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Republican: Dainton Earns Win, Irwin Has Goal & Assist

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Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican has an update on Paul Dainton returning to Springfield last night to make 37 saves in a 4-2 win over Worcester. One of the goals he allowed was against former teammate Matt Irwin who also assisted on the other goal.

The Springfield Republican has a recap of last night's 4-1 for the Springfield Falcons with UMass alum Paul Dainton getting the win in goal.

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.

Garry Brown of the Springfield Republican looks at the emerging goalie battle as the Springfield Falcons prepare for the regular season. UMass alum Paul Dainton and Allen York are both fighting for the top spot.

Dave Hendrickson of USCHO.com takes a look at UMass heading into the season, especially the goalie spot following the graduation last spring of standout Paul Dainton.

Republican: Springfield Falcons holding auditions

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Fran Sypek of the Springfield Republican takes a look at the preseason camp of the Springfield Falcons which includes former Minutemen Obi Aduba and Paul Dainton.

Paul Dainton Returns To AHL Springfield Falcons

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Former UMass standout goalie Paul Dainton was released from his Columbus Blue Jackets tryout contract and will return to the AHL Springfield Falcons. There he will join fellow former Minuteman Obi Aduba.

Former UMass standout Paul Dainton was sharp last night in a split-squad preseason game between his Columbus Blue Jackets and the Winnipeg Jets. Dainton saved 17-of-18 shots in 40 minutes of action as the Jackets won 5-1.

Following a terrific collegiate hockey career at UMass, goalie Paul Dainton was announced to have signed a contract with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL yesterday afternoon. Dainton joined the club at the end of last season following the end of the Minutemen's campaign. He finished his career at UMass as one of the all-time great goalies in program history.

Dainton concluded last season with the Falcons after finishing his four-year collegiate career with UMass-Amherst.  The Sudbury, Ontario native made his AHL debut on March 23, 2011 at Hartford stopping 31 of 34 shots.  He earned his first AHL win on March 26, 2011 at Worcester turning aside 39 of 41 shots on goal.    

In four seasons with the Minutemen, Dainton played in 123 games posting a record of 69-61-12 with a 2.78 goals against average and .908 save percentage.  Dainton served as a captain of UMass-Amherst during the 2010-11 campaign.         

Great Story On A Nice Gesture From Paul Dainton

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Dave \'81 and Kortney \'15 HixsonThe value of social networks at Isenberg and UMass Amherst took center stage at the campus's 2011 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on May 13 when Chancellor Holub recounted the story of David Hixson's high school class ring. Before the ring's recent rediscovery, Hixson '81, an Isenberg parent and senior manager with EMC in Franklin, had not seen it since 1977, when he lost it as a freshman at UMass Amherst. 

 

In April, Hixson received a Facebook message from a current UMass Amherst senior--Paul Dainton, a psychology major.  Dainton had stumbled upon the ring earlier this spring, after parking his auto on Sunset Avenue in Amherst. That's when he noticed a shiny object on the ground: a Marlboro High School 1977 class ring with the initials DH.  Dainton turned to Facebook, where he tracked down its once and future wearer. 

 

"Both my father and I attended and graduated UMass Amherst; my daughter, Kortney Hixson, will start at Isenberg in the fall," remarks Hixson. "I am happy to say there are still a lot of people of great integrity in this world-especially at UMass Amherst and Isenberg."


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Here is a video montage from last night's Senior Awards Banquet at the Campus Center. Sean Busch and Jackie Lyons took home their respective Athlete of the Year honors, while Chris Piekos was named the Inspirational Award recipient and Samantha Schnoerr and Anthony Nelson were named the Scholar Athletes of the Year.
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.

Dainton Starts Third Game With Falcons

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Paul Dainton made his third AHL start with Springfield on Sunday, but the Falcons fell 4-1 to Binghamton. Dainton earned his first career win on Saturday night at Worcester to snap a 12-game losing streak thanks to 39 saves and an assist from Dainton.

