Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Captain's Log With Brock Matheson - November 30th, 2010

Hey Union Hockey Fans, I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving with family and friends. Dan has asked me to submit a weekly paragraph to keep everyone updated on what's going on with the team. Since classes have ended, we've been practicing and lifting hard, and have definitely shown signs of improvement in some of the areas we wanted to focus on. We were also given a few days off for the Thanksgiving holiday. It was nice for all of us to get away for a couple of days - some of the guys went home, while others went to see some NHL games in various cities.

It's been a while since we've played games so we're all itching to get back out there. The Brown and Yale roadtrip is always a tough one. Both teams are having great seasons so far. Brown is playing great hockey right now, so we're anticipating a tough battle against them. Last weekend, they tied two great Hockey East teams in UNH and BU. Yale is also having a great season so far, and we're looking forward to playing them Sunday on national television.

Overall, we're all looking forward to the weekend. The prospects of knocking off some tough opponents and gaining some ground in the always tight ECAC standings are in sight. This is a very important weekend for us and we're looking to take advantage of it. Thanks for reading and thanks for your support!

#6 -Brock Matheson

Monday, November 29, 2010

Union in the Rankings

The Dutchmen were off for the second weekend in a row. They return to league play at Brown and Yale this weekend.

INCH: Union moves up two spots to #8... Yale is ranked second

USCHO: Union stays at #13... RPI moves up one spot to #16

USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine: Union drops one spot to #13... just six points behind #12 Notre Dame

Introducing Your New Guest Blogger

Welcome to the Union Hockey Blog fans. First off, I want to thank Dan Greene for allowing me the opportunity to take over these next few weeks, to follow the team and keep you guys updated on team news and game recaps. Secondly, for those of you don't know me, I figured I would tell you all a little about myself that way you know we're not in trouble. Great, Grand, Wonderful...lets get started.

My name is Justin Zolot - I am from North Andover, MA, about 25 minutes north of Boston, and a Junior at Union College. I'm an Economics major with a Classics minor (yes, I love reading about unbelievably ridiculous stories about would never happen in real life), and also the current treasurer of the Chi Psi fraternity, as well a member of Speakers Forum.

While I am not raising havoc on campus, I work as a sales and marketing intern for the Albany Devils AHL hockey team. I love this job - I manage the team store and take in as much hockey as I can. Many of you at Union see me at every home game - I love going to the games, knowing our players both on and off the ice, yelling, screaming, and chirping the visiting team's goalie. When people ask, I like to call our group the Dutchmen Diehards and it is our pleasure to continue the legacy of Will Friedman and to inspire young students to join us.

So without further ado, I'll conclude my first post, say welcome and thank you guys for having me. If you have any ideas for posts or things you'd like us to do more of, please let me know. You may contact me at zolotj@garnet.union.edu. LETS GO U!

College Hockey Video of the Week (11/29/10): Union "Throwback" Video from 2006-2007 season

To me this is a "throwback" video because I was not at Union and neither were any of the current Dutchmen. In this video you get to see some of our favorite past Dutchmen like T.J. Fox, Justin Mrazek, and Lane Caffaro.

This is footage from overtime when Union hosted #10 Clarkson on January 20, 2007. The Golden Knights held the nation's longest unbeaten streak at the time, while the Dutchmen were en route to a last place finish in the ECAC standings. For the game recap click here.

The 2006-2007 was an awful season for Union as they finished in dead last in the ECAC standings with a 7-14-1 record... but look at Union College hockey now!

P.S. Look for a young "UnionHockeyManiac" (aka Will Friedman) at the 2:23 mark.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

BC's Jimmy Hayes does the John Wall dance

Am I the only one out there that's completely bored because Union is once again not playing this weekend?
Well, to entertain everyone (and myself) I give you Boston College's Jimmy Hayes doing the John Wall dance. This goal celebration took place during the Eagles' blow out of Yale in the 2010 NCAA East Regional Final. From what I know, Hayes is the only college hockey player to pull off the dance during a game.

