Mass Attack Hosts Holy Cross & Northeastern In Home Weekend
• A rare two-game home weekend is on tap for the Minutemen as UMass will host Holy Cross and Northeastern at the Mullins Center this Friday and Saturday. Friday night’s game against Holy Cross, the first meeting since 2005, will have a special opening puck drop of 6 PM as the UMass basketball team will open its season later that night at the Curry Hicks Cage.
• This will be just the fifth time in the Modern Era of UMass hockey tht Holy Cross and the Minutemen have met on the ice. The two teams were regular opponents from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s.
• Saturday will be the second meeting of the year between UMass and Northeastern following the season-opening 3-3 tie.
• 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 Holy Cross
• This will be the first meeting with Holy Cross since the 2005-06 campaign - a 3-2 win at the Mullins Center for the Crusaders. All-time, UMass leads the series 18-9-0, however, the two teams have split the last four meetings which have occured in the Modern Era of UMass hockey.
The Series With Northeastern
• UMass and Northeastern meet for the second time this season after both teams fought to a 3-3 overtime tie at Matthews Arena in the season-opener. It appeared UMass had the game won after T.J. Syner put the Minutemen up 3-2 with 4:10 remaining in the third period, but Braden Pimm scored an extra-attacker goal with 2 seconds left on the clock to force the overtime session.
• All-time, Northeastern leads the series 40-23-11 and the Huskies have not lost to the Minutemen in six straight games.
Last Time: Split Weekend vs. UNH/BC
• A terrific 4-2 win over No. 1 Boston College on Saturday night made up for the tough 7-3 loss at New Hampshire on Friday night.
• After a back-and-forth first period in Durham last Friday that saw UMass trail UNH 3-2 at the first intermission, the Wildcats scored three straight second period goals to open up a 6-2 lead and shut down the UMass offensive attack for the rest of the game.
• The Minutemen bounced back, however, as No. 1 Boston College visited the Mullins Center on Saturday. UMass used a three-goal third period to pull out the win with Oleg Yevenko’s first career goal serving as the game-winner.
Next Up: Maine / UMass Lowell
• UMass will host Maine next Friday before heading to UMass Lowell on Saturday. The weekend will mark the first time the Minutemen have faced either squad this season.
Story Lines: Holy Cross / Northeastern
• In the split weekend with the loss at New Hampshire and the win over Boston College, UMass forwards scored 14 overall points – 11 of those coming from the 2nd and 3rd lines
• Over the last four games, UMass is 5-of-22 on the power play (22.7%)
• The win over Boston College snapped a 12-game losing skid to the Eagles – the last UMass win coming on Nov. 22, 2008 in the Mullins Center (4-3, OT)
• UMass has continued to reverse the penalty-taking trend over the last four games (5 pen/game) – that has dropped UMass from Hockey’s East top team in penalty minutes to 5th (15.6/game)
• Through the first eight games this season, UMass has increased scoring over last year’s same time span – The Minutemen have 27 goals compared to 19 a year ago (+1.00g/game)
• UMass had a season-high 47 shots in the win over Bentley – its most since 48 against Providence on Oct. 31, 2009
• The line of T.J. Syner, Michael Pereira and Danny Hobbs combined for 10 points (4g, 6a) in the win over Bentley. All told for the Bentley/Providence weekend, the trio tallied 16 points (6g, 10a).
• Michael Marcou posted a four-game point streak to start the season with a goal and three assists.
• Colin Shea had a three-game point streak in place with a goal and two assists in the first three games of the season.
• Andrew Tegeler scored his first collegiate goal in the Boston College loss.