When UMass-Amherst rolls into Magness Arena Friday night, they will be battling more than the Pioneers. They will be fighting the ‘freshman 50’ as the Minutemen try to get back to their regular playing weight.
With over 1,300 Dunkin’ Donuts state-wide and six locations in close proximity to Mullins Ice Arena, players celebrated last season’s Frozen Four appearance with frequent pre- and post-practice trips to the iconic home state coffee house chain.
“It started with coffee”, said Minuteman defenseman Marc Del Gazio. “Then, French crullers and Boston Cream donuts during the spring. This summer, we started hitting the Frozen Dunkaccino’s, (medium: 720 calories and 121 grams of sugar) and pretty soon our equipment manager (Josh Penn) had to start ordering bigger breezers.”
Head coach Greg Carvel told the Daily Hampshire Gazette that he planned to shorten shifts in Denver in hopes of skating his team back into shape. “One positive,” noted Carvel, ” is Denver has struggled against size this season.”