Fresh off a 6-1 drubbing of Northeastern there is no better time to beg the question. The #1 ranked college hockey team in the world sits at a dominant 18-3 on the season and have shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon. I know most people tend to hesitate to say a college team could ever beat a professional one (myself included) but after combing through the numbers, leaving no stone unturned, and reading this years farmer’s almanac I can finally say:
The answer is yes.
Reason #1- Cale Makar
Barring another highway robbery (see Andy Isabella Gets Snubbed for the Biletnikoff Award) the nomination is basically just a formality for the eventual winner of the award given to college hockey’s best player.
But Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews must’ve won that award back in the day, right? Or Duncan Keith?
Lets see what google has to say:
Looks like the Blackhawks simply don’t have talented players 🤷
Reason #2- Goalie Play
The pride of 02021 notched his first NHL goal against the Blackhawks this week with an absolute beauty. Was it basically an open net? Was it just a rebound goal? Those are semantics that just aren’t worth the time of day discussing.
So he scored against NHL goaltender Cam Ward? Impressive (Canton must be a truly great town full of young rising talent)! How many did he score against UMass’ own Matt Murray?
As incredible as Kevin is, he never lit the lamp on the Sophomore net-minder for the Minutemen. What does this mean? Well it’s been proven that Cam Ward can be scored on by some good NHL competition (embarrassing). Last time I checked Murray has a 0.0 GAA against NHL competition. I think anyone with a level head would agree that the advantage here must be given to UMass.
Reason #3- This Guy
I interviewed this guy about who he thought would win in a hypothetical battle between these two proud hockey programs and he truly sums it up best:
Give me the Minutemen money line vs the Blackhawks
P.S- Go Pats.