Dainton Makes 31 Saves In Pro Debut With Falcons

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Paul Dainton received the surprise start last night turning in a 31-save effort, but it was not enough as the AHL's Springfield Falcons fell 3-2 to the Hartford Whale. The Falcons will be in action again on Saturday when they head to Worcester to face former UMass standouts Matt Irwin, James Marcou and Cory Quirk.


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Dainton Gets A Taste of AHL Hockey With Falcons

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Say what you will about the UMass hockey program not winning enough games, or finishing high enough in the Hockey East standings.

The area that UMass has excelled is sending its hockey players to the next level.

From Thomas Pock, to Jonathan Quick, to Casey Wellman, the NHL and AHL have become familiar landing spots for former UMass Minutemen.

And the latest in the long line of former Minutemen wearing a professional hockey sweater is goaltender Paul Dainton.


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Dainton Enjoying First Days Of Pro Hockey

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SPRINGFIELD - With their home ice covered as NCAA Division II Elite Eight basketball moves into the MassMutual Center, the Springfield Falcons practiced Tuesday at Romeo J. Cyr rink in Forest Park. 

Last man to report back to their downtown locker room after the workout? 

None other than goaltender Paul Dainton, a University of Massachusetts senior who signed Monday with Springfield's American Hockey League club. 

"He didn't want to leave the ice," Falcons coach Rob Riley said. "He just loves to be out there. He stayed and kept at it. He has that kind of work ethic." 

Dainton Signs With Springfield Falcons

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Paul Dainton signed with the AHL Springfield Falcons on Monday afternoon becoming the second 2011 senior to play professionally following the end of the season for the UMass hockey team. Dainton started all four years at UMass becoming the career leader in saves, minutes played and games played. Chase Langeraap signed with the ECHL South Carolina Stingrays last week.

Recaps From Hockey's Game 2 Loss At Boston College

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The season ended for the UMass hockey team on Saturday night with a 4-2 loss at No. 2 Boston College in the Hockey East Quarterfinals. The game was the 24th of the season decided by one goal, overtime or an empty-net goal by the opponent out of 35 contests. The loss also brought closure to the careers of seniors Marc Concannon, Paul Dainton, Brian Keane, Doug Kublin, Chase Langeraap, Michael Lecomte, and Shaw Saunders.

 

MassLive.com: BC ends UMass hockey season with Quarterfinal sweep
Daily Hampshire Gazette: Boston College sweeps Minutemen in Quarterfinals
USCHO.com: Hayes notches hat trick as BC sweeps Massachusetts
Boston Globe: Tip of the hat to Hayes
Boston Herald: Hayes' trick elevates BC

Recaps Of Hockey's 4-3 Loss To #2 Boston College

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Paul Dainton became the school's new career leader in saves and minutes played, but it was bittersweet as the UMass hockey team fell 4-3 to No. 2 Boston College last night at the Mullins Center. The two teams will rematch tonight at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill.


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The spotlight is on Paul Dainton tonight as the UMass Hockey team hosts No. 2 Boston College tonight (7 PM) at the Mullins Center in the front end of a home-and-home series this weekend. Dainton needs just 19 saves to tie the program's all-time career record in that category. Also at stake for the Minutemen is keeping their playoff hopes alive as they enter the weekend tied for 7th place in the Hockey East standings with Vermont. Here are the previews for tonight and a nice feature on Dainton.

Dick Baker's MassLive.Com Hockey Blog

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With this weekend's matchup with No. 2 Boston College fast approaching, Dick Baker has another entry in his UMass Hockey Blog, this time focusing on senior captain Paul Dainton, who needs just 19 saves to tie the all-time program record held by Brian Regan.

Check out today's article by clicking here, or read previous entries here.

Recaps From Hockey's 3-0 Loss At Northeastern

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Northeastern's Chris Rawlings stood tall in goal for the Huskies handing the visiting Mass Attack a 3-0 loss on Friday night at Matthews Arena in Boston. The two teams will rematch tonight at the Mullins Center starting at 3 PM. The game can be watched live on CBS3 Now which can be found on Comcast Digital 293 and now on Charter Digital 230 throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Northeastern blanks Minuteman hockey
Springfield Republican: Northeastern dumps UMass, 3-0

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Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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Dick Baker continues his preview of this weekend's Northeastern series with a look at the play of Holyoke's Kevin Czepiel. He also has mentions of Paul Dainton being a candidate for the Hockey Humanitarian Award and of Justin Braun being added to the AHL All-Star game alongside Matt Anderson.


