Oct. 12, 2010
| GAME INFO
| Boston University
Sat., Oct. 16, 2010 - 7 PM EST
Agganis Arena (6,300)
||Don "Toot" Cahoon
(2 GP, 1-2 PIM)
(2 GP, 2-4 PIM)
(2 GP, 1-2 PIM)
(2 GP, 3-6 PIM)
(3.00 GAA, .889 Sv%)
(4.20 GAA, .886 Sv%)
|Boston Univ. Hockey
||Boston Univ. All-Access
||100.9 FM WRNX
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UMass Travels To Boston For Hockey East Opener
• After suffering back-to-back road losses at the hands of No. 15 Minnesota, the UMass Hockey team will look to bounce back and pick up its first win of the 2010-11 season when the Minutemen travel to Agganis Arena to take on the Boston University Terriers in both teams’ Hockey East opener.
• Saturday with be the 60th meeting all-time between the two teams. The Terriers lead the series with the Minutemen 47-9-3 including a 29-3-1 record at home. Boston University took the season series last year with a 2-1-0 mark.
• This weekend’s matchup with pit Minuteman freshman Michael Pereira against his older brother Joe, a Boston University senior captain.
• 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.
• Saturday night’s game 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 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.
• Streaming video for this game can be accessed through UMassAthletics.com. Games at the Mullins Center that are not on regional or national television will be streamed live through UMass All-Access. Select home hockey games will also be televised on CBS3 Now (Comcast 293) in conjunction with the streaming video package.
THE SERIES WITH The Terriers
• This will mark the 59th time that UMass has faced off against the Terriers, with Boston University holding a 47-9-3 edge in the all-time series. BU took the season series with the Minutemen last season with a 2-1-0 mark, with the lone Massachusetts win coming at the Mullins Center, 3-2. The teams will meet again next weekend in Amherst before the series finale on February 11, also at the Mullins Center.
Up Next: Boston University
• UMass will have just two game over the next two weeks as the Minutemen head to Boston University this Saturday before returning the favor next week 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 9-47-3 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 Boston University
• While 11 of UMass’ 14 freshman made their collegiate debuts last weekend, Saturday will be their first taste of conference play as the last three national champions have come from Hockey East.
• Six of UMass’ 14 points came from rookies (3g, 3a) in the Minnesota series.
• Despite 24 1st period shots, UMass was held scoreless in both first periods scoring four 2nd period goals and three 3rd period goals over the weekend.
• UMass will face Boston University tonight and next Friday at the Mullins Center where the Minutemen are 4-2-1 against the Terriers in the first half of the season since 2002.
• UMass starts the season 0-2-0 for the first time since 2000-01 when the Minutemen opened the season at Wisconsin.
• 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.
• 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.
Battle Of The Brothers
• Saturday will mark the first of three matchups between UMass freshman forward Michael Pereira and his older brother, Joe, a Boston University senior forward and captain. Both Pereira’s had multi-point weekends in their respective season openers, with Michael netting his first collegiate goal and adding an assist while Joe picked up three goals to help the Terriers capture the Ice Breaker Tournament in St. Louis.
• Minuteman freshman defenseman Colin Shea will also go toe-to-toe with his older brother Edwin when UMass takes on Boston College later this season. The first matchup will take place February 4 in Chestnut Hill. Both Shea’s played for the Boston Junior Bruins of the EJHL before attending college.
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 t
eam’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.
• 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 147-186-31 record at UMass in 10 seasons. Overall, in 23 years as a head coach, Cahoon is 327-359-67.
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 yet were unable to get the ‘W’.
• 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 79 games where UMass scores four-or-more goals, the Minutemen are an amazing 72-6-1.
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.
VS. RANKED TEAMS
• UMass is 0-2-0 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 54-186-20 against ranked opponents including a 5-7-2 record at neutral sites and a 7-23-4 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.
• 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.
• Paul Dainton and Darren Rowe have the longest journey to get to UMass. Dainton hails from British Columbia - a drive which would take over two days. 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.
• 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.
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.
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, will air the UMass Hockey Season Preview Show this Saturday, October 16, at 11 AM. 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. The show will all be added to UMassAthletics.com following its debut on CBS3. .
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.
Dainton Candidate For Lowe’s Senior Class Award
• 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. Dainton is the only goalie on the list and one of four representing Hockey East. 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.