Monday, November 24, 2014

Idle Dutchmen slide in poll

by Ryan Fay

Union fell two spots to 17th in the USCHO.com top-20 poll on Monday.

The Dutchmen dropped despite not playing over the weekend due to final exams. The slide marked the fourth consecutive week that they moved down in the poll.

Union remains unranked in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine top-15 poll. The Dutchmen received 13 votes this week, 22 less than last week.

Union resumes play Nov. 28-29 at Notre Dame's Shillelagh Tournament. They play the Fighting Irish on Friday before facing either Ohio State or Western Michigan on Saturday.

USCHO.com poll
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll

1 Boston University (42) 8- 1-1 988 3
2 North Dakota (3) 9- 3-1 889 2
3 Minnesota (1) 7- 3-0 825 4
4 Massachusetts-Lowell 8- 2-3 806 5
5 Miami 10- 4-0 764 7
6 Michigan Tech 10- 2-0 748 1
7 Minnesota State (3) 9- 3-0 746 9
8 Minnesota-Duluth (1) 9- 5-0 615 8
9 Colgate 9- 4-1 575 6
10 Denver 8- 3-0 572 10
11 Nebraska-Omaha 7- 2-1 435 13
12 Boston College 7- 5-0 425 12
13 Vermont 8- 3-1 423 11
14 Quinnipiac 8- 3-1 319 14
15 Bowling Green 10- 3-1 292 18
16 St. Cloud State 5- 6-1 249 16
17 Union 6- 5-1 214 15
18 Harvard 5- 1-2 147 NR
19 Northern Michigan 7- 2-1 141 17
20 Providence 5- 5-1 115 19
Others receiving votes: Robert Morris 96, St. Lawrence 48, Merrimack 30, Yale 17, Penn State 15, Ferris State 4, Notre Dame 2.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll
(First-place votes in parentheses)
Rank School Last Week’s Ranking

1. Boston University, 497 (27) 2
2. University of North Dakota, 447 (4) 3
3. University of Minnesota, 409 4
4. UMass Lowell, 367 5
5. Michigan Tech University, 358 (1) 1
6. Miami University, 337 7
7. Minnesota State University, 321 (2) 9
8. University of Minnesota Duluth, 241 8
9. Colgate University, 236 6
10. University of Denver, 226 11
11. Boston College, 166 12
12. University of Vermont, 140 10
13. University of Nebraska Omaha, 128 13
14. Quinnipiac University, 72 14
15. Bowling Green State University, 43 NR
Others receiving votes: St. Cloud State University, 31; Harvard University, 30; Union College, 13; Merrimack College, 5; Providence College, 5; Robert Morris University, 5; St. Lawrence University, 3.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lundberg a workhorse in goal for Dutchwomen

by Ryan Fay

When a goalie makes as many saves as Union's Shenae Lundberg has, it's understandable if a specific one isn't easily remembered.

Even if it's one that broke a program record.

With her first stop in Friday's 3-2 overtime loss at Princeton, the senior recorded her 2,263rd career save. It snapped a tie with Lundy Day and gave her sole possession of the program's career saves record.

"I'm not too certain," Lundberg said when asked to describe the record-setting stop. "There were quite a few shots."

Here's how it happened: Princeton's Molly Contini unleashed a shot from just outside the crease, but Lundberg denied it with a chest save.

Lundberg keeps an eye on things at RIT on Oct 3.
photo credit: Omar Phillips
"I wasn't even thinking about the record," Lundberg said. "I've heard nothing but great things about Lundy Day, so to be able to do better than somebody that's so well known and has done great things for the program means we're going in the right direction."

The former Deerfield Academy standout finished the game with 34 saves, but she piled up even more the next night when she turned aside a career-best 58 shots in a 5-0 setback at fifth-ranked Quinnipiac.

"She was great," said Union head coach Claudia Asano Barcomb. "She was our best player on the ice, and she was confident in everything she did. She stopped the puck and had to make a lot of second and third saves that she shouldn't have had to make."

Last weekend was a microcosm of sorts for Lundberg, who has a 2.90 goals-against average and a personal best .921 save percentage this season. She's been called upon to make stop after stop all season long. Through 13 games, she's been peppered with 479 shots, 96 more than any other women's goalie in the country. Her 441 saves lead the country by 90.

Staying busy between the pipes is just fine with her.

"I've watched some other teams and they only have like seven shots. It's like they're standing there," Lundberg explained. "What's the point of working hard and training all your life to stand in the net for five, six shots? It's fun. You get to do a lot of work, it's good exercise and you get to enjoy playing the sport."

