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UMass Hockey In The AHL

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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) - Listen
Danny Hobbs (Binghamton Senators) - 3/21 at Norfolk (7:30 PM), 3/22 at Norfolk (7:15 PM) - Listen
Michael Pereira (Worcester Sharks) - 3/21 vs. Springfield (7:30 PM), 3/22 vs. Hershey (7 PM) - Listen
Conor 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
Jason Menard had this feature on UMass hockey alum Danny Hobbs on Sunday. Hobbs, who spent last season with the Greenville Road Warriors in the ECHL, signed a professional tryout agreement with the Ottawa Senators organization this offseason and attended the Senators' rookie camp and tournament last week:

"Rookie tournaments are generally a place for firsts, from first-rounders to a variety of young players getting their initial taste of professional-level competition. But for some, including 24-year-old Danny Hobbs, they can also represent second chances.

Hobbs was drafted in the seventh round of the 2007 NHL Draft (198th overall) by the New York Rangers. After completing a four-year collegiate career, he signed an AHL deal with the Connecticut Whale, but never got into an AHL game.

While his participation at this year's Toronto Maple Leafs' rookie camp marks a new beginning for him within the Ottawa Senators' organization, he comes to it with something a lot of players participating don't have -- experience.

"Having a year under my belt in pro, I have a little bit of a different perspective coming into this," Hobbs said. "I kind of know what I need to do to catch some eyes, so I've been trying to do that to the best of my ability. It's definitely a tournament that will prepare you for camp and give you a spot to showcase yourself."

And what are people looking for, according to Hobbs?

"Work hard every shift, try to get the puck to the net, try to use my physical ability out there," he said. "Just try to play hard and be hard to play against."

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The University of Massachusetts hockey team doesn't feel like a heavy underdog.

Sure, the Minutemen are the No. 8 seed in the Hockey East tournament and Boston College is not only the No. 1 seed but the No. 1 team in the nation heading into today's best-of-three series opener at 7:30 p.m.

But UMass (13-16-5) won the season series with the Eagles 2-1, including once when BC (25-10-1) was ranked No. 1.

Game two is Saturday at 7 p.m. If necessary, game three is Sunday at 7 p.m. All three are at Conte Forum.

"When we bring our best we're just as good as any other team in this country," UMass senior forward T.J. Syner said. "We proved that against them earlier in the season. It's bringing it on a consistent basis. There's no more important time to bring it than this weekend. .... They're not going to take us lightly just because we're the No. 8 seed. The fact that we beat them twice is in the back of their mind."

Beating the Eagles twice during the regular season and winning a tournament series against them are two different things.

"That's definitely a confidence booster for us knowing that we did beat BC twice during the regular season," senior Danny Hobbs said. "But playoffs is a different type of game atmosphere." 

Read more of Matt Vautour's UMass hockey faces top-ranked Boston College after taking season series.

Collegian: Hockey To Face Top-Seeded Eagles

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Scott Cournoyer previews the weekend playoff series between UMass and No. 1 Boston College at the Conte Forum.

"For six long months, the Massachusetts hockey team has grinded its way through the toughest collegiate conference in the country for a chance to make the postseason tournament," writes Cournoyer.

Gazette: Hockey To Face No. 1 BC In Tourney

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette recaps the 1-1 weekend against Merrimack, and how the Mass Attack will face No. 1 Boston College in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs this weekend.

Recaps From Hockey's Split Weekend Vs. New Hampshire

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UMass split its weekend against New Hampshire taking a tough 4-3 loss on Friday night before bouncing back for a 4-2 win on Saturday. With the win and a Northeastern loss, UMass remains tied for 8th place in the league standings and holds a critical tie-breaker against the Huskies entering the final regular-season weekend.

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Scott Cournoyer of the Daily Collegian has a look at the start of the second half of the 2011-12 season with the UMass hockey team riding a three-game winning streak heading into this weekend's home-and-home series with No. 11 UMass Lowell.

Recaps From Hockey's Frozen Fenway Win Over Vermont

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Recaps Of Hockey's Tie At Providence

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Danny Hobbs scored with 37 seconds left in regulation with a 6-on-5 goal in a comeback which forced an overtime 4-4 tie at Providence on Thursday night. Conor Sheary, Michael Marcou and Patrick Kiley each scored goals for UMass which will now head to Fenway Park to take on Vermont on Saturday.

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UMass Men's Hockey and Harvard Tie in OT

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Overcoming a three game losing streak, the UMass men's hockey team fought hard against the Crimson and took the game in to overtime resulting in a 4-4 tie on Friday night. 


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Gazette: Hockey lands first win of '11

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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a recap of the hockey team's 5-3 win against Bentley yesterday in the Mullins Center home opener. Mike Pereira had three goals and an assist.

