No. 4 Massachusetts Hockey Rolls On
By Tyler Movsessian
The Massachusetts hockey team keeps rolling as the now No. 4 ranked Minutemen have another doubleheader this weekend, with a road contest at Holy Cross and a matinee home game on Sunday against New Hampshire. After coming off a monumental sweep of the previous No. 4 Providence, UMass goes into this weekend a heavy favorite to earn their ninth and tenth win.
It was a tense weekend for the Minutemen on their last time out as thousands of fans packed the Mullins Center for the most electric atmosphere in years. While the score was tied 2-2 for most of the second half of the game, freshmen defenseman Ty Farmer was the hero headed into the long Veteran’s Day weekend with the game winner.
On Saturday, the Minutemen traveled to Providence where they managed to defeat the Friars by the same score of 3-2. This time, it was another freshman defender playing hero as Marc Del Gaizo broke the tie in the third period. Sophomore goaltender Matt Murray had 29 saves for the second consecutive night, bringing his save percentage for the weekend to an impressive .935.
With the momentum of the last weekend propelling the Minutemen, the season surges forward into Worcester, Massachusetts against the Holy Cross Crusaders. Holy Cross is an abysmal 1-6-1 this season and winless in their last seven games. The Minutemen hopefully will not have a problem here.
After the Holy Cross game it will be a quick turnaround for UMass as they come back to Mullins on Sunday for a game against New Hampshire. This is the second time the Minutemen have seen the Wildcats in a Hockey East rivalry matchup. It’s only been two weeks since UMass easily handed New Hampshire a loss in Durham, and they should have no problem finishing the Wildcats off again on their way to their 10th win.
The action begins in Worcester on Friday at 7:05 p.m. You can stream the game on the radio on channels 101.5 and 107.5 FM. Then one of the hottest teams in college hockey is back at the Mullins Center on Sunday for a 2 p.m. puck drop against New Hampshire. While many students will be home for Thanksgiving Break, the game will be available via radio through the same channels as well as TV on both Eleven Sports and NESN Plus.