Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
For more on Walters and the Skills Challenge check out Union Athletics.com.
I'm excited that I'll actually have someone to cheer for in Detroit this year.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
The biggest upset of the day came in the East Region where (4) RIT beat a highly praised Denver team 2-1. I was able to watch this game on TV and was very impressed with the Tigers and their goaltender Jared DeMichiel. DeMichiel was very aggressive in net as he was on top of his crease all game. On one save he was even out around the hash marks.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Travis Vermeulen: in his three seasons in Canton Vermeulen tallied 18 goals (1 power-play goal), 24 assists, and 42 points in 105 games. This year he has emerged as the offensive leader on the Saints as he has put up monster numbers: 17 goals (7 power-play goals), 24 assists, and 41 points (tied for fourth in ECAC) in 40 games. He leads the team in each of these categories. Vermeulen has been a consistent scorer throughout the season. He has continued his consistency late into the season as he has registered at least one point in 17 of his last 20 games. He has not scored a goal in the playoffs, but has picked up four assists. Yesterday Vermeulen was named the ECAC Defensive Forward of the year. He has been a top penalty killer for the Saints and has been very successful in the face-off circle. He also sports a +10 plus/minus rating. He is only 5' 6" and 170 lbs, so the big Union defensemen should try to knock him around.
Mike McKenzie: this senior forward has been a constant point producer for the Saints during his tenure. He has kept it up this year as he has tallied 14 goals, 21 assists, and 35 points this season. He is second to Vermeulen on the team in goals and points. He has been the offensive catalyst for the Saints during the playoffs as he has tallied a goal in the Saints last four playoff games. McKenzie has also been hot late this season as he has registered a point in eight of his last nine games (7 goals, 5 assists). He has also scored a goal in seven of his last eight games.
Goaltending: Kain Tisi will be in goal tonight for the Saints. He has received the bulk of the starts this season. He has started three of SLU's five playoff games where he has gone 3-0-0, where he has let up six goals. For most of the year, Tisi was one of the hottest goaltenders in the nation. Heading into his last meeting with Union (2/6) he was fourth in the nation in GAA and tield for second in save percentage. But, he has fallen back down to earth late in the season as he went winless in his last five regular season games and let up 21 goals. Because of his poor end of the season Tisi was not a finalist for the Ken Dryden Award. On the season Tisi is 11-8-3 with a 2.47 GAA (third in ECAC) and .915 save percentage (also third in ECAC).
Also, the inaugural ECAC Hockey Writers and Broadcasters Association awards were announced today. They are unofficial awards and I was even lucky enough to have a vote in the awards. And the winners are...
Player of the Year: Chase Polacek, RPI
Rookie of the Year: Brandon Pirri, RPI
Goalie of the Year: Ben Scrivens, Cornell
Coach of the Year: Nate Leaman, Union
Defensive Forward of the Year: Travis Vermeulen, SLU
Defensive Defenseman of the Year: Justin Krueger, Cornell
First Team: Polacek, Mario Valery-Trabucco (Union), Broc Little (Yale), Mike Schreiber (Union), Tom Dignard (Yale), Scrivens
Second Team: Sean Backman (Yale), Austin Smith (Colgate), Blake Gallagher (Cornell), Krueger, Brendon Nash (Cornell), Allen York (RPI)
All-Rookie Team: Pirri, Jerry D'Amigo (RPI), Louis Leblanc (Harvard), Nick D'Agostino (Cornell), George Hughes (SLU), Keith Kinkaid (Union)
Thursday, March 18, 2010
- RPI's Chase Polacek was named Player of the Year
- Cornell's Justin Krueger named best Defensive Defenseman
- RPI's Jerry D'Amigo named Rookie of the Year
- St. Lawrence's Travis Vermeulen named Defensive Forward of the Year
Also, according to Ken Schott, captain Mike Wakita is questionable for Friday's game against SLU. He left the bench sometime in the third period with a lower body injury, but I'm pretty sure he returned later in the period. There has also been no announcement on who will be starting in goal for the Dutchmen tomorrow. SLU Head Coach Joe Marsh has announced that Kain Tisi will start for the Saints.
- The CDTA will be offering a shuttle service for this weekend's games. It's $10 to park but the shuttle if free. For more on the shuttle service go to Times Union.com.
- It still hasn't been announced who will start in goal for the Dutchmen on Friday against St. Lawrence but Coach Leaman is confident that both Keith Kinkaid and Corey Milan are capable of carrying them to victory. Check out Ken Schott's article on the decision on Daily Gazette.com.
- For more about the teams in the ECAC Final Four check out Brian Sullivan's "This Week in ECAC Hockey" on USCHO.com.
- You can check out Union's ECAC Tournament Guide here.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
- The Dutchmen move from #17 to #15 in the USCHO.com National Poll... they have been in the poll for the past 13 weeks
- They also jump back into the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll at #15
- Union is #20 in the PairWise Rankings
- Also, Union has rocketed up four spots to #8 in the INCH Power Rankings
Sunday, March 14, 2010
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Saturday, March 13, 2010
- I got to the rink around 5:30pm and left around 2:00am
- The student section, lead by Will Friedman, was full and loud for the entire game
- Stephane Boileau left the game due to an injury. It looks like it could be an upper leg problem or a groin or hip problem. After talking to Coach Leaman it doesn't seem like he will be playing in Game 2 at least.
- I got to meet Mario Valery-Trabucco's father last night... what a nice guy!
- Thanks to Union's Assistant Athletic Director/Sport Information Guy Eric McDowell who brought the media staff Burger King Whopper's around 2:00am.
- Also, thanks to the Times Union's Mark McGuire who drove me back to my dorm after 2am... walking in Schenectady with your computer by yourself at night is not the smartest thing to do.
- I talked to a member of the Union Dining Staff this morning who served lunch to the players today and he said that the boys looked exhausted. But, he has the utmost confidence that they will win tonight.
It will be interesting to see how tired the players are and to see if there will be any changes to the lineups and who will start in goal for each team.
- Yale's Sean Backman out due to some unnecessary horseplay by the pool. Doesn't everyone read the sign about running by the pool?
- Mike Schreiber (defenseman of the year), Keith Kinkaid (goaltender of the year), and Head Coach Nate Leaman (coach of the year) were all nominated for ECAC awards.
- Mario Valery-Trabucco received the most votes in the first round of Hobey Baker fan voting.
- RPI lost to Brown in first round of ECAC playoffs.
- Jason Walters and Mario were selected as alternates for the Frozen Four Skills Challenge.
Well, that's all I can remember for now. If I think of anything else I'll post it.
The problem was a virus that does "link spamming." It was due to some gadgets on my page. So, if you liked playing the air hockey at the bottom of my page... sorry it's gone forever.
Now it will take me some time to recap everything we've missed on the blog. I will try to recap in the next post.
Maybe this will be a good omen for tonight's game!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
- #18 in the USCHO.com poll
- #20 (received 8 votes) in the USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine poll
- tied for #18 in the PairWise Rankings meaning they are on the outside looking in when it comes to the National Tournament unless some major upsets occur or if they win the ECAC tournament
- #12 in the Inside College Hockey Power Rankings
- #3 in the ECAC