Part of the reason why Lundberg has seen so many shots is that Union has allowed 37 per game, the third-highest average in the country. Another reason is that she's seen 787:25 of ice time, more than any other women's goalie. She's been the only netminder used by the Dutchwomen so far this season and she's on pace to set a new career-high in minutes played.

Despite the heavy all-around workload so far this season, Lundberg isn't concerned about wearing down later on.

"We've been pretty smart about it," she said. "I've been talking with the coaches and trainers about how to eat right and be healthy. Knowing when to take a break during practice and when to step out of the net will make the difference in the long haul."

Barcomb would still like to reduce the number of shots that get through to her starting netminder.

"We need to reduce the shots against us," she said. "We have to block more shots. We've had some injuries that have left us shorthanded on defense. We only had four defensemen in one game, so playing 30 minutes as opposed to 20 leads to more fatigue. We're back up to five defesnsemen, but having six would be helpful."

Lundberg, who also owns program records for career wins and career shutouts, accomplished the feats despite not starting regularly until her sophomore season. As a freshman, she served as the primary backup to then-senior Kate Gallagher.

Barcomb said it was evident early on in Lundberg's career that she had the chance to rewrite the program's record books.

"She works really hard," Barcomb said. "She wants to be good, but she wants to be perfect, too. She's looking to be better every single day."

Defenseman Campbell commits to Dutchmen (updated w/ video)

by Ryan Fay

The Ontario Junior Hockey League's Oakville Blades announced Wednesday that defenseman Greg Campbell has committed to Union for the 2015-2016 season.

“I’m just thrilled and honored to be a part of such an amazing program like Union,” said Campbell. “They continue to graduate talented players that move on with their hockey careers. Also, their academic program is top notch and would be a great fit for me to be a great student athlete.”

Campbell in action earlier this season
credit: Tim Bates/OJHL Images
The 19-year-old is in his third season with the Blades. He's currently tied for fourth among OJHL defenseman in scoring with three goals and 20 assists in 22 games. All three of his goals have come on the power play and he's tied for third among defensemen with 10 power play assists.

In his first two seasons with the Blades, the Oakville, Ontario native recorded 16 goals and 46 assists in 96 games.

“Having the opportunity to watch Greg's development from Minor Midget to now I'm very happy he's reached his goal of playing college hockey at Union,” said Blades general manager Mike Daley. “Greg has worked very hard to improve his weaknesses and has become such a poised defenseman on both sides of the puck."

Last weekend, the 6-foot, 195-pounder represented the Blades on Team Hawerchuk at the Central Canada Cup All-Star Challenge. He recorded a goal and two assists in three games.

Added Daley, "The best comment from the Central Canada Cup this weekend came from a rival coach who said 'I didn't realize how good he was until I got to watch him up close.'"

Campbell, who played for Canada East at the World Junior A Hockey Challenge last season, will be the latest in a growing number of former Blades to play at Union, including senior forward Mark Bennett and 100-point club member Jeremy Welsh.

“It has been his dream to play Division I hockey, but to have Union as defending national champions and all the success they have had with a number of former Oakville Blades, it just can't get better than that,” said Greg’s dad and Blades owner Rob Campbell.

Campbell is the sixth recruit committed for next season, joining goalie Joe Young (Philadelphia Flyers, USPHL) and forwards Mark Dufour (Islanders Hockey Club, USPHL), Cole Maier (Nanaimo Clippers, BCHL), Brendan Taylor (Nanaimo Clippers, BCHL) and Brett Supinski (Coquitlam Express, BCHL).

Footage of Campbell from February 2014




Monday, November 17, 2014

Shier awarded NYS Conspicuous Service Medal

by Ryan Fay

Union freshman forward Kevin Shier was presented with a New York State Conspicuous Service Medal in a ceremony before Saturday's game against Princeton.

Neild and Shier pose before Saturday's game
photo credit: Matt Milless/MahiMattPhoto
The honor stemmed from an incident last Dec. 9, when Shier and his father were on their way to Union for a recruiting trip. Shier was one of seven good Samaritans who helped save New York Army National Guard Capt. Timothy Neild from a burning car following an accident on Interstate 90 just outside of Syracuse.

The rescue came in the nick of time, as the car exploded moments later. Neild was in an induced coma for 11 days after the accident.

Before Saturday's game, Neild, Shier and Princeton associate captain Aaron Ave participated in a ceremonial puck drop.

The New York State Conspicuous Service Medal is the second-highest award presented in the name of the Governor of New York, and is typically given to members of the New York Army or Air National Guard.

Neild and Shier, who hadn't formally met before Saturday, talked about the incident on Saturday:





Dutchmen fall in college hockey polls

by Ryan Fay

Union fell in both college hockey polls this week.

The Dutchmen dropped from 12th to 15th in the USCHO.com top-20 poll. They fell out of the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine top-15 poll after being ranked 12th a week ago.

