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Kolodkin's Corner: New faces and new hope as UMass Hockey takes the ice in 2022

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Massachusetts' Garrett Wait, 12, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal in 2021. Wait, a graduate student forward, is one of few upperclassmen returning for the Minutemen this season.

The most successful team in Amherst, Massachusetts, and arguably all of Western Mass. over the last four years, begins its season tomorrow. The University of Massachusetts Minutemen take the ice in Springfield on Saturday to face the American International College hockey team.

Despite not being in the same conference, UMass and AIC have blossomed into hockey powers at the same time, developing a bit of regional rivalry.

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Jesse Kolodkin can be reached at jkolodkin@berkshireeagle.com or on Twitter @JesseKolodkin.

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Jesse Kolodkin is a Berkshire Eagle sports reporter. He worked in the same position at The Bradford Era in western Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in broadcast journalism. He is an avid New York Giants fan. He can be reached at jkolodkin@berkshireeagle.com or on Twitter @JesseKolodkin.

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