COVID-19 protocols at Union postpone UMass hockey’s return to the ice

  • The UMass hockey team makes their way onto the ice for the season opener against Minnesota State on Saturday night at the Mullins Center in Amherst. FOR THE GAZETTE/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 12/30/2021 1:43:35 PM

UMass will have to wait another week to return to the ice.

The Minutemen’s hockey series against Union scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Schenectady, N.Y., has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols within Union’s program. A makeup date hasn’t been set yet.

No. 12 UMass (9-4-2) hasn’t played since defeating Merrimack in overtime Dec. 8.

The Minutemen are now scheduled to return from the winter break Jan. 8 and 9 against No. 3 Michigan in Ann Arbor. The Saturday game drops the puck at 5 p.m. on the Big Ten Network, while the 4 p.m. Sunday contest will be broadcast on ESPNU.

The Wolverines recently canceled Thursday’s game against Western Michigan due to “health and welfare protocols within the Wolverines’ program” not related to COVID-19. Michigan had five players at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships, which were canceled Wednesday due to COVID outbreaks among multiple teams leading to quarantine mandates.

UMass defenseman Scott Morrow was on the U.S. roster but was expected to be able to return to the Minutemen in Ann Arbor after the tournament ended.

The Minutemen have faced three ranked teams this season (UMass Lowell, Providence and Minnesota State), going 3-2-1 in those contests.


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