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26   Branden Gracel
Branden Gracel

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Calgary, Alberta

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 180

Position:
F

Birthdate:
05/24/1990

Last Team:
Fort McMurray (AJHL)


11/15/2013

UMass Hockey Rallies For 2-2 Tie On The Road At #7 Boston College

Gracel and Sheary both recorded multi-point nights in the 2-2 overtime draw against the Eagles.

04/20/2013

Hockey Announces Team Awards At Annual Banquet

Gracel tapped as Team MVP, Hanley, LaRue, Raiola and Walsh also honored.

03/21/2013

Gracel Tabbed Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star

The junior led the Minutemen in scoring this season with 34 points in 34 games.

03/09/2013

Hockey Blanks Merrimack 3-0 On Senior Night

Seniors Rocco Carzo and Kevin Czepiel both contribute assists in the victory.

03/09/2013

UMass Hockey Drops OT Heartbreaker At Merrimack, 4-3

Minutemen score three in the final 4:01 of regulation, but fall in the extra period.

02/10/2013

Minutemen fall 4-2 at #20 Merrimack

Junior Branden Gracel and senior Eddie Olczyk score in the Minutemen's 4-2 loss at #20 Merrimack

02/22/2014

MIH vs. PROVIDENCE

MIH vs. PROVIDENCE Photos by Thom Kendall '93

01/31/2014

MIH vs. BU

MIH vs. BU Photos by Thom Kendall '93

01/24/2014

MIH vs. MERRIMACK

MIH vs. MERRIMACK Photos by Thom Kendall '93

01/13/2014

MIH vs. US-UNDER 18

MIH vs. US-UNDER 18 Photos by Thom Kendall '93

12/17/2013

MIH VS. DENVER

MIH VS. DENVER Photos by Thom Kendall '93

CAREER HONORS
2012-13 Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star
2013-14 Hockey East All-Academic Team
2011-12 Hockey East All-Academic Team
Honorable Mention National Player of the Month (Dec. 2012)
Hockey East Player of the Month (Dec. 2012)
Co-Hockey East Player of the Week (1/22/13)
Co-Hockey East Player of the Week (1/2/13)
Ledyard Classic Tournament MVP (1/2/13)
UMass Athlete of the Week (1/22/13)
UMass Athlete of the Week (11/27/12)

AS A SENIOR IN 2013-14: Game-by-Game Statistics
Saw action in all 34 games ... Led the team in goals for a second straight year with 13 ... Total included seven power-play goals ... Added eight assists for 21 points on the year ... Had a career-high 105 shots on goal ... Won 221 of 469 faceoffs (.471) ... Netted 13th goal of the year and added an assist at Providence (2/21) for fifth multi-point game of the season ... Scored an empty net goal in 3-0 win at #11 Northeastern (2/8) ... Collected sixth power-play goal of the year and registered an assist for fourth multi-point game of the season in 3-3 tie against Boston University (1/31) to earn the game's third star ... Notched 10th goal of the year in a 5-2 win over Merrimack (1/24) ... Recorded second multi-goal and third multi-point game of the season with two goals and an assist at #17 Northeastern (1/4), tying career single-game highs and earning the game's second star ... Added fifth assist of the season against #17 Denver (12/17) ... Assisted the game winner in the squad's first shutout of the season at Colgate (12/14) ... Scored in back-to-back games at #13/11 Notre Dame (12/6-7) ... Goal in the Minutemen's 3-2 victory was selected as an NCAA Top 5 Play of the Week (No. 5) ... Added an assist at #5 Quinnipiac (11/30) ... Logged second multi-point game of the season, scoring the game-tying goal with 1:26 remaining in regulation and adding an assist in a 2-2 tie at #7 Boston College (11/15) ... Won 12-of-18 faceoffs and was named the game's first star, as well ... Scored the opening goal against #7 Boston College (11/14) at home to earn the game's third star ... Registered a power play assist in the squad's 2-1 win over Maine (11/2) and blocked three shots ... Logged third career multi-goal game in home opener vs. Michigan State (10/18) with a power-play tally and an empty netter ... Scored first goal of the season, a power-play goal, at #1 UMass Lowell (10/12).

