A Perfect November Looking back at a 7-0-0 month for massachusetts hockey

Capping November with the team's highest scoring output since 2014, a 7-4 win over UConn, the Minutemen went undefeated over a one-month stretch for the first time since the 1970-71 squad went 6-0-0 in December 1970.

With seven wins in November, UMass stretched its winning streak to a program-record nine games, currently the longest active streak in the nation.

UMass defeated three ranked teams in the month of November with a home-and-home sweep of No. 4/3 Providence (both 3-2 wins) and a non-league victory over No. 18 Princeton, 3-2, in overtime.

The Minutemen also logged their first win at UNH since 2006 and later completed a sweep of the Wildcats with a 4-2 win at the Mullins Center on Nov. 18. UMass picked up a 3-1 road victory at Holy Cross on Nov. 16.

On November 5, UMass moved up to No. 9 in the USCHO.com Poll and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll as well, the highest ranking for the Minutemen since November 30, 2009 (No. 9).

The Minutemen earned what was, at the time, their highest ranking in program history on Nov. 12, sitting at No. 4 in both polls.

After holding the No. 4 spot for two weeks, UMass improved upon its all-time highest ranking, sitting at No. 3 in both polls on with two first-place votes on Nov. 26.

UMass picked up two Hockey East Player of the Week awards for the month - the fourth and fifth for the squad this season.

Sophomore Matt Murray made a total of 58 saves over the pair of 3-2 victories over No. 4/3 Providence for a .935 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against average on the week, allowing just two even strength goals over the two-game set. He was named the Hockey East Player of the Week on Nov. 12.

Sophomore Oliver Chau was then honored as the Hockey East Player of the Week on Nov. 26 after he scored the overtime game winner to lift the Minutemen to a 3-2 victory over No. 18 Princeton for his first goal of the season.

A total of 19,895 fans witnessed the Minutemen go 4-0-0 at home in November.

The average attendance over the four contests was 4,974.

7,124 strong were in attendance to watch the Minutemen take down UConn, 7-4, on Nov. 30.

It was the largest crowd at the Mullins Center since the 2012-13 season.

Over 3,500 students packed Mullins on Nov. 8 to watch the Minutemen take down a top-five Providence team.

That student crowd was large enough to sell out 22 other college hockey arenas.

Not all of November's successes came on the ice as the Minutemen were also active in the community last month.

The canned food drive held at the Nov. 18 game against New Hampshire generated 506 pounds of food, which the Minutemen delivered to the Amherst Survival Center ahead of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Members of the UMass hockey squad visited elementary schools in the Amherst and Hadley areas throughout the fall to read to local students.

The students and their teachers/administrators were then invited to attend the squad's “Read-A-Minute” game on Nov. 30 vs. UConn free of charge.

The team's reading program was featured on UMass Sports Insider and was highlighted by local news outlets and on the NCAA's hockey social platforms.

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Photos by Caroline O'Connor, Richard T. Gagnon and Thom Kendall

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