Saturday, July 31, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
DG: Who is your favorite pro sports team?
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
College hockey really isn't known for its fighting, but there are times where rivals get heated and start swinging at each other which is what we have here. This might be the best College Hockey fight caught on video. It takes place at Wisconsin in a game between the Badgers and the North Dakota Fighting Sioux in 1982. You got to love the old school North Dakota jerseys with the Blackhawks logo on the front by the way. Wisconsin (red) has a third period lead over the Sioux (green), who take exception to getting there butts handed to them. So, they and Cary Eades (#22) start this fiasco. Also, be sure to listen to the announcers because they're great. Guess what team they support? (haha) This is such a goon fest, but hey it's extremely entertaining.
If you can't see the video click here.
For more check out ECAC Hockey.com and the TPS Website (if you can speak Finnish!).
Friday, July 23, 2010
and sophomore Brian Yanovitch (8) for breaking team rules, so the Dutchmen skated with 11 forwards and 7 defensemen. It didn't seem that the Dutchmen were bothered by this in the first period as senior Mike Schreiber, and freshmen Jeremy Welsh and Kyle Bodie scored goals to give Union a 3-0 victory after 20 minutes. But, the Engineers chipped away with a late second period power-play goal and an early third period power-play goal to cut the lead to one. The Dutchmen seemed to have the game won when Jason Walters scored a power-play goal to give his team a two goal lead with less than four minutes remaining. But, Paul Kerins came to the rescue for RPI as he scored a goal 55 seconds later and then tied the game with a dramatic goal with no time remaining. Luckily for Union, tournament MVP Jason Walters wouldn't let this game slip away as he scored the game-winning goal 3:39 into overtime finishing the game with two goals, two assists, and four points. Check out the Kerins goal and Walters goal on YouTube.
This is the only loss in the Top 10, but it is probably the most memorable game of the season and maybe in the history of Union College Hockey. The only reason this isn't #1 is because, well, Union lost in the 5th overtime. After 150:22 of hockey QU's Greg Holt finally ended the game when he put the puck past Keith Kinkaid. Ironically, the previous longest game in NCAA history was a 141:35 long game where Yale beat Union 3-2 at Messa Rink in 2006. The game was exhausting for us in the press box and the fans in the stands, and even though Union lost all Union fans will remember this game for a very long time. To see highlights from the game click here.
Monday, July 19, 2010
In last week's College Hockey Video of the Week I had a clip that had the Minnesota Golden Gophers embarrassing the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. Isn't it only fair that I pick a video that has North Dakota embarrassing Minnesota? Well that's what we have here with the longest goal in NCAA Hockey history with a goalie in the opposing net (or at least I think so).
The play occurs during a Golden Gopher power-play late in the first period while up 3-2. North Dakota is able to gather the puck in their own zone and then tries to kill time by passing the puck around and then firing the puck down the length of the ice. When ND's Robbie Binz receives the puck behind the net, he steps up to the area between the goal line and the bottom of the right circle and proceeds to shoot the puck into the Minnnesota zone in order to kill off the rest of the penalty... but more than that would happen. Not even Binz nor Gopher goalie Jeff Frazee could have predicted what would happen next.
If you cannot see the video click here.
DG: Will any Dutchman from any of the recent teams make it to the NHL? Does anyone even have a shot?
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
DG: Where did you go to college? What was your major?
DG: Did you play any sports in high school/college?
KZ: I'm going to miss the excitement of witnessing, first hand, the men's hockey program grow to something special. There's no doubt that on Friday and Saturday nights I'll be checking the scores every chance I get --- assuming I'm working and not in the stands at Messa Rink.
This is my first non-Union College Hockey Video of the Week, which features former Minnesota Golden Gopher Blake Wheeler who now plays in the NHL for the Boston Bruins.
This video takes place in the 2007 WCHA Championship game as Wheeler's Gophers take on the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. In the WCHA semifinals Wheeler scored a hat trick in a 4-2 win over Wisconsin. With the game tied at two in overtime and the title on the line, Wheeler raced down the ice in hope to prevent an icing call. He prevented the icing call and did something else... scored an amazing diving, one-handed goal to give his team the championship. This combined with his semifinal performance led to him being named the tournament MVP.
The goal was compared to Neal Broten's goal in the 1979 NCAA Championship game which gave the Gophers the title over North Dakota. Less than a year later Broten would be a member of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" team.
If you can't see the Wheeler goal click here.
Monday, July 5, 2010
This week's College Hockey Video of the Week is an all-time favorite of mine mainly because I was there. It takes place at the 2008 Skills Competition in Denver during the Frozen Four. I remember being very excited that Union goaltender Justin Mrazek '08 was in the competition because I would actually have someone to cheer for during the Frozen Four. And since I was the only person at the tournament wearing a Union jersey (at least I think so), I was very proud to be cheering for Union... until this goal by Air Force's Eric Ehn against Mrazek.
While there might be an illegal hand-pass involved in this goal, it is still a very cool move. I will admit that I was a bit embarrassed, but it was still an incredible thing to see. But, after this and the performance Jason Walters '10 put on at this year's Skills Competition I really wouldn't mind if no other Dutchmen took part in this competition. (haha).
If you can't see the video click here.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Fun fact about Americans and Union hockey: all three of Union's goalies last season were from the United States (Keith Kinkaid - New York, Corey Milan - Massachusetts, Rich Sillery-Maryland). The leading American scorer on the team last season was John Simpson with 20 points (4g, 16a). Big Simpson was seventh on the team in scoring