UMass got swept over the past weekend by Maine in hockey. UMass football also lost, at home, to a winless Eastern Michigan team. Here is a graphical simulation of how it all went down:
But hey, look, listen. UMass alum Ben Cherington also won the World Series, or rather his Red Sox did, for all of mankind forever. So that has to be a good omen going into this weekend, right?
Listen, I’ll keep this short and sweet. Last weekend was no good. This weekend needs to be better. UMass actually played quite well for four of the six periods, but were doomed by an awful first period Friday and second period Saturday, then a dumb penalty at the end of regulation Friday did them in in the close game of the two. (Didn’t like the officiating in game 1, for the record, but what else is new in Hockey East. The OT penalty there was no excuse for though.) On positive notes, more good play from the second line, Pigozzi got a goal, and overall I like our offense’s chances against this same team on the Mullins Center ice and with Mastalerz in net for both games.
These two games this weekend, as I said last week, are far more important. Let’s be honest, neither team is likely to be looking at Pairwise standings this season, so every Hockey East point is critical. A sweep this weekend would go miles toward erasing the bitter taste of last weekend. End of story. I’ll have more hockey-ish analysis after the games are in the book, I swear.
Oh, and beat Northern Illinois. Or at least hold them under 70. That’d be swell.
– Max, of Fright Mass