For those of you who have been living under a rock, John Wall was a freshman phenom basketball player at Kentucky last season, and was picked first overall in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards.

Wall is famous for being an incredible basketball player and for his dance. The dance has become so famous that it is a pop culture thing. There was even a song made after the dance! People all over the country have been doing the dance... including college hockey players. It's a very simple dance, but people seem to love it.

Jimmy Hayes

John Wall does the "Dougie" and his own dance on Opening Night

Do The John Wall - Troop 41

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope that everyone in Union Nation has a great holiday. Thanksgiving is a holiday to look back and see what we're thankful for. I'm definitely thankful for the people who follow this blog; this is one of the most fun things I've ever done. I am especially thankful to be at Union during the Golden Age of its' hockey program. This program is relevant for the first time in their history, which makes this blog more relevant. I mean, who would've thought four years ago that a Union hockey blog would be talking about the Dutchmen possibly making the NCAA tournament? This is a special time for Union hockey fans, and we should all be thankful.

Have a happy and a healthy Thanksgiving and Let's Go U!

Also, a Happy "belated" Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends. For more on Canadian Thanksgiving click here.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Luke Cain Can Fight!

It is going to be a little slow around here, so I thought I'd provide some entertainment courtesy of Union power forward Luke Cain.

Supposedly back in juniors, Cainer was a big fighter. According to Drop Your Gloves.com, he led the Cowichan Valley Capitals with six fights during the 2006-2007 season. Below are some fights from that season (he's #20 in the dark uniform).

You can also check out his "Career Fight Card" on the site, which covers all of his fights from three years of juniors. Maybe Luke's new nickname can be Luke "Pain" Cain?

P.S. Cainer was second on the team in goals (40), assists (45), and points (85) in 2006-2007.

Monday, November 22, 2010

College Hockey Video of the Week (10/22/10): Yale Fans Bribe The Refs, Plus Bonus Video

I thought this would be an appropriate video after Professor Boileau's lesson on faceoff techniques, and that Union will be playing at Yale on ESPNU on December 5th.

Also, check out this bonus video of Mario Valery-Trabucco being interviewed in Finland:

Union In The Polls

Union did not play last week and are off this weekend as well:

- The Dutchmen move up one spot to #13 in the USCHO poll.

- The INCH Poll keeps Union at #10.

Here is Union's schedule for the Winter Break:

12/3 at Brown
12/5 at Yale (on ESPNU)
12/10 vs. AIC
12/11 vs. Army
12/18 at Western Michigan
12/19 at Western Michigan
12/31 vs. Minnesota (Dodge Holiday Classic, Minnesota)
1/1 vs. Bemidji (Dodge Holiday Classic, Minnesota)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Winter Break and Looking For A Guest Blogger

By Wednesday, all Union students (besides the winter athletes) will be back home for the six week winter break. I arrived home this afternoon after finishing the first chapter of my thesis on "The Parallelism Between the Rise and the Fall of the Montreal Expos and the Quebec Sovereignty Movement," and a research paper on "The History of Professional Hockey in the Capital Region." Pretty fun term right?

I'll be home for about ten days before I head off to Egypt for a mini-term abroad, meaning I will not have access to the blog for three weeks (November 30 - December 22). I will still have the "College Hockey Video of the Week" and a few other things, but I will not be able to have any commentary or links about the games (I wonder if they will show the Union game on ESPNU in Egypt).

So, I am looking for a guest blogger to do some basic game coverage for the blog while I'm abroad. If you are interested please leave a comment on the blog, message on the Facebook page, twitter me, or email me. More detail on the job will be discussed during that time.


Learn How To Speak French With Professor Boileau (Episode 6)

Here is the last episode for the term. Today, Stephane teaches us some of his faceoff techniques.