AS A JUNIOR IN 2012-13: Game-by-Game Statistics
Tabbed a Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star ... Was one of five Minutemen to see action in all 34 games ... Led the team in goals (14), assists (20) and points (34) ... Tied for 11th in points and assists and tied 16th in goals for Hockey East ... Had 10 multi-point games, a team high, and two multi-goal efforts ... Won 406 of 682 faceoffs on the season for a 59.5 winning percentage, good for ninth in the Nation ... Was a team-best +7 on the year ... Tallied a squad-leading three game-winning goals and contributed two power-play tallies and one shorthanded goal ... Played 100th collegiate game and logged an assist in the season finale 3-0 shutout of Merrimack (3/9) ... Notched two assists in the first of two home-and-home games against Merrimack (3/8) for 10th multi-point game of the season ... Recorded a goal and assisted on the game winner in the 5-2 victory over Maine (2/23) ... Also won 14 of 16 draws taken against the Black Bears ... Logged three assists over a two-game weekend against #15/14 UMass Lowell (2/15-2/16) to cap off five-game point scoring streak ... Recorded first career shorthanded goal at #20 Merrimack (2/10) for fourth point in three games (2/10) ... Logged third multi-goal game of the season and added a helper to tie a career single-game high with three points in 5-1 win over #11/9 Boston University (2/1) ... Awarded the game's second star in the victory over the Terriers ... Netted an extra-man goal at Vermont (1/26) and was awarded the game's second star ... Registered two goals and a game-winning assist in 5-2 victory at #2 Boston College for his sixth multi-point game of the season (1/18) ... Named the game's first star and honored as co-Hockey East Player of the Week and UMass Athlete of the Week following that effort vs. the Eagles ... Went 14 of 17 over the dots at Providence (1/12) ... Notched 10th assist of the season against Providence (1/11) ... After totaling a league-best nine points (3g, 6a) in the month of December was tapped as Athletic Republic Hockey East Player of the Month ... Posted back-to-back multi-point efforts at the Ledyard Classic en route to Tournament MVP honors ... Had pair of assists in 4-3 victory over Bemidji State (12/30), which included a helper on the game winner ... Scored the game-winning power-play goal and added an assist in 3-2 win over #8 Dartmouth in the championship game ... Was tabbed Athletic Republic Co-Hockey East Player of the Week (1/2) and Co-UMass Athlete of the Week (1/2) following that performance ... Scored goals in back-to-back home contests against Colgate for his sixth and seventh of the season (12/7-12/8) ... Logged first career three-assist game in 6-3 win at Northeastern (12/1) and was tabbed the second star of the game ... Added an assist in 2-2 tie with #18 Quinnipiac (11/24) and won 17 of 25 faceoffs taken against the Bobcats ... Recorded his first career multi-goal game in 3-1 win over Vermont (11/20), which included the game winner and went 15 for 20 over the dots against the Catamounts ... Scored third goal in UMass' 4-0 win over Providence (11/9) ... Notched an assist at #1 Boston College (11/4) ... Logged an unassisted tally at #13 Boston University (10/26) ... Had a two-point game, notching the game-winning goal and an assist in 4-1 win over Connecticut (10/12).

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2011-12: Game-by-Game Statistics
Saw time in 34 games ... Logged 21 points on seven goals and 14 assists ... Had three power play tallies and two game-winners ... Was +4 on the year ... Committed 12 penalties for a total of 24 minutes ... Won 214-of-409 faceoffs (52.3%) ... Had a two-point night, scoring the game-winner and adding an assist in a 5-1 victory over Merrimack (3/2) ... Scored a power play goal in a 3-2 win on the road against #1 Boston University (2/10) ... Had an extra man tally vs. UMass Lowell (1/27) and was awarded the game's third star ... Dished an assist in 4-0 win over #4 Boston College ... Totaled six points in a four-game span (12/7-1/5) ... Included multi-assist efforts vs. #13 Cornell (12/29) and Providence (1/5) ... Scored the winning goal on the power play in a 4-2 win vs. Northeastern (11/12) and was tabbed the game's first star ... Had five points (2g, 3a) over the first six contests of the season.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2010-11: Game-by-Game Statistics
Played in 32 games with four goals and nine assists ... Credited with an assist against Maine (3/4) ... Contributed his fourth goal of the season against Boston University (2/11) ... Had an assist in the win at Vermont (1/22) ... Scored his third goal in the win against UMass Lowell (1/14) ... Credited with an assist against Wisconsin (12/31) ... His four game point streak (two goals and three assists) led to a three game win streak against UMass Lowell (12/5), Quinnipiac (11/27) and Vermont (11/23) and scored his first collegiate goal in the tie at New Hampshire (11/13) ... Had his third assist at Providence (10/30) ... Made an assist against Boston University (10/22) ... Had an assist in the second game of the season at Minnesota (10/9) ... Made his collegiate debut against Minnesota (10/8).

BEFORE UMASS: Played for Fort McMurray in the AJHL during the 2009-10 season ... Scored 38 goals and added 56 assists in 58 games played - posted seven game-winning goals ... Had nine goals and 18 assists in 20 play-off games ... Named an AJHL All-Star, was a finalist for the league MVP and was the AJHL Playoff MVP in 2010 ... Joined Fort McMurray for the 2008-09 season and finished his career playing in 125 games with 62 goals and 92 assists ... Also played for Central Memorial High School from 2004-07 where he was a two-time team MVP.

PERSONAL: Branden Chase Gracel ... Born May 24, 1990 in Calgary, Alberta ... Son of Timothy and Christine ... Has two brothers, Sean and Jason ... BDIC major.

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Career Highs
Goals: 2 - 4x - Last at Northeastern (1/4/14)
Assists: 3 - at Northeastern (12/1/12)
Points: 3 - 4x - Last at Northeastern (1/4/14)

Miscellaneous
Multi-Goal Games: 4; Last at Northeastern (1/4/14)
Multi-Point Games: 19; Last at Providence (2/21/14)

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    vs Dalhousie 7:00 PM gametracker
    Friday, Oct 10
    vs Boston University 7:00 PM gametracker
    Friday, Oct 17
    at Michigan State TBA
    Saturday, Oct 18
    at Michigan State TBA
    Friday, Oct 24
    at Northeastern 7:00 PM
    Saturday, Oct 25
    at Boston College TBA
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