Friday, October 30, 2009

RPI 4, Union 3 (ot)

Chase Polacek scored 1:58 into overtime to give RPI the win. RPI's Brutlag tied the game up for the Engineers on a power-play goal with a little more than 2 minutes remaining in regulation.

What a disappointing loss, especially since it was Homecoming! The Dutchmen had the win right in their hands, but another bad penalty cost them. This has been a recurring theme, and I for one am sick of it, and so is Coach Leaman. He completely understands that this is a huge problem, and said that he will start sitting guys for these actions. With ECAC play coming up next weekend the team needs to get their heads on straight if they want to compete, and they'll have to do it pretty quick.

I feel terribly for Stephane Boileau. He played such a great game up until his costly penalty in the third. He was great on faceoffs, scored a goal on a hard-nosed play to tie the game, and then set up Union's go-ahead goal in the second. I mean if Brutlag didn't score the game-tying goal we wouldn't be talking about this. Instead, we would be saying how great Boileau is. He truly is a great player, and one of my favorites to watch. He is a gritty player who puts everything he has into every shift.

Too bad their isn't a game tonight to erase this memory. Hopefully this will motivate the team and give them that extra step next week when ECAC play opens up.

Here's my recap from USCHO.com: http://www.uscho.com/recaps/20092010/m/10/30/rpi-uc.php

Ken Schott discusses Stephane Boileau's bad penalty in the third period that led to the game-tying power-play goal: http://www.dailygazette.com/weblogs/schott/2009/oct/30/union-rpi-postgame-report/

Lineups: Union vs. RPI

Union:
Presizniuk - Walters - Valery-Trabucco
Bodie - Zajac - Welsh
Yanovitch - J. Simspon - W. Simpson
Pallos - Buote - Boileau

Schreiber - Stuart
Matheson - Julseth-White
Wakita - Coburn

Milan

RPI:
Angers-Goulet - Polacek - Lee
D'Amigo - Pirri - O'Grady (All Freshman)
Cullen - Malchuk - Rabbani
Halpern - Kerins - Smith

Kennedy - Merth
Brutlag - Burgdoerfer
Bergin - Foss

York

Looking into this weekend's game vs. RPI

Here is Ed Weaver's game preveiw from the Troy Record: http://www.troyrecord.com/articles/2009/10/28/sports/doc4ae91a4476509139910153.txt

Here's the preview from the Union Athletics Website:
http://www.unionathletics.com/news/2009/10/29/MICE_1029091858.aspx

Tim Wilkin of the Times Union speaks about the rivalry:
http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=859588&category=RENSSELAER&usg=AFQjCNEyLJaZrS9Akghve3OJHZjyMskRbg

Here's the Troy Record's Ed Weaver on the rivalry:
http://www.troyrecord.com/articles/2009/10/29/sports/doc4aea6bf069b80331251375.txt&usg=AFQjCNHEpMghOYX9DAthScBLG6bcQ-BgkQ

The rivalry is mentioned in Brain Sullivan's ECAC Weekly Preview:
http://www.uscho.com/news/college-hockey/id,17361/ThisWeekinECACHockeyOct292009.html

Here's my preview from the Concordiensis:
http://media.www.concordy.com/media/storage/paper858/news/2009/10/29/Sports/Mens-Hockey.Renews.route.7.Rivalry.On.Friday-3817690.shtml

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Union 5, Sacred Heart 6 (ot)

Well, that was a HUGE disappointment. After being outplayed and outworked for basically 45 minutes the Dutchmen come back down 5-1 to tie the game but eventually lose in overtime. This loss, even if they didn't come back, is a major buzz kill on the season. Sacred Heart is traditionally one of the weaker teams in NCAA Division I Ice Hockey, but things might be changing under a new head coach. Keith Kinkaid played pretty poorly in his one period of work where he let up 4 goals. What a disappointment for him in his home opener.

To be honest I think this weekend was horrendous. AIC and Sacred Heart should not be able to walk into Messa Rink against this Dutchmen team and put up a good fight. I do give the Yellow Jackets and the Pioneers a ton of credit though for coming out hard in their first weekend. Each team also played one goal games with RPI during the weekend. Even though Coach Leaman said in his post-game press conference that he was not disappointed with a close win, I'm sure he's not thrilled with the result from last night even after the comeback. A loss is a loss no matter how you put it.

