The curtain falls on the Chief’s season.



WORCESTER, Mass. – It just wasn’t in the cards for the UMass Lowell River Hawks on Sunday evening as the Boston College Eagles topped the River Hawks in a tight, hard fought Northeast Regional Final.

The River Hawks fall just short of making a return trip to the Frozen Four and end the season a bit earlier than they wanted to. The bright side; the program is shaping up to be one of the top programs in the country. The Eagles will make their 24th appearance in the Frozen Four.

UMass Lowell came up on the bad side of what was a back-and-forth game. The Eagles got out to the first lead of the game on a Kevin Hayes goal at 7:03 in the first period. Of course, a goal that was assisted on by Johnny Gaudreau and defenseman Michael Matheson. Michael Kapla and the River Hawks responded with under two minutes remaining in the first, evening the score heading into the second period.

The River Hawks and Eagles traded goals in the second and third period, but the Eagles got the last laugh as Ian McCoshen received a great pass from Teddy Doherty and placed the puck in the back of the net stick-side. The just under nine minutes remaining in the game wasn’t enough for the River Hawks to return the favor.

UMass Lowell played ‘Lowell style hockey,’ but was matched up against a tough Boston College opponent. This weekend, against Minnesota State and Boston College, was two of the toughest, most evenly matched games the River Hawks had played all season long.

Where losing stings, losing to BC stings even more and for reasons that obviously have nothing to do with Hockey. Because if we’re just talking hockey, the four goals that BC potted this Sunday night were nothing short of spectacular. And that’s what it took to beat the Chiefs. Four spectacular goals. Like the kind that make the Sportscenter Top 10 when Lebron isn’t silent-farting and the NCAA NIT women’s tourney isn’t in full swing.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s now proven beyond a doubt that the program playing at the end of Dutton Street is for real. Many advanced statistics demonstrate this in spades, but the most telling is TOC count…(Total Onces Consumed). My TOC count this season was off the charts. Good hockey. Good Atmosphere. The TaSongas is where I want to be on a cold winter’s night, and Chiefs hockey is the reason why.

So congrats on another great campaign, fellas.  We’ll see you in the fall.

#8 and its only January. The Chiefs don’t come out of their tee pees until March.


The Chiefs are just starting to figure out who they are at this point this season, and the USCHO folks still had an uphill climb to find 7 teams to put ahead of them. We’ll let the Superfrauds do their usual self back-patting through February while the tribe along the Merrimack rounds itself into fighting shape for March.

Also, if you haven’t had the opportunity to get down to the Tissongas yet this season for pucks or buckets, tune into the Frank McCabe show on WCAP. He’s not only going to have you sitting courtside like the Biebs for free, but he might even make you laugh.

Scary Weekend for the Chiefs

Chad Ruhwedel (UML - 3), Mike Moran (BU - 11), Ryan Santana (BU - 15), Zack Kamrass (UML - 27), Connor Hellebuyck (UML - 37), Riley Wetmore (UML - 16)

…if it were 1992. Running the Maine, BU weekend gauntlet isn’t quite what it used to be. Paul Kariya is not walking through that door. Things have gotten so bleak on Comm Ave that the Sasquatch actually got his back waxed. Regardless, It’s still 4 crucial HockeyEast points.

MLK had a dream…and in it the Chiefs were potting goals in bunches, and you were potting arena drafts and Dipping Dots.  You probably want to be there.

Frozen Fenway > NFL Playoffs


That’s not an amazing Grateful Dead set list, that’s my Saturday agenda. Technically it starts with swimming lessons for 3 year-olds, but then I’d really be rubbing everyone’s noses into it.
I’m expecting the Chiefs to have potted a minimum 3 on the Huskies before my first bathroom trip. And that’s not me being cocky, that’s just good science. Nobody this side of Mystery, AK can skate with the Chiefs outdoors. It hasn’t happened, it won’t happen. Unless Russell Crowe and his double runners just accepted a full scolly to Northeastern, it will be victory beers on you at the Cask. 7-0 Hawks, win.
As for the Pats, I expect them to sweat out the double u. 40- 3 Pats, Win.

Banner Night for the Chiefs was an obvious “Who’s Who” event.


Not since the time I bumped into Craig T Nelson at a Treasure Island blackjack table have I been this star struck. The Dog Man, in the flesh. Adding to the moment was the fact that he wasn’t trying to sell me a couple bloodhounds or golden retrievers. A total stud.

As for the game itself, it was awesome…if lazy, complacent passing is your thing. I haven’t fired up the internet to confirm yet, but I’m pretty sure Sacred Heart is a catholic high-school just outside of Worcester. Not a good L.

You get your Chief’s tickets yet?

20130813-093547.jpgSmell that? That’s the smell of my hockey gear baking in the trunk. It’s quite pungent. Stings the nostrils. Not quite sex panther, but better than Drakkar Noir.

It’s a reminder that we’re on the doorstep of another hockey season. The Chiefs only won about 500 games last season before getting caught planning the parade early. This is your reminder to get your seats now, because once people get a whiff of my gear, they’re the not going to last long.

UML Hockey Tickets Here.