Western Mass News spoke with the Minutemen earlier Tuesday on what their game plan is heading into the Frozen Four.

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The UMass Amherst men's hockey team looking towards their revenge game, as they prepare to take on the Minnesota Duluth the team that beat them for the championship just two years ago.

Western Mass News spoke with the Minutemen earlier Tuesday on what their game plan is heading into the Frozen Four.

It's a revenge game for the Minutemen as they look to take on two-time defending national champs Minnesota Duluth next Thursday, April 8, for the Frozen Four. Head Coach Greg Carvel said he's more confident in this year's team than ever before.

It's prep week for the University of Massachusetts men's hockey team, as they look towards another shot at the 2021 Frozen Four.

The UMass Amherst Minutemen have unfinished business to take care of. The team is mixing in practices and rest this week as they prepare for their second straight trip to the Frozen Four.

"The difference this time, I think we're all pretty excited to be going in with experience. Last time, it was eyes-wide-open, go where you're told, and now we kind of have a feeling of how it runs and how important it is to make sure your players get proper rest and proper preparation," Carvel said.

But even more exciting, it's a revenge game for UMass, as they face two-time national champions Minnesota Duluth. It's the same team they were held scoreless against in the 2019 championship game.

"I think our team is in a really good place, the experience two years ago will be critical in helping us as we're going to have to play the same tough team again. Last time we played Duluth it wasn't close. They shut the door on us, beat us 3-0, and I expect to have an equally tough challenge," Carvel explained.

Carvel said there's no secret to his team and why they're back a second-straight year competing for another championship.

"We're not a super-skilled team by any means. The kids are committed by playing, which I believe is the right way and limiting teams, and frustrating teams and being opportunistic, and you've seen us play, we don't sit back, we play the game hard going forward and hard coming back," Carvel said.

But he said they can't bring anything less than their A-game.

"We're going to have to be extremely at our best to move past them," Carvel said.

Duluth and the Minutemen will face-off, Thursday, April 8 in Pittsburgh.

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