Bright Out Weekend As Mass Attack Hosts Boston University & Providence • It’s a Mass Attack weekend at the Mullins Center as the UMass hockey team hosts No. 14 Boston University on Friday night and Providence on Saturday. The games will be the regular-season series finales against both teams this year. Friday night will be Bright Out Night at the Mullins Center with 1,000 t-shirts being given out prior to the game. • Friday night will be the third time brothers Michael Pereira and Joe Pereira will face off against each other this year. Michael had an assist earlier this year, while Joe had a goal and an assist. • Saturday’s game will be a pivotal match-up in UMass’ push for the playoffs as the Minutemen are ranked 7th heading into this weekend while Providence is ranked 9th.
BROADCAST INFORMATION • Both games will be broadcast live on the Flagship Station of UMass Athletics, 100.9 FM WRNX, with John Hennessy calling the play-by-play and Brock Hines providing color commentary. The games will also air live on 91.1 FM WMUA. The pregame show for both games will begin 30 minutes prior to the opening face-off. Links for streaming audio, live stats and an interactive game blog can be found at UMassAthletics.com. • Friday’s game will start at 7:40 PM and will be televised live on CBS College Sports (HD) ... A live pregame show will begin at 7:30 PM from the Mullins Center. Saturday’s game against Providence will be televised live on CBS3 Now (Comcast 293, Charter 230).
THE SERIES: Boston Univ. / Providence • UMass is 9-48-4 all-time against Boston University including the previous two meetings this season: a 2-2 overtime tie at Agganis and a 3-4 loss at the Mullins Center. The Minutemen last defeated the Terriers on Oct. 16, 2009. The 5-1 win on Nov. 14, 2008 marked the 2nd time UMass had ever defeated a team ranked No. 1 in the country. • UMass is 21-33-4 all-time against Providence and will also wrap up the regular-season series against the Friars this weekend. The two teams previous meet over Halloween weekend with a 3-3 tie at the Mullins Center and a 3-2 Providence win at Schneider Arena.
Up Next: Merrimack • UMass will face Merrimack next weekend in a home-and-home series that starts on Friday at the Mullins Center. The Warriors won the previous meeting on Feb. 5 at Lawler Arena, 11-2. UMass has won 11 of the past 12 home games against Merrimack.
LAST TIME: UMass Falls At BC, Merrimack • UMass had one of its toughest weekends of the year with a 5-0 loss at No. 1 Boston College last Friday and an 11-2 loss at No. 12 Merrimack on Saturday. Chase Langeraap and Danny Hobbs scored the lone Minutemen goals against the Warriors. • On Friday, UMass trailed just 2-0 heading into the 3rd period, but yielded three third period goals in the loss. On Saturday, UMass trailed 2-1 late the in the 1st period, but gave up a goal to close the period. That sparked a four-goal 2nd period for Merrimack who never looked back.
STORY LINES: Boston Univ. / Providence • UMass is 1-3-1 in its last five outings ... UMass is 0-1-1 against both Boston University and Providence ... UMass has two series wins this year - Vermont & UMass Lowell. • UMass’ 5-0 loss at Boston College was the third shutout of the season ... The 11 goals surrendered at Merrimack were the most given up since allowing 12 against Maine on Feb. 14, 1998 ... UMass allowed 4 power play goals to the Warriors which were the most of the season and the most in a game since 4 against Northeastern on March 5, 2005. • The UMass penalty kill had gone 34-of-36 over the 10 games previous to the Merrimack game where the Warriors were 4-of-6 on the power play. • The UMass power play has struggled recently going 1-for-31 over the last 6 games. • Assistant captain Danny Hobbs has been playing well of late with 7 goals and 9 assists in the last 14 games played...He has 3 multi-point games in the last six outings. • Michael Pereira now has 10 goals and 10 assists which ranks 2nd among Hockey East Rookies in points (20) and leads rookies in goals (10) ... He will face his brother Joe, the senior captain for Boston University, for the 3rd time this year ... Michael had an assist in the 2nd game of the series, while Joe had an assist in the 1st game and a goal in the 2nd game. • Chase Langeraap has 8 goals and 5 assist in the last 11 games ... he has scored at least a point in five of the last seven games. • Kevin Moore made his first career appearance at UMass against Merrimack (2/5) and registered his first career save. • Paul Dainton now has 2,918 career saves needing just 132 to tie the UMass program record (3,050, Brian Regan). • Paul Dainton will serve as team captain in 2010-11 and is just the eigth goalie in program history to serve in that role. • Paul Dainton has been named one of 20 candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. He is the only goalie on the list. • UMass will once again face the defending NCAA National Champion as the Minutemen face Boston College on three occasions during the regular season. UMass will also face NCAA Finalists Wisconsin for a pair of games at the end of December in Madison. Last year marked the second straight season that UMass earned a win over a defending NCAA National Champion with the 3-2 victory over Boston University. In 2008-09 the Minutemen defeated Boston College 4-3 in overtime. UMass is now 2-20 all-time vs. defending national champions. The win over BU was the first in eight games against the Terriers after they won a national championship.
