Chaffee, Pritchard, Del Gaizo


No. 11 Hockey Heads To New Hampshire Saturday

The Minutemen will take on the Wildcats in their lone matchup of the weekend.

University of Massachusetts Hockey Game Notes
Games 7 #11 Massachusetts Minutemen (5-1-0, 2-0-0 HEA) at New Hampshire Wildcats (1-3-1, 1-0-0 HEA)
Date | Time Saturday, November 3 - 7 p.m. 
Location Whittemore Center (6,501)
Series History New Hampshire leads: 89-21-11; Last meeting: Feb. 3, 2018 in Durham (L, 1-3)
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Quick Hits
- UMass hockey continued its hot start to the season by opening Hockey East play with a weekend weep in a home-and-home with Merrimack, defeating the Warriors 5-1 at home on Friday night and grabbing the come-from-behind OT victory in North Andover on Saturday, 4-3.
- UMass' special teams continued to be a driving factor for the squad's success. The Minutemen went 4-for-10 (40%) on the power play against Merrimack over the two contests and held the Warriors to 0-for-10 with the man advantage. UMass also netted its first shorthanded goal and first extra attacker goal of the season.
- Ten Minutemen found their way onto the scoresheet in Friday night's contest, led by a three-point performance from sophomore John Leonard on a goal and two assists, tying a single-game career high.
- Leonard totaled six points over the two contests on a goal and five assists and was +4. He factored in six of the nine goals the Minutemen scored on the weekend. In Saturday's matchup on the road in North Andover, Leonard assisted both the game-tying extra attacker goal with 33 seconds to play in regulation and the overtime game winner. He finished the night with three assists and was tabbed the Hockey East Player of the Week on Monday.
- Senior Brett Boeing posted his first multi-goal effort of his collegiate career on Friday and now has nine points (5g, 4a) in his last 10 games, dating back to the end of the 2017-18 campaign, more than half of his UMass career total (17 points in 55 games).
- Sophomore Mitchell Chaffee chipped in with two helpers in the Friday night matchup and followed up with a goal and an assist on Saturday, his second and third multi-point games of the season. He now has nine career multi-point games and has eight points in six games to start 2018-19.
- Freshman Marc Del Gaizo scored in both games against the Warriors last weekend, including Saturday's overtime game winner.
- Senior Jacob Pritchard added three more points to his season total during the Merrimack series, logging a goal on Friday and a goal and an assist on Saturday. Through six games he has seven points (3g, 4a) and ranks fourth on the squad in scoring. Pritchard's career high in points thus far came in his sophomore season at St. Lawrence, logging 22 on nine goals and 13 assists over 33 contests. All seven of Pritchard's points have come on the power play, which leads Hockey East.
- Once again UMass' goaltenders split the weekend. Sophomore Matt Murray got the nod on Friday and improved to 3-0-0 after making 26 saves  Filip Lindberg made 26 saves en route to Saturday's win.
It's Been A While…
- UMass entered the national rankings on Oct. 22, coming in at No. 16 in the poll. The last time the Minutemen were ranked prior to Oct. was in the poll released on Feb. 15, 2010. This past Monday, UMass moved up to No. 11 in the Poll and cracked the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll in the No. 11 spot as well, the highest ranking for the Minutemen since November 30, 2009 (No. 9).
- The Minutemen are 2-0-0 to start Hockey East play for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign when the squad opened 3-0-0 in league action with wins over No. 2 Boston University (3-2), Maine (5-3) and Providence (5-3). The Minutemen went 9-2-0 through their first 11 games that season.
- UMass' six goals in the 2018-19 opener vs. Rensselaer were the most for the Minutemen in a season opener since 2015-16 and the most in a home opener since 2008-09 (a 9-4 win over Providence).
- Also in the season opener vs. RPI, the Minutemen finished the night with four power-play goals, going 4-for-7 with the man advantage. The last time UMass accomplished such a feat was against Michigan State at the Mullins Center on Oct. 20, 2013.
Down Goes No. 1
- UMass' 6-3 win on the road against then-No. 1 Ohio State on Oct. 19 marked the Minutemen's fifth-ever win in program history over a No. 1-ranked team and second-ever on the road. The last time in both instances came at No. 1 Boston University on Feb. 10, 2012.
- The Minutemen's other three wins against No. 1 teams were: 11/5/11 vs. Boston College (5-1), 11/14/08 vs. Boston University (5-1) and 1/28/95 vs. Maine (4-2).
Picking Up Where He Left Off
- Sophomore Mitchell Chaffee opened up the 2018-19 season with three goals in the two-game series vs. Rensselaer (Oct. 12-13), which included the game winner in the second contest vs. the Engineers, helping him earn co-UMass Student-Athlete of the Week (10/15) honors.
- He has scored goals in four out of six games so far and is coming off a pair of multi-point performances against Merrimack.
- Chaffee currently leads the Minutemen with five goals in six games after tying for the team lead in goals last season with 13 in 39 contests. He enters the weekend tied for second in Hockey East in points (8), second in goals (5) and tied for second in power play points (5).
