions for Coach Micheletto @UMassSportsNet or click here to "Ask the Coach". For additional information and a complete show schedule, visit our hockey radio information page.
In today's Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a preview of UMass hockey's weekend matchups against Notre Dame. The Minutemen host the Fighting Irish tonight and tomorrow, Dec. 5-6, at 7 p.m. in the Mullins Center.
Read: UMass hopes better play continues with a pair of home games against Notre Dame
In today's Daily Collegian, Ross Gienieczko previews UMass hockey's upcoming two gaames against Hockey East foe Notre Dame. The Minutemen will host the Fighting Irish this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, at 7 p.m. in the Mullins Center.
Read: Struggling Hockey East foes collide
In today's Daily Collegian, Anthony Chiusano has a piece on redshirt sophomore Frank Vatrano's recent offensive success. Vatrano has five goals in the past seven games and is tied for the team lead in goals scored.
Frank Vatrano excelling on offense for UMass hockey
In yesterday's Hartford Courant, Paul Doyle had a feature on UMass hockey alum Conor Allen and his recent stint with the New York Rangers, while mentioning his time with the Minutemen.
Read: Wolf Pack's Conor Allen Getting Some Attention With Rangers
Anthony Chiusano has a preview of tonight's Hockey East matchup between UMass and Vermont in Burlington, Vt., which will be televised on NESN and TSN2 in Canada tonight at 7 p.m.
Read: UMass hockey looks to rebound against Vermont following Saturday's blowout at home
Ross Gienieczko of the Daily Collegian had this sidebar in aadvance of UMass hockey's Tuesday night game at Vermont.
Read: UMass hockey takes accountability and seeks redemption against Vermont on Tuesday
In today's Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a preview of UMass hockey's weekend matchups against #12 Boston College and #11/110 Vermont. Both contests are set for 7 p.m. starts Friday and Saturday at the Mullins Center.
Read: After week off, UMass hockey preparing to BC, Vermont
Anthony Chiusano has a preview in today's Daily Collegian of UMass hockey's pair of home games this weekend against #12 Boston College and #11/10 Vermont.
Read: UMass hockey prepares for nationally ranked Hockey East foes BC, Vermont
UMass hockey captain Troy Power enters the weekend on the verge of hitting the 100-games played plateau with the Minutemen.
Jason Kates has this sidebar about Power's milestone in today's Daily Collegian:
Read: UMass hockey's Troy Power reflects as his 100th career game approaches
With UMass hockey coming off a bye weekend, Ross Gienieczko took time to spotlight the team's involvement in Movember in an effort to raise awareness for men's health issues such as prostate cancer.
Read: UMass hockey bands together for 'Movember'
In today's Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour previews UMass hockey's matchup with AIC, which is slated for 7 p.m. tonight at the Mullins Center.
Read: UMass ready for hockey rivalry with AIC
Ross Gienieczko has a preview of UMass' hockey's Friday matchup with AIC in today's Daily Collegian. Finally back at the Mullins Center following a six-game road trip, the Minutemen will be taking on the Yellow Jackets tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
Read: Minutemen prepare for Friday matchup with non-conference foe American International College
In today's Daily Collegian, Jason Kates takes a look at some of the story lines from Friday's UMass Hockey-AIC matchup. Western, Mass., native redshirt sophomore Frank Vatrano will be facing his older brother Greg's former team and redshirt senior captain Troy Power will square off against an old friend and former teammate from back home in California, AIC captain Steven Hoshaw.
Read: Familiarity surrounds UMass hockey matchup with AIC
Over the weekend, New York Rangers' blog, Blueshirts United, had this video interview with UMass hockey alum Mike Kostka:
In today's Daily Collegian, Anthony Chiusano has a column that focuses on the contributions of UMass hockey's underclassmen through the team's first seven games of the season.
Read - Chiusano: UMass hockey needs consistent performance from upperclassmen
In today's Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour takes a look at the play of freshman goaltender and current Hockey East Rookie of the Week Henry Dill, while also previewing UMass hockey's weekend at Maine and giving a mention to the start of "Movember".