Special Teams • UMass has struggled this season on the power play converting 16-of-126 chances (12.7%), however, the unit had improved over the recent weeks posting extra-man goals in six of seven games (8-of-32, 25.0%) prior to going 0-for-23 over the last four games. The PP unit has largely been revamped this year with the loss of four key members from last year. • The penalty kill contines to improve and is 90-for-115 (78.3%) for the season ... That number has been bolstered by killing off 37-of-42 penalties in the last 10 games ... UMass has not allowed an extra man goal in 7 of the last 11 games.
First Period Scoring Picking Up Lately • In five of the last 10 games, UMass has posted two goals in each of the first periods ... After being outscored in the first period by a fairly wide margin early in the season, UMass now trails opponents 22-to-24 in first period goals. • The second period has become an issues, however, with UMass trailing opponents 23-to-33.
Scoring Breakdown • 40 of UMass’ goals this year have been scored in 5x5 situations, the remainder of the 24 goals have come in penalty situations. UMass has 14 power play goals, 2 5x3 goals, 6 4x4 goals and 2 goals with the extra skater (6x5). UMass has not scored a shorthanded goal this year.
Young Guns • With 13 freshmen on the team this year, it is a fair assesment to say the Minutemen are a young team. The average age for the team is 20.7 years old. Six of UMass’ 30 players are under the age of 20. • UMass freshmen have now scored 27 of 64 goals this season and 50 of 107 assists.
Looking For A Lead • When UMass is able to jump out to a first period lead, the Minutemen are 5-4-1 this season. If the Minutemen carry that past the second period, they are 5-0-0. Trailing after two periods is not a good omen, however, as UMass is 0-13-2 for the year.
Offense, Defense Click In UMass Wins • When UMass wins, the Minutemen play well on both sides of the ice. Offensively, they average nearly five goals per game while allowing just under two. The power play unit converts at 25.9% which is 10 points higher than all games combined, while the penalty kill unit is 25-for-27 (92.6% - nearly 13 points higher than normal). • Paul Dainton is the goalie of record in each of UMass’ wins with a 1.67 GAA and a .948 save percentage allowing 10 goals while making 181 saves. • UMass also wins the faceoff battle when it wins averaging 55% (186-of-338) and averages 11 minutes of penalty time compared to 16.6 minutes in all games combined. • In games lost, the numbers flip-flop with UMass allowing 4.5 goals per game while scoring just 1.7 per game. The power play converts at 10.0 percent, while the PK unit is 48-of-71 (67.6%). UMass also averages 15.9 PIMs in losses.
MULLINS MAGIC • UMass is 4-4-2 this season at the Mullins Center. • Over the last 85 games at the Mullins Center, UMass is 47-29-9 (.610) including a 14-3-4 mark in 2006-07. All-time, UMass is 134-126-28 in the Mullins Center including a 81-109-22 record among Hockey East foes. Under Don Cahoon, UMass sports a 90-72-16 record at home.