Read Evan Slavit's game summary on USCHO.com: http://www.uscho.com/recaps/20092010/m/10/24/shu-uc.php

Friday, October 23, 2009

Union 4, AIC 2

Wayne Simpson scored the game winner 1:52 into the third period, which was also his first career goal. Check back later for a game summary.

Here's my game summary from USCHO.com: http://www.uscho.com/recaps/20092010/m/10/23/aic-uc.php

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Union goes up against Atlantic Hockey foes AIC and Sacred Heart

This weekend the Dutchmen will go up against AIC and Sacred Heart, two of the weaker teams in NCAA Division I College Hockey. AIC finished last in the traditionally weak Atlantic Hockey conference while Sacred Heart came in third to last.

Look for Coach Leaman to play a variety of players at all positions. Union fans should look to see freshman Keith Kinkaid in between the pipes sometime this weekend. There could also be a Rich Sillery sighting in one of these games, which I am rooting for. Pudge has gone along with the the flow these past years and he deserves a chance to make his mark in his senior year.

In my opinion this should be an easy weekend for the Dutchmen and anything less than 2 wins will be a disappointment.

Here's my prediction for the scores this weekend: Union wins 6-1 vs. AIC, Union wins 4-1 vs. Sacred Heart

Here's the weekend preview from UnionAthletics.com: http://www.unionathletics.com/news/2009/10/21/MICE_1021090900.aspx

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Union 1, St. Cloud 3

So, the Dutchmen were not able to pick up a win in Minnesota, but it could have been worse. The tie on Friday was more like a win, so I kind of see this as a 50-50 weekend. Nice to see Kinkaid make is first start and make 30 stops. This game also shows what Coach Leaman was talking about with taking too many penalties. If you give a team 7 power-play opportunities they will capitalize.

Here's the recap: http://www.ecachockey.com/men/2009-10/Game_Stories/20091710_Union_SCS

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Interview with former Union goaltender Kris Mayotte

This appeared October 16th on the PennLive Website

http://www.ecachockey.com/men/members/union/20091610_MayotteQ-A

Union 3, St. Cloud 3

Sounds like a pretty exciting game last night. It takes some real heart to come back with under 3 minutes left on the road, especially to a excellent team like St. Cloud. This is an example of one of the few cases where a tie is more like a win.

You can read the recap from the Union Athletics website here:http://www.unionathletics.com/news/2009/10/16/MICE_1016091940.aspx

Here's coverage from the Times Union: http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=853876

Tonight's game will start at 8pm.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Dutchmen faceoff against St. Cloud State Tonight

This will be a great test for the Dutchmen. SCSU comes off two tough defeats to #1 Miami and will be out looking for some vengance.

Here's the preview and the links to live stats:
http://www.unionathletics.com/news/2009/10/15/MICE_1015094129.aspx

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Milan featured in The Berkshire Eagle

This article by Howard Herman discusses Milan's impact on the team and the influence freshman goaltender Keith Kinkaid will have on Milan and the team this season.

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/sports/ci_13548282&usg=AFQjCNHxiVVYeeDrHNib7d5fi69CUUOtJQ

Former Union standout Justin Hutchins released by Sheffield

The Sheffield Steelers of the Elite Ice Hockey League in Europe released former Union forward Justin Hutchins yesterday. From 1998 to 2002 Justin scored 23 goals and tallied 40 assists for 63 points in 109 NCAA games.

http://www.ecachockey.com/men/members/union/20091210_HutchinsSheffieldRelease

Welsh named ECAC Rookie of the Week

After posting two goals and an assist, along with a +3 rating this past weekend against Maine Welsh has been named the ECAC Rookie of the Week.

http://www.unionathletics.com/news/2009/10/12/MICE_1012090556.aspx?path=mhockey

Union #19 in INCH's Power Rankings

It's only been a week but it's nice to see. Also note that this weekend's opponent, St. Cloud State, is number 18.

http://www.insidecollegehockey.com/5Polls/0910/polls_0803.htm

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Union 6, Maine 3

Six players scored for the Dutchmen as they swept the weekend series from the Black Bears. The 10 goals to open up a season is the most in Union history.