The show will return in the first week of January.

If you have any requests on what you would like "The Professor" to teach next term please leave a comment.

P.S. Look out for Jeremy Welsh during the second technique.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Captain's Corner with Brock Matheson (11/19/10)

Here is the last episode of "Captain's Corner" for the Fall term. This week Brock sits down in the Union locker room  and talks to us about the weekend with RPI, Adam Presizniuk, Winter Break, etc.

The show will return in the first week of January.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bennett to be inducted into Providence College Hall of Fame

Rick Bennett
Union College Associate Head Coach Rick Bennett will be inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame on March 4, 2011.

During his time as a Friar (1986-1990), Bennett was a Hobey Baker finalist, Co-Captain, second team All-Hockey East, Hockey East All-Rookie team, two time team MVP, and second team All-American. In 128 NCAA games he registered 134 points. He spent five years on the Providence coaching staff before coming to Union.

He was picked 54th overall in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars, ahead of Jyrki Lumme (468 career points), Rob Brown (438 career points), and Darren Turcotte (411 career points). He played in 15 games with the New York Rangers where he totaled one goal and one assist. Bennett also spent a lot of time in the AHL and ECHL, including four games with the Albany River Rats.

Go to Hockey DB for his full career stats.

For more check out Union Athletics.com.

While Head Coach Nate Leaman gets a lot of credit for building Union's program to where it is today, Bennett should also receive a lot of credit. He plays a major part in recruiting and has obviously done a great job in recent years. I'm sure his Hockey East background helps in recruiting. I hate to say this, but he will get a head coaching job somewhere very soon, so let's enjoy him while we have him in Schenectady.

Fun Fact: Coach Bennett has his own Wikipedia page and says his full name is Eric John "Rick" Bennett. Maybe somebody should expand his page...

Congrats Coach Bennett!

Sacred Heart players visit NYC

Things have been pretty slow around here, so I thought I'd post this video.

I was just searching "college hockey" on YouTube and came across this video. It had no views so I clicked on it. The players in the video said they were college hockey players, so I thought it would be a good idea to investigate. I went on Why Are You On My Train.com, which is where the video was from. Under the comments of the video, there was a comment from Bryan Felice, who turns out to be a freshman on the Sacred Heart hockey team. Other players from the Pioneers' roster I recognized on the video were Tye Lewis, Torin Snydeman, and David Berube. I really couldn't figure out the two other guys. Here's a link to the SHU roster.

It's a semi-funny video with hockey players just being hockey players. But once again, D-1 hockey players should know better than to let people film them while they say/do stupid things! I assume the Quinnipiac team got in trouble a few weeks ago for their video, since it was immediately taken down. I guess I was the only person to see that video. Hopefully, this video stays up... even though it's not bad.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Good Luck On Your Finals!

Classes for the Fall term ended yesterday afternoon, so all the Union students are now diligently studying for the finals which begin on Wednesday.

A special good luck goes out to our Dutchmen who just came off an exhausting weekend. But, I doubt they need the extra good luck as 12 current Union players made the ECAC All-Academic team last season:

Jean-Sebastian Bergeron, Stephane Boileau, Andrew Buote, Luke Cain, Nolan Julseth-White, Brock Matheson, Justin Pallos, Taylor Reid, John Simpson, Wayne Simpson, Shawn Stuart and Jeremy Welsh.

I'm pretty confident that "The Professor" will have no problems with his finals considering he was a finalist forthe ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year award, was given the Thomas Vanarden Dukehard award for the highest GPA on the men's ice hockey team, and was named Union College's junior student-athlete of the year last season.

The Dutchmen will return to the ice in two weekends to play at Brown and Yale

Monday, November 15, 2010

Union falls in National Rankings

Union had two heart-wrenching games against RPI this weekend winning 2-1 at home and losing 4-3 on the road. As a result, the Dutchmen have moved down a few spots in some rankings.