VS. RANKED TEAMS • UMass is 0-10-2 this season against ranked teams. Nine teams on the schedule this year are either ranked or receiving votes currently. • UMass was 9-8-0 vs. ranked teams in 2009-10 which was the program’s best all-time record against ranked teams. UMass had wins over #2 Boston University (Oct. 18), #9 Yale (Nov. 19), #18/17 Vermont (Nov. 24, Jan. 23), vs. #18 Union (12/29), a pair over #15 UMass Lowell (1/15-16), and a pair of wins at #17 Maine (3/5-6). • In 2008-09, UMass was 6-12-3 against ranked teams. Of those, UMass faced six teams ranked in the nation’s top-5 posting a 6-6-1 record. In 2007-08, UMass was 7-10-1 against ranked opponents including a 5-0-1 stretch against ranked teams through the holiday break. It was UMass best record ever against ranked teams. • All-time, UMass is 54-194-22 against ranked opponents including a 5-7-2 record at neutral sites and a 7-25-4 record against non-conference teams. • UMass posted its second ever win over a No. 1-ranked team on Friday, Nov. 14 in the 5-1 win over Boston University. The first came in 1994-95 with a 4-2 win over No. 1 Maine on Jan. 28. In the modern era, UMass is 2-12-1 against team’s ranked No. 1.
HARD TO BEAT WHEN SCORING 3’S • Over the last several years, UMass has been nearly unbeatable when scoring three or more goals in a game. The 2010-11 season started on a different note, however, as the Minutemen were able to score three and four goals at Minnesota and three against Boston University and New Hampshire, yet were unable to get the ‘W’. UMass is 6-5-2 this year when scoring three or more goals. • UMass was 17-5-0 when scoring three-or-more goals in 2009-10 and 1-13 when failing to. • UMass was 15-4-0 in 2008-09 when lighting the lamp three times or more in a game and 0-16-3 when they scored fewer than three goals.
FOUR-OR-MORE IS BEST • Over the last 85 games where UMass scores four-or-more goals, the Minutemen are an amazing 78-6-1.
FANS SET ATTENDANCE RECORD In 2009-10 • The 2010-11 season started off on a good note attendance-wise as a home-opening record 7,021 fans came to the Boston University game on Oct. 22. The previous record for a home-opener was 5,862 against UMass Lowell in 2007. • UMass averaged a school record 5,313 fans in 15 home games at the Mullins Center last year - a mark which ranked 12th nationally. In those 15 games, 79,690 fans came through the turnstiles. • A Mullins Center record 8,389 fans turned out to see UMass defeat Boston College on Nov. 22, 2008 - a mark that also ranks as the ninth-best UMass hockey attendance for all venues. Fans tied that record on Feb. 5, 2009 against Boston College as well.
Pereira One Of Nation’s Top Rookies • Michael Pereira has quickly established himself as one of the top rookie scorers in Hockey East and in the nation. Pereira is the team’s leading scorer with 10 goals and 10 assists along with a plus-5 rating in 24 games. Pereira ranks 2nd in Hockey East in Rookie Scoring and ranks 16th in overall goals. Nationally, he is 16th in rookie scoring (0.83 p/gm).
Gracel Becoming Center Of Attention • Rookie center Branden Gracel is making an immediate impact for the Minutemen. He has 3 goals and 8 assists in 23 games and is one of UMass’ top face-off specialists (155-of-301, 50%). Gracel scored his first collegiate goal against New Hampshire on Nov. 13.
Dainton Closing In On Saves Record • Paul Dainton enters the weekend ranked 2nd all-time at UMass for saves (2,918) and is within reach of setting a new program record by year’s end. He needs 132 to tie Brian Regan’s record of 3,050 saves.
Hobbs Having A Breakout Year • Assistant captain Danny Hobbs tallied three assists against Boston University, a new career high for the junior forward. Hobbs, playing on a line with T.J. Syner and Michael Pereira, assisted on a power play, even strength and extra attacker goal. So far this season, Hobbs has 7 goals and 13 assists for 20 points in 21 games - all career best totals. • Hobbs has six multi-point games this season and had a six-game point streak in place (2g, 6a) from Dec. 30-to-Jan. 15.
