Hockey Heads To Minnesota For Weekend Tilt
Oct. 5, 2010
UMass Heads To Minnesota To Begin 2010-11 Campaign
• This will be just the second and third meetings between the two teams and the first in Mariucci Arena. The clubs last meet in 2004 at the Nye Frontier Classic which was a 1-0 win for Minnesota.
• UMass enters the year with a young team featuring 14 freshmen and is looking to replace its top six point producers from a year ago. T.J. Syner with 8 goals and 12 assists in 2009-10 alongside Rocco Carzo (6g, 6a) are the top returning scorers. Paul Dainton returns for his fourth year to start between the pipes and is just the 8th goalie in program history to serve as team captain.
• Friday and Saturday night will be broadcast live on the Flagship Station of UMass Athletics, 100.9 FM WRNX, with John Hennessey calling the play-by-play, Brock Hines calling the color commentary. The games will also be carried in Boston on 1060 AM WBIX. The pregame show 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.
• There will be no streaming video for this game. Games at the Mullins Center that are not on regional or national television will be streamed live through UMass All-Access. Similarly non-televised road games will be streamed live through the opponents video provider. Select home hockey games will also be televised on CBS3 Now (Comcast 293) in conjunction with the streaming video package.
THE SERIES WITH MINNESOTA
• This will mark the second and third meetings between UMass and Minnesota all-time. The Gophers won the only meeting between the two teams, 1-0, on Oct. 15, 2004 at the Nye Frontier Classic in Alaska. This will be the first time UMass has played in Mariucci Arena.
Up Next: Boston University
• UMass will have just one game next week as the Minutemen head to Boston University on Saturday, Oct. 16 before returning the favor the week after on Oct. 22. The home game against Boston University on Oct. 22 will be televised live on NESN. The Terriers won the series last season 2-1. UMass is 4-34-1 all-time against Boston University. The Minutemen are 4-2-1 against the Terriers when the teams meet in the first half of the season since 2002, but just 2-14-2 in the second half of the season.
STORY LINES AGAINST MINNESOTA
• The season opening series will see the collegiate debut of several Minutemen. UMass has a 13-member freshman class to help replace last season’s graduating seniors and underclassmen who turned pro early.
• UMass enters the season with several question marks - not in terms of overall talent, but in who will step up as offensive and defensive leaders. UMass lost its top six scorers from a year ago and half of its defensive corps.
• Senior goalie Paul Dainton will prove to be the glue of the team in both leadership and game experience. He will serve as the lone player to wear the ‘C’ on his sweater as team captain. This will also be his fourth year starting between the pipes where he is statisitcally one of the top goalies in program history just behind Jonathan Quick.
• This will be the first time in the Cahoon-era that UMass has started the season playing three road games. The last time the Minutemen started a campaign with three straight on the road was in 1994-95 under Joe Mallen.
• Over the last four seasons, UMass has gotten off to hot starts. Last season, UMass was 7-1, while in 2008-09 the Minutemen opened the season with a 6-2-1 record. In 2008-09 the Minutemen were 5-2-4 and in 2006-07 the Mass Attack started off at 6-1-1.
• 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.
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.
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 six sophomores, the Minutemen have 19 underclassmen on the squad.
• The Mass Attack has seven members of its senior class along with four juniors.
• 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.
• 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.
NOTES ON SCHEDULE
• A pair of games at both Minnesota and Wisconsin along with the Hockey East slate highlight the 2010-11 UMass men’s hockey schedule. The Mass Attack will open the season with an exhibition game against New Brunswick on Oct. 2 in the Mullins Center Practice Rink. The Minutemen open their home schedule on Oct. 22 against Boston University.
• The regular season kicks off with the trip to Minnesota (10/8-9) - the first time the teams have played each other since 2004. The 2004 meeting was the only other time they have played with the Gophers winning 1-0 in Minneapolis.
• The Minutemen’s other big trip will be a pair of games at Wisconsin on Dec. 30-31 to start the second half of the season. The Badgers have won both previous meetings which occurred in 2000 (9-6, 3-0) and lost to Boston College in the 2009-10 NCAA Championship Game.
• 14 of the 17 home games will be against Hockey East foes. The Minutemen will host Providence on Oct. 29 as part of the traditional Halloween weekend with the Friars. The annual pre-Thanksgiving game against Vermont will be in the Mullins Center on Nov. 23, while the final home game until 2011 will be on Dec. 4 against UMass Lowell.
• While the Minutemen are on the road for much of the first half of the season, the 2011 half of the schedule will have UMass in the Mullins Center on 10 occasions including six of the final eight regular-season games.
• After a stretch of road games in January and early February, UMass will host Boston University (2/11), Providence (2/12), Merrimack (2/18), defending National Champion Boston College (2/25), and Maine (3/4-5).
• The Hockey East Quarterfinals are set to be played on March 11-13 at the campus sites of the top four teams. The top eight teams in the 10-school league qualify for the playoffs.
FANS SET NEW HOME ATTENDANCE RECORD IN 2009-10
• 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.
• With 4,934 fans per home game, UMass ranked 13th nationally in attendance in 2008-09.
• UMass averaged a program-best 5,017 fans at home games in 2007-08 which was an all-time best for the program. Attendance has increased in each of the last four seasons.
• 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.
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 147-184-31 record at UMass in 10 seasons. Overall, in 23 years as a head coach, Cahoon is 327-357-67.
Good Start Equaled Good Finish In 2009-10
• A good first two periods of hockey usually was a good omen for UMass last season. The Minutemen were 14-7 this year when leading or tied after the first period. They were 4-11 when trailing. A lead or tie after the second period was even more crucial as UMass went 17-3-0 (1-15-0 when trailing).
• UMass’ only win last year when trailing after the second period came against #18 Union when the Minutemen scored three third-period goals for a 4-3 win.
• UMass was 8-7-0 at home during the 2009-10 season including 6-7-0 record against Hockey East teams.
• UMass was 9-8-1 in 2008-09 at home in front of the Mullins Center crowd.
• The Minutemen lost just three games at home during the 2007-08 season going 8-3-4 (.667). The loss to New Hampshire on Jan. 11 broke a 13-game home unbeaten streak which dated back to the 2006-07 season.
• Over the last 76 games at the Mullins Center, UMass is 43-25-8 (.641) including a 14-3-4 mark in 2006-07. All-time, UMass is 130-122-27 in the Mullins Center including a 78-106-21 record among Hockey East foes. Under Don Cahoon, UMass sports a 86-68-15 record at home.
HARD TO BEAT WHEN SCORING 3’S
• UMass was 17-5-0 when scoring three-or-more goals last season 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 78 games where UMass scores four-or-more goals, the Minutemen are an amazing 72-5-1. Before the overtime loss at Quinnipiac (11/28), UMass had not lost a game when scoring four goals since Vermont (1/25/08). Prior than that, the Minutemen had not lost a game when scoring four-or-more since March 14, 2003 against New Hampshire in the Hockey East Semifinals (5-4).
• 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.
• Darren Rowe has the longest journey to get to UMass. Rowe’s drive from Simi Valley, near Los Angeles, would also take roughly two days to complete.
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.
VS. RANKED TEAMS
• UMass was 9-8-0 vs. ranked teams last year 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 54-184-20 against ranked opponents including a 5-7-2 record at neutral sites and a 7-21-4 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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