Although not a freshman, Carvel and his recruiting partners also acquired the skill set of senior transfer forward Jacob Pritchard, who played his freshman season under Carvel at St. Lawrence in 2015-16.
“It’s different every year, but with the increased NCAA time we’ve been able to practice more with the guys,” Carvel said. “In the last week I think we’ve seen them start to realize what we’re trying to do on the ice and how to execute. I think they’re almost up to speed, but the games reveal a lot. We need to get in gear and try to get on top of our game as quick as possible.”
“It’s going to be fun, finally being able to get the season started,” Makar said, echoing the sentiments of his coach. “You wait so long in the NCAA and it’s excruciating at times, but at the end of the day, we are where we are right now, and I think we’re just building on that. It’s going to be exciting for us, just to play with all the new guys. I know they are going to be ready to go.”
Things are coming together for the up-and-coming Minutemen squad in Amherst, which hopes that another year of hard work alongside its firm “NewMass” identity will bring exciting results.
“We just want to be a Hockey East contender,” Leonard said affirmatively. “We have the talent and we have the skill. It’s just going to come down to who wants it more at the end of the year.”
“We have all the tools to do it, we just have to execute,” he added. “I think we’re going to be really good this year. We just have to do things the right way and the rest will take care of itself.”
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