Syner Leading UMass Offense • A member of last year’s potent scoring line alongside James Marcou and Casey Wellman, T.J. Syner will take on the bulk of that scoring responsibility this season. After 25 games, he has 19 points with 7 goals and 12 assists. For his career, he is the active team leader as well with 89 games played, 22 goals, and 30 assists. • Along with regular shifts, the Springfield native plays on UMass’ top penalty kill, power play, 4x4 and 5x3 units. He is referred to as a “world class skater” and one of the fastest skaters in the country.
Welcome Back Lecomte • Senior center Michael Lecomte missed the first 14 games of the season due to injury, but has made his presence felt in his first six games back. Lecomte had a pair of goals and an assist in that stretch. Lecomte also added depth to the penalty kill unit and the power play unit both of which were sparked with his return.
Big Phil Has A Big Shot • Freshman blueline Adam Phillips has not only made an impact on the defensive side of the ice, but his booming shot from the point on the power play and instinct on when to crash the net has yielded six goals this year - the third most on the team. Phillips was previously a forward before being converted to a defenseman in his year with the Indiana Ice.
Concannon a Physical Force • A lot of what Marc Concannon adds to the Minutemen does not show up in the box score. A physical presence at power forward, Concannon has been having a strong start to the season. Aside from already having 2 goals and 3 assists, he has been making the plays UMass needs such as big hits, stealing the puck, and spot-on passing. A member of the penalty kill unit as well, Concannon is not afraid to put his body between a shooter and the goal to block shots.
Dainton Named Captain For 2010-11 • Senior goalie Paul Dainton has been named team captain for the 2010-11 season as announced by UMass hockey head coach Don “Toot” Cahoon. Dainton becomes the first goalie since Brian Regan in 1997-98 to wear the “C” for UMass. Juniors Danny Hobbs, Michael Marcou and T.J. Syner will serve as assistant captains for the Minutemen. • In the history of the UMass hockey program dating back to 1909-10, Dainton is just the eighth goalie to ever be named Captain. David Buttrick was the first in 1917.
Dainton A Candidate For Senior Class & Humanitarian Awards • UMass senior captain Paul Dainton has been named one of 20 candidates for the 2010-11 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Men’s Ice Hockey Award as announced in mid-October and one of 25 candidates for the Hockey Humanitarian Award as announced in late January. The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. • Last season, both Martin Nolet and Brett Watson were candidates. Nolet became one of the 10 finalists and earned Lowe’s Senior CLASS Second-Team All-American honors.
Marcou, Kublin Anchor Defense • Michael Marcou and Doug Kublin are two of the top returning defensive skaters this year. Marcou, who is an excellent two-way blueliner, has two goals and six assists, while Kublin is more known as a strong, stay-at-home defender who scored his fourth career goal in the win over UMass Lowell (12/4) and was a career-best +5 at Vermont (1/22).
ROOKIE BLUELINERS • With as much offense that was lost following last season, the loses of Justin Braun, Martin Nolet and Matt Irwin on defense were overshadowed a bit. Freshmen Conor Allen, Joel Hanley, Colin Shea and Adam Phillips have been able to contribute right away - not just on regular shifts, but also on special teams. Shea has a goal, 4 assists, a plus-5 rating and has taken just five penalties, while Hanley has 1 goal and 11 assists. At 6-foot-1, 203 pounds, Allen provides a strong phsyical presence on the ice, while Phillips at 6-foot-6, also provides size on the blueline and has 6 goals and 3 assists as well.
Coming Up Rowe’s • Defenseman Darren Rowe has already surpassed his point production from last season with a blazing start to 2010-11. He enters the weekend with five goals and 4 assists. He had a team-best five-game point streak active until the loss at Providence. Last season, he had three assists in 26 games played. The multi-faceted defenseman also can play at forward and is a great scoring threat on the power play. • Against Boston University, Rowe recorded his first career multi-goal game with two scores against the Terriers, earning second star of the game honors.