Hockey East: Danny Hobbs Interview From Media Day

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UMass senior co-captain Danny Hobbs was interviewed by Hockey East at the annual Media Day on Tuesday at the TD Bank Garden.

Hobbs, Phillips Attending NHL Prospect Camps

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Danny Hobbs and Adam Phillips will be getting in some extra ice time this summer as they attend NHL Prospect Camps. Hobbs, a 2007 pick of the Rangers in the NHL Draft, is currently attending the camp

Phillips will take part in the Flyers camp from July 6-July 11 along side his brother Brad who is a former Notre Dame goalie and was also taken in the 2007 NHL Draft.

Happy Birthday Danny Hobbs!

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Happy Birthday to UMass hockey's Danny Hobbs!

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A choked-up Paul Dainton accepted his award as the most valuable player of the 2010-11 University of Massachusetts hockey team, and said his final goodbyes to his college teammates at the end of season banquet Saturday afternoon at the Campus Center. 

"I like to thank my teammates for this award," the senior captain said. "Being a goalie, I couldn't do it without my other defensemen clearing rebounds." 

Dainton, on an amateur tryout agreement with the Springfield Falcons, was fighting back tears at the podium as he individually began to thank his defensemen for their help. The award was voted on by the members of the team.

The UMass hockey team fell 4-1 last night at Boston College in the first game of the three-game quarterfinal series. The two teams will re-match tonight at Conte Forum (7 PM). Danny Hobbs scored the lone goal for the Minutemen who started the game with great intensity, but after allowing a goal midway through the first period and 14 seconds into the second period, were not able to recover against the top-seeded Eagles.

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After missing last week's UMass Sports Luncheon due to weather, we are back in the full swing of things today. Tyler Cotto, Danny Hobbs, and Paul Dainton will all be honored as last week's and this week's Athletes of the Week. Hockey head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon and women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley will be the featured guest speakers. The luncheon starts at 12:15 PM in Room 1009 of the Campus Center.

Looking forward to next Wednesday, softball head coach Elaine Sortino and swimming & diving coaches Russ Yarworth and Bob Newcomb will be the featured speakers.

More Coverage From Hockey's Weekend At Vermont

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The Daily Collegian, Daily Hampshire Gazette, and all have more coverage of hockey's split weekend at Vermont.

Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass hockey routs Vermont
In John Connolly's Boston Herald hockey notebook, he looks at the success UMass had this past weekend over Lowell and has extensive quotes from Coach Don "Toot" Cahoon about the make-up of the team. Cahoon mentions some strengths of the team and says "We need to learn to play together and play well together, even if it means suffering a few losses, so that we can learn to win together. That's what we're in the midst of right now.''

Recaps Of Hockey's 5-4 Win At Lowell

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UMass' 5-4 win at UMass Lowell was covered by several media outlets last night. Danny Hobbs tallied the game-winning goal with 11.6 seconds left in the 3rd period with the game televised live on NESN.

The two teams will rematch tonight at the Mullins Center (7 PM). Fans in Western Mass who can't make it to the game can watch live on CBS 3 Now (Comcast Digital 293).

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Hobbs nets winner for UMass
Boston Herald: Hobbs sparks Minutemen

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Dick Baker's Hockey Blog

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Daily Collegian Recaps Of Hockey Win Over Lowell

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The Daily Collegian has its recap of the 5-2 win over Lowell on Saturday afternoon along with a sidebar on how the improved penalty kill has helped the hockey team's recent success.

CBS3 Highlights From Hockey Win Over Lowell

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Ezra Broder of CBS3 has highlights and interviews from UMass' 5-2 win over UMass Lowell on Saturday.

Dick Baker's Hockey Blog

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Daily Collegian: 2010 UMass Hockey Preview

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Dick Baker's Hockey Blog

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Dick Baker's Hockey Blog

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Dick Baker was on-site yesterday at the Hockey East Media Day and has two new entries in his UMass Hockey Blog on In his first post, he spoke with captain Paul Dainton and assistant captains Danny Hobbs, Michael Marcou, and T.J. Syner about the upcoming season. An interesting fact: they are all roommates and according to Baker live with a "gremlin" in the house. No further explanation was offered except that the Gremlin is the "Captain of the House".

Baker also received a scouting report on freshmen defensemen Conor Allen and Joel Hanley who should play key roles as the season progresses.

Dick Baker's Hockey Blog

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Dick Baker has four nice posts in his hockey blog on as the Minutemen's preseason camp continues to progress. Hockey East will host Media Day next Wednesday at the TD Bank Garden to officially kick-off the season. A reminder that next Saturday at 3 PM fans can get a glimpse of the team as the Minutemen host New Brunswick at the practice rink in an exhibition game at 3 PM. Following the game will be the ever-popular Skate With The Minutemen where fans can get to know the team and the coaches.

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    Don't forget to check out each day for Dick's blog on the UMass hockey team. You can also find the links to each of his stories here on JTAM.