Union dropped a 4-3 decision to Quinnipiac on Friday before snapping a six-game winless streak with 6-1 win over Princeton on Saturday.

The Dutchmen are off for exams this week before travelling to Notre Dame for the Shillelagh Tournament Nov. 28-29.

USCHO.com poll
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll

1 Michigan Tech (24) 10- 0-0 940 5
2 North Dakota (12) 8- 2-1 916 2
3 Boston University (14) 6- 1-1 913 3
4 Minnesota 7- 3-0 830 1
5 Massachusetts-Lowell 7- 2-2 731 4
6 Colgate 8- 3-1 726 6
7 Miami 8- 4-0 686 7
8 Minnesota-Duluth 8- 4-0 663 13
9 Minnesota State 7- 3-0 574 9
10 Denver 6- 3-0 509 11
11 Vermont 7- 2-1 477 10
12 Boston College 5- 5-0 439 8
13 Nebraska-Omaha 6- 1-1 394 14
14 Quinnipiac 7- 2-1 283 20
15 Union 6- 5-1 249 12
16 St. Cloud State 4- 5-1 248 15
17 Northern Michigan 6- 1-1 205 18
18 Bowling Green 8- 3-1 177 19
19 Providence 4- 5-1 163 16
20 Robert Morris 7- 1-2 108 17
Others receiving votes: Merrimack 61, St. Lawrence 54, Ferris State 53, Harvard 44, Notre Dame 22, Penn State 19, Yale 15, Michigan 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll
(First-place votes in parentheses)
Rank School Last Week’s Ranking

1. Michigan Tech University, 480 (17) 5
2. Boston University, 462 (10) 3
3. University of North Dakota, 458 (7) 2
4. University of Minnesota, 408 1
5. UMass Lowell, 329 4
6. Colgate University, 318 6
7. Miami University, 297 7
8. University of Minnesota Duluth, 277 15
9. Minnesota State University, 222 9
10. University of Vermont, 174 10
11. University of Denver, 164 11
12. Boston College, 146 8
13. University of Nebraska Omaha, 105 13
14. Quinnipiac University, 68 NR
15. St. Cloud State University, 43 14
Others receiving votes: Union College, 35; Bowling Green State University, 23; Harvard University, 20; Providence College, 17; Northern Michigan University, 11; Yale University, 9; Merrimack College, 5; Robert Morris University, 5; Ferris State University, 3; St. Lawrence University, 2.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Grosenick posts shutout in NHL debut (updated)

by Ryan Fay

Former Union goalie Troy Grosenick probably couldn't have scripted it any better.

Making his NHL debut with the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, Grosenick recorded a 45-save shutout to lead the Sharks a 2-0 road win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

It was a record-setting performance for Grosenick, who was called up from the American Hockey League's Worcester Sharks on Wednesday following an injury to Alex Stalock. He became the first goalie in San Jose history to record a shutout in his debut, and his 45 saves are an NHL record for a goalie debuting with a shutout.

Grosenick stretches out for one his
45 saves on Sunday
"That was unbelievable," San Jose's Joe Thornton told reporters after the game. "He's been in the NHL now, for what, three days? What can we say? We're so happy for him. He was the difference in this game."

The Sharks needed Grosenick, the game's No. 1 star, to be sharp as they were out-shot 45-19. It was their lowest single-game shot output this season.

"It was kind of nice to see all those shots because you don't have to think about too much else," Grosenick said. "I felt like I was seeing everything and trying to stay focused, which is kind of hard right now."

He turned aside 16 shots in the first period alone, including a pad stop at the left post on Victor Rask at 8:25. A second later, he denied Rask's attempt to bang home the rebound. Despite struggling to generate shots, the Sharks picked up a 1-0 lead at 18:46 when Tomas Hertl beat Anton Khudobin with a wrister.

In the second period, Grosenick added 15 more saves. With the Sharks clinging to a 1-0 lead, Grosenick made three stops in the final ten seconds of the period. He denied a shot from the point from Andrej Sekera at 19:50 before making a toe save on an attempt from Rask at 19:54. With four seconds left in the period, he outstretched his glove to deny a backhander from Jeff Skinner.

The pressure kept coming in the third as the Hurricanes fired 14 more shots. With an eye towards the game-tying goal, the Hurricanes pulled Khudobin for the extra attacker at 18:56. But Grosenick stood tall, with the biggest threat being a slap shot from Skinner at 19:29.

The Sharks sealed the win with an empty net goal from Thornton at 19:52.

"To get a young man like that to come in and steal us a game when we didn't have our A game was great," said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan. "We were pretty emotional in the locker room for our goaltender."

