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UMass-Amherst Downs No. 3 New Hampshire

Helanen Throws Second Shutout Of Season

— UMass-Amherst senior goaltender Markus Helanen made 28 saves en route to his second shutout of the season defeating No. 3 New Hampshire, 3-0, Saturday night at the Mullins Center.

Senior Jeff Turner scored a power play goal at 14:18 of the first period with assists from Samuli Jalkanen and Tim Turner to give the Minutemen a 1-0 lead.

After a scoreless second period, Martin Miljko recieved a cross ice pass from Jay Shaw and Darcy King to extend UMass’ lead at 7:38 of the third period.

Tim Turner recieved a pass from Helanen and skated the length of the ice to score his sixth goal of the season and give UMass a 3-0 lead with 9:11 remaining in the game.

The win improves the Minutemen to 3-3-1 overall and 3-1-0 in Hockey East, while New Hampshire falls to 5-2-1 overall and 1-1-0 in Hockey East. The shutout marks the first time in 67 all-time meetings that UMass has shut out UNH.

The Minutemen return to action next weekend, Nov. 10 and 11, when they travel to the University of Nebraska-Omaha for a weekend series. The Wildcats travel to Providence on Friday and host Providence on Saturday.

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  • Redhawk fan13

    Unfortunately OSU has a two point lead over Miami and Western.

    • Paula Weston

      Thanks.  

      • Fox5 2

        Ladies and Gents can we change the subject for a minute.The hockey poll voters are getting as bad as those for ncaa football.Can anyone give me an explaination on how teams can lose six straight games and 3 out of 4 and stay in the top 7?It just doesn’t make sense 2 me.CCHA best conference in the country going 2 miss it.

  • Decatur Spartan.

    With just 6 pts separating first from eighth, it looks like a very fun race to the end of the season. No team can take another for granted any longer.
    Time to hold your breath!
    Go Spartans!
     

    • Paula Weston

      This season is awesome!  I hope that the CCHA’s last year, next season, will be as thrilling.  

  • John Fitzgerald

    “Histories of sustained success?”  Journalistic Creativity at it’s best.  Berenson has traditionally used the GLI as a springboard, and this year seems no different as their slump was in November and December.  However nobody fears the Block(head) M any longer as the “Yost Ghosts” were chased away in 2011 by many teams.  History is a class, not a predestined determination of an outcome of a sport played by 8-24 yr old males.

    The CCHA standings are condensed due to a surprising 1st year by Anastos @ MSU and Murray has kept the Broncos staying relevant (although the offense took the weekend off vs Miami of Ohio), plus as you’ve mentioned recently, the 3 points earned for a regulation W.  Miami of Ohio, OSU and U of M have all played 2 extra games so far, so other than Bowling Green living in the basement this year, almost every contest during the next six weeks will be a “pivotal positional” game.

    GO BRONCOS!!

    • Paula Weston

      Um, maybe I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that 21 consecutive NCAA appearances is a history of sustained success, nor do I think it’s a stretch to say that a team that has had a run of six consecutive NCAA appearances — and Frozen Four appearances in 2009 and 2011 — makes an argument for a history of sustained success.

      The Broncos were in the NCAA tournament last year for the first time since 1996.  They look like they’ll make the tournament again this year.  This is a good start toward building a history of sustained success — but they haven’t done so yet.

      Players in programs with ongoing success understand better than players from emerging programs how to be successful — even when it appears that they’re slumping.  They may not achieve that success, but they have far more experience at their disposal than players in other programs.

      No one fears Michigan?  Really?  Given their history, I doubt that any coach in the league is thinking, “Gee, I’d really like to face Michigan in the playoffs.”  I’m not sure any coach in the country would say that.  Same goes for the RedHawks.  

      • Hawks

        Any school from Boston would want to face the Redhawks :/

      • John Fitzgerald

        Other than my “Go Broncos” sign-off, this wasn’t about the Bronco’s and their recent success as much as it was the Michigan Hockey Team’s past success not being relevant in 2012.  Yes, players have to learn how to win, and that confidence is developed with the influence of others.  But sports in general has examples of “teams rising above and surpassing their historical results.  Underachievers and overachievers are why games are played and not decided based on “Statistics”.  And yes, any coach/player lacing up their skates that is should want to play Michigan or Miami University anywhere, anytime, otherwise I don’t want them playing for WMU.  Call Andy Murray and ask him if he “really wants to play Michigan in the playoffs”. 

    • Bob

      All’s I’m saying is this is another case in point of delusional Western Michigan fans having come out of the woodwork lately.

      • John Fitzgerald

        Bob….This has nothing to do with the 1 and 1/2 years of improved play at Western Michigan, but more that Michigan has proven that they can be vulnerable and their history isn’t relevant this year.  They’ve got great players, but the parity in the CCHA that is apparent in the 2011-2012 is more relevant than the overall coaching record of Red Berenson. 

        • UM Deker

          The biggest reason for the UM Nov slump was turnovers in the defensive end. (3 unassisted goals by Union was the low point) After 7 game winless streak, UM was still 5th in scoring nationally. Since getting Merrill back the defense has been much improved and they have only one loss (@ND).

  • Miami

    John who is Miami of Ohio?

    • LoveAndHonor

      Miami University … Love and Honor

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