Thursday, March 26, 2015

Gostisbehere officially shut down by Flyers

by Ryan Fay

Former Union defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere will not play again this season, Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced Wednesday night.

Gostisbehere suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on Nov. 7 while playing with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate. He underwent surgery a week later, and began skating again in January.

At the time, there was hope that Gostisbehere would return before the end of the season.

But Phantoms coach Terry Murray said earlier this month that Ghostisbehere had been shut down. The Flyers initially rejected that claim, but made the announcement official on Wednesday after Gostisbehere met with doctors.

The prized 21-year-old is only five months removed from surgery.

“All the new research says eight-month [recovery] until it is fully healed,” Hextall told

Neither Philadelphia or Lehigh Valley are headed to the postseason.

“Is there a chance of him getting hurt?" Hextall asked. "Yes. And the risk is too high to take the chance. The risk-reward does not add up."

Gostisbehere is expected to be completely healthy for training camp, which starts in September.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ciampini records first points as a pro

by Ryan Fay

Former Union forward Daniel Ciampini notched his first pro goal and assist on Saturday to lift the American Hockey League's Worcester Sharks to a 6-1 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Ciampini gave Worcester a 1-0 lead at 5:16 of the first period. He added an assist on Ryan Carpenter's second period tally that gave the Sharks a 4-0 edge.

Ciampini finished the contest with a plus-2 defensive rating. He was playing in his third game with Worcester since signing with the team on Wednesday.

See his first pro goal below:

Friday, March 20, 2015

Stevens signs entry-level deal with Florida

by Ryan Fay

Another Union player has signed a pro deal.

Senior goaltender Colin Stevens inked an entry-level contract with the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers on Friday. Terms were not disclosed.

Stevens in action during last
year's Frozen Four
According to media reports, Stevens will report to the San Antonio Rampage, Florida's American Hockey League affiliate.

Stevens, a native of Niskayuna, had been on Florida's radar for awhile. He spent time in the team's development camp last summer, and played 30 minutes of shutout hockey during the camp's only instrasquad scrimmage.

“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Colin,” said Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon. “He attended our development camp this summer and performed very well. Our scouts have followed Colin’s development closely this season and look forward to his contributions to our organization.”

Stevens was 53-24-6 with a 2.15 goals-against average, a .923 save percentage and 11 shutouts in 90 career games with Union. He ranks first in program history in wins, second in GAA, second in save percentage and tied for first in shutouts.

His best season was 2013-14, when he backstopped the Dutchmen to their first national title. Stevens was named ECAC Hockey's Goaltender of the Year and earned East All-America Second Team honors.

In 31 games this past season, Stevens had a 16-15 record, a 2.31 GAA, a .920 save percentage and two shutouts.

The 21-year-old is the third Union senior to turn pro this week, joining forwards Daniel Ciampini and Max Novak. Ciampini signed with the AHL's Worcester Sharks on Wednesday. Novak joined the AHL's Albany Devils earlier Friday.

ECAC Hockey honors three Dutchmen

by Ryan Fay

ECAC Hockey honored three members of the Union men's hockey team on Friday.

Senior forward Daniel Ciampini was named to the All-ECAC Hockey First Team, sophomore defenseman Jeff Taylor was chosen to the All-ECACH Third Team and freshman forward Spencer Foo was selected to the ECACH All-Rookie team.

The league's head coaches voted to determine the teams.

Ciampini was the second-leading scorer in ECACH play with 17 goals and 10 assists in 22 games. He made his pro debut with the American Hockey League's Worcester Sharks on Wednesday, and was named a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award a day later.

Taylor ranked second among league defenseman in scoring with two goals and 12 assists in 17 games. The Clifton Park native sat out the final five games of the regular season with an upper-body injury.

Foo was the circuit's third-highest rookie scorer with four goals and eight assists in 22 contests.

Below is a complete list of 2014-15 honorees:

Forward Daniel Ciampini Union
Forward Matthew Peca Quinnipiac
Forward Jimmy Vesey Harvard
Defense Rob O'Gara Yale
Defense Joakim Ryan Cornell
Goaltender Alex Lyon Yale

Forward Sam Anas Quinnipiac
Forward Kyle Criscuolo Harvard
Forward Eric Neiley Dartmouth
Defense Eric Sweetman St. Lawrence
Defense Patrick McNally Harvard
Goaltender Kyle Hayton St. Lawrence

Forward Cole Bardreau Cornell
Forward Kyle Baun Colgate
Forward Tyson Spink Colgate
Defense Danny Federico Quinnipiac
Defense Jeff Taylor Union
Goaltender Michael Garteig Quinnipiac

Forward Spencer Foo Union
Forward Drew Melanson Rensselaer
Forward Landon Smith Quinnipiac
Defense Nolan Gluchowski St. Lawrence
Defense Kelly Summers Clarkson
GoaltenderKyle Hayton St. Lawrence

Winner is Greg Carvel

Winner is Rob O'Gara, Yale

Winner is Cole Bardreau, Cornell

Winner is Kyle Hayton, St. Lawrence

Winner is Alex Lyon, Yale

Winner is Jimmy Vesey, Harvard

Winner is Kyle Criscuolo, Harvard

Winner is Yale

Novak inks ATO with Albany Devils

by Ryan Fay

Union senior forward Max Novak signed an amateur tryout agreement with the American Hockey League's Albany Devils, it was announced Friday.

Novak, 23, could make his pro debut as early as Saturday when Albany hosts Norfolk at 5 at the Times Union Center.

The Oak Ridge, New Jersey native had 43 goals and 53 assists and 141 career games with Union. He was fifth on the team in scoring this past season with 10 goals and 18 assists in 35 games.

Known for his ability to come up big in the clutch, Novak had 15 goals (including six game-winners) in 26 career playoff games. He holds the single-season program record for game-winning goals with eight, set during the 2013-14 season.

He is the second Union player to ink a professional contract this week. Senior forward Daniel Ciampini signed with the AHL's Worcester Sharks on Wednesday.

Novak will be reunited with Albany forward Kelly Zajac, who was a senior at Union when Novak was a freshman.

Novak will wear No. 38 for Albany.