USCHO: moves down two spots to #14. Union is just 14 points behind #13 Denver and 14 points behind #12 Alaska. The Dutchmen are in this poll for the 20th consecutive week.

INCH: drops three spots to #10.

The College Hockey Blog: moves down three spots to #9

College Hockey Video of the Week (11/15/10): BU wins 2009 National Championship

While RPI fans might find Friday's loss heartbreaking, and Union fans might feel the same way about Saturday's loss it could always be worse. Here's the ultimate example. In the 2009 National Championship game the Miami (Ohio) was up 3-1 with under one minute left in regulation, but ended up losing the game. It was probably the greatest game I've ever been a part of.

By the way, Matt Gilroy's play on the game-tying goal might be my favorite hockey play that I've seen live. I couldn't stop talking about it after the game. What a heads up play.

The first video is of the final minutes of regulation, and the second is of overtime:

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Union loses heartbreaker at RPI

I've been thinking about what to write here all day... and I still don't know what to say. I'm just speechless. This is definitely the most heartbreaking and disappointing loss in my four years, and is probably the most disappointing in Union history. The loss still hurts. What an awful way to lose.

The Dutchmen really need to figure out ASAP how to stop letting teams come back on them. Oh, and you have to stay out of the box! 29 penalty minutes (15 on Ingoldsby hitting from behind penalty)? Come on guys!

There's also more bad news. It has been reported that leading-scorer Adam Presizniuk has hurt his thumb. I'm not sure how severe the injury is, but hopefully he doesn't miss any game time.

It was such an amazing weekend, and both sides should be proud. I know I'm emotionally drained and I'm sure so is everyone else. This is truly turning into a great rivalry.

So, who wins the Capital Skates Trophy this season? Can somebody please enlighten me?

For more on this classic game check out:
College Hockey News
Union Athletics.com
Ken Schott's Blog
Times Union.com
Troy Record

Here is a video of Marty O'Grady's game-tying goal, Nick Bailen's game-winner, and the post-game press conference with RPI Head Coach Seth Appert, and Nick Bailen who scored the game-winner.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Union tops RPI in another thrilling rivalry game

Jeremy Welsh scored the game-winner
I'm not even surprised about how the game ended up last night. Every game in recent memory between Union and RPI has ended in dramatic fashion, and last night's was no different as it ended in a controversial call. This game is one people will talk about for a long time. The atmosphere was electric and very intense. I don't think I've seen the student section that packed in a very long time. Hopefully the students keep it up when they return in the winter term. 
Oh, and guess who predicted a 2-1 Union win? This guy! Hopefully I go two-for-two this weekend.

For more on the game check out:
- My recap on USCHO
- Ken Schott's Blog (along with full video of the exciting/weird post-game press conference)
- Sean Martin's article on Times Union.com
- Union Athletics.com

Here are some videos from the Union-RPI game on Friday night at Messa Rink.

I caught some really cool footage including Jeremy Welsh's game-winner, RPI Head Coach Seth Appert flipping out after the disallowed goal, and Appert showing the media the video of the disallowed goal. Unfortunately, the press box isn't the ideal place to film these things (because of the angle and netting) so the quality isn't that great. But, it's still pretty cool.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pictures of Union warming up in the Retro Black Jerseys and other pics

I got a shout out in the game program!

The student section was almost full by 6:15

Tonight's Lineups vs. RPI (11/12/10)


Presizniuk - Zajac - W. Simpson
Carr - Welsh - Jooris
Cain - J. Simpson - Boileau
Hatch - Pallos - K. Bodie

Julseth-White - Ingoldsby
Coburn - Stuart
M. Bodie - Matheson


Observations: Wayne Simpson gets a chance to play on the top line tonight.


Lee - Polacek - Helfrich
Angers-Goulet - Malchuk - Brutlag
Cullen - Higgs - Rabbani
Tinordi - O'Grady - Smith

Bergin - Foss
Koudys - Kennedy
Leboeuf - Bailen


Observations: Pat Koudys turns 18 in three days.

