Short turnaround for UMass hockey with No. 3 Boston College on deck Tuesday



Last modified: Wednesday, November 11, 2015

AMHERST — The UMass hockey team won’t have much time to recover from its first loss of the season Saturday.

Not only will the Minutemen be back in action Tuesday night, but they’ll face the toughest team on their schedule to date.

UMass (4-1-1, 0-0-1 Hockey East) is headed to Boston College (5-1-0, 0-0-0) for a 7 p.m. game against the third-ranked Eagles at Conte Forum.

UMass coach John Micheletto was eager to see how his team bounces back after Saturday’s 6-1 loss to No. 13 Yale in the finals of the Capital City Classic in New Jersey. He liked the players’ demeanor after the loss as they were upset, but not too upset.

“You’re always worried about managing people during good times and you’re waiting for the response after some negativity comes in. I like where our (locker) room was and how the bus ride home was Saturday night. Guys were angry,” he said. “They knew they didn’t play their best. At times we did and had the better of the play, but for a big chunk of the second we weren’t where we were supposed to be. The best part was, it wasn’t like the sky was falling. We don’t want one loss to become two because we’re making too big a deal out of it. We have things we need to work on and things we know we can be better at. While giving credit Yale, we have to manage our energy better.”

He thought Yale was good preparation for BC.

“I think they’re real similar. They play the same way. We just need to be a better version of what we are,” Micheletto said. “I told our guys you’re going to see a team that wants to play fast, that’s good defensively and getting real good goaltending. Can we be better than we were Saturday against a team that’s going to be similar on Tuesday?”

Freshman Miles Wood leads BC with eight points. The New Jersey Devils draft pick has two goals and six assists. Sophomore Zach Sanford isn’t far behind with four goals and three assists.

Junior Thatcher Demko has played all six games in goal with a 1.00 goals against average and a 95.7 save percentage.

BC split its opening weekend in Eastern New York, beating Army and falling to RPI. After that, the Eagles beat Wisconsin (6-0), and Colorado College twice (3-0 and 5-0). BC beat No. 9 Denver, 4-3, Friday at home.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage


 


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