After the final horn sounded, Grosenick tossed his water bottle underhanded towards the Sharks bench and was greeted by teammates.

"It's a celebration thing," said Grosenick, whose parents flew in from Milwaukee to see the game. "I figure if shooters get to celebrate when they score, goalies should get to celebrate when they win. It's my go-to celebration going back to college."

Grosenick, the eighth former Union player to appear in an NHL game, played for the Dutchmen from 2010-2013. He finished his collegiate career with a 39-16-9 record, a 1.89 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. The Brookfield, Wisconsin native gave up his senior season when he signed with San Jose in April 2013.


Highlights








ESPN's John Buccigross names Grosenick his Star of the Night on SportsCenter


Grosenick set to make NHL debut

by Ryan Fay

Former Union goaltender Troy Grosenick is expected to make his NHL debut today when the San Jose Sharks hit the road to take on the Carolina Hurricanes.

Gametime is 5 p.m.

Grosenick
Grosenick was recalled from the American Hockey League's Worcester Sharks on Wednesday after San Jose placed goalie Alex Stalock on injured reserve.

At the time of his recall, Grosenick was 7-2-1 with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 10 games. He was leading the AHL in wins and ranked second in minutes played (616).

In 35 games with Worcester last season, he went 18-14 with a 2.62 GAA and a .903 save percentage.

The 25-year-old will be the eighth former Union player to appear in an NHL game, joining goalie Steve Baker, forward Mario Gaiallonardo, defenseman Duane Joyce, forward Jeremy Welsh, goalie Keith Kinkaid, forward Josh Jooris, and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere.

Grosenick played for Union from 2010-2013. He finished his collegiate career with a 39-16-9 record, a 1.89 GAA and a .930 save percentage. He remains the program's career leader in GAA and save percentage. The Brookfield, Wisconsin native gave up his senior season when he signed with San Jose in April 2013.

Dutchmen play complete game in 6-1 win (w/ highlights, reaction)

Box Score

by Ryan Fay

One of the themes in Union's recent downturn was a lack of sixty minute efforts.

There were games when the Dutchmen had impressive stretches, but then the team would vanish for parts of the same game.

On Saturday, the Dutchmen put forth a strong sixty minute effort and breezed to a 6-1 win over Princeton (1-4-1 overall, 1-3-1 ECAC Hockey) at Messa Rink.

The win snapped a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) and gave the Dutchmen (6-5-1, 1-4-1) their first ECACH win of the season.

It was an all-around effort. They held Princeton to 16 shots on the goal, the fewest allowed to any opponent so far this season. They killed five-of-six Princeton power plays, a night after giving up three power play goals on four chances in a 4-3 loss to Quinnipiac. They scored three times on five power play opportunities.

"We’ve put together periods here and there, but we were able to play a full 60," said Union's Daniel Ciampini, who recorded his second career hat trick and finished with a career-best five points. "It's great to get a bunch of points, but I think the win is a lot bigger than my personal success."

Union head coach Rick Bennett liked what he saw from his team.

"They were definitely consistent in all areas," he said. "They managed the lines tonight, which was nice to see. They finished their hits. It was a complete game all around."

Ciampini, who was on the ice for all six Union goals, put the Dutchmen on the board after taking a feed from Jeff Taylor and beating Tigers goalie Ben Halford at 6:11 of the first.

Aaron Ave's power play goal brought the Tigers even just over four minutes later, but Jeff Taylor regained the lead for the Dutchmen at 18:24. He fired a shot from just inside the blueline that seemed to catch Halford off guard.

"It was a lucky shot," said Taylor, who finished with the goal and three assists. "I was just trying to get it through. There was a guy right on me, and it was lucky it went in."

Union buried the Tigers with a three-goal second period. Ryan Scarfo made it 3-1 at 4:59 before Ciampini and Mike Vecchione addded power-play tallies later in the period.

"This morning, we talked about how important special teams are," Ciampini said. "We got two good opportunities there, and we took advantage of it."

Ciampini cemented the hat trick with a power-play marker at 10:12 of the third. His other hat trick came against Boston College in last season's NCAA Frozen Four semifinal.

After sitting in favor of Alex Sakellaropoulos the past two games, Niskayuna native Colin Stevens received the start in goal for the Dutchmen. He was rarely tested and finished with 15 saves.

"It felt great,” Stevens said. “Obviously, Alex earned the net there. He played really well for a few games. But it was nice to get back in the net tonight and get a win."

The game marked the end of the first chunk of Union's schedule. The Dutchmen are off next week for exams before hitting the road for nine straight games, beginning with a trip to Notre Dame for the Shillelagh Tournament Nov. 28-29.

"It's nice to end on a positive note instead of another loss," Taylor said. "I think this was huge for us."

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