Captain's Corner with Brock Matheson (11/12/10)

Sorry this took so long to post, but I was having some major problems uploading the video. I tried 10 times and it didn't work. But, I was finally able to do it. This was filmed on Veterans Day.

Brock talks about the first weekend of ECAC play and the rivalry with RPI. He also talks about Veterans Day/ Remembrance Day.


More About The Retro Jerseys

These pictures and quotes are courtesy of Jeffrey Weinstein of the "Official" Union Hockey Blog:

Keith Kinkaid's jersey for tonight
This is what the jersey looked like in the 1940s

"For a while we've wanted to do a third jersey," said head coach Nate Leaman. "It's about our 1940-41 team, a retro jersey showing respect for that team. We have pictures all over the rink from that year, and it was the first time they put "Union" on their hockey sweaters. We wanted to do a throwback recognizing that."

Union will wear their third jerseys for select games this season, starting with tonight's "Blackout" game against RPI. 

Route 7 Rivalry: Parts 2 and 3 Take Place This Weekend

It's that wonderful time of the year where two schools get to hate each other for an entire weekend. Isn't it awesome?!

The Union-RPI rivalry is one of the fiercest rivalries in all of college hockey, and it has become even more energized due to Union's recent surge from cellar dweller to a national ranked team over the past few years. Heading into Friday's matchup at Messa Rink the Dutchmen are ranked 12th in the country, while RPI is 18th making this weekend even more important. Both rinks should be rocking all weekend, and are each hosting a "Blackout" night.

The two teams met two weekends ago at Lake Placid and tied 3-3 thanks to Mat Bodie's game-tying goal with about 30 seconds left in regulation. For more on the game click here.

You should expect shis weekend's games to be the same since every game between these teams in recent memory have been absolute classics.

All-time RPI holds a 44-22-10 advantage in the rivalry, including a 28-19-9 record in Division I play. But, over the past few years Union has dominated going 7-1-2 in their last 10 games. Also, Head Coach Nate Leaman is 12-5-3 all-time against the Engineers. The first game of this rivalry took place on February 26, 1904 where the Engineers topped the Dutchmen 6-2. Union won their first game of the series on February 23, 1924 with a 7-0 win in Schenectady.

Union is currently riding a seven game unbeaten streak (4-0-3), while the Engineers come off of a win at Dartmouth (4-1) and a loss at Harvard (1-0) last weekend.

RPI is currently has the top ranked defense in the nation among teams that have played at least three games as they are averaging just 1.67 goals allowed per game. Union on the other hand is third in overall defense among teams that have played at least three game (1.80 goals allowed per game), fourth in overall offense (4.20 goals per game), and has the best power-play unit in the country (17-of-44, 38.64%).

My prediction: A weekend sweep for the Dutchmen... 2-1 Union, 3-2 (OT) Union

Players To Look For: RPI
Pretty much the same cast of characters here:

Nick Bailen '13

Chase Polacek: is the reigning ECAC Player of the Year... leads RPI in scoring with five goals, six assists, and 11 points... scored two goals last weekend in a win over Dartmouth... one of the fastest players in all of college hockey.

Nick Bailen: leads all ECAC defensemen in scoring with two goals and six assists.

Allen York: allowed just one goal last weekend to begin ECAC play... fourth in the nation among goaltenders with at least four games in GAA (1.62) and save percentage (.939).

Players To Look For: Union
Once again, the same cast of characters:

Adam Presizniuk: is third in the nation with 17 points... needs just one point and one assist to become Union's D-I all-time points and assists leader passing Jason Walters '10 and Joel Beal '05, respectively.

