UMass Minutemen ice hockey

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UMass Minutemen ice hockey
Current season
UMass Minutemen ice hockey athletic logo
University University of Massachusetts Amherst
Conference Hockey East
Head coach John Micheletto [1]
2nd year, 12–19–3
Arena Mullins Center
Capacity: 8,387
Location Amherst, Massachusetts
Colors Maroon and White
NCAA Tournament Appearances
Current uniform

The UMass Minutemen ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's college ice hockey program that represents the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Minutemen are a member of Hockey East. They play at the 8,387-seat William D. Mullins Memorial Center (informally known as the Mullins Center) in Amherst, Massachusetts.[2]

Pond history[edit]

The centrally located pond on the UMass campus was once used for multiple purposes. In the winter students and faculty would cut out blocks of ice to use for refrigeration and annual tug-of-war games between sophomores and freshmen were hosted during the spring months. The UMass Minutemen even played on the campus pond starting in 1909 but have since moved to the Mullins Center.[3]

Current roster[edit]

As of March 13, 2015.[4]

# Name Position Year Height Weight DOB Hometown Last Team
2 Mike Busillo D SR 6-2 203 1991-03-16 Wallingford, Connecticut Hartford Jr. Wolfpack (AJHL)
3 Keith Burchett F FR 5-11 192 1994-12-08 Oak Brook, Illinois Sioux Falls (USHL)
4 Marc Hetnik D SO 6-2 190 1992-04-15 Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts Vernon (BCHL)
6 Dominic Trento F FR 5-11 170 1993-01-06 Brockport, New York New Jersey (USPHL)
7 Patrick Lee F FR 5-9 165 1994-10-08 Calgary, Alberta Brooks (AJHL)
8 Jake Horton D FR 5-11 204 1994-05-24 North Plymouth, Minnesota Aberdeen (NAHL)
9 Steven Guzzo F SR 6-0 184 1990-09-24 Oakville, Ontario Oakville (OJAHL)
10 Shane Walsh F JR 5-10 173 1991-12-01 West Roxbury, Massachusetts South Shore (EJHL)
11 Ben Gallacher D JR 5-11 191 1992-09-11 Calgary, Alberta Green Bay (USHL)
15 Ray Pigozzi F SO 6-0 176 1994-04-03 Evanston, Illinois Chicago (USHL)
16 Steven Iacobellis F SO 5-9 170 1993-08-20 Port Coquitlam, British Columbia Salmon Arm (BCHL)
17 Brennan Baxandall D SO 6-2 207 1992-05-17 Calgary, Alberta Drumheller (AJHL)
18 Zack LaRue F SR 6-1 194 1990-03-08 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Markham (OJHL)
19 Emerson Auvenshine F SR 6-2 205 1990-08-01 Eaton Rapids, Michigan Bismark (NAHL)
21 Anthony Petrella F FR 5-9 181 1996-03-06 Hilton, New York Shattuck-St. Mary's
22 Troy Power F SR 5-11 185 1990-03-29 Camarillo, California Omaha (USHL)
23 Maddison Smiley D FR 5-11 198 1994-02-20 Airdrie, Alberta Brooks (AJHL)
24 Dennis Kravchenko F FR 5-9 170 1994-03-30 Laguna Niguel, California Sioux Falls (USHL)
25 Oleg Yevenko D SR 6-7 230 1991-01-21 Minsk, Belarus Fargo (USHL)
26 Brandon Montour D FR 6-0 190 1994-04-11 Ohsweken, Ontario Waterloo (USHL)
27 Riley McDougall F FR 5-10 190 1993-07-10 Calgary, Alberta Calgary (AJHL)
32 Henry Dill G FR 6-2 205 1995-06-05 Columbus, Ohio Aberdeen (NAHL)
34 Alex Wakaluk G SO 5-9 176 1993-08-20 Bellevue, Alberta Melville (SJHL)
39 Steve Mastalerz G SR 6-2 205 1992-06-29 North Andover, Massachusetts Kimball Union

Coaches and support staff[edit]

For the current 2014-15 season[5]

Coach Position
John Micheletto Head Coach
Joey Gasparini Assistant Coach
Ryan Miller Assistant Coach
Matt Voity Goaltending Coach
Kevin Czepiel Director of Hockey Operations
Ryan Feek Director of Strength & Conditioning
Josh Penn Equipment Manager
Jeff Smith Associate Athletic Director, Sports Medicine

The Longest Game[edit]

On March 6, 2015, UMass faced Notre Dame in Game 1 of the Opening Round of the 2015 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, played at Compton Family Ice Arena at Notre Dame. Early into the game, Sam Herr gave Notre Dame the lead on a rebounded shot. Vince Hinostroza made it 2-0 midway through the second period. But the Minutmen responded two minutes later with a power play goal by Steven Iacobellis. Notre Dame responded three minutes later with a Steven Fogarty goal to make it 3-1. UMass made it 3-2 a minute later with a goal by Shane Walsh. With two seconds remaining in the period, Troy Power tipped a power play goal to tie the game as the second period (a period that had five goals in total) ended. The third period ended with no goals, as the two teams went into overtime. The two teams kept shooting shots that missed, with UMass shooting a record 91 times and Notre Dame shooting 78 times. With 8:18 left in the fifth overtime and at 1:24 a.m. ET, Shane Walsh scored the game winning goal to end the longest Division I hockey game which had lasted 151 minutes, 42 seconds, besting the previous record of 150:22, set by Quinnipiac and Union in 2010.[6]

Steve Mastalerz finished the night with 75 saves for UMass while Cal Petersen of Notre Dame made 87 saves, setting a new NCAA record. It was UMass' first win at the Tournament since March 13, 2009 at Northeastern.


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