Here's my recap from USCHO.com:
http://www.uscho.com/recaps/20092010/m/10/10/me-uc.php

INCH's 2009-2010 ECAC Preview

They have the Dutchmen finishing fifth and as the "breakthrough team."

http://insidecollegehockey.com/inch/2009/10/09/ecachpreview/

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Leaman to be on WOFX-AM (980) tomorrow

At 11:05 am Leaman will appear on "Slap Schotts" hosted by Ken Schott. ECAC Hockey Commissioner Steve Hagwell and RPI Head Coach Seth Appert will also make appearances.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Times Union's Tim Wilkin talks about the Simpson brothers

John, a junior, and Wayne, a freshman, will both see ice time together this season. Both are considered to have very hard shots and incredible speed.

http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=849811&category=SPORTS&TextPage=1

Dutchmen add another defenseman to Class of 2014

According to Chris Heisenberg's list defenseman Michael Ingoldsby has committed to come to Union College as a part of the Class of 2014 recruiting class. He currently plays for Oakville of the OJHL where he has put up one goal and seven assists in six games so far this season. Last year with Oakville he scored four goals and had 14 assists for 18 points in 42 games. He is listed at being 6' 1" and 188 lbs, and was born on February 15, 1989.
http://ojhlsite.stats.pointstreak.com/playerpage.html?playerid=2216236&seasonid=3770

Monday, October 5, 2009

Wakita named captain, 5 others to rotate as assistants

Today at the team's Media Day Coach Nate Leaman announced that senior defenseman Mike Wakita has been elected captain by his teammates and will be wearing the "C" this season. He also announced that there will be a rotation of five players as alternate captains this season. These five are senior forward Jason Walters, senior defenseman Mike Schreiber, junior forward Andrew Buote, junior defenseman Brock Matheson, and junior forward Adam Presizniuk.

I feel that Wakita is a great choice for captain. He brings so much heart and determination on and off the ice. Even though his presence isn't felt on the score sheet (eight points over three years), he is definitely noticed through out the game with his great defensive presence and bone crushing hits. He is definitely a fan favorite, and now it is obvious that he is a locker room favorite as well.

Schreiber and Walters are also great choices. Both are four-year letter-winners and they have made huge impacts on the offensive side of the puck. Walters has helped pace the Union offense over his years having scored 26 goals and posting 49 assists in 105 games, while Schreiber has helped the offense from the blueline having posted nine goals and 40 assists in 108 games. Both are also major presences on the power play.

Presizniuk is a pretty obvious choice in my eyes. He is one of the greatest forwards this program has seen and last year's stats prove that. He set the school for points in a season with 38, and has been the leading scorer on the team for the past two years. Usually just out of respect the best player is given at least an "A."

The opposite is to be said about Buote and Matheson as they are not big time point getters. Buote has five goals and two assists in 69 games, while Matheson one goal and six assists in 62 games. These guys are barely recognized for their actions on the ice, but they both play crucial roles for the Dutchmen. Buote is an excellent penalty killer and has a knack for scoring big goals, while Matheson is a great stay-at-home defenseman who has bailed out the defense numerous amount of times. Now with "A"'s on their chests they will be noticed more and appreciated for their dirty work.

See Ken Schott's video discussing the new captains with Coach Leaman, Wakita, and Presizniuk:
http://www.dailygazette.com/videos/2009/oct/05/267/

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Become a member of Union Hockey's 7th Player

You can sign up to become a "7th player" at select locations on the Union College campus or at home games. For $15 you will get an official "7th player jersey" and a weekly email about fan strategies for the next home games.

This sounds awesome. It's about time someone started organizing the fans!

Here's a link to the 7th player's facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Union-Hockeys-7th-PLAYER/143504286434?v=info&ref=ts

Fan Poll: Who do you think should be the captains this season?

As of right now the captains have not been announced, but they should be within a few days. There are many to choose from as there are eight seniors and seven juniors.
This is going to be a really hard decision for the team, but if I had to pick I think I would go with some combination of Wakita, Schreiber, Mario, Boileau, and Presizniuk.

Recap: Garnet and White Game

In Saturday's intersquad scrimmage, which consisted of three seven minute periods and a shootout session, was won by the Garnet team.

Junior Justin Pallos scored the first goal of the game for the White team in the second period, and then senior Mario Valery-Trabucco tied it up late in the third frame.

In Garnet team won in the shootout with goals from Luke Cain, Adam Presizniuk, and Valery-Trabucco.

The game was highlighted by goaltending as each Keith Kinkaid (white team), Rich "Pudge" Sillery (garnet team), and Corey Milan (garnet team) each made some impressive saves.