Read: Freshman goalie Henry Dill off to fast start for UMass hockey team
In today's Daily Collegian, Jason Kates previews UMass hockey's weekend road trip to Maine for a pair of Hockey East games. The Minutemen are wrapping up a string of six straight on the road with this weekend's contests in Orono.
Read: UMass hockey looks to end road trip on a high note with weekend series against Maine
On Tuesday Anthony Chiusano spoke with UMass hockey coach John Micheletto and freshman goaltender Henry Dill about the rookie's recent success in net for the Minutemen as Dill has made three straight starts for UMass and is the reigning Hockey East Rookie of the Week.
Read: Dill taking advantage of playing time in net for UMass hockey
Anthony Chiusano has a recap in today's Daily Collegian of UMass hockey's weekend split in Boston with Northeastern and #6 Boston College.
Read: UMass hockey splits weekend series in Boston
In case you missed it, UMass picked up its first Hockey East win of the season last night at Northeastern, defeating the Huskies, 3-2 at Matthews Arena.
Several news outlets had coverage of the victory:
Boston Herald: UMass stops Northeastern
USCHO.com: Auvenshine's third-period goal gives Massachusetts a win over Northeastern
Daily Collegian: UMass Hockey Downs Northeastern, 3-2
Also, check out the highlights and Coach Micheletto's postgame press conference below:
Check out this week's Inside Hockey East Podcast with Bernie Corbett, featuring an interview with UMass hockey freshman forward Patrick Lee.
Listen: Inside Hockey East 10/24/14
In today's Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a preview of UMass hockey's weekend matchups at Northeastern and Boston College.
Read: UMass hockey confident heading to Boston for weekend matchups with NU, BC
Steven Iacobellis' big weekend and subsequent Hockey East Player of the week and Co-UMass Athlete of the Week accolades received coverage from one of his hometown news outlets, Tri-Cities Now.
Read: Iacobellis leads UMass rally
In today's Daily Collegian, Jason Kates takes a look at the play of UMass' line of sophomores Ray Pigozzi and Steven Iacobellis and freshman Patrick Lee, who combined for 10 points in the Minutemen's win at Michigan State last Saturday.
Read: UMass' second line playing and succeeding with young talent early in the season
As the Minutemen prepare to head to Boston to face Northeastern and Boston College this weekend, Anthony Chiusano has this preview in today's Daily Collegian of the pair of matchups against Hockey East foes.
Read: UMass hockey hopes first win will propel them past Hockey East rivals
In today's Daily Collegian, Ross Gienieczko takes a look at the contributions the freshman class has made in the early going for the Minutemen. The Class of 2018 has five of the team's eight goals on the season through the first three games.
Read: Trio of freshmen leading UMass hockey's offense early in the season
Congratulations to UMass hockey on having two goals from last weekend make the NCAA's Top-5 National Plays of the Week! Jake Horton's tally from Saturday night is No. 3 and Patrick Lee's game winner with 9.9 seconds left in regulation is No. 1. Check them out!
The Daily Hampshire Gazette had a brief recap of UMass hockey's dramatic win at Michigan State on Saturday night.
Read: UMass hockey makes its first win a dramatic one
Jason Kates has a recap of UMass hockey's split at Michigan State this past weekend, which included the squad's first victory of the season, 4-3 over the Spartans on Saturday night and was fueled by 11 points from underclassmen.
Read: Underclassmen lead UMass hockey to first victory of the season
Congratulations to former UMass netminder Jonathan Quick who tied Rogie Vachon's L.A. Kings franchise record with his 32nd career shutout last night, making 43 saves and stopping all three St. Louis shootout attempts.
NHL.com: Quick makes 43 saves to help Kings edge Blues
Ross Gienieczko previews UMass hockey's weekend trip to Michigan State, the first pair of contests in a six-game road swing. The Minutemen will take on the Spartans both Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich.
Read: UMass hockey set for trip to Michigan State
Former UMass defenseman had a two-goal night last night to help the San Jose Sharks to a 6-5 overtime win over the Washington Capitals to improve their record to 3-0 to start the year.
