Week 20 Preview: UMass

Trevor Owens

The schedule takes a much easier turn for the Huskies as they begin the soft end of their season this weekend against UMass.  As good as Northeastern has been in the past few months is exactly how bad the Minutemen have been.  Maybe worse.

Although the Minutemen started out the season with a 4-0-1 record, they have come right back down to where we all thought they would be.  The team just broke a nine game losing streak on Tuesday by beating AIC (the last ranked team in Pairwise) in overtime.  Somehow that is not UMass’ longest winless streak this season, after going ten games earlier in the year without a win.  From November 7th at UConn up until Tuesday’s game, the Minutemen had only one win.

UMass ranks last or near last in the conference in almost every category this season.  Goalie Nic Renyard’s .896 save percentage is only ahead of Merrimack’s Collin Delia (by a huge margin of .001).  The Minutemen have given up by far the most goals per game this season.  They also have the worst penalty kill.  Surprisingly, UMass actually isn’t terrible offensively, sitting at eighth in Hockey East in goals per game.  The powerplay is even better, ranking seventh.  They’ve scored seventeen goals in their last five games.

So hey, you’ve got that.

Northeastern, coming off kicking ninth ranked Harvard’s teeth in, is by far the better team.  They’ve been undeniably one of the hottest teams in the country.  The Huskies have just a single loss since the first week of December.  We’re looking at a program on the other side of the ice that is in the worst shape I’ve ever seen.  I’d be shocked if UMass can even keep it close.

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