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Former Minutemen Kostka, Carzo Thriving With New Teams

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UMass hockey alums Mike Kostka and Rocco Carzo have both been good fits for their new clubs in the recent weeks. Kostka, who was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 23, has two goals and three assists for five points and is a +5 over his 10 games with the Lightning. Tampa Bay, winners of five straight, currently sits second in the Atlantic Division and boasts the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.

Carzo, in his first full season of pro hockey in the ECHL, was traded from the Florida Everblades to the Ontario Reign back on Feb. 24. Since joining the Reign, Carzo has logged seven assists in seven games and currently has an active four-game point streak. In Ontario's most recent contest, Carzo was named the second star of the game after helping the Reign defeat the Idaho Steelheads, 6-2.

Former Minuteman Carzo Traded To Ontario

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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.

Carzo, Rowe Shine In First Weekend Of Pro Action

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UMass hockey seniors Darren Rowe and Rocco Carzo, who each signed ECHL contracts last week, both enjoyed great opening weekends of their pro careers.

On Saturday, Carzo scored two shorthanded goals in a 2:37 span to help lead the Florida Everblades to a 5-1 victory over the Cincinnati Cyclones, a victory that clinched a berth in the ECHL playoffs for the Everblades for the 15th consecutive season. Playing in just his second professional game, Carzo finished the night with three points (2g, 1a), including the game-winning goal, was a +3 and was named the game's No. 1 star.

Then on Sunday, Rowe was a part of a third period comeback that helped the Utah Grizzlies extend their unbeaten streak to nine games, scoring his first professional goal at the 9:33 mark of the stanza.

Carzo Captains Success On And Off The Ice

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Nick Canelas profiled UMass Hockey co-captain Rocco Carzo for the Daily Collegian:

Rocco Carzo had a simple message for his teammates before his first game as co-captain of the Massachusetts hockey team against defending national champion BostonCollege on Oct. 19.

"Just keep it calm," he said, "keep it on the ice."

No one embraced that message more than the senior forward, who went out and scored two goals in the Minutemen's 5-4 loss in overtime to the No.3 Eagles, marking the first multi-goal game of his collegiate career.

And while Carzo's goals made for quite the accomplishment that night, he was more excited that he helped put his team up, 3-0, against one of the top teams in the nation at the time.

"It's exciting. I wanted to start off good as captain, but the feeling that we were up 3-0 on the No. 3 team was even better," Carzo said. "It's better than the goals. It's helping out the team that's best."

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To start of July we have a pair of birthdays today. Happy birthday to Rocco Carzo of the hockey team and Sarah Shapero of the rowing team!

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Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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Today's installment of Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog takes a look at Chase Langeraap and Rocco Carzo's summer activities as well as an update on Casey Wellman as NHL Preseason Camp continues. Over the summer break, Langeraap worked for the UMass Athletic Facilities & Operations crew. One of the projects he worked on was the rebuilding of the outfield wall at the softball complex. Carzo spent part of his off-season training with the Chicago Blackhawks at their Prospect Camp.

  • Langeraap Uses Farm Experience In Off-Season
  • Rocco Carzo Goes Camping
  • Wellman Escapes Latest Round Of Wild Cuts

    Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune has a full story on Wellman and several others who survived yesterday's cuts. The Wild roster currently sits at 25 players - two above the maximum that must be finalized with the NHL by Oct. 6.

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