One Moore Minute Takes You Behind The Scenes Of UMass Hockey • Be sure to check out “One Moore Minute” on UMassAthletics.com. Throughout the season goalie Kevin Moore will take fans behind the scenes of UMass hockey to see what goes on off the ice and outside the lockerroom.
HOCKEY’S A FAMILY LEGACY • For two Minutemen, hockey is truly a family tradition. Eddie Olczyk and Shawn Saunders each grew up around NHL rinks as their fathers played professionally. Olczyk’s father, Ed, played 16 season’s in the NHL, was head coach of the Pittsburgh Penquins, and currently serves as an announcer for NBC and NHL on Versus. Saunder’s father, Bernie, played for the Quebec Nordiques. Saunder’s uncle is ESPN talent John Saunders who also makes trips out to see his nephew play.
Battle of the Brothers • The first two Hockey East games of the year pitted brother vs. brother as UMass freshman forward Michael Pereira and his older brother, Joe, a Boston University senior forward and captain, faced each other on the ice for the first time. Both Pereira’s had multi-point weekends in their respective season openers, with Michael netting his first collegiate goal and adding an assist at Minnesota while Joe picked up three goals to help the Terriers capture the Ice Breaker Tournament in St. Louis. • In the 2-2 tie between UMass and BU, the pair started the game opposite each other. Michael did not record any points, but Joe had an assist. According to Scott Weighart’s USCHO.com recap “Walking out of Agganis Arena, a member of the Pereira clan — clad in a half-BU, half-UMass jersey — said, ‘I like that score!’” • In the second meeting Michael had a assist while older brother Joe scored for BU helping them pull off a narrow 4-3 victory. • Minuteman freshman defenseman Colin Shea played his older brother Edwin when UMass took on Boston College on February 4th. The next matchup will take place February 25 in Amherst. Both Shea’s played for the Boston Junior Bruins of the EJHL before attending college.
CAHOON BECOMES ALL-TIME WINNINGEST COACH IN UMASS HISTORY • Head coach Don “Toot” Cahoon became the all-time winning head coach in UMass history on Dec. 12, 2008 with a 4-0 win over American International. The win over AIC gave Cahoon 121 career wins which surpassed UMass Hall of Famer Jack Canniff who had 120 wins in his career from 1967-79. He earned his 300th overall win as a head coach on Dec. 5, 2008 in a 5-1 win over Connecticut. • Under Cahoon’s tenure, UMass made its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance (2007) and played for the Hockey East Championship title in 2003-04. • Cahoon now has a 153-197-35 record at UMass in 11 seasons. Overall, in 24 years as a head coach, Cahoon is 333-370-71.
Hello, Nice To Meet You • UMass lost six players from 2009-10 to graduation and three underclassmen to the professional ranks. To replace those players, the Minutemen welcome in 13 freshmen to the program for 2010-11. • Along with one redshirt freshman and five sophomores, UMass has 19 underclassmen. • The Mass Attack has seven members of its senior class along with four juniors.
GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY • The 2010-11 UMass roster features players from 14 different states and Canadian provinces. From Massachusetts to California, UMass has a diverse group of players from across North America. • Eight Minutemen hail from Massachusetts while three represent Illinois, New York, Ontario, and Quebec.
MINUTEMEN EARN ACADEMIC HONORS • 13 players earned Hockey East All-Academic honors in 2009-10 giving UMass the most among the league membership. This was the fifth consecutive season the UMass had 10-or-more student-athletes honored on the team. • Djan Lefebvre was also named to the Hockey East Academic All-Star Team for having the highest grade point average among all league defensemen. • Martin Nolet and Brett Watson were named “Distinguished Scholars” for posting a 3.0 GPA for every semester of their career. • Michael Lecomte, James Marcou, T.J. Syner and Casey Wellman were UMass’ other honorees who had acheived academic success for multiple seasons.
