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Recaps Of Hockey Claiming Ledyard Classic Title

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Congratulations to the hockey team on capturing a tournament championship over the weekend with a pair of come-from-behind victories, defeating Bemidji State, 4-3, and #8 Dartmouth, 3-2, to win the Ledyard Classic.

With four points in two games, including the game-winning goal against the Big Green, junior Branden Gracel was tabbed the Tournament MVP. Sophomore Kevin Boyle was named the tournament's Top Goaltender, while senior Eddie Olczyk also earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

Several media outlets had coverage of the tournament:

MassLive: UMass upsets No. 8 Dartmouth to win Ledyard National Bank Classic
Valley News: UMass Bludgeons Dartmouth
College Hockey News: The Takeaway: UMass Takes Home Ledyard Bank Classic
Daily Collegian: UMass overcomes penalties to win Ledyard National Bank Classic title
College Hockey News: The Takeaway: UMass Holds on for 4-3 Win Over Bemidji
Mass Live: UMass advances to Ledyard Bank Classic final with 4-3 win over Bemidji

Also, check out the highlights from both games:

Coverage Of Hockey's Win Over Providence

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Congratulations to the Minutemen on their win over Providence on Friday night, which saw sophomore netminder Kevin Boyle earn his first career shutout and junior Michael Pereira post a three-point effort.

Several media outlets covered the win:

Springfield Republican: Michael Pereira breaks out as UMass hockey beats Providence 4-0
Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass shuts out Providence in Hockey East action Friday night
College Hockey News: The Takeaway: UMass Rolls Past Providence, 4-0
Daily Collegian: Michael Pereira lifts UMass hockey to convincing win over PC

Also check out the highlights and postgame interview from Friday:

Another UMass hockey piece from Richard Murray for Hockey', here is Murray's feature on sophomore goaltender Kevin Boyle:

After a successful showing at the New York Islanders development camp this past summer, University of Massachusetts goalie Kevin Boyle is ready to take the reigns as the starting goaltender for the Minutemen again.

Last season former UMass coach Don "Toot" Cahoon split the playing time of his goalies pretty evenly, but towards the end of the season there was a transition to Boyle as he led the goalies in games played with 21 games. Cahoon also started Boyle for both of UMass' Hockey East playoff games at Boston College.

Last season, Boyle finished with a record of 8-7-4, a 3.00 goals-against average, and a .895 save percentage. Although his numbers may not look too impressive, his stats don't tell the whole story of his season, especially since UMass was a very inexperienced team. The UMass defensive corps was made up of all freshmen and sophomores with the exception of senior, Michael Marcou.

"Not many freshman goalies can go into the top ranked teams arena and beat them, like [Boyle] did last year against BU, " former UMass goalie Kevin Moore said.

"I can't think back to a game he didn't give us a chance to win. I think him getting [invited] to the Islanders camp reflected that. Having a sub .900 save percentage you wouldn't always think he had a great year, but if he is getting invited to a prospect camp like that the scouts must be noticing something."

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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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Recaps Of Hockey's 4-1 Win At Maine

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Recaps Of Hockey's 5-2 Win Over No. 13 Cornell

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Thanks to a pair of goals and an assist for Conor Sheary and 27 saves from Kevin Boyle, the UMass hockey team beat No. 13 Cornell 5-2 last night in the Everblades College Hockey Classic in Estero, Fla. UMass will face Maine tonight at 7:30 PM for the tournament championship. The game will be a non-conference match-up between the two Hockey East rivals and can be heard on 91.1 FM WMUA.

Scott Cournoyer of the Daily Collegian recaps the hockey team's win over Boston College on Saturday night.

Recaps From Hockey's Win Over No. 1 Boston College

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The Homecoming night cap proved an exciting one as the UMass hockey team knocked off No. 1 Boston College in front of over 7,600 fans in the Mullins Center on Saturday.

Boston Globe: UMass beats No. 1 BC



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.

UMass alum Michael King profiles Kevin Boyle who made his college debut on Friday night at Northeastern in goal. He finished the game making 29 saves. Boyle Impresses In Goal

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Dave Hendrickson of has several impressions from the first weekend of games from around Hockey East - including the fact that Kevin Boyle was impressive in his first collegiate game in goal.

Recaps From Hockey's Opener At Northeastern

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UMass and Northeastern battled to a 3-3 overtime tie on Friday night in the season opener for both teams. The Huskies managed to tie the game with two seconds left in regulation after pulling goalie Chris Rawlings for the extra skater.

Matt Vautour has a look between the pipes as the UMass hockey team will have a new face regularly manning the goal this season.

The Minutemen will open up the 2011-12 campaign on Friday night at Northeastern.