Monday, December 15, 2014

Dutchmen drop of poll

by Ryan Fay

Despite not playing over the weekend, Union dropped out of the top-20 poll on Monday.

The Dutchmen, who were ranked 20th a week ago, lost their spot to Penn State, which was also idle over the weekend. The Nittnay Lions picked up 79 points in the poll while Union piled up 61, the highest of any team not ranked.

The Dutchmen (9-6-1 overall, 3-4-1 ECAC Hockey) resume action Dec. 27-28 when they travel to Bridgeport, Conn. for the inaugural Frozen Holiday Classic. top-20 poll
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Boston University (18) 11- 3-2 930 2
2 North Dakota (12) 13- 4-2 896 1
3 Minnesota State ( 6) 13- 4-0 869 3
4 Harvard (11) 9- 1-2 836 5
5 Michigan Tech 13- 3-0 758 4
6 Miami 11- 5-0 720 6
7 Minnesota-Duluth ( 3) 12- 6-0 664 9
8 Minnesota 9- 4-1 650 7
9 Massachusetts-Lowell 10- 3-3 643 8
10 Vermont 13- 3-1 612 10
11 Denver 10- 5-0 510 11
12 Nebraska-Omaha 10- 4-2 496 12
13 Bowling Green 11- 3-2 430 13
14 Quinnipiac 10- 5-1 292 15
15 Boston College 9- 7-1 233 16
16 Providence 9- 6-1 229 18
17 Colgate 9- 6-1 221 14
18 Merrimack 10- 5-2 158 19
19 Robert Morris 11- 2-3 125 17
20 Penn State 9- 4-2 79 NR
Others receiving votes: Union 61, Yale 56, Mercyhurst 10, Northern Michigan 9, Ferris State 8, Dartmouth 3, Holy Cross 1, St. Lawrence 1.

Ex-Union standout Bodie lands overseas

by Ryan Fay

Former Union standout Kyle Bodie has taken his game overseas.

Bodie signed Friday with Pingouins de Morzine-Avoriaz in France's Ligue Mangus. The forward made his debut with the team during Saturday's 3-1 loss to Les Rapaces de Gap, but was held off the scoresheet.

The 26-year-old had been unsigned since getting released by the ECHL's Reading Royals during the team's training camp in October.

Bodie played with four different teams in the ECHL last season. He had six goals and 10 assists in 57 combined games with Cincinnati, San Francisco, South Carolina and Toledo.

Bodie is the third former Union player currently playing in the Ligue Mangus. Two of his former Union teammates, defensemen Greg Coburn and Shawn Stuart, are teammates on HC Amiens Somme.

A native of East St. Paul, Manitoba, Bodie had 28 goals and 57 assists in 122 games with Union from 2009-2013.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Dutchwomen, Maine skate to draw

by Ryan Fay

Kathryn Davis scored her first goal of the season, but the Union women's hockey team settled for a 1-1 non-conference draw against Maine Saturday at Messa Rink.

After a scoreless first period, Davis' power-play goal at 4:59 of the second gave Union a 1-0 lead. The tally followed a series of a pinpoint passes. Jessica Kaminsky made a pass to Alex Tancrell-Fontaine at the top of the slot. Tancrell-Fontaine then slid the puck to Davis, who blasted it past Maine goalie Meghann Treacy from the right faceoff circle.

Maine (7-10-3) found the equalizer at 13:56. After Hailey Browne intercepted a pass from Union defenseman Caitlyn McLaren just inside the blueline, she raced in and beat Shenae Lundberg after catching the Dutchwomen goalie leaning the other way.

The best scoring chance the rest of the way came later in the second when a shot from Maine's Audra Richards hit the post before sailing wide.

Lundberg, who picked up the shutout in Friday's 2-0 win over Maine, stopped 21-of-22 shots. Treacy turned aside 20-of-21.

Maine finished 0-for-4 on the power-play, while Davis converted on Union's lone man advantage.

