The Last Meeting
January 20, 2012
Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)
Hobbs' Hat Trick Helps Mass Attack Past UVM, 4-3
Senior Danny Hobbs' first career hat trick and a late game-winner from sophomore Conor Allen helped the UMass hockey team extend its home unbeaten streak to 10 with a 4-3 win over Vermont at the Mullins Center on Friday night. With the victory, the Minutemen are now 9-8-5 overall and 5-6-4 in Hockey East play, while the Catamounts fall to 5-17-1 (2-13-1 HEA).
Notables: Maine, UMass Lowell
- Last Friday's contest at Maine featured Adam Phillips up front for the first time this season, the defenseman played on the right win of seniors Eddie Olczyk and Keven Czepiel's line.
- The Minutemen forced overtime with the Black Bears by scoring with the extra skater on for the first time this season as junior Conor Allen found the back of the net with 1:08 to go in regulation. UMass' last goal with the extra attacker was scored at Providence on Jan. 5, 2012 by Danny Hobbs with 37 seconds left in the third period. The Minutemen's last win after forcing overtime with an extra-man goal came at home against New Hampshire on Nov. 13, 2009.
- Three UMass players made their 2012-13 debuts in Sunday's game vs. UMass Lowell: junior Jeff Teglia, sophomore Zack LaRue and redshirt-junior Anthony Raiola.
- Junior Michael Pereira scored his second of the season and second power-play goal against UMass Lowell. All of Pereira's five points on the year have come in the past three games.
- Allen notched points in both contests over the weekend with a goal and an assist, one of four Minutemen to do so.
- With all three of its members logging points in both games this past weekend, UMass' Carzo-Guzzo-Sheary line has been contributing its share offensively in recent weeks.
- Having skated together in six contests, the trio has totaled 13 points on five goals and eight assists with the line contributing at least one point in each of those games.
- Steven Guzzo and Conor Sheary currently lead the Minutemen in points with seven apiece, Guzzo with three goals and four assists, Sheary with one goal and a team-best six helpers. Sheary has one point in seven-of-nine games thus far, while Guzzo has gotten on the scoresheet in six-of-nine contests.
- With six to his credit (4g, 2a), senior Rocco Carzo is just one point shy of matching his 2011-12 season total. As a freshman in 2009-10, he logged a career-best 12 points on six goals and six assists.
Potent Power Play
- With at least one power-play goal in each of its nine contests, the Minutemen boast the No. 2 power play in Hockey East with a conversion rate of 22.9% (11-for-48), 11th nationally.
- Three of UMass' four goals this past weekend came on power play opportunities to extend its streak to nine straight games scoring with the man advantage.
- The Minutemen had power-play tallies in seven straight contests from Nov.-Dec. 2003.
- In 2011-12, UMass was 30-for-165 (.182) in 36 games on the power play to rank sixth in Hockey East.
Boyle's Brilliant 2012-13 Start
- Sophomore netminder Kevin Boyle is off to a great start in 2012-13 boasting a 1.64 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage to rank eighth and ninth nationally in those categories, respectively, second in Hockey East in GAA and tied for second on save percentage.
- Boyle has been in net for all three UMass victories and holds a minuscule 0.66 GAA in those contests and has stopped 97.1% of the shots he has faced.
- On Nov. 9 against Providence, Boyle made 17 saves en route to his first collegiate shutout as the Minutemen defeated the Friars, 4-0.
- Junior defenseman Colin Shea's scored UMass' first short-handed goal of the season on Nov. 9 vs. Providence, becoming the first Minuteman blueliner to score with a man down since Justin Braun did so twice during the 2008-09 season with the most recent coming vs. UMass Lowell on Jan. 17, 2009.
A Rare Sight
- Senior Rocco Carzo's penalty shot goal against Boston University on Oct. 27, was the first of its kind for the Minutemen in more than a decade. Prior to Carzo's goal, Jeff Turner was the last UMass player to score on a penalty shot, Feb. 6, 2000, against UMass Lowell.
- The last penalty shot attempted before Carzo's was taken by T.J. Syner against Bentley in the home opener last season, Oct. 14, 2011.
Dominant At The Dots
- UMass has seen success at the faceoff dots this season, winning 341-of-615 (55.4%) through the first nine games.
- Redshirt sophomore Steven Guzzo and juniors Eric Filiou and Conor Sheary have been UMass' top performers over the dots thus far at 64% (71-for-111), 57.5% (46-for-80), and 56.9% (29-for-51), respectively.
- Sheary went 7-0 against New Hampshire on Nov. 2, including the offensive zone faceoff that lead to the game-winning goal.
- Junior Eric Filiou won 10-of-11 faceoffs he took against Boston College on Nov. 4.
- Up until allowing a power play goal in the third period at Boston University on Oct. 26, UMass had killed off 11 straight penalties. A streak that had begun with in the second period against Connecticut and included a five-minute major against Boston College.
