For decades, Hockey East has included some of the most prominent programs in college hockey. Teams like Boston College and Boston University can claim historical arcs which mirror the NCAA’s history with the sport. Other schools have enjoyed national prominence at different times, most certainly including the defending national champion Massachusetts Minutemen.
Last year’s UMass squad included Black Hawks alumni Bobby Trivigno, Garrett Wait, and Aaron Bohlinger (all of whom remain with the program). Patrick Wey, Parker Milner, and Tim Filangieri have also won national titles with Hockey East squads in the 21st Century.
With the conference slate well underway, here are details about the ten former Waterloo players currently on the ice in the conference.
Matt Argentina • Fr.
Argentina is the only member of the 2020/21 Black Hawks to join a Hockey East program as a freshman this year. He recorded two points (a goal and an assist) during his first college game, a 5-1 win against Holy Cross on October 9th. Argentina has appeared in a total of seven games, with most of that ice time coming in October. He did skate Tuesday during a 5-2 non-conference win versus Brown.
Aaron Bohlinger • So.
The Minutemen have fired to a 6-2-2 start in Hockey East and currently hold the second spot, one point behind Northeastern. After winning a national title as a freshman, Bohlinger has dressed for 10 of 14 games and owns four assists. That includes points in conference play versus New Hampshire and Massachusetts-Lowell. Bohlinger is one-quarter of the way to matching the 12 points he produced as last season.
Gabriel Carriere • So.
A super weekend brought Carriere recognition as Hockey East’s Goaltender of the Week. Vermont picked up a pair of wins versus Maine, including Carriere’s 23-save shutout last Friday. He stopped 50 of 51 shots the next night, and the Catamounts prevailed 2-1 in a shootout. Carriere is one of two NCAA goalies to have made 50 saves in a single game his season. Overall, he is 3-2-2 with a .926 save percentage in seven 2021/22 appearances.
Brehdan Engum • So.
On October 22nd, Engum notched his first NCAA goal during a game against the Michigan State Spartans. The timely score came with 1:38 left in regulation and ultimately forced a 2-2 tie. The River Hawks won a 4-0 rematch the next night and have opened this season 8-3-3 overall. Always responsible defensively, Engum leads Massachusetts-Lowell with 15 blocked shots. The River Hawks visit Vermont this weekend.
Evan Fear • Jr.
Fear awaits his first appearance for the Huskies after transferring from Quinnipiac. Northeastern has opened the year with an excellent 13-4-1 record, including a conference-leading 7-3-1. The Huskies’ are off until January 7th.
Vladislav Firstov • Jr.
Connecticut has been on an unexpected break in their schedule due to the coronavirus. Two non-conference games against Merrimack were postponed last weekend, and set with American International this Friday and Saturday has been called off. Firstov has played in 13 of 14 UConn games with five goals and three assists. Last winter, he was limited to 13 games but charted 12 points.
Kyle Koopman • Sr.
Kyle Koopman awaits his NCAA debut. He and twin brother Matt have skated together on teams in youth and prep hockey, as well as being teammates with the Black Hawks.
Matt Koopman • Sr.
Just before the beginning of 2022, Matt Koopman is likely to play in his 100th NCAA game. He currently has 96 career appearances. The Friars host Princeton this weekend before appearing in a two-game tournament hosted by Wisconsin during the week after Christmas. This season, Koopman owns a goal and four assists. That gives him 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) as a collegian.
Bobby Trivigno • Sr.
A big Wednesday night performance could propel Trivigno to a milestone. The senior is three points shy of 100 in his NCAA career. The Minutemen’s captain has 39 goals and 58 assists, including six and nine respectively this season. He is also a remarkable +54 during his time with the program. Eleven of Trivigno’s 15 points this year have come in 10 conference games. UMass visits Merrimack tonight.
Garrett Wait • Sr.
In recent weeks, Wait has been out of the lineup, missing the last four UMass games. Due to injury, he is not expected to return to action until after Christmas. Before getting hurt, Wait had three goals and two assists in 10 games, including a two-score night versus Merrimack October 30th. Including his two seasons as a Minnesota Gopher, Wait’s next appearance will be the 80th of his college career.
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