Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Dutchmen add Burton for 2016-17

by Ryan Fay

Ryan Burton, a forward for the British Columbia Hockey League's Cowichan Capitals, committed to the Union College men's hockey team on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old is expected to arrive for the 2016-17 season.

"Proud to announce that I have committed to play Division 1 hockey at Union College!" Burton tweeted. "Huge thanks to everyone that have supported me."

Burton in action this season 
(photo: Garrett James)
Burton, a native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, had seven goals and 20 assists in 56 games with the Capitals this season. He was especially productive as the season went along with 19 points over the final 22 games.

"Ryan has elite level speed and acceleration, is very good on draws and made some highlight reel plays as his confidence grew in the second half of the year," said Capitals general manager and head coach Bob Beatty.

Burton, who checks in at 6-foot and 180-pounds, will play a second season with the Capitals next year ahead of his arrival at Union.

"We expect Ryan to have an exceptional season before moving on to futher his career and education with an elite school and hockey program at Union College," Beatty added.

Burton's commitment is the fourth secured by the Dutchmen this offseason. The other three are defenseman Ben Estes (2017-18), forward Justin Cmunt (2017-18) and defenseman Ben Pirko (2018-19).

Dutchwomen announce incoming class

by Ryan Fay

The Union women's hockey team announced its incoming recruiting class on Wednesday.

The six-player group consists of goaltender Leah Patrick, forward/defenseman Jacyn Reeves, defenseman Sloan Sullivan, goaltender Melissa Black, defenseman Arianna Kosakowski and forward/defenseman Kelli Mackey.

Patrick backstopped Hill-Murray to the last two Minnesota state championships. During her senior year, she was a top-five finalist for Minnesota's Senior Goalie of the Year award after going 22-2-1 with a 1.25 goals-against average and seven shutouts. As a junior, Patrick posted a 22-5 record with a 1.37 GAA and eight shutouts.

Reeves starred at Wisconsin's Onalaska High School, where she racked up 125 goals and 67 assists in 107 career games. More than just a scorer, the speedy Reeves was named the Defensive Player of the Year this season and was a First Team All-State Defense selection the past two years. She also skated with Team Wisconsin the past three seasons, including a 16 goal, nine assist campaign this year.

Sullivan led the University School of Milwaukee to the Wisconsin state title this season. Along the way, she picked up First Team All-State, First Team All-Conference, First Team All-State Tournament and State Tournament MVP honors. She also piled up 14 goals and nine assists in 44 contests with Team Wisconsin this season.

Black appeared in 21 games with the Provincial Women's Hockey League's Aurora Jr. Panthers this season. The athletic netminder posted a 9-10-1 record with a 1.70 GAA, a .945 save percentage and five shutouts.

Kosakowski skated for The Winchendon School, where she had 14 goals and 30 assists in 44 career games. A playmaker on defense with good vision, she also spent time with the Assabet Valley club hockey team.

Mackey, a versatile defender with a keen hockey sense, had a team-best 33 points (17 goals, 16 assists) this season with Phillips Academy Andover of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council.

The six will begin their collegiate careers on Sept. 25-26 when the Dutchwomen open the season with a two-game set at Minnesota State-Mankato.

Ex-Union blueliner Martin lands at Trinity

by Ryan Fay

Former Union defenseman Griffyn Martin will continue his college hockey career at Division III Trinity College, he confirmed late Tuesday.

The move gives the Southport, Connecticut native a chance to return to his home state as well as play for the reigning Division III national champions.

Martin, 21, skated in the British Columbia Hockey League this season. He tallied three goals and eight assists in 35 games with Trail Smoke before getting traded to Merritt for future considerations in January. He had 10 assists in 20 games the rest of the way.

Martin, a decorated prep player at Avon Old Farms, had no points in two games as a freshman at Union during the 2013-14 campaign. He departed following that season.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sullivan takes game to France

by Ryan Fay

Former Union forward Kevin Sullivan recently signed with Strasbourg of the French Elite League for the 2015-16 season.

Sullivan spent this season in the ECHL, where he collected two goals and 12 assists in 31 combined games with Cincinnati and Reading.

He's the latest in a growing number of former Dutchmen to take their games to France. Forward Kyle Bodie (Morzine-Avoriaz), defenseman Greg Coburn (Amiens) and defenseman Shawn Stuart (Amiens) all spent time playing in France this season.

Sullivan had 23 goals and 54 assists in 132 games with Union from 2010-14. He's perhaps best remembered for his late third period goal that sealed the Dutchmen's win over Minnesota in the 2014 national championship game.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lundberg invited to USA Hockey goaltending camp

by Ryan Fay

Union women's hockey senior goaltender Shenae Lundberg has been invited to the inaugural USA Hockey Women's National Team Goaltender Developmental Camp, it was announced Wednesday.

The camp, which runs May 21-24 in Blaine, Minn., consists of 18 of the best female goaltenders who are eligible for international play. It will be run by Robb Stauber, the goaltender coach for the U.S. Women's National Team, as well assistant goaltender coaches Manon Rheaume, Steve Gulder and Lucy Schoedel.

"I'm really excited to get to work with all the great athletes and coaches that will be out there," said Lundberg. "It's a special opportunity and I am looking forward to learning as much as I can and applying it to my current game.

"I am extremely grateful to Union's women's hockey program for putting me in a position to receive an opportunity such as this. I look forward to be able to represent myself and the Union women's hockey program. I hope that our school and the women's program benefit from my selection."

Rarely the benefactor of much offensive support, Lundberg went 20-77-11 with a 2.98 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 110 career games with Union. She led the country with 1,110 saves this past season, which ranked second all-time in program history and sixth in NCAA Division I history for the most stops in a single season. She finished her career with 3,023 saves, good for 20th all-time in Division I history.

For a full camp roster, click here.