- Junior Troy Power has had the hot hand as of late, logging his second straight multi-point game on Nov. 9 with a goal and an assist vs. Providence.
- Six of Power's 17 career points and two of his four career goals have come in the first eight games he has played this year.
Two Years And Counting
- It has been over two calendar years since junior Conor Sheary has missed a game for the Minutemen, currently having played in 74 straight contests, including all 36 last season.
- Not dressing for just one of a possible 79 games of his career thus far, the only contest Sheary has missed came on Oct. 30, 2010 at Providence.
Why The 'Staches?
- There's growing presence of facial hair among UMass hockey's coaches and players this month--for a good cause.
- Coach Micheletto is in his sixth year as a Movember participant, growing a mustache for the month of November to raise awareness and funds for men's health, specifically prostate cancer initiatives. Members of the Minutemen, coaching staff and support staff have joined him as well, sporting " Mo's" of their own.
- To learn more or to donate to the cause, visit http://mobro.co/CoachMicheletto and http://mobro.co/UMassHockey
Production From The Point
- UMass has seen 8-of-24 of its goals come from defensemen thus far this season, including 5-of-11 of its power play tallies, one short-handed goal and one with an extra skater on.
- The Minutemen blueliners have combined for eight goals and nine assists in nine games. Conor Allen is tied for second on the squad in points with six on two goals and four assists.
- Six of seven UMass defensemen that have dressed have at least one point on the year.
- UMass returns three of its top-four point producers from 2011-12, including juniors Conor Sheary and Michael Pereira who contributed 35 points (12g, 23a) and 34 points (17g, 17a) last season, respectively.
- Both are among the top returning scorers in Hockey East this season as Sheary is tied for ninth on the list and Pereira is tied for 11th.
- Among the league's top returning goal scorers, Pereira ranks fourth.
Packing 'Em In
- The Minutemen have played six home games this season, three in front of crowds of 7,000+ to rank in the top 20 all-time for UMass hockey attendances.
- UMass currently ranks seventh nationally in average attendance (5,581), trailing only North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado College, Boston College and Minnesota-Duluth.
- The attendance of 7,123 against Connecticut was the highest ever for a UMass home opener and the most for non-conference home game.
- The crowd was the 19th-largest all-time for UMass hockey at the Mullins Center.
- On Oct. 19, the Minutemen drew 7,678 against Boston College, the 10th-largest home crowd in program history.
- Against Boston University on Oct. 27, the Minutemen drew 7,357 to the Mullins Center, the 13th-largest home crowd all time.
- UMass ranked seventh nationally in average attendance last year (6,603), second among Hockey East behind Boston College (5th - 7,549).
- Head coach John Micheletto announced on Oct. 16 that Rocco Carzo and Kevin Czepiel will serve as the team's co-captains for the 2012-13 season. The senior forwards donned the "C"s for the first time on Oct. 19 when the Minutemen took the ice vs. #3 Boston College. Carzo scored twice in that contest, his first career multi-goal game.
44 Back For More
- Junior Joel Hanley is coming off a stellar sophomore campaign that saw him post 25 points (7g, 18a) and record a +12 rating.
- Hanley ranked fifth in defensemen scoring in Hockey East in 2011-12 and was third among the Minutemen in assists. He was one of three UMass players to see action in all 36 games last season, joining T.J. Syner and Conor Sheary.
- The Minutemen open up the 2012-13 campaign by playing 11 of their first 15 games in the friendly confines of the Mullins Center.
- Over the last 113 games at Mullins, UMass is 59-40-14 (.584) including a 14-3-4 mark in 2006-07. All-time, UMass is 145-138-34 in the Mullins Center including an 89-120-26 record among Hockey East foes.
- The 2011-12 campaign got off to an especially good start as the Minutemen began 7-0-3 at home prior to their Jan. 27 loss to #11 UMass Lowell. The last such start to a season was in 2007-08 when the Minutemen were 4-0-3 to start the season before falling on Dec. 8 to #7 New Hampshire. UMass finished 2011-12 with a mark of 9-4-3 on home ice.
- UMass will not venture very far from Amherst in 2012-13, with its furthest road trip just a shade over 300 miles, a single game at Maine on Nov. 16.
- The Minutemen will leave the Commonwealth just once over the first two months of the season as their only other away contests during that span are at Boston University, Boston College and Northeastern.
- UMass' 13-man junior class has produced over 300 points in two-plus seasons as Minutemen. - As a group, they have scored 117 goals and 203 assists, led by Michael Pereira's 64 career points. Conor Sheary and Joel Hanley follow with 56 and 46 respectively. Pereira is UMass' active career goals and points leader.
A Sloth of Bruins
- With the addition of freshmen Connor Doherty and K.J. Tiefenwerth, UMass now has four former members of the Boston Junior Bruins, joining junior Colin Shea and sophomore Andrew Tegeler.
- Tiefenwerth has also been reunited with another former teammate as he and current junior Michael Pereira helped Avon Old Farms to a New England Division I Prep Championship in 2009-10.
