New England College Hockey: Frozen Fenway Returns In 2017

Frozen Fenway will return in January 2017. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan for

Frozen Fenway will return in January 2017. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan for


The City of Boston and Fenway Sports Management (FSM) announced earlier today that Fenway Park would become Frozen Fenway this January, beginning Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Frozen Fenway will conclude Monday, January 16, 2017 and will feature a pair of Hockey East double-headers on January 7 and 14, along with additional college and high school hockey games.

Frozen Fenway will also feature a public skating day for City of Boston residents, too.

“Outdoor hockey is quickly becoming a staple on Boston’s winter sports calendar and we look forward to joining with the Hockey East and the City of Boston to build on that tradition by bringing some of the most accomplished and talented collegiate teams in the country to compete on the ice at Fenway Park,” Boston Red Sox President Sam Kennedy said in a statement.

As noted in the Hockey East release, Boston University will face-off against University of Massachusetts, while Boston College takes on Providence College – both contests will take place Saturday, January 7. One week later – Saturday, January 14, 2017 – Northeastern University will skate against University of New Hampshire, while University of Maine competes against University of Connecticut.

“Hockey East and our schools could not be more excited to take the ice once again at Fenway Park,” said Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna said in the conference release. “Once Frozen Fenway 2017 is complete all twelve Hockey East schools will have played an outdoor game at Fenway Park, creating once-in-a-lifetime memories for the players, students, alumni and fans.”

Additional details, including other contests and events will be announced in the coming months. Fans can visit for more information on Frozen Fenway.

Mass. College Football: Rohde Joins Harvard’s Football Staff


As announced yesterday in a release, Harvard University’s football staff has added Steven Rohde as an assistant football operations coordinator. We’ve provided the release below, courtesy of the Harvard University Athletic Communications Office:

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Steven Rohde has joined the Harvard football staff as its assistant football operations coordinator. Lukas comes to Harvard after spending a year as a football operations intern at New Hampshire.

At UNH, Rohde was responsible for assisting with videotaping practice, setting up the practice field, helping with travel schedule for road trips and giving recruiting tours of football facilities before home games. Rohde also helped host postgame functions following home games.

A 2014 graduate of UNH with a degree in business management, Rohde previously served as a sports associate intern for the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL). With the Whale, he assisted with daily operations in sales and marketing for the franchise.

Mass. College Hockey: UML Tops UNH, Claims Second Straight Hockey East Crown

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, Mass. – For the second straight year, UMass Lowell claimed the Hockey East crown as the River Hawks skated past University of New Hampshire, 4-0, on Saturday evening at the TD Garden.

With the win, UMass Lowell is now 2-2 in title contests. Their last win occurred last season when the River Hawks defeated Jack Parker and the Boston University Terriers.

Similar to their semifinal contest against Notre Dame last night, the River Hawks scored two goals in both the first and second periods. They also relied on their backstop, Connor Hellebuyck, who deflected 30 shots and was named the Hockey East Tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

“I thought we started the game rather well,” said UMass Lowell head coach Norm Bazin, who guided the River Hawks to its second consecutive Hockey East championship.

“(The) first and second periods obviously were very opportunist and getting off to that type of lead certainly eases attention, but it didn’t make it easier in the third, I can tell you that.”

A.J. White provided the River Hawks with an early lead as he redirected a shot in front of the New Hampshire cage at 12:12.

UMass Lowell netted its second goal literally three minutes later as Josh Holmstrom fired a shot past a diving Casey DeSmith (26 saves), which provided the River Hawks with a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.

Joe Gambardella and Jake Suter each netted goals in the middle frame that pushed the River Hawks ahead by four goals.

New Hampshire ramped up its intensity during the final minutes of the third period; desperately trying to find a goal, but Hellebuyck and the River Hawks defense dashed any hopes of a potential comeback.

“It was a strange game,” said New Hampshire head coach Dick Umile, who guided the Wildcats to the title game following a series win last weekend against Northeastern University and a semifinal victory last night against Providence College.

“I thought our team competed, we played hard, (but) it just didn’t happen. Eric (Knodel) and the seniors have been a great group for us with great leadership and the difficult part is it’s a team with great chemistry, we wanted to keep going, (but) not only were they winning and playing hard, but we were enjoying it and having fun doing it and its tough for the season to end.”

UMass Lowell finished with 35 shots on net, while New Hampshire fired 30 shots. The River Hawks were one for four on the power play, thanks to their final goal by Suter, while the Wildcats were unsuccessful on two attempts.

UMass Lowell, which will be making its sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, will look to build on its success this weekend when they return to the ice next week. The River Hawks made it to semifinals (Frozen Four) last year, but lost to Yale University, 3-2.

“Tonight, like I told you, it wasn’t a work of art, but we found a way and that’s a good trait of a winning club,” said Bazin. “This year was such a grueling year. We’re going to give them some time off here before we play next week and we’re going to make sure we keep working on special teams, (which) seems to be the difference in all these games. Thankfully for us we were one for four I believe tonight, scoring another power play goal. Yesterday, we scored a couple, so from that standpoint it has been the difference and will be for all teams.”