A record 25 players have been unveiled as the nominees for the 2011 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award.

The list includes returning nominees Sam Kuzyk of Adrian, Mario Mjelleli of Augsburg and Brigid O'Gorman of Connecticut College.

Finalists will be announced in mid-February, with the award scheduled to be presented on Friday, April 8 at the Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minn.

The full list of nominees follows:

Jenni Bauer, sr., Niagara
Jackie Berglass, sr., Williams
Stephane Boileau, sr., Union
Joseph Calvi, sr., Bentley
Isaiah Carlson, so., Salve Regina
Ryan Corry, sr., Plattsburgh State
Paul Dainton, sr., Massachusetts
Brooks Dyroff, so., Boston College
Kristin Faber, jr., Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Alyssa Grogan, jr., Minnesota
Alex Higgins, sr., St. Michael's
Tanner House, sr., Maine
Aleca Hughes, jr., Yale
Sam Kuzyk, sr., Adrian
Ciara Lee, sr., Wayne State
Mario Mjelleli, sr., Augsburg
Ron Meyers, jr., Alaska
Scott Moser, jr., Canisius
Tucker Mullin, so., St. Anselm
Trevor Nill, jr., Michigan State
Whitney Pappas, sr., Robert Morris
Brigid O'Gorman, sr., Connecticut College
Cody Reichard, jr., Miami
Ben Ryan, sr., Notre Dame
Paul Zanette, sr., Niagara

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.

Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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In his MassLive.com Hockey Blog today, Dick Baker mentions Paul Dainton earning Hockey East Defender of the Week honors and has a very nice, informative piece on Paul's parents and one of his brothers making the long trek from Nunavut to Vermont this past weekend to see his shutout performance. Dick also has a post about how a sweep over Vermont this weekend could propel the Minutemen into sixth-place in the league standings.

More Coverage From Hockey's Weekend At Vermont

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

Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass hockey routs Vermont

Recaps From Hockey's 6-0 Win At Vermont

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It was a dominating performance at both ends of the ice last night as the hockey team bounced back from Friday's loss for a 6-0 win at Vermont on Saturday. It was just the 2nd career shutout for goalie Paul Dainton and the first ever for the Minutemen at Gutterson Fieldhouse since 1964. Four skaters had multi-point nights led by T.J. Syner's 2 goals and 1 assist.

Springfield Republican: UMass hockey team blasts Vermont, 6-0
Burlington Free Press: UMass mauls Vermont

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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.''

Hockey East's Five Minute Major With Paul Dainton

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UMass senior captain Paul Dainton is featured this week in Hockey East's Five Minute Major video series.

Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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Happy Birthday - Dec. 9: Dainton, Matthew, Tyler

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A trio of birthdays today on Dec. 9 including hockey captain Paul Dainton, softball's Cyndil Matthew and lacrosse sophomore Bobby Tyler.

Paul Dainton  Cyndil Matthew  Bobby Tyler

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.

Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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Today Dick Baker offers some analysis of the UMass hockey team's win over Quinnipiac and takes a look at rookie blueliner Conor Allen, the return of junior winger Shawn Saunders, and gives a mention to the weekly awards that UMass picked up after a 2-0 week.


Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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Recaps From Hockey Tie At No. 8 New Hampshire

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It was a thrilling game last night for college hockey fans as UMass clawed back after trailing twice to take a 3-2 lead with just over 60 seconds left in the 3rd period only to have No. 8 New Hampshire score 20 seconds later to force a 3-3 tie. Here are the recaps from last night's action.

Fosters Daily Democrat: UNH, UMass skate to draw


UMass Hoops, Hockey Have Busy Weekend At Mullins

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Scott Coen has a story on MassLive.com on the busy weekend for hockey and hoops at the Mullins Center starting tonight. Men's basketball will host Brandeis, while hockey will host Army on Friday and the Swedish Under-20 National Team on Saturday.


