Opponent Previews: Vermont (3/1, 3/2, *3/4)

Opponent: Vemont Catamounts

League: Hockey East

Record: 9-18-7 (6-12-6)

Notable Wins: Union (21-13-2)

Other Wins: Waterloo, Dartmouth, Merrimack

Notable Losses: Quinnipiac (14-16-4), St. Lawrence (7-25-2)
Other Losses: Michigan, BC, Harvard, Northeastern

Team Stats:                         UMass                                    UConn
Goals                                      89                                            72
Save Percentage                  .901                                         .909
Goals Against Average        2.99                                         2.90
Shots Per Game                   273                                          29.3


Team Leaders:

Goals (15): Colton Ross #20 Forward, 5’11, 200 lbs

Assissts (11): Matt Alvaro #25 Forward, 5’9, 180 lbs

Points (21): Colton Ross #20 Forward, 5’11, 200 lbs

Shots (132): Colton Ross #20 Forward, 5’11, 200 lbs

Goals Against Average (2.70): Stefanos Lekkas, #40 Goalie, 6’0, 180 lbs

Save Percentage (.915): Stefanos Lekkas, #40 Goalie, 6’0, 180 lbs


Series Prediction: UMass 2, Vermont 0

It’s quite amazing that the Minutemen have gone from mustering a measly five wins to now hosting a playoff series at the Mullins Center. I am calling a sweep here because UMass is peaking at just the right time. After a five-game losing streak, they are 4-1-1 in the last six games. Additionally, they match up incredibly well against Vermont, and Matt Murray appears to be much stronger than Stefanos Lekkas in net. The Catamounts also don’t have a very balanced scoring production, with Colton Ross taking 55 more shots than the next most frequent shooter and also scoring 5 more goals than the next highest goal scorer. Our defensive core in Mario Ferraro, Cale Makar, and Jake McLaughlin should be able to support Murray in shutting down his production this weekend.

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