Thursday, October 23, 2008

Just A Minute...

... then we're outta here.

You guessed it, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Minutemen will be catching a bus to Durham, New Hampshire tomorrow for their first match-up with our Wildcat Men's Hockey Team this season - the puck drops at 7pm.

The Maroon & Silver (PLEASE leave those shorts in Amherst!) are 2-1-0 this season after a 6-0 shellacking of Rensselaer and squeaking by the Univeristy of North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3-2.

Of note is their extremely disciplined play averaging just twelve minutes in penalties per game (we've averaged twenty-two!). They like to come out strong and finish hard but they seem to let up in the middle of the game - I suggest the 'Cats take advantage of it.

Then our guys will take to the road for the first time this season, traveling to Canton, NY - nearby Potsdam, NY, hometown to Captain Joe Charlebois - where they will face the St. Lawrence Saints led behind the bench by UNH alum Joe Marsh. Their record sits at 2-2-0 and our Wildcats are their only opponent on the slate this weekend for their home opener.

Always a good contest, this one makes two consecutive Sunday contests on ESPNU for our UNH squad - game starts at a delayed 7:30pm puck drop.

Look for a little revenge from Foster and Co. for the wild 6-5 win that the Saints took on the Whittemore Center ice last season.

If anyone has any recommendations, for or against, or the ESPNU channel number for your local cable provider please comment to this post and I'll be sure to pass it along - for what it's worth, ESPNU is Metrocast channel 224 which came in handy as I sat at my favorite Irish pub (Cu Na Mara, in Bristol, NH) last weekend to catch the game! Anyone else have a favorite locale for catching the good ol' Blue and White?

Go 'Cats!


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