UMass to play UMD minus four players, due to COVID-19 protocols

UMass to play UMD minus four players, due to COVID-19 protocols Photo: University of Massachusetts Athletics.

Updated: April 06, 2021 02:53 PM
Created: April 06, 2021 10:10 AM

The University of Massachusetts will be without four players, including its top goaltender and leading goal scorer, against the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) for Thursday’s NCAA Frozen Four semifinal game due to COVID-19 protocols.

The Minuteman will be without senior forward Carson Gicewicz, junior goaltender Filip Lindberg, sophomore forward Jerry Harding and freshman goaltender Henry Graham.

"I feel for these players who have sacrificed so much over the last year and committed themselves to getting our team to this point," said UMass head coach Greg Carvel via a press release. "They have earned the right to compete for a national championship, and to have this unfortunate situation occur now is hard to comprehend. But nevertheless it's a result that we have to accept, and we will move forward together and utilize the depth of our roster for Thursday's game in Pittsburgh."

Gicewicz led the Minutemen and all of Hockey East in goals this season with 17. He finished with 24 points in 27 games. He had a hat trick in their NCAA regional final against Bemidji State.

Lindberg has posted a .946 save percentage and 1.33 goals against average this season. He has a 9-1-4 record which includes four shutouts in 14 starts.

Harding has two goals and four assists in 25 games, while Graham is the third-string goaltender. UMass will be down to just one netminder for Thursday's game in senior Matt Murray.

The Minutemen will take on two-time defending champion UMD in the NCAA semifinals on Thursday at 8 P.M. (ESPN2) in a rematch of the 2019 NCAA championship game.

The winner will advance to Saturday's national championship game against either St. Cloud State or Minnesota State.

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