UMass students gearing up for National Championship game


AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The UMass Men’s Hockey team is playing in the National Championship for the first time in program history.  This season is the team’s first winning season in the past 20 years and UMass students are gearing up to watch Saturday night’s historic game.

“I cannot wait to watch,” said Umass Freshman Maxwell Parrow. “There’s a lot of Umass spirit going on between the two of us. We are roommates. Ready to watch it.”

The entire campus is getting ready for the big game. Even students who aren’t usually hockey fans are making sure they watch the national championship. 

Kailyn Dwoyak a sophomore told 22News, “I don’t really follow hockey that much but I have been to one of our games. We are doing really well this year and I’m very excited that we made it this year.”

UMass students say they’re used to celebrating professional sports team championships. And after getting to celebrate a Red Sox World Series and a Patriots Super Bowl recently, students are eager to celebrate their own championship in a big way. 

UMass Hockey fans made their way to local bars Saturday night to see the two teams battle in the national title game.

“I expect it to be even bigger than the Patriots and the Red Sox winning,” said sophomore William Davis.

This season marks the first Frozen Four appearance for UMass Hockey and they’re looking to bring home their first-ever national championship title in program history.

UMass beat Denver 4-3 in overtime Thursday earning them a spot in the National Championship Saturday. They’ll face defending national champion Minnesota Duluth in the final. 

Minnesota Duluth defeated UMass 3-0 Saturday night. 

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