Recaps From Hockey Weekend Series With Providence

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UMass earned a point in the Hockey East standings with a tie against Providence on Friday, but suffered a tough 3-2 loss at Schneider Arena on Saturday. Freshman Michael Pereira scored a goal in both games and captain Paul Dainton returned from an injury after missing 2+ games to man the net. The Minutemen will host Army on Friday night and the Swedish Under-20 National Team in a Saturday exhibition at Noon. Both games will be in the Mullins Center.


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Daily Collegian: 2010 UMass Hockey Preview

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CBS3 UMass Hockey Show Replay

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If you missed watching the UMass Hockey Show on CBS3 Springfield this past Saturday, you can watch it online. Host Josh Maurer and Coach Don "Toot" Cahoon break down the team's series against Minnesota and looks ahead to the next few games. We also learn about captain Paul Dainton, and the meaning behind the symbols on his goalie helmet. Plus, a couple of local players are leading the team's offense. And we take a few minutes to chat with Michael Marcou, and former UMass great Jon Quick.

CBS3 UMass Hockey Show Airs This Saturday

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Don't forget to tune-in or set your DVR's, TIVO's, or if you are old-school, VCR's to check out the UMass Hockey Show which will air this Saturday, October 16 at 11 AM on CBS3 Springfield.

The show will recap the Minnesota weekend, preview the upcoming games against Boston University, feature insight into the program from head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon and show you sides of several players you may not have known about.

There are several features on Paul Dainton, Michael Marcou, T.J. Syner and Kevin Czepiel, plus you can meet several of the team's freshmen and Kevin Moore finds out what guys must do to get ready for games. It's a show any UMass hockey fan will not want to miss!

Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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Dick Baker has several updates on his MassLive.com blog from yesterday and Wednesday on the UMass hockey team.

UMass Picks Up Television Support
Paul Dainton Listed As Lowe's Senior CLASS Candidate
Former Goalie Jonathan Quick Still Looks That Way
For Anthony Raiola, A Dream Come True

The hockey team opens its Hockey East slate on Saturday at Boston University for the only game of the weekend. The two teams will rematch next Friday night at the Mullins Center in a game televised live on NESN. Here are several previews for Saturday night's match-up in Agganis Arena.

Daily Free Press Preview
Daily Collegian Preview
Daily Collegian Sidebar On Power Play
Daily Hampshire Gazette Preview: Teglia To Start

Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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In Dick Baker's MassLive.com UMass Hockey Blog, he examines some of the numbers behind the two games at Minnesota, including Paul Dainton moving into third all-time on the career saves list at UMass, and at the surprising UConn/Maine tie from the weekend.

UMass Hits Some Numbers In First Weekend
Playing At Maine Isn't Always A Sure Loss

Dick Baker's MassLive.Com Blog

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Here are some updates from Dick Baker's MassLive.com UMass Hockey Blog from Saturday night's game at Minnesota:

UMass Goes With 7 Defensemen For 2nd Game
Dainton Injured In First Period
Comeback Falls Short In Loss To Minnesota
Reactions To Saturday's Minnesota Game

Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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Dick Baker's MassLive.com 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 MassLive.com. 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 MassLive.com Blog

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Sports writer Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican has a daily blog fans can follow on MassLive.com. Dick will be bringing fans all sorts of news and tidbits throughout the season on the UMass hockey team. Here are several of his most recent blogs: Difference In UMass, Minnesota Rosters Is Miles Apart
Cahoon's Contract Extension Is Good For UMass Hockey
Paul Dainton Likes Team Chemistry
UMass Hockey Surface Will Truly Be Cold As Ice
Backup Goalie Kevin Moore Serves As Team Leader

Goalie Paul Dainton Named Hockey Captain

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Chris Phillips of the Examiner.com wrote about Paul Dainton being named captain of the UMass hockey team for this season. Dainton is just the 8th goalie ever to wear the "C" in program history.

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