Massachusetts hockey followers can start to map out their fall and winter weekends because the 2016-17 schedule was launched earlier this week. With the UMass Athletics web site briefly in transition the schedule is simply accessible in Tweet type:
This looks like a stable schedule for the group this 12 months. There will probably be a number of new faces on the squad, to not point out a model new teaching employees, and it’s mentioned that lengthy street journeys typically helps groups bond. Effectively the Minutemen could have a few these with a visit throughout the Atlantic to play within the Friendship 4 in Belfast, Eire in November after which will head west to Minnesota for the Mariucci Basic the next month.
UMass will host a pair western groups as nicely. They’ll kick off the season once more towards Colorado School, however this time at house. After which in December they host school hockey’s latest program, Arizona State, for 2 video games. They’ll additionally host AIC and Military in non-conference video games. They’ll tackle a pair ECAC foes on the street with Princeton and Quinnipiac.
UMass does hand over a house sport as a result of Frozen Fenway matchup towards Boston College on January seventh. Residence video games are entrance loaded on this schedule with 7 of the primary 9 video games being performed on the Mullins Heart. Sadly simply 6 of the 16 video games performed after winter break will probably be performed at house. One other annoying a part of the schedule is the truth that there’s not one, not two, not three, not 4, however FIVE video games are performed on Tuesdays. Have you ever all the time wished to see UMass play in Princeton’s historic Hobey Baker Rink? Effectively have enjoyable driving to New Jersey on a Tuesday. Three of the six house video games after the New Yr fall on a Tuesday. That’s fairly ridiculous, frankly, and will by no means occur.
I feel how the schedule is ready up, when it comes to timing of the journeys, house video games versus away video games, and so on., will most likely have an important impression on the group’s document than the precise energy of the opponents. Hockey East is Hockey East and the non-conference slate doesn’t appear overwhelming. General an honest schedule outdoors of the few annoying quirks.
Ivan Chukarov made impression at Buffalo Sabres growth camp not too long ago. Earlier than camp began the Sabres had this story on their web site about Chukarov desirous to make an impression throughout his second summer season with the group that drafted him. Mission completed as Chukarov was offered with the Craig Ramsay Award for being the toughest working participant at camp.
William Lagesson talked about a few of his expertise at Edmonton Oilers camp:
Henry Dill, who parted methods with UMass this Spring will play in web for Utica School.
And it has additionally been reported that former UMass ahead Keith Burchett will probably be transferring to Lowell.
Maddison Smiley reportedly will probably be taking part in at a faculty in his native Alberta subsequent season.
The convention carousel retains on turning with Minnesota State making an attempt to maneuver from the WCHA to the NCHC.
Lastly, in will be the center of Summer time however individuals in Amherst are already fired up in regards to the coming season of UMass hockey! “3:01 a.m. – Police spoke to individuals carrying a big billboard promoting UMass hockey on North Nice Avenue. The billboard was returned to its proprietor.”