Keith Kinkaid: also allowed just one goal last weekend to open up ECAC play... tops in the nation among goalies with at least four appearances with a 1.38 GAA and is second with a .943 save percentage.
Stephane "The Professor" Boileau '11

Stephane Boileau: leads all current Dutchmen with 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) against the Engineers.

For more go to Union Athletics.com.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Learn How To Speak French With Professor Boileau (Episode 5)

Sorry about the long wait for this episode, but this might be the best one yet. "The Professor" worked really hard on his lesson plan this week and wanted to make sure everything was perfect. I hope you enjoy!

Special shout out to team manager Phil Cohn on editing this week's episode. He does such a good job!

See how "The Professor" created his lesson plan:

Get Pumped For This Weekend!

Union Hockey team manager Phil Cohn has just released his latest Union Hockey video. This one is a pump up video for the games against RPI. Phil does such a great job with these things, and deserves a lot of praise for his hard work. Not only did he release this video today, but he did some editing for the latest episode of "Professor Boileau." Enjoy!

Also, here is a preview of Union's special jersey that they will be wearing during Friday's Blackout!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Quinnipiac Freshman Hockey Players Dancing Video

During my break today I came across this video on Barstool Sports- Boston of two Quinnipiac freshman hockey players doing some weird dance in the team locker room. I assume the two players are John Dunbar and Brooks Robinson since the name of the video is "Dunny and Brooks get weird."

I don't know who filmed this, but who ever did and posted it to YouTube is a moron. You're just making the team look like idiots, and could be a hazing violation.

Unfortunately, the video was taken off of YouTube just minutes after I saw it. But, here is a link to it from Barstool Sports - Boston.


Monday, November 8, 2010

Movin' On Up

After a win at Harvard and a tie at Dartmouth, Union has moved up in the national rankings:

USCHO: Union moves up to 12th (421 points) from 15th.

INCH: The Dutchmen jump two spots to #7.

USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine: U moves up two spots to #12.

This is the highest Union has been in the USCHO poll since December 4, 2000 when they were ranked 12th. The highest the Dutchmen have been in the poll was 11th on Nov. 27, 2000. Also, this is the nineteenth consecutive week that Union has been in the poll, which is a school record. Maybe if the Dutchmen have a successful weekend against RPI they will move into the Top 10.

College Hockey Video of the Week (11/8/10): Things We Need At Union

Here are a few videos of things we need to make Union hockey a better experience:

1. Marching Band that performs on Ice (example: Boston College)

2. Cheerleaders (example: Minnesota)

3. Mascot (example: Canisius and Minnesota)

Dartmouth and Union skate to 0-0 tie

Daniel Carr '14 vs. Darmouth
Sorry it took so long for me to post. It was a long day with the Devils and club hockey today.

This 0-0 tie brings back memories for me. The first year I had season tickets to Army hockey was in the 1994-95 season. Just a few games into the season the Black Knights welcomed in this team called Union and skated to a scoreless tie... I never saw one in any hockey game ever again. When I began looking at colleges during high school my Dad mentioned Union to me, and the first thing that came to my mind was that 0-0 tie in 1994.

As a Union fan you have to be pretty happy coming home with three points while only scoring two goals on the weekend. Harvard and Dartmouth are both tough team to play, especially on the road. Keith Kinkaid had another stellar weekend and is making a name for himself in the college hockey world. He currently leads all goaltenders with at least five starts in goals-against average with 1.67. Next weekend's home-and-home series with RPI and Allen York will be a battle for goaltending supremacy in the ECAC.

It looks like Coach Leaman is trying to find the right player to play on the top line with Adam Presizniuk and Kelly Zajac. Stephane Boileau, Cole Ikkala, and others have already played on the line, and this weekend Leaman tried Carr and Jooris. Neither produced much. So who should be the third guy? Jeremy Welsh? Wayne Simpson? Who knows what Leaman is thinking. I say give Welshie a try. That trio will definitely score a ton of goals, but could weaken the rest of the lineup.

Either way, it's a very good start to