December 4, 2018

No. 1 in the Polls

UMass hockey hits top spot in national hockey rankings for the first time

The UMass Minutemen closed out an outstanding month of hockey Friday night with a 7–4 win over UConn, extending the team’s winning streak to nine and jumping to the top spot in the USCHO.com Poll for the first time in program history. The winning streak, a program record, is currently the longest active streak in the country. More than 7,000 fans, the largest crowd at the Mullins Center since the 2012–13 season, watched the Minutemen defeat UConn.

During November, UMass defeated three ranked teams with a home-and-home sweep of No. 4/3 Providence (both 3–2 wins) and a non-league victory over No. 18 Princeton, 3–2, in overtime. The Minutemen also logged their first win at UNH since 2006 and completed a sweep of the Wildcats with a 4–2 win at the Mullins Center on Nov. 18. UMass picked up a 3-1 road victory at Holy Cross on Nov. 16.

UMass moved into college hockey’s top-ten rankings on November 5, when they jumped up to No. 9 in both the USCHO.com Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll. They have since moved up steadily to No. 4, then No. 3 last week, and No. 1 this week.

Along the way to this week’s top ranking, over the past month individual players have been recognized as well. Sophomore goalie Matt Murray and sophomore forward Oliver Chau received Hockey East Player of the Week Awards and freshman forward Bobby Trivigno was selected Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week. Freshman forward Mitchell Chaffee and sophomore defenseman Cale Makar lead the team in scoring with 18 points each.

The Minutemen face off this weekend against Quinnipiac with a home-and-home series Friday at Quinnipiac in Hampden, Connecticut, and Saturday at the Mullins Center.