Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
You can also read Ken Schott's predictions from this week on his blog, and see interviews here.
Also, read Ed Weaver's article about playing a Union-RPI game outdoors on Troy Record.com.
Be sure to notice that Union was briefly mentioned on ESPN.com.
Monday, January 25, 2010
- Union goes from #13 to #18 in the USCHO.com National Rankings
- In the USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine Poll the Dutchmen go from #13 to out of the standings. But, they are the top team for teams receiving votes but are not in the Top 15.
- Most importantly the team goes from a very promising #7 to #19 in the PairWise Rankings. If the season were to end today there is only a 50/50 shot that they would make the National Tournament.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Read some reviews of last night's game on:
USCHO.com (by myself)
Daily Gazette.com (by Ken Schott)
Times Union.com (by Tim Wilkin)
You can also see Ken Schott's post-game thoughts and video.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
- Union stays at #13 in the USCHO.com national rankings and the USA Today poll.
- The Dutchmen move up three spots to #11 in the INCH rankings.
- Read about RPI Coach Seth Appert saying that he doesn't believe the Dutchmen are better than his team on Troy Record.com.
- Read an interview with Jason Walters on Times Union.com.
- Harvard topped Dartmouth 4-1 tonight. The Crimson and Big Green will be traveling to Schenectady this weekend to take on the Dutchmen. You can read the game summary on USCHO.com.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Read Ken Schott's article from the Daily Gazette here.
Read Ed Weaver's article from the Troy Record here.
You can also see video interviews courtesy of Ken Schott here.
There were a few ECAC games last night that you can read a short summary of here.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Luke Cain's wrap-around in overtime was the difference. Also in the game Corey Milan made 23 saves and Jason Walters tallied his 100th career point when he assisted on Mario Valery-Trabucco's goal. You can read the game summary on Union Athletics .com , Quinnipiac Bobcats.com, USCHO.com, Times Union.com, and on Ken Schott's Blog and post-game video.
Well as I posted earlier this week I would have been happy with two points from this weekend and anything more would be icing on the cake... well we have that icing on the cake and it tastes wonderful! After winning games at Princeton and Quinnipiac this weekend the Dutchmen now sit on top of the ECAC standings by themselves. All Dutchmen fans should be extremely excited and show their support of the team next week when RPI comes to town on Saturday. I expect the student section to be packed.
Even though this is a great feeling and accomplishment, we should all put this into perspective considering the Dutchmen haven't even played half of the league schedule yet (13 more games). They also have to travel to Cornell, Colgate, and Yale along with playing Quinnipiac one more time. Also, they have yet to play Harvard and Dartmouth. The team and their fans should celebrate this week but once Saturday comes around it should be back to business. We should not be too cocky and from what Coach Nate Leaman has been saying they are not taking the standings too seriously and are just taking it one game at a time.
Even though the Dutchmen should not pay too much attention to the ECAC standings or the National Rankings (which come out tomorrow) they should still keep and eye on the PairWise Rankings. Your positioning in the PairWise Rankings is a major indicator if you are able to obtain an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Currently Union is sitting at #13 and if they stay around there they have a realistic shot of making the tournament. 16 teams make the tournament and if you win your conference tournament you receive and automatic bid. For an explanation of how the PairWise Rankings work click here.
Congratulations to Jason Walters on his 100th career point as a Dutchmen. He has been on fire of late and if he keeps up the pace he could break the all-time Union Division I scoring record (Jordan Webb '05, 114). Also congrats to Luke Cain on his goal last night. It's been a long road for Cain since he had his devastating and pretty gruesome injury (from what I remember) two seasons ago. It's nice to see him still working hard and making the most of his opportunities since he doesn't play every game.
It was also great to see Corey Milan have another strong outing. He is definitely making a case for getting more playing time in between the pipes. It is funny how everyone has been raving about Keith Kinkaid lately even though Milan has better statistics in almost every category while playing more minutes. In 630 minutes Kinkaid has posted a 6-2-2 record with a 2.76 GAA and a .904 save percentage, while Milan as posted a 6-2-3 record with a 2.07 GAA(seventh in the nation) and a .916 save percentage in 665 minutes.