Irwin became just the second former Minuteman to post a multi-goal effort in the NHL, joining Greg Mauldin who had four points (2g, 2a) against Minnesota on Nov. 27, 2010, while playing for the Colorado Avalanche.
Check out the video of Irwin's goals below:
In today's Daily Collegian, Jason Kates has a piece on UMass hockey senior forward Zack LaRue who was named one of the Minutemen's alternate captains last Friday.
Read: UMass hockey's LaRue ready for increased responsibility
USA Today had this post yesterday (with video) on For The Win about former Minuteman Jonathan Quick Jonathan Quick making a young fan's day by slipping him a secret autograph while he was on the bench during a preseason game against the Colorado Avalanche.
Read: Jonathan Quick signs secret autograph for fan from the bench
Matt Vautour has a preview in advance of tonight's UMass hockey season opener against Boston University at the Mullins Center at 7 p.m.
Read: UMass ready to drop puck vs Boston University, Hockey East, 2014-15 season
Jason Kates spoke with highly-touted UMass hockey freshman Dennis Kravchenko for this piece that is a part of the Daily Collegian's UMass Hockey Preview Issue.
Dennis Kravchenko at home as a new member of UMass hockey
For the Collegian UMass Hockey Preview issue, Anthony Chiusano highlights leading returning scorers Steven Iacobellis and Ray Pigozzi in this piece:
Read: Sophomores prepare to take on heightened roles for UMass hockey
Jason Kates spoke with redshirt sophomore Frank Vatrano about his role for the Minutemen as he enters his first full season of college hockey.
Frank Vatrano excited to boost UMass hockey
Anthony Chiusano profiles redshirt senior Troy Power in this piece for the Daily Collegian's Hockey Preview Issue. Power is serving as team captain for a second season in 2014-15.
Troy Power eager to lead young UMass hockey team in his final season
With the UMass hockey season starting up this Friday with the Minutemen playing host to Boston University at the Mullins Center, Matt Vautour spoke with three members of the sophomore class, Steven Iacobellis, Ray Pigozzi and Frank Vatrano, about the upcoming 2014-15 campaign.
Read: UMass hockey looking to veteran sophomore class to make an offensive impact this season
In case you missed them, here are the highlights from UMass hockey's 5-2 exhibition win over Dalhousie on Saturday.
Anthony Chiusano of the Daily Collegian had a recap of UMass hockey's 5-2 exhibition win over Dalhousie on Saturday that talked about the impact of the Minutemen's freshman class and redshirt sophomore Frank Vatrano.
Read: UMass hockey defeats Dalhousie in Saturday exhibition game
The ECHL's website, ECHL.com, has this profile of UMass hockey alum Dean Stork, who is entering his fifth season as head coach of the Greenville Road Warriors.
Read: BEHIND THE ECHL BENCHES - DEAN STORK
Former Minuteman defenseman Conor Allen is slated to dress for the New York Rangers for their preseason game in Chicago tomorrow night. The game will be televised on MSG and CSN-CH+.
Blueshirts United: Miller and Lundqvist Back In There As Rangers Set Friday's Lineup
On Monday at Hockey East Media Day in Boston, Matt Vautour spoke with UMass head coach John Micheletto about the beginnings of a hockey rivalry between UMass and UConn.
Read: Hockey East notebook: UMass, UConn ready build on rivalry
Tonight the Pittsburgh Penguins announced their lineup for Tuesday's preseason game at Columbus and UMass hockey alum Conor Sheary will be dressing for the Penguins, wearing #63.
Pens Preseason Game 2 Lineup vs. Columbus
The 19 Hockey East games that NESN will carry in 2014-15 were announced by the league office this morning and includes UMass' Nov. 25 game at Vermont.
UMass has one additional TV game on the schedule this season, Jan. 17 at New Hampshire on NBCSN at 6:30 p.m.
Click here to view the full release from Hockey East.
Brian McLoughlin recently sat down with UMass' Kevin Czepiel for this Q&A for Along The Boards. Czepiel, a former captain for the Minutemen, returned to UMass this summer as Director of Hockey Operations.
Read: Kevin Czepiel talks return to UMass, Minuteman memories
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.