AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – UMass Hockey is ranked #1 in the country for the first time ever!
The team is off to its best start in the program’s Division I history with a 12-1-0 record.
According to UMass Athletics, UMass Hockey has the top scoring offense in Hockey East with their top three scorers Mitchell Chaffee Cale Makar and John Leonard leading the league in points.
For the first time ever, @UMassHockey is No. 1 in this week’s #USCHO Division I Men’s Poll, garnering 26 first-place votes.
No. 2. @SCSUHUSKIES_MH (22), No. 3 @MavHockey (1) and No. 4 @UMDMensHockey (1) also get first-place votes this week. pic.twitter.com/BcZQmUHans— USCHO.com (@USCHO) December 3, 2018
“It’s great for the program because it brings a lot of credibility and respect and it’s been great to see the energy in western Massachusetts for college hockey and rejuvenated and we’ve seen it in our crowds,” said Greg Carvel, Head Coach of UMass Hockey.
UMass Hockey takes on #8 Quinnipiac this Friday in Hamden, Connecticut. They will then return home to Amherst to face Quinnipiac at the Mullin’s Center Saturday, where they want fans to help #ChillTheBill and wear all white!
Bust out your best winter white & bring your 🐻
Help us #ChillTheBill❄️ on Saturday
No. 1️⃣ #NewMass vs. No. 8️⃣ Quinnipiac
⏰ 7:30 p.m.
📰: https://t.co/VuBay9WTrJ#NewMass | #Flagship 🚩 pic.twitter.com/twI3toOnon— UMass Hockey (@UMassHockey) December 4, 2018
22News Reporter Nick Aresco is covering this story today. Watch 22News Starting at 5:00 p.m. for a full report.
I have to say, it is a LONG season, & there is a lot of hockey left, BUT to be ranked #1 two years after we slogged through a 5-win season (Jan & Feb were not fun) is a total credit to @CoachCarvelUM @BenBarrUMass @DeMike3316 & the guys in the locker room.
Proud of them all. 🚩— Ryan Bamford (@UMassADBamford) December 3, 2018