Mass. College Hoops: BC-UNH Video Recap


On Sunday, the Boston College men’s basketball team picked up their fifth win of the season by defeating University of New Hampshire, 61-59 in overtime.

The Eagles have won two of their last three, and three of their last five.

The men sporting the maroon and gold will look to extend its current winning streak on Saturday when they host Providence College for a 2:00 p.m. tip-off.

Below is a highlight package courtesy of the Eagles YouTube page. For more information the men’s basketball team or other sports — HOP HERE.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Rookies Of The Week

Holy Cross’ Raquel Scott earned her first WACBA Rookie of the Week honors following her performance against UNH last weekend! (Photo Credit: Holy Cross Athletics)


After an exciting first week of the college basketball season, here are our WACBA Rookies of the Week, who both hail from Holy Cross.

Cullen Hamilton (Holy Cross) – In his team’s fourth contest of the season against University of  Maine, the freshman from Washington, D.C. recorded four points, seven rebounds and two assists. He also sank one three-pointer and one free throw, too. His seven rebounds and two assists against the Black Bears were career highs, according to the sports information department.

Raquel Scott (Holy Cross) – Against University of New Hampshire last Saturday, the freshman from Ridgewood, New Jersey, who earned her first start, tallied 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals (all career highs) in the Crusaders 68-65 setback. Scott currently ranks first in the Patriot League with a .600 field goal percentage.

Hockey East Quarterfinals: Boston University 4, New Hampshire 2

By Elizabeth Thomas 

BOSTON, MA – The Boston University Terries managed to keep their Hockey East playoff hopes alive, thanks to a 4-2 victory on Saturday against University of New Hampshire.

“I am not only happy with the outcome, but happy with how we played compared to last night.  We look like we were actually skating tonight to try and win a Hockey East championship,” said BU head coach Jack Parker.

BU’s offense notched their first goal midway through the opening period on a power play when junior Alex Chiasson and freshman Alex Privitera connected with senior co-captain Chris Connolly at 8:05 to provide the Terriers with a 1-0 lead.

UNH answered roughly two minutes late with a strike from senior Stevie Moses to tie the game, 1-1.

However, the Wildcats equalizer didn’t exactly propel them with enough momentum, as BU responded with a body-slamming goal by sophomore Sahir Gill late in the second period, which gave the men dressed in red and white a 2-1 advantage heading into the third period.

Once in the third session, UNH’s junior Connor Hardowa evened the score at 2-2.

The Wildcats then attempted to build off their matching strike, but couldn’t, and instead watched BU’s sophomore Matt Nieto and junior Ryan Santana double the Terriers lead.

“It was very defeating. [Boston University’s] transitions were just so good tonight. We were just always playing catch up,” said UNH’s Hardowa. “We have to basically come back and play desperate hockey, starting from when we wake up in the morning to the first shift in the game.”

BU and UNH will return to the ice on Sunday for a win-or-go home matchup, which will send the victor to Causeway Street for next weekend’s conference semi-finals. The Terriers have experienced the third game of a best-of-three series over the past six consecutive seasons.

“Its 1-1 and we still have a great shot at winning tomorrow,” said UNH Head Coach Dick Umile. 

Hockey East Tournament – Quarterfinals Schedule


The road to the TD Garden for the Hockey East Final-Four will commence on Thursday, Mar. 9 when (No. 7) Providence College faces-off against (No. 2) University of Massachusetts (Lowell).

Eight teams have qualified for this particular tournament, and will need to win a best-of-three-series in order to advance to Causeway Street.

Below we’ve provided the first-round schedule, as well as dates/times, too. For more information on the Hockey East – CLICK HERE.

(No. 1) Boston College vs. (No. 8) University of Massachusetts (Amherst):

* Friday, Mar. 9 – Mass at BC, 7:30pm face-off

* Saturday, Mar. 10 – Mass at BC, 7:00pm face-off

* Sunday, Mar. 11 – Mass at BC, 7:00pm face-off (If Necessary) 

(No. 2) University of Massachusetts (Lowell) vs. (No. 7) Providence College

* Thursday, Mar. 8 – Providence at Lowell, 7:00pm face-off

* Friday, Mar 9 – Providence at Lowell, 7:00pm face-off

* Sunday, Mar. 11 – Providence at Lowell, 7:00pm face-off (If Necessary) 

(No. 3) Boston University vs. (No. 6) University of New Hampshire

* Friday, Mar. 9 – New Hampshire at BU, 7:00pm face-off

* Saturday, Mar. 10 – New Hampshire at BU, 4:00pm face-off

* Sunday, Mar. 11 – New Hampshire at BU, 7:00pm face-off (If Necessary)

 (No. 4) University of Maine vs. (No. 5) Merrimack College

* Friday, Mar. 9 – Merrimack at Maine, 7:00pm face-off

* Saturday, Mar. 10 – Merrimack at Maine, 7:00pm face-off

* Sunday, Mar. 11 – Merrimack at Maine, 7:00pm face-off (If Necessary)