After the early rounds of the match have been impacted by three groups being pressured to withdraw from the match because of Covid protocols, there was appreciable concern that after a week-and-a-half wait, there was the opportunity of groups being impacted for this week’s Frozen 4.
Whereas, fortunately, no group has needed to withdraw from this week’s Frozen 4, UMass introduced right now that they are going to be pressured to play with out some key gamers of their semifinal match-up in opposition to Minnesota Duluth.
Filip Lindberg is the beginning goalie for UMass and is presently main the nation in save proportion with a .946 quantity. His back-up, Matt Murray, remains to be accessible, and has appreciable expertise, taking part in 84 video games over this course of his profession, together with showing in 13 video games this season, with a really respectable .915 profession save proportion. He’ll be the one goalie, nevertheless, for the Minutemen, as third string goalie Henry Graham was additionally impacted.
The lack of Gicewicz is a giant one up entrance as properly. The group’s third-leading scorer, he has performed his greatest hockey within the postseason, helping on UMass’ solely purpose within the Hockey East championship recreation, then scoring a purpose of their opening spherical win over Lake Superior State, and scoring a pure hat trick within the regional closing in opposition to Bemidji State to ship UMass to the Frozen 4.
Harding has been a fixture on UMass’ fourth ahead line down the stretch this season, scoring 4-2-6 in 20 video games for the Minutemen.
Whereas these are powerful losses for UMass, it’s nonetheless a small blessing that they’ll nonetheless be capable to compete on the Frozen 4, and hopefully no new instances come up that trigger additional difficulty.