Here were the lineups:

Garnet Forwards:
Presizniuk/ Welsh/ Valery-Trabucco
Cain/ Buote/ Boileau
Dan Sieger: a Long Island native who is trying out for the team
Garnet Defense:
Wakita - Coburn
Forgaard - Bergeron
Reid

White Forwards:
Bodie/ J. Simpson/ W. Simpson
Yanovitch/ Pallos/ Shaffer
Christiansen
White Defesne:
Schreiber - Stuart
Matheson - Julseth-White
Ekstrom

Jason Walters, Kelly Zajac, and Jon Lareau all sat out with an illness or injury.

Here's a link to Ken Schott's thoughts of the game: http://www.dailygazette.com/weblogs/schott/2009/oct/04/garnet-white-scrimmage-thoughts/

Friday, October 2, 2009

Dutchmen ranked 27th in INCH's Great 58

Not bad I guess, I mean Union is ranked in the upper half of the league. More importantly, the Dutchmen are ranked higher than RPI (#37). This is what INCH had to say about Union: "We think Union will learn from last year's close losses and turn them into wins, and a strong corps of veteran forwards matches up favorably with every other group in the league."

The top ranked team is Denver University, followed by Notre Dame, Miami, defending National Champion Boston University, and Michigan. Cornell (#7), Princeton (#8), Yale (#11), and Harvard (#21) are the ECAC teams in the top 25.

http://www.insidecollegehockey.com/5Polls/0910/great58_0801.htm

Garnet and White game tomorrow

At 6:30pm tomorrow, October 3rd, the Dutchmen will have their annual Garnet and White game at Messa Rink. This intersquad scrimmage is free admission, and will be your first chance to get a glimpse of the new recruiting class and redshirt freshman Carl Ekstrom. Make sure to keep a close eye on the much hyped Wayne Simpson and Keith Kinkaid.

Also, if you just can't get enough hockey, stick around after the game to watch the Union College Club hockey team faceoff against Siena.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Can't Wait for the 2009-10 season to start? How about the 2010-11 season?

Even though the 2009-2010 season hasn't even started yet it's always fun and exciting to look at next season. So, lets get a preview of the four players that have already committed to Union for next season (according to Chris Heisenberg's list: http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=rZN-GJH1Q0NQeXIJG47g-ug&gid=1).

Kevin Sullivan (Left Wing): committed 1/29/09... 6' 180 lbs, born 1-25-91... from Darien, CT... played last season with Berkshire Prep where he had 17 goals and 24 assists in 33 games (1.24 points per game), along with 48 penalty minutes.

Matt Hatch (Center): committed 4/6/2009... 6'1"180 lbs, born 5-22-90... from New York public school hockey powerhouse Massena... in 2008-09 he played at the Philips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire where he was the second leading scorer on the team with 19 goals and 52 assists in 35 games... this season he is playing for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the BCHL where he has already accumulated a goal and two assists in five games... Bulldgos Head Coach Nolan Graham says Hatch "is a very strong skater who sees the ice very well. His speed is going to make him an offensive threat, but it will also prove to be valuable in penalty killing situations... Matt's puck moving, and playmaking abilities will make him a valuable offensive player."

Mat Bodie (Defense): committed 9/3/2009... 6' 160-170 lbs, born 3-7-90... from East St. Paul, Manitoba... played for the Winnipeg Thrashers (Midget AAA) where he was named MVP and Top Defenseman at the 2008 Telus Cup... was teammates with Nolan Zajac, the younger brother of Union sophomore forward Kelly Zajac, in Winnipeg... was named Rookie of the Year in BCHL last season where he posted a goal and 41 assists with the Powell River Kings... Heisenberg has Bodie rated as the #2 defenseman in the BCHL... is the younger brother of Union freshman forward Kyle Bodie

Daniel Carr (Left Wing): committed 9/18/2009... 6' 185 lbs, born 11-1-91... from Leduc, Alberta... in the 2008-09 season with the St. Albert Steel (AJHL) he tallied 27 goals (14 on he powerplay) and 28 assists in 59 games, along with 81 penalty minutes... in seven games this season with St. Albert he has already amassed five goals and eight assists... Carr is Heisenberg's top recruit from Alberta... known for his speed

It seems like Leaman is already doing a great job in replacing the Class of 2010. The Dutchmen will be losing top forwards Jason Walters and Mario Valery-Trabucco, along with offensive-minded defenseman Mike Schreiber. Maybe the next Union core will be Hatch, Carr, and the younger Bodie. Bodie will have to put on some weight though in order to survive defensively on the NCAA level.