Monday, September 29, 2014

Julseth-White signs with Ontario

by Ryan Fay

Former Union defenseman Nolan Julseth-White signed with the ECHL's Ontario Reign for the 2014-2015 season, the team announced Monday.

Julseth-White spent the majority of the past two seasons with the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers, recording five goals and 27 assists in 124 games. He was one the team's alternate captains last season.

"Nolan was someone we had to be aware of whenever we faced the Wranglers," Reign head coach and director of hockey operations Jason Christie said. "Every time you talk about opposing top players to key in on, he was a guy who was part of the conversation."

In addition to his time with the Wranglers, Julseth-White also had cups of coffee with the AHL's Providence Bruins and San Antonio Rampage during the 2012-2013 season.

The 26-year-old had 18 assists in 100 games for Union from 2008-2012. He served as the Dutchmen's captain during the 2011-12 season.

Vasaturo named Dutchmen captain

by Ryan Fay

Senior defenseman Charlie Vasaturo has been named captain of the Union men's hockey team for the 2014-2015 season.

Senior forwards Daniel Ciampini and Sam Coatta were tabbed as the alternate captains.

Vasaturo had five assists and a team-high 62 blocked shots in a career-high 42 games last season. He received the Unsung Hero Award at the team's annual postseason banquet.

Ciampini is Union's top returning scorer after recording 23 goals and 18 assists in 41 contests a season ago.

Coatta appeared in 40 games last season, establishing career high's in goals (five), assists (six) and points (11).

Vasaturo's selection marks the seventh consecutive season that a defenseman will captain the Dutchmen. Mat Bodie served as captain for the past two seasons (2012-14) and was preceded by Nolan Julseth-White (2011-12), Brock Matheson (2010-11), Mike Wakita (2009-10) and co-captain Lane Caffaro (2008-09).

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dutchwomen skate to 2-2 exhibition tie

Box Score

by Ryan Fay

The Union women's hockey team was fit to be tied Saturday, skating to a 2-2 exhibition draw with the Ottawa Junior Senators at Messa Rink.

The Senators grabbed a 1-0 lead at 5:09 of the first period when Maggie Knott scored off a feed from Kimiko Marinacci. Just over five minutes later, Christine Valente brought Union even with a power play goal after she deflected a Haley Welch shot into the back of the Senators net.

The Senators regained the lead at 2:59 of the second after a Union defenseman lost control of the puck and let it trickle into the net. Leah Buchanan was credited with the goal for the Senators.

Union's Hannah Erickson closed the scoring at 16:40 of the second when she fired a shot over the shoulder of Senators netminder Elizabeth Spinozzi to nod the game at 2-2.

Union held a 36-20 shots advantage, including a 25-8 edge over the first two periods.

Union goaltender Shenae Lundberg stopped four-of-five shots before being replaced by Alexx Ridding at the start of the second period. Ridding turned aside 14-of-15 shots the rest of the way, including 10 in the third period.

Spinozzi finished with a game-high 34 saves.

Union opens the regular season Oct. 3-4 with a two-game non-conference set at RIT's new Gene Polisseni Center.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Laughlin joins Dutchwomen as a walk-on

by Ryan Fay

Forward Katie Laughlin was added to the Union women's hockey team as a walk-on freshman earlier this week.

Laughlin played for Lawrence Academy last season and served as one of the Spartans' four captains. The 18-year-old was the team's second-highest scorer with 13 goals and 12 assists in 24 games. She was named to the All-League team in the Independent School League.

At 5-foot-9, Laughlin is the tallest player on Union's roster, and she's the tallest forward Union has had since the 2007-2008 season.

Laughlin will wear No. 19 for Union. Junior forward Rebecca Babiak, who donned that number last season, is now wearing No. 13.

Union opens its 2014-2015 slate today with a home exhibition game against the Ottawa Jr. Senators at 4 p.m.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Youngstown hires ex-Union assistant coach Ronan

by Ryan Fay

John Ronan, who served as volunteer assistant coach on last season's national champion Union hockey team, has been named assistant coach for the U.S Hockey League's Youngstown Phantoms.

Ronan watches over the Dutchmen during
a game last season
“I’m honored and excited to join the Youngstown Phantoms,” said Ronan. “This is a first-class organization from the top down, and this is an incredible opportunity to work in the best junior league in the country. My family and I are excited to be a part of this great community here in the Mahoning Valley.”

Ronan will be the Phantoms' second assistant coach, joining veteran assistant coach Brad Patterson and head coach/general manager Anthony Noreen on the team's staff.

“John brings the type of character and integrity we look for in our staff members,” said Noreen. “He has a great passion for the game of hockey, and knowledge that will be an asset to our players and program. We are very fortunate to have a person of John’s caliber joining us here in Youngstown.”

Aaron Bogosian, a former St. Lawrence standout, was named Ronan's successor at Union on Aug. 31.

Gostisbehere scores in preseason win (w/ video)

by Ryan Fay

Former Union defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere's power play goal helped lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-0 preseason win over the New Jersey Devils at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Thursday.

Gostisbehere celebrates his goal on Thursday
photo: Yong Kim/
Gostisbehere's goal came at 12:57 of the first period and increased the Flyers' lead to 3-0. He was in the right circle when he took a feed from winger Jason Akeson and blasted the puck past Cory Schneider, the Devils' $42 million goaltender.

The goal was Gostisbehere's first in a Flyers uniform.

"It was a great setup from (Andrew MacDonald) to (Akeson) to me," Gostisbehere told the Courier-Post. "I was just focusing more on not getting my shot blocked. Thankfully, it went upstairs."

Gostisbehere was paired on defense with Samuel Morin, the Flyers' top pick in the 2013 draft.

"I thought they were really good and complemented each other,” Flyers head coach Craig Berube told “Both had really good gaps and they were aggressive and really moved the puck well. And I thought they both defended well.”

Gostisbehere ended up seeing 16:42 of ice time, including 2:13 on the power play. He finished with the goal and a plus-1 rating and was named the game's third star.

The Flyers travel to New Jersey for a rematch with the Devils at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Gostisbehere's goal can be seen below.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Defenseman Martin leaves Dutchmen

by Ryan Fay

The Union men's hockey team has lost another player.

Defenseman Griffyn Martin, who would have been a sophomore this season, has left the team and is no longer enrolled at Union. His name has been removed from the Dutchmen roster on the Union athletics website.

Martin came to Union after a decorated prep career at Avon Old Farms. He appeared in only two games last season, Oct. 25 at Connecticut and Feb. 1 at Clarkson. He didn't record a point. The 20-year-old was seen as having the potential to develop into a steady defensive defenseman.

Union head coach Rick Bennett declined to comment on Martin's departure.

It came out last Tuesday that forward Alex Gonye also left the team. Gonye would have been a sophomore this season.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bodie, Gostisbehere survive initial cuts

by Ryan Fay

The New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers made training camp reductions Wednesday, and the news was good for two of three former Union standouts.

Defenseman Mat Bodie wasn't among the 20 players re-assigned by the Rangers. Bodie, who didn't play in the Rangers' 5-4 preseason loss to the New Jersey Devils on Monday, is one of 43 players left in camp.

Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere is one of 39 players left in Flyers camp after the team re-assigned 22 players. Gostisbehere played in the Flyers' 5-4 preseason win over Washington on Monday. He scored a goal for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the Flyers' AHL affiliate, in a scrimmage against the Albany Devils on Tuesday.

Forward Matt Hatch wasn't as lucky. The Flyers re-assigned Hatch to Phantoms training camp in Allentown, PA. He most recently appeared in Tuesday's scrimmage against the Devils.