Makar Making Presence Known
- Sophomore Cale Makar wasted little time making his presence known to UMass' opponents to start the season and was selected as the Hockey East Player of the Month for October after leading Hockey East in scoring over the opening month of the season with 11 points on three goals and eight assists in six games and was +4.  He was named the Hockey East Player of the Week twice in October (10/22 and 10/15).
- Makar posted at least one point in five of six contests with three multi-point games, helping the Minutemen to a 5-1-0 record, the first five-win October in program history.
- The Calgary, Alberta native set a single game career-high with four points on two goals and two assists in the season opener vs. Rensselaer on Oct. 12, marking the first time a UMass skater had a four-point game since Oct. 16, 2015 and first time a UMass defenseman had four points in a game since Nov. 18, 2006, when Mike Kostka contributed four assists in an 8-1 win over UConn at the Mullins Center.
- He also had a three-point night to help UMass upset then-No. 1 ranked Ohio State on the road, 6-3 on Oct. 19.
- Last weekend as the Minutemen opened up Hockey East play with a sweep of Merrimack, Makar assisted UMass' game-tying extra attacker goal against the Warriors with 27 seconds to go in regulation, a game the Minutemen went on to win in overtime.
- Makar is currently tied for third in the country in points and tied for fifth in assists, while sharing the national lead in defenseman scoring.
Notable Firsts
- All seven UMass freshmen skaters made their collegiate debuts against Rensselaer on Oct. 12, while goaltender Filip Lindberg made his debut on Saturday, Oct. 13, at RPI and had 20 saves en route to his first career win.
- In addition, graduate transfer Jacob Pritchard made his UMass debut in the Friday night contest against RPI (10/12) and had the first three points of his career come in the opening period, with a goal and two assists.
- Defenseman Marc Del Gaizo notched his first career goal and first career assist in the season opener on Oct. 12 vs. RPI.
- Defenseman Ty Farmer and forward Anthony Del Gaizo also had their first career tallies come in the RPI series, Farmer's on Friday and Del Gaizo's opened the scoring on Saturday.
- Forward Bobby Trivigno's first career point came in UMass' 6-1 win over RPI on Oct. 12 and followed up with his first career multi-point game on Oct. 13 at RPI. He had another multi-point game at #1 Ohio State on Oct. 19, scoring the first two goals of his career vs. the Buckeyes.
- Defenseman Colin Felix had an assist on Oct. 13 at RPI for his first collegiate point.
- Farmer picked up his first collegiate assist in UMass' 5-1 win over Merrimack on Oct. 26. Anthony Del Gaizo earned his first collegiate helper on his brother Marc's overtime game winner the following night at Merrimack on Oct. 27.
Building Blocks From 2017-18
- In 2017-18, the Minutemen posted a 12-win improvement from 2016-17, marking the biggest one-year turnaround in program history and in Division I hockey this past season. UMass' 17 wins from a season ago were the most for the program since 2009-10 (18) and seventh-best for a season in program history.
- UMass' nine Hockey East wins in 2017-18 were the most for the program since 2012-13 and tied for seventh-most in program history.
- The top-three nationally-ranked recruiting class assembled by Carvel and his staff heading into 2017-18 lived up to its billing as UMass led the nation in freshmen scoring by a wide margin. The class' 67 goals were the most by a freshman class in UMass' Hockey East era and second all-time in assists (102) and points (169), as well.
- Among other milestones set by Carvel's Minutemen last season, the program hosted and won its first postseason series since 2007 and posted four wins over ranked opponents, including three over top-10 teams.
The Gang's All Here
- UMass returns all five of its top five point producers from a season ago in sophomores John Leonard (28 pts), Mitchell Chaffee (24 pts), Oliver Chau (24 pts), Mario Ferraro (23 pts) and Cale Makar (21 pts) who all led the Minutemen as freshmen.
- In total, UMass returns 215 of 281 points from a season ago (76.5%) and 78 of its 104 goals (75%).
Here's Johnny
- After a stellar freshman campaign in 2017-18, Minutemen forward John Leonard was selected in the sixth round, 182nd overall, by the San Jose Sharks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Leonard became 27th NHL draft pick in program history and the fourth Minuteman drafted by the San Jose Sharks.
- The Amherst, Massachusetts native was the first UMass player since Justin Braun in 2007 (San Jose, 7th round/201st overall) to be selected following his freshman season in Amherst.
- Leonard joined classmate Mario Ferraro as the second San Jose draft pick on the current UMass roster as Ferraro was selected 49th overall in 2017.
- Leonard led UMass in scoring in 2017-18 with 28 points on 13 goals and 15 assists over 33 games. He was tabbed the Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month for March, which was his fourth award of the season after previously being named Hockey East Rookie of the Week twice and Player of the Week once during his freshman campaign.
-  Leonard helped the Minutemen to their first Hockey East Tournament series win since 2007 with four points on two goals and two assists in UMass' 2018 Hockey East Opening Round series against Vermont. He had multi-point games in both of UMass' victories over UVM, which included leading UMass' third period comeback in game one and a highlight reel goal in the Minutemen's 5-1 series-clinching victory that was a SportsCenter Top 10 play.
