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UMass Beckons Black Hawks’ Bohlinger

By WBH, 10/30/19, 12:45PM CDT

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Defenseman Chooses Hockey East Program

Black Hawks defenseman Aaron Bohlinger became the second Waterloo player this week to make a college commitment; he has selected the 2019 NCAA national runners-up, the University of Massachusetts, the Hawks announced Wednesday.

On Tuesday, forward Connor Caponi had committed to the University of Denver.

Bohlinger is in his first season with the Black Hawks.  The New York native scored goals in each of his first two appearances, including an overtime winner on September 26th against the Tri-City Storm during the USHL Fall Classic.  Through eight appearances, he has two points and a -1 plus/minus differential.  His 13 shots on goal rank second among Black Hawks defensemen so far in 2019/20.

Waterloo selected Bohlinger during the fourth round of Phase II during the 2019 USHL Draft.  He spent the 2018/19 season with Alberni Valley of the British Columbia Hockey League.  In the BCHL, Bohlinger notched 36 points (seven goals, 29 assists) in 55 regular season games.

The current UMass roster features former Black Hawks Bobby Trivigno and Niko Hildenbrand.  Trivigno is a sophomore, while Hildenbrand is in his senior season.  Both players helped the Minutemen reach the Frozen Four in 2019.  UMass is currently 4-1-0 and ranked third nationally in this week’s USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.