Massachusetts Minutemen Hockey Schedule
The Massachusetts Minutemen are poised for another big season of college
hockey as they prepare to face off against all of their biggest Hockey East rivals. The Miniutemen's home, Mullins Center
in Amherst, Massachusetts, is one of the most thrilling venues in all of college hockey and there is no better place to catch
a big time game. NCAA hockey is a big deal in Amherst and Minutemen fans always show up in force looking to provide the team
with a nearly insurmountable home ice advantage when they play at home. Tickets to see the UMASS Minutemen in action at Mullins
Center never stay available long so be sure to get yours from StubHub as soon as possible so you can head out and show the
Minutemen your support.
The UMASS Minutemen get their home 2014-2015 home schedule underway on Friday, November 7th
when the American International Yellow Jackets come to Amherst. There are several other big time match ups at home for the
Minutemen this year including games against the Boston College Eagles, the Vermont Catamounts, the Quinnipiac Bobcats, the
Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Northeastern Huskies, the UCONN Huskies, the Maine Black Bears, the New Hampshire Wildcats,
the Merrimack Warriors, the UMASS Lowell Riverhawks, and the Providence Friars. There are ample opportunities to make your
way to Mullins Center to see the UMASS Minutemen make a charge up the conference standings during the 2013-2014 season.
Massachusetts Minutemen Hockey East
Hockey East has long been one of the most competitive college hockey conferences
in the country and if you need any corroboration to that fact just ask any long time fan of any of the teams in Hockey East.
The league had already been among the toughest in all of NCAA hockey, but in 2011, to make the conference even better, Notre
Dame announced that it was becoming a member, and is now Hockey East's only member not located in New England. Teams like
Boston College, University of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Merrimack, UMASS Amherst, New Hampshire, UMASS Lowell, Providence,
Northeastern, and Vermont make making your way through the daunting Hockey East schedule an unenviable undertaking for each
team looking to come out of the Hockey East regular season and playoffs unscathed. All of their tough battles during regular
season play will only serve to make any Hockey East team an even tougher opponent come tournament time and postseason play
so be ready for them to make their mark on NCAA hockey this season.
Last season the Minutemen
had some struggles during only their second year under head coach John Micheletto and finished with an 8-22-4 record. Some
growing pains were to be expected, but the Minutemen should be vastly improved this year and will boast a talented and experienced
team. Every player on the Minutemen team will be determined to make it back to the NCAA Tournament for only the second time
in the school's history. Helping to lead the Minutemen on the ice will be a strong core of returning players who have plenty
of experience and would like nothing more than a deep run in the NCAA Tournament before they leave campus. This is looking
to be an exciting season for the UMASS Minutemen and you will want to be there cheering them on right from the start.
Hockey fans in general are some of the most passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches
the fanaticism surrounding college hockey and UMASS Minutemen fans are some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in the
entire NCAA. On game day at Mullins Center, the fans file in and take their seats when the cheering and chanting begins. As
the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams
are ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and
agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following three periods of world class college
hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high
fives and you will already be planning a return trip.
The history of UMASS Minutemen hockey dates
all the way back to 1908 when the team went 2-4. For the first several years the team did not have a coach and it was not
until Elton Mansell took over in 1917 that the Minutemen actually had their first coach. To date the Minutemen have only made
the NCAA Tournament once, in 2007 when the team went 21-13-5. The 2006-2007 team set a school record with their 21 wins, breaking
the 20 win record of the 1993-1994 team.