It will be exciting to see where the Dutchmen end up in the National Rankings tomorrow. I predict that they will move up in the rankings and crack the top-15 at #15 and that Quinnipiac will drop out of the top-15 and land at #16. If they keep up their play against RPI next weekend and for the rest of the season it would definitely not be out of the question to say that the Dutchmen have a good shot of making the ECAC Final Four or winning it for that matter.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
RPI's Jerry D'Amigo was a star on the team as he scored six goals (tied for first on team) and registered six assists (third on the team) for 12 points (second on the team) in the tournament including a goal and an assist in the championship game. He was tied for third in scoring in the whole tournament. I hope D'Amigo cools off before he comes back to ECAC play.
You can read about the game on ESPN.com, ECAC Hockey.com, and IIHF.com.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
What this means for the Dutchmen is that this weekend will be a tough won. Princeton is lower in the standings but are riding a hot streak, while Quinnipiac is on top of the ECAC but have fallen apart of late. A few weeks ago the Dutchmen might have looked over the Tigers and looked straight to the Bobcats, but because these recent streaks this will not be true.
You can read the game summary on the ECAC Hockey website.
Monday, January 4, 2010
- UMass lost to Bentley and Boston University after beating the Dutchmen in the first round of the UConn tournament and moved down a spot in the USCHO.com rankings to #16.
- Other ECAC teams in the Top 20 include Yale who moved up from #9 to #6, Cornell who dropped from #4 to #8, and Quinnipiac who has rapidly fell and is now #12.
- Union is tied for #15 with Maine in the USCHO.com Pair-Wise Rankings, which is ahead of Quinnipiac and Cornell.
- In the Inside College Hockey Rankings Union still stands at #16. Also, Quinnipiac moved down two spots to #11, Cornell dropped three spots to #6, and Yale moved up three spots to #3.
- Union also received eight votes in the USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine poll.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
- Junior Brock Matheson was wearing the captain's "C" tonight. I don't know if this is a new thing, but it's the first time I saw/heard about it. I remember two seasons ago when Coach Leaman gave Lane Caffaro, who was a junior at the time, the captain's "C" in the middle of the season so maybe he's doing something like this again.
- Kyle Bodie, Luke Cain, and Justin Pallos all played tonight while Brian Yanovitch, Jon Lareau, and Jason Shaffer sat tonight. I guess the sitting of Yanovitch is a surprise since he has played in almost every game. But, looking at his stats it does make some sense. In his first four games of the year Yanovitch was on a tear as he netted three goals and two assists, but he's only registered one goal and two assists since. His last goal and point were in mid-November when the Dutchmen traveled to St. Lawrence and Clarkson.
- The same is also to be said about Yanovitch's linemates John and Wayne Simpson, who both have three goals and eight assists on the season. It looked early on that John was going to have a breakout season after making the scoresheet in seven of his first eight games this season (2g, 7a). But, in his past 11 games he has only tallied one goal and one assist. There was a long gap between his second and third goals as his second goal of the season came on October 10th against Maine and his third one came in the UConn Toyota Classic against UConn on December 30th. After tallying three goals and five assists in his first eight games, Wayne has only put three assists on the scoresheet in his past 11 games. The Simpson brothers along with Yanovitch need to get things together because the Dutchmen will need another line to produce offensively besides the Mario-Wally-Prez line. Luckily, the Welsh-Boileau-Zajac line has stepped up a bit.
- I was also very impressed with Army's Owen Meyer. He was Army's top scorer last season, but has fallen off a bit this year. With his good size and good skating ability it was obvious that he could be a dominant player in the Atlantic Hockey conference. Army defenseman Marcel Alvarez is also a pretty good player.
The Dutchmen now head back to Schenectady to begin the Winter Term on Monday, but will not stay there long as they restart league play at Princeton (10th in ECAC) and Quinnipiac (1st in ECAC) next weekend. Hopefully they can continue their unbeaten streak in the ECAC and reach the top of the standings soon.