Check Out The New Sweaters • In the home opener against Boston University, UMass had a surprise for its fans. The Minutemen debuted a new set of uniforms that were white with Maroon shoulder trim and a running Sam The Minuteman logo emblazoned on the chest.
UMass Hockey Show Airs ON CBS3 • Looking to provide fans with the best in-depth cover of UMass Athletics, CBS3 Springfield, the official television home of the Minutemen, produced the UMass Hockey Season Preview Show which is available to watch on UMassAthletics.com. The 30-minute show will have feature stories on several key skaters, look back at the Minnesota series to show fans several of the new players, and give insight on the team from head coach Don “Toot” Cahoon.
UMASS FEATURED 23 TIMES ON TV • A total of 23 games including 13 games on CBS3Now, four on NESN, and one on CBS College Sports have been announced for the UMass hockey 2010-11 season. This is the most comprehensive television package in program history for UMass fans. Additionally, nearly every game this season will feature online streaming video for fans.
1510 The Zone To Carry UMass Hockey In Boston • Fans in Boston will be able to listen to UMass hockey along with Coach Don Cahoon’s weekly radio show on WWZN AM 1510 “The Zone” this season. The Zone joins WRNX 100.9 FM in Springfield - the flagship radios station of the UMass Sports Network - in carrying the Minutemen this season.
2010-11 OFFENSIVE OVERVIEW • The Minutemen head into 2010-11 with the loss of their top five scorers from last season. That group accounted for 177 of UMass’ 289 points and 62 of UMass’ 105 goals. • T.J. Syner and Rocco Carzo are the team’s top returning scorers. Syner had 8 goals and 12 assists last season giving him 15 and 18, respectively, in 64 career games. Carzo was named the team’s Rookie of the Year after scoring six goals and six assists in 32 games. • Senior forwards Marc Concannon, Danny Hobbs, Brian Keane, Chase Langeraap, Michael Lecomte, and Shawn Saunders have all contributed throughout their careers, but will be looked to for increased scoring productivity in 2010-11. • Along with Carzo, sophomores Kevin Czepiel and Eddie Olczyk saw significant action last season and will be counted on to make an impact this season.
2010-11 DEFENSIVE OVERVIEW • UMass graduated its top two defensemen in All-American Justin Braun and Academic All-American Martin Nolet in 2009-10 coupled with the departure of sophomore Matt Irwin to the NHL. Senior Doug Kublin and junior Michael Marcou are the top returning defensemen entering 2010-11. Sophomore Darren Rowe played in 26 games last season, while fellow sophomore Mike Donnellan played in eight. After redshirting 2009-10, Minnesota native Anthony Raiola will be available in the pairings this season. Four freshmen defensemen join the squad in Conor Allen (6-1, 203), Colin Shea (6-2, 170), Adam Phillips (6-6, 184), and Joel Hanley (6-0, 180). • In goal, UMass returns senior netminder Paul Dainton who has proven capable and dependable throughout his career. The British Columbia native has a 2.70 career GAA and a .908 save percentage in 91 games. Backing up Dainton will be junior Kevin Moore and freshman Jeff Teglia. Moore has been with the team for the past two years, but has not received any game action. Teglia was an 2010 USHL All-Star with the Omaha Lancers.
Five Minutemen Go Pro Following 2009-10 Season • Justin Braun, Matt Irwin, James Marcou, Will Ortiz, and Casey Wellman all turned pro following the 2009-10 season. Braun, Irwin and Marcou signed with the San Jose Sharks, while Wellman signed with the Minnesota Wild. Ortiz signed with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL helping them win the Kelly Cup Championship. • Irwin, Marcou and Wellman all left school early to sign pro. Wellman jumped straight to the Wild, while Braun, Irwin and Marcou played for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.
Streaming Video Updates; CBS To Air UMass Hockey • UMass launched a new streaming video platform over the summer enhancing fans ability to watch the Minutemen all season long. The Flash-based video player will work on any computer and is presented in a wide-screen format. • In addition to the updates to the streaming video, UMass will also air select games throughout the year on CBS’ digital cable channel throughout Western Massachusetts bring the Mass Attack to your television.