UMass Faces Early Hockey East Test At No. 1 Boston College
• Coming off a split weekend, the UMass hockey team begins a four-game stretch against three of the traditional top teams in Hockey East beginning on Friday at No. 1 Boston College (7 PM). This will be the Minutemen’s third road game of the first four to start the season. The Mass Attack will return home next Friday to host No. 8 Boston University for the first Hockey East game of the season at the Mullins Center.
• UMass will be looking to upset the No. 1 team in the country for the first time since beating then-No. 1 Boston University 5-1 on Nov. 14, 2009 in the Mullins Center. The Minutemen are also looking to break an 11-game losing skid to the Eagles on Friday night.
• All 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 pregame show for both games will begin 30 minutes prior to the opening face-off. Links for streaming video, audio, and live stats can be found at UMassAthletics.com.
• Selected home games throughout the season will be televised on CBS3 Now. Streaming video is also available through UMass All-Access (www.umassathletics.com/allaccess). This is a for-fee service which works best on high-speed internet. All home games will be available through the package.
The Series With Boston College
• The Eagles swept the Minutemen, 3-0-0, in the regular season series, with two of the three games played at Conte Forum. Boston College then knocked UMass out of the 2011 Hockey East Quarterfinals in two games. The Eagles lead the all-time series, 49-10-3.
• Boston College was ranked No. 1 in the country each time the two teams met in the regular-season last year and was ranked No. 2 in the country during the Hockey East Quarterfinal playoff series.
LAST TIME: UMass Splits Weekend With Win Over Bentley, Loss At Providence
• Michael Pereira recorded his first career hat trick last Friday as the UMass hockey team defeated Bentley 5-3 on Friday night at the Mullins Center. Danny Hobbs added a goal and two assists, while T.J. Syner notched three assists. Kevin Boyle earned his first career win in goal with 21 saves.
• On Saturday, UMass lost in a shootout, 6-4, at Providence. The game was a one-goal affair in the final minute before the Friars added an empty netter to seal the win. Danny Hobbs scored two goals to lead UMass, while T.J. Syner had three assists for the second night in a row.
• UMass will face Boston College next weekend in a home-and-home series beginning Friday night in Amherst. The game will be televised live on NESN beginning at 7 PM. The two teams will meet again on Saturday night at Agganis Arena. Friday night’s game at the Mullins Center will feature the annual Halloween Costume Contests and other fun activities.
STORY LINES: Boston College
• UMass is trying to break an 11-game losing streak against Boston College. UMass’ last win against the Eagles was on Nov. 22, 2008 - a 4-3 overtime win at the Mullins Center. UMass last win at Conte Forum was Nov. 17, 2007, 3-2.
• UMass had a season-high 47 shots in the win over Bentley – its most since 48 against Providence on Oct. 31, 2009
• Averaging 4.00 goals per game, UMass is tied for third among Hockey East teams in scoring
• UMass ranks 2nd among Hockey East teams in power play at 21.1 percent (4-of-19) after going 3-for-13 last weekend
• UMass has a league-high 57 penalty minutes despite taking six penalties for 12 minutes at Providence – UMass has lowered its total of PIM’s in each game this season
• The line of T.J. Syner, Michael Pereira and Danny Hobbs combined for 10 points (4g, 6a) in the win over Bentley. In total for last weekend, the trio tallied 16 points (6g, 10a).
• Michael Marcou has a three-game point streak in place with assists in each game.
• Colin Shea has a three-game point streak in place with a goal and two assists in the first three games of the season.