“Takeaways and transition are going to be a big, big part of what we do here,” Micheletto said. “So guys having that tenacity, having that good stick, being able to separate the body from the puck, then activating smartly into the play with as many guys as we can commit to try to generate offensive opportunities is really going to be the basic premise of everything we do.”
Micheletto plans to have ample amounts of spit and vinegar among his current roster. The Minutemen, battered by too many seasons of mediocrity, are angry and hungry. They didn’t come to Amherst — Pereira considered BC, BU, Providence, Vermont, Quinnipiac, and Yale — to accept regular lickings from Hockey East’s powers.
UConn went down on Friday. BC will visit next Friday.
“We’re going to be a hard-working team,” said Pereira, who led the Minutemen with 17 goals last season. “We’re battle-tested. We’ve paid our dues. We’ve gone through some hardships. We’ve lost some guys along the way. But this is the team we all want to be with. This is a family. No team’s going to have an easy way out against us.”