The Dutchwomen (4-11-3) resume action on Jan. 2 with a home date against ECAC Hockey rival Quinnipiac.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Highlights of Union's 2-0 win over Maine

by Ryan Fay

Jessica Kaminsky and Nicole Russell scored third period goals to lift Union to a 2-0 non-conference win over Maine Friday at Messa Rink.

Union (4-11-2) has won two games in a row and three of its last four.

Kaminsky snapped a scoreless tie at 11:40 of the third, just under six minutes before Russell tacked on her goal.

Shenae Lundberg recorded her third shutout of the season and sixth of her career after turning away all 28 Black Bear shots.

The Dutchwomen close out to the 2014 portion of their schedule with a rematch against Maine (7-10-2) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Messa Rink.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Updated: Vidmar commits to Dutchmen

by Ryan Fay

Another member of the North American Hockey League's Lone Star Brahmas will be joining Union for the 2015-2016 season.

Forward Sebastian Vidmar, the Brahmas' top scorer, made his commitment to Union on Tuesday after picking the Dutchmen over three or four other programs. The chance to play for the defending national champions was too much to pass up, especially since teammate and goalie Jake Kupsky will also be joining the Dutchmen next season.

Vidmar in action last season
“These past two days have been really hard deciding. I’m really happy with my decision,” Vidmar said. “I talked to Jake (Kupsky) last night. It’s definitely one of the best guys to spend four years with.”

Kupsky, who committed last month, is looking forward to remaining teammates with Vidmar at the collegiate level.

“I couldn’t be more excited,” Kupsky said. “Going there with someone I know, let alone one of my best buddies, it’s going to be fun.”

Union's staff made a recruiting trip to scout Kupsky earlier this season, but left equally impressed with Vidmar.

“It is promising to see a national champion, such as Union, take an invested interest in both Sebastian (Vidmar) and (Jake) Kupsky. It’s a strong testament to our organization and ownership group in the development of our athletes,” Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong said.

Vidmar, a native of Malmö, Sweden, has 17 goals and 16 assists in 24 games this season. He ranks second in the league in goals and third in points. The 20-year-old paces the league in game-winning goals with six, and his plus-16 rating is sixth best in the circuit.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder had nine goals and 16 assists in 42 games with the Brahmas last season.

“We are incredibly proud of what Sebastian has accomplished and continues to do on the ice,” Wildfong said. “Union made a great commitment as he remains to be a top forward in our league who continues to improve.”

Vidmar skated with the Swedish J20 SuperElit League's IF Malmö Redhawks in 2012-2013. He finished the season with 26 goals, the second-most in the league, and also added 19 assists in 45 contests. The Swedish J20 SuperElit League is the highest-level junior hockey league in Sweden.

Vidmar, who also earns high marks for his leadership ability, said it still hasn't sunk in that he'll be playing college hockey at Union next season.

“It was not my expectation at all,” Vidmar said. “I came here (from Sweden) with a goal and that goal is half way accomplished. It’s really great knowing that hard work pays off.”

He has lofty goals in mind during his Dutchmen career.

“(Winning the championship) would be the goal with the resume Union has. It’s nothing that's not achievable,” said Vidmar, who also aspires to play professionally.

In addition to getting one of the NAHL's top offensive threats, the Dutchmen will be getting a taste of Swedish culture. Vidmar plans to bring Swedish music to Union.

“We’ll let the Swedish music grow on them (his future teammates),” Vidmar joked. “I’ll always know where I come from.”

Vidmar is the eighth player committed to Union for next season, joining Kupsky, goalie Joe Young (Philadelphia Flyers/USPHL), defenseman Greg Campbell (Oakville Blades/OJHL) and forwards Cole Maier (Nanaimo Clippers/BCHL), Brendan Taylor (Nanaimo Clippers/OJHL), Brett Supinski (Coquitlam Express/BCHL) and Mark Dufour (Islanders Hockey Club/USPHL).

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ciampini and Scarfo earn league honors

by Ryan Fay

Union forwards Daniel Ciampini and Ryan Scarfo were honored by ECAC Hockey on Tuesday. The conference named Ciampini Player of the Week while Scarfo was selected as Rookie of the Week.

