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Four Former Minutemen Begin Quest For Cup

April 30, 2013

AMHERST, Mass. - With the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs opening up tonight, four UMass hockey alums will begin their quests to hoist the Cup over the next two days. Justin Braun, Matt Irwin, Mike Kostka and Jonathan Quick make up the largest contingent of former Minutemen in action in the postseason at one time.

Quick is making his fourth postseason appearance and will be attempting to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a repeat of last season's playoff run that saw the Kings capture the Cup and Quick take home the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. The Kings kick off first round action tonight against the St. Louis Blues.

Braun has reached the postseason for the third time in his NHL career with the San Jose Sharks and is joined this year in the playoffs by former Minuteman and recently-named Sharks' Rookie of the Year Matt Irwin. The Sharks square off against Vancouver in game one tomorrow night, Wednesday, May 1.

Rookie Mike Kostka has helped the Toronto Maple Leafs return the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2004 and the 2008 UMass grad will be looking to win his second championship in as many seasons. His 2012 postseason heroics were key in the Norfolk Admirals' Calder Cup victory over the Toronto Marlies. The Maple Leafs play the Bruins in the first round with game one of that series set for Wednesday.

Four more Minutemen are a part of teams still alive in postseason action in the AHL and ECHL. Casey Wellman's and Paul Dainton's, Hershey Bears and Springfield Falcons, respectively, both currently hold 2-0 series leads in the AHL Eastern Conference Semifinals. Alex Berry, T.J. Syner and the Reading Royals have reached the ECHL Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Royals currently lead that series, 3-2 over the Florida Everblades.

 Justin Braun (UMass Years: 2006-10) & Matt Irwin (UMass Years: 2008-10) - San Jose Sharks
Regular Season Statistics:
 Braun: 41 GP, 0 G, 7 A, 7 Pts, 6 PIM, -5  |  Irwin: 38 GP, 6 G, 6 A, 12 Pts, 10 PIM, -1, 4 PPG
First Round Playoff Schedule
Date Opponent  Time (ET) | TV
 Wednesday, May 1
 At Vancouver  10:30 p.m. | NBCSN, TSN
 Friday, May 3
 At Vancouver  10 p.m. | CNBC, TSN
 Sunday, May 5  Vancouver  10 p.m. | NBCSN, TSN
 Tuesday, May 7  Vancouver  10 p.m. | CNBC, TSN
 Thursday, May 9  At Vancouver (If Nec.)  10 p.m. | TBD
 Saturday, May 11  Vancouver (If Nec.)  TBD
 Monday, May 13  At Vancouver (If Nec.)  TBD
 Mike Kostka (UMass Years: 2004-08) - Toronto Maple Leafs
Regular Season Statistics:
 35 GP, 0 G, 8 A, 8 Pts, 27 PIM, -7
First Round Playoff Schedule
Date Opponent  Time (ET) | TV
 Wednesday, May 1
 At Boston  7 p.m. | CNBC, CBC, RDS
 Saturday, May 4
 At Boston  7 p.m. | CNBC, CBC, RDS
 Monday, May 6  Boston  7 p.m. | NHLN, CBC, RDS
 Wednesday, May 8  Boston  7 p.m. | NHLN, CBC, RDS
 Friday, May 10  At Boston (If Nec.)  7 p.m. | TBD
 Sunday, May 12  Boston (If Nec.)  TBD
 Monday, May 13  At Boston (If Nec.)  TBD
 Jonathan Quick (UMass Years: 2005-07) - Los Angeles Kings
Regular Season Statistics:
 37 GP | 2134 Min | 2.45 GAA | .902 Sv % | 18-13-4
First Round Playoff Schedule
Date Opponent  Time (ET) | TV
 Tuesday, April 30
 At St. Louis  8 p.m. | CNBC, CBC
 Thursday, May 2
 At St. Louis  9:30 p.m. | CNBC, CBC
 Saturday, May 4  St. Louis  10 p.m. | NBCSN, CBC
 Monday, May 6  St. Louis  10 p.m. | NBCSN, CBC
 Wednesday, May 8  At St. Louis (If Nec.)  TBD
 Friday, May 10  St. Louis (If Nec.)  TBD
 Monday, May 13  At St. Louis (If Nec.)  TBD
 Casey Wellman (UMass Years: 2008-10) - Hershey Bears (AHL)
 Regular Season Statistics:
 Hershey: 33 GP, 9 G, 21 A, 30 Pts, 4 PIM  |  San Antonio: 37 GP, 7 G, 16 A, 23 Pts, 15 PIM
 Playoff Statistics:  2 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 1 Pt, 2 PIM
Eastern Conference Quarterfinal (Hershey Leads, 2-0)
Date Opponent  Time (ET)
 Friday, April 26
 Hershey 5, Providence Bruins 4  -
 Sunday, April 28
 Hershey 5, Providence Bruins 4 (OT)  -
 Saturday, May 4  Providence Bruins  7 p.m.
 Sunday, May 5  Providence Bruins (If Nec.)  5 p.m.
 Wednesday, May 8  At Providence Bruins (If Nec.)  7:05 p.m.
 Paul Dainton (UMass Years: 2007-11) - Sprinfield Falcons (AHL)
 Regular Season Statistics:
 10 GP | 527 Min | 2.28 GAA | .925 Sv % | 3-5-1
 Playoff Statistics:  -
Eastern Conference Quarterfinal (Springfield Leads, 2-0)
Date Opponent  Time (ET)
 Saturday, April 27
 Springfield 2, Manchester Monarchs 1 (OT)  -
 Sunday, April 28
 Springfield 3, Manchester Monarchs 2 (OT)  -
 Thursday, May 2  At Manchester Monarchs  7 p.m.
 Saturday, May 4  At Manchester Monarchs (If Nec.)  7 p.m.
 Sunday, May 5  Manchester Monarchs (If Nec.)  4 p.m.
 Alex Berry (UMass Years: 2005-09) & T.J. Syner (UMass Years: 2008-12) - Reading Royals (ECHL)
 Regular Season Statistics:
 Berry: 29 GP, 6 G, 10 Pts, 56 PIM | Syner: 16 GP, 9 G, 10 A, 19 Pts, 16 PIM
 Playoff Statistics:  Berry: 9 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 Pts, 7 PIM | Syner: 11 GP, 3 G, 1 A, 4 Pts, 4 PIM
Eastern Conference Semifinals (Reading Leads 3-2)
Date Opponent  Time (ET)
 Friday, April 19
 Florida Everblades 4, Reading 3  -
 Saturday, April 20
 Reading 3, Florida Everblades 2  -
 Wednesday, April 24  Florida Everblades 4, Reading 1  -
 Friday, April 26  Reading 3, Florida Everblades 2 (OT)  -
 Saturday, April 27  Reading 5, Florida Everblades 4 (OT)  -
 Tuesday, April 30  Florida Everblades  7:05 p.m.
 Wednesday, May 1  Florida Everblades  7:05 p.m.

 

 

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