O Captain My Captain
- In April, Niko Hildenbrand was tabbed as UMass' captain for the 2018-19 season, while sophomores Cale Makar and Mario Ferraro will wear the "A"s  for the Minutemen.
- As a sophomore in 2017-18, Hildenbrand nearly doubled his freshman year point production, finishing seventh on the squad in scoring with 17 points on eight goals and nine assists over 36 games.
- The Vacaville, California native was +4 with one shorthanded tally and two game winners to his credit and blocked 35 shots while posting four multi-point games.

He's Coming Back!
- Electing to return to UMass for his sophomore season, defenseman Cale Makar is the first NHL draft pick to play multiple years of college hockey after being selected in the top-10 of the NHL Entry Draft since James van Riemsdyk went on to play three seasons at New Hampshire after being selected second overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2007.
- Makar, the No. 4 overall pick by the Colorado Avalanche in 2017, was named a co-recipient of the 2018 George C. Carens Award from the New England Hockey Writers Association as co-rookie of the year, a Hockey East Third Team All-Star and to the Hockey East All-Rookie team following his freshman season with the Minutemen in 2017-19.
- Makar totaled 21 points in his freshman campaign over 34 games on 5 goals and 15 assists to finish fifth on the squad in scoring. The Calgary, Alberta native ranked second for the Minutemen in plus minus at +9 and contributed two power-play goals, one shorthanded goal and one game winner with three multi-point games to his credit.
- He was selected as Hockey East Rookie of the Week on Jan. 15 after a three-point weekend against Vermont and finished with 13 points (4g, 9a) in 20 league games. Makar finished ninth in defenseman scoring in Hockey East and ranked seventh nationally in scoring among freshmen defensemen at 0.62 points per-game.
Super Mario
- Sophomore Mario Ferraro will serve as an alternate captain for the Minutemen alongside 2017-18 defensive partner Cale Makar. Ferraro, a 2018 Hockey East All-Rookie Team selection, broke Brandon Montour's record for points by a freshman defenseman in UMass' Hockey East era, logging 23 points on four goals and a team-best 19 assists as the Minutemen's top scoring defenseman in 2017-18.
- Seeing action in all 39 games, the King City, Ontario native was +5 with six multi-point games, two power-play goals and one game winner. Over 24 Hockey East contests, he totaled 14 points on two goals and 12 assists. Ferraro finished tied for sixth in Hockey East in defenseman scoring and tied for ninth in freshman scoring.
Murray Makes His Mark
- Freshman goaltender Matt Murray is coming off of a solid freshman campaign in which he broke the UMass single season shutout record previously set by Jonathan Quick in 2006-07 and Markus Helanen in 2000-01 with four on the year.
- Murray saw 58.1% of the squad's minutes in net and posted a 2.70 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage over 1,376 minutes over 24 games. Both his GAA and save percentage from 2017-18 rank 10th in program history for a single season and were the best by a UMass netminder since 2008-09.
- The St. Albert, Alberta native was tabbed the Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week on Jan. 22, was honored as the Hockey East Player of the Week on Feb. 12, and picked up his third different Hockey East weekly award of the 2017-18 season on Feb. 26 when he was selected as the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week.
League Things And Other Tibits
- Freshmen Anthony and Marc Del Gazio's father Anthony played college hockey at Merrimack (1983-84). They are the fourth set of siblings to play for the Minutemen in the program's modern era (James Marcou 2007-10 and Michael Marcou 2008-12; Jeff Turner 1997-2001 and Tim Turner 1999-2003; Mike Warner 2000-04 and Tim Warner 2001-05).
- Freshman Bobby Trivigno is the second member of his family to play in Hockey East, following in the footsteps of his sister Dana who was a standout forward and former captain for Boston College where she put up 138 points in 148 career games for the Eagles (2012-16).
- Freshman Filip Lindberg first started playing goal after receiving his first set of hand-me-down pads from former Merrimack goaltender and fellow Finland native Rasmus Tirronen who played for the Warriors from 2011-15.
Welcome Home T.J.
- Former UMass captain T.J. Syner has returned to his alma mater to join head coach Greg Carvel's staff as a volunteer assistant coach for 2018-19. The Springfield, Massachusetts native, who played for the Minutemen from 2008-12, has rejoined the program following seven seasons in the professional hockey ranks.
- Syner saw action in 135 games over his four-year collegiate career, totaling 37 goals and 60 assists for 97 points to rank 14th all-time on UMass' career scoring list and is tied for 10th in career assists.
- As a senior in 2011-12, Syner served as a team captain and led the Minutemen with 37 points (13g, 24a) en route to a Hockey East All-Conference Honorable Mention nod.
- Upon completion of his collegiate eligibility, Syner began his professional career with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League and split time between the AHL and ECHL's Reading Royals from 2011-14, winning a Kelly Cup championship with Reading in 2012-13.
- He went on to play three more ECHL seasons with the Utah Grizzlies (2014-16) and the Worcester Railers (2017-18) and spent the 2016-17 season overseas with Val Gardena HC (AlpsHL) and Coventry Blaze (EIHL). Syner logged 203 points over 282 career ECHL games on 80 goals and 123 assists.
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