- With the Junior Bruins, Tiefenwerth was named the EJHL Rookie of the Year in 2010-11 after logging 57 points. In 2011-12, he ranked third in the EJHL with 77 points.
Vs. Ranked Teams
- The Minutemen opened up the 2012-13 campaign with five games against ranked foes over its first six contests and went 1-4-0.
- UMass was 7-9-1 last season against ranked teams with wins over #1 Boston College (11/15), #17 Yale (12/7), #13 Cornell (12/29), #4 Boston College (1/13), #1 Boston University (2/10, at #11 Maine (2/18) and vs. #12 Merrimack (3/2). In 2010-11, the Minutemen posted an 0-16-3 record against ranked teams.
- UMass record of 9-8-0 in 2009-10 was the program's best all-time record against ranked foes. 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).
- All-time, UMass is 62-212-24 against ranked opponents including a 6-7-2 record at neutral sites and a 9-25-4 record against non-conference teams.
- UMass posted its fourth-ever win over a #1-ranked team, its first-ever on the road, on Feb. 10, 2012, 3-2 at Boston University. It was the squad's second over a #1 on the season. On Nov. 5, 2011, the Minutemen earned a 4-2 victory over Boston College in the Mullins Center. Previously, UMass had defeated then #1-ranked Boston University, 5-1, on Nov. 14, 2008 - also at the Mullins Center. The first came in 1994-95 with a 4-2 win over #1 Maine on Jan. 28. In the modern era, UMass is 4-14-1 against teams ranked #1.
Tough To Blank
- The Minutemen were tough to hold off the scoreboard in 2011-12, as the squad was shut out just once on the year, 4-0 at UMass Lowell on Nov. 19, 2011.
- UMass scored two or more goals in 33 of 36 games in 2011-12 and ranked fifth in Hockey East in scoring offense with 3.17 goals per-game.
UMass Adds Transfer Dongara
- In addition to the squad's four in coming freshmen, UMass has also welcomed a transfer to the fold, forward Rob Dongara who comes to Amherst from Northeastern and will sit out 2012-13 per NCAA transfer rules.
- Dongara, who will have two seasons of eligibility with the Minutemen, skated in 36-of-38 games as a freshman at Northeastern in 2010-11 and totaled 14 points on six goals and eight assists.
- Scored his first career goal in the Beanpot in short-handed fashion for the Huskies against Boston College in the Beanpot finals; it was such a great goal, it debuted to the nation as the #7 Play of the Day on SportsCenter.
- UMass' games against Providence, originally scheduled for Jan. 11-12, will swap locations to avoid a scheduling conflict with women's basketball's home game versus George Washington. The Minutemen will now play at home on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Friars, while Saturday's contest, originally slated to be played in Amherst, will take place in Providence, R.I.
Quick Wins Cup
- Former Minuteman Jonathan Quick was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy after leading the Los Angeles Kings to the franchise's first Stanley Cup Championship following the squad's 6-1 series-clinching victory over the New Jersey Devils back in June. Quick, the first UMass player to win the Stanley Cup,became just the third American to collect the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
- Quick allowed only 29 goals in the Kings' 20 playoff games, including just seven in six games in the Stanley Cup Finals as he stopped 125 of 132 shots. He was 16-4 in net during the postseason with a 1.41 goals against average and a .946 save percentage.
- The Vezina Trophy finalist started a personal-best 69 games during the 2011-12 regular season and posted 35 of the Kings' 40 wins. Quick logged an NHL-leading 10 shutouts and ranked second in the League with a 1.95 goals-against average and fifth with a .929 save percentage. All three marks were franchise single season records, as well.
- At UMass, Quick led the Minutemen to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2006-07 while posting team single-season records with 19 wins, 37 appearances, 1,046 saves and 2,224 minutes played. He finished his sophomore season with a 19-12-5 record, three shutouts, a. 2.16 goals-against average (tied for 11th in the nation) and a .929 save percentage (fifth in the nation). That season, he became UMass' fifth All-American selection earning second-team honors. He still holds program career records for save percentage (.926), goals against average (2.40) and saves per game (28.96).
Kostka Claims Calder
- UMass hockey alum Mike Kostka scored twice and added an assist as the Nofolk Admirals completed their sweep of the Toronto Marlies to capture the 2012 Calder Cup. Kostka, for a second straight game, scored the game-winner for Norfolk, who defeated the Marlies, 6-1, in the series-clinching game four.
- Kostka, who turned pro following his senior season with the Minutemen in 2007, totaled six goals and six assists over 18 postseason games. The defenseman had 32 points on seven goals and 25 assists in 52 regular season contests with the Admirals in 2011-12.
- Kostka became first Minuteman to win the Calder Cup since Matt Anderson took home the title with the Chicago Wolves in 2007-08.
- All told, over the last five years, three different UMass hockey alums have played in the AHL's championship series with Casey Wellman leading the Houston Aeros to the Cup finals in 2011-12.