Ciampini (l) and Scarfo (r)
Ciampini registered the game-winning goal in both games during Union's road sweep of Brown and Yale last weekend. The senior finished the weekend with three goals and an assist and leads the 20th-ranked Dutchmen with nine goals this season. He ranks second in scoring among ECACH players with nine goals and 11 assists.

Scarfo had an assist in both games last weekend, including one on Ciampini's game-winner against Yale on Saturday, to help the Dutchmen extend their winning streak in conference play to three games. The freshman added seven faceoff wins last weekend and finished with a combined plus-2 rating. He has two goals and three assists in 16 games this season.

The Dutchmen resume action Dec. 27-28 when they travel to Bridgeport, Conn. for the inaugural Frozen Holiday Classic.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Dutchmen return to poll

by Ryan Fay

Union's absence from the top-20 poll was short-lived.

The Dutchmen returned to the poll Monday following a one-week absence. Union (9-6-1 overall, 3-4-1 ECAC Hockey) took the 20th and final spot and received 66 points.

Union swept a pair of ECACH road games over the weekend, routing Brown, 7-1, on Friday and beating Yale, 3-1, on Saturday.

The Dutchmen's 29-week run in the poll ended last week after suffering an 8-2 defeat against unranked Western Michigan in the Shillelagh Tournament championship game Nov. 29. poll
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll

1 North Dakota (38) 12- 3-2 983 1
2 Boston University ( 1) 10- 3-2 900 3
3 Minnesota State ( 1) 12- 4-0 818 2
4 Michigan Tech ( 1) 12- 2-0 784 5
5 Harvard ( 6) 9- 1-2 752 9
6 Miami 11- 5-0 743 4
7 Minnesota 9- 4-1 715 6
8 Massachusetts-Lowell 10- 3-3 707 7
9 Minnesota-Duluth ( 3) 11- 5-0 677 8
10 Vermont 11- 3-1 548 11
11 Denver 9- 4-0 478 10
12 Nebraska-Omaha 8- 4-2 435 12
13 Bowling Green 11- 3-2 419 14
14 Colgate 9- 5-1 377 13
15 Quinnipiac 10- 5-1 256 15
16 Boston College 8- 7-1 177 17
17 Robert Morris 10- 1-3 170 20
18 Providence 8- 6-1 161 16
19 Merrimack 10- 5-2 138 18
20 Union 9- 6-1 66 NR
Others receiving votes:
Penn State 56, Northern Michigan 51, Yale 29, St. Cloud State 28, Michigan 18, St. Lawrence 7, Ferris State 3, Dartmouth 2, Holy Cross 1, Mercyhurst 1.

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

1. University of North Dakota, 502 (29) 1
2. Boston University, 449 (1) 2
3. Minnesota State University, 379 4
4. Michigan Tech University, 375 6
5. Harvard University, 360 (4) 8
6. University of Minnesota, 336 3
7. Miami University, 330 5
8. UMass Lowell, 296 7
9. University of Minnesota Duluth, 255 9
10. University of Vermont, 207 10
11. University of Denver, 152 11
12. University of Nebraska Omaha, 135 13
13. Colgate University, 119 12
14. Bowling Green State University, 93 14
15. Quinnipiac University, 29 15
Others receiving votes: Merrimack College, 18; Robert Morris University, 11; Providence College, 9; University of Michigan, 7; Boston College, 6; Yale University, 3; St. Cloud State University, 2.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Highlights from Union's 3-2 win over Brown

by Ryan Fay

The Union women's hockey team picked up their first ECAC Hockey win of the season Saturday with a 3-2 win over Brown at Messa Rink.

Alex Tancrell-Fontaine, Rebecca Babiak and Hannah Erickson scored second period goals for the Dutchwomen, who improved to 3-11-2 overall and 1-5-0 in ECACH play. Erickson's goal was her first collegiate tally.

See all three Union goals: