Sunday, February 28, 2010
After last night's 5-2 loss at Colgate the
Dutchmen are now 1-17-1 at Colgate. Surprisingly this year's seniors have not won a game at Starr Rink, which is the least intimidating rink in the ECAC. The crowd is always dead and no one even goes to the games. Maybe the problem is going from Lynah to Starr and how different the environments are. Either way losing two games in a row is not how you want to head into the playoffs, but the Dutchmen have a bye which will give them some time to think everything over and get their heads on straight.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Brian Day (Colgate): leads the team with 20 goals (third in ECAC) and is currently riding a four game goal scoring streak. He has also picked up three assists in that span.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
- Union moved up one spot to #15 in the USCHO.com National Rankings. The Dutchmen received only three less votes than #14 Ferris State.
- They also jump into the USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine poll at #15. Once again, they are only a mere five points behind #14 Ferris State.
- The Dutchmen are tied for #15 with Maine in the PairWise Rankings. They are basically on the border for making the National Tournament. Cornell is the team ahead of Union. The Dutchmen travel to Ithaca to take on the Big Red this Friday.
- Finally, they jump up three spots to #10 in the INCH Power Rankings.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
- Senior Jeff Christiansen, who hadn't played a game in about 13 months got to dress and play on the checking line. But, not only did he play he scored a big goal and assisted on another. Christo deserves a lot of credit for sticking with the team for four years, and for working hard throughout his time with the Dutchmen. As soon as he scored Union's third goal I instantly thought of Rudy. What a way for the senior to go out.
- Christo's linemate Jason Shaffer also had a big night as he netted the game-winning goal and also had an assist. Shaffer has been used sparingly this season, so it was nice to see his name get announced in the starting lineup and score his first goal of the season with his mother in attendance, who I assume traveled all the way from Alaska.
- Six out of the seven senior skaters registered at least one point. Captain Mike Wakita was the only one not to tally a point, but he did plenty of things on the ice that you don't see on the scoresheet, including his bone crushing hits. Also, five of them recorded two points.
- While QU's Eric Lampe was making a fool out of himself by trying to fight Jason Walters, 'Super' Mario shoved it in Lampe's face by sniping a goal.
- Senior netminder Rich Sillery got to play the final two minutes of the game in front of his family. Sillery is in the same boat as Christiansen as he has not played much throughout his career. It was awesome how the fans reacted when he was put into the game. It must have been a special moment for him to have his name chanted and everything. But, next time Pudge remember to have a chin strap on your helmet haha.
- Senior Jon Lareau picked up two assists on the night. He along with the combination of Christo and Shaffer was probably the best Union line of the night.
- The post-game ceremonies were very nice. The funniest part was when Mike Schreiber sprinted towards his mother who was jumping up and down on the carpet laid down on the ice. It was also great that Schreiber and Wakita thanked basically everyone that has to do with Union Hockey. The ceremony was all wrapped up when Union Hockey's #1 fan Will Friedman (aka Union Hockey Maniac for those of you on the USCHO.com forums), who is also a senior, started a "Let's Go Seniors" chant. I personally feel Will should have been honored in some way as he has been the most dedicated Dutchmen fan by far throughout his four years. He has traveled to almost every rink in the ECAC and has helped promote the home games and sell the 7th Player t-shirts. When I ran into Will at the end of the game I asked him why he wasn't at his fraternity's formal. He responded by saying something like, "some things are just more important" (or something like that).
- By far the cutest moment of the night was while the seniors were taking a group photo together, Mario left the picture and went into the penalty box/ scorers box. I have no idea how he knew this, but a little girl was waiting for him there with a hand drawn picture of him. Mario gladly signed the picture along with other autographs and took pictures with some young fans. This will be a moment this little girl will never forget. I know this because I still have autographs and pictures in my room from my days watching Army Hockey as a young kid. I also still wear the number (#15 ironically) of my first favorite Army Hockey player, Ian Winer.
Well, I'm done with the cute stuff and on to some meaner stuff because I thoroughly dislike the Quinnipiac Bobcats. I have always held a grudge against them since my freshman year because my girlfriend goes there. But, after watching the Bobcats for the past three seasons I have come to hate their brand of hockey. I hate them even more after Eric Lampe's actions last night. Seriously, what a moron. Once Lampe challenged the Union bench I just wanted to see Wakita jump off the bench and knock him out cold. I feel that the Bobcats are a gutless, self-centered team. It seems that all they want to do out there is dangle and make the big hit. Basically, it seems that they're just having a tryout for the minors. I don't understand how a team with seniors as talented as Brandon Wong, Greg Holt, Mike Atkinson, Lampe, and Jean-Marc Beaudoin can just settle for mediocrity. The Bobcats should have a Top 5 offense with this group. It wouldn't surprise me to see this team drop out of the Top 8 in the ECAC next weekend and get swept in the first round of the playoffs.
Now back to some hockey stuff. With last night's win the Dutchmen can't finish any worse than third in the ECAC. They are now tied with Cornell for second place after their surprising loss to Dartmouth last night, which makes Friday's game that more important. The Dutchmen still only trail Yale by two points for top spot in the ECAC as well. As everyone predicted, next weekends games will be the most important of the season. Also, look out for some more records to be broken next weekend.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
2nd PERIOD UPDATE: 2-0, Union... Union looks a little better. Mario scored Union's first goal a little over four minuets into the period. With the goal he breaks the Division I single-season points record with 39 points. Jeremy Welsh scored Union's second goal with 7:10 remaining in the period. Princeton has the favor in shots 25-20.
1st PERIOD UPDATE: 0-0... The Dutchmen are looking sloppy in the first. The timing on their passes are way off. They have gone offsides way to many times. Keith Kinkaid is looking a little shaky in goal as he has had some trouble controlling dump-ins on net and playing the puck. Princeton looks pretty decent. They're moving fast and blocking a lot of shots in the slot.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
- Mario Valery-Trabucco: he currently has 38 points on the season, which is tied for most in a single season in program history. Linemate Adam Presizniuk set the record last season. He leads the team with 17 goals and is tied with Prez in assists with 21. He also leads the team with 1.31 points per game. Mario has registered at least one point in five of his last six games, has scored a goal in three out the last four games, and has tallied 10 points in the last four games.
- Jason Walters: Wally has 35 points on the season and potentially break Prez's record this weekend as well. He has registered a point in his past four games, and seven points in total.
- For more on the Dutchmen go to Union Athletics.com.
- Dan Bartlett: leads team in goals (16) and points (25). Bartlett has registered a point in 10 out of his last 12 games where he has tallied 10 goals and 5 assists.
- Mike Kramer: is second on the team with 11 goals and 21 points. He got his four game goal streak snapped last Saturday against St. Lawrence.
- Mark Magnowski: leads the team with 13 assists. Magnowski has tallied an assist in seven of his last eight games.
- Princeton is second to last in the ECAC with 2.69 goals per game.
- For more on the Tigers check out Go Princeton Tigers.com
- Brandon 'All Night' Wong: leads the Bobcats with 15 goals and 30 points. When on top of his game he is one of the most lethal players in the ECAC. Wong is the go-to guy on the power-play as he has scored 11 goals on the power-play. But, lately he hasn't been so stellar. In his last 13 games he has tallied only six points where he has only scored three goals, only one of which came against an ECAC opponent.
- Eric Lampe: the same can be said about Lampe as he is second on the team with 28 points and leads the team with 17 assists, but has not been great lately. In his last eight games he as only put up one goal and one assist.
- The Bobcats recently snapped their 12 game winless streak as they won back-to-back games by shutting out their opponent. In goal has been sophomore Dan Clarke, who is third in the ECAC with a 2.47 goals against average, and is tied for third with a .913 save percentage.
- For more on QU check out Quinnipiac Bobcats.com.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
UPDATE: Ken Schott reports that Coburn has not torn anything in his hip and has just dislocated it. He will be out for the remainder of the regular season, and could return for the playoffs.
Also, RPI goaltender Allen York is doubtful for this weekend.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
To be successful in the last two weekends of the season and in the playoffs one of the goaltenders needs to get hot. This biggest thing to have in the playoffs is hot goaltending because the goaltender is the only player on the ice who can steal a game for your team, and as of right now neither Keith Kinkaid or Corey Milan has proved they can do this. Keith has had some nice stretches, but then falters after a while, and Corey has received his chances but has been prone to allowing the weak goal. The Dutchmen and their fans better pray for hot goaltending if they want to go somewhere in the post-season. Just see Jean-Sebastien Gigure's performance in the 2003 NHL playoffs to see what a hot goalie can do for a team.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
- The Dutchmen have moved up from #20 to #16 in the USCHO. com National Rankings.
- They are also tied with Yale for #17 in the PairWise Rankings.
- Union remains in the same spot (two spots out of the Top 15) in the USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine Poll.
- In the Inside College Hockey Power Rankings the Dutchmen move up to #13.
- Senior forward Mario Valery-Trabucco was named ECAC Player of the Week. Mario picked up four goals and three assists on the weekend on his way to breaking the 100 point mark.
- Freshman Kyle Bodie was named the ECAC Rookie of the Week. Bodie tallied a goal and three assists in Friday's blowout of Clarkson. Coming into the game Bodie only had four points on the season.
- You can read the press release from the ECAC here.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
It was great to see the team come back in the third period, especially after the short-handed goal just a few seconds before the second period ended. The ability to come back in the third period is a sign of a great and gritty team, which will be huge in the playoffs.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Presizniuk - Walters - Valery-Trabucco
Welsh - J. Simpson - Boileau
Cain - Zajac - W. Simpson
Buote - Lareau - Bodie
Matheson - Julseth-White
Wakita - Coburn
Schreiber - Stuart
Trembaly - Tamblyn - Beca
Pawlick - Oakley - Freeman
Morley - Massar - Piispanen
Borowiecki - Marks
Crowe - Pokulok
Pizzo - Daddario
Thursday, February 4, 2010
- Matt Beca, forward (13g, 12a, 25p)... first on the team in goals, third in assists
- Scott Freeman, forward (4g, 15a, 19p)... first on the team in assists
- Bryan Rufenach, defense (5g, 11a, 16p)... leads all Clarkson defenseman with 16 points and second with five goals
- Paul Karpowich, goalie (4-13-3, 3.74 GAA, .889 save percentage)... statistically one of the worst goaltenders in the ECAC and all of college hockey, third to last in ECAC in GAA, second to last in ECAC in save percentage
- Travis Vermeulen, forward (11g, 15a, 26p)... leads team in all three categories
- Derek Keller, defense (7g, 5a, 12p)... second on the team in goals, leads all ECAC defenseman in goals
- Mike McKenzie, forward (6g, 14a, 20p)... second on the team in points
- Kain Tisi, goalie (8-4-2, 1.99 GAA, .932 save percentage)... one of the hottest goaltenders in the ECAC and the nation, 4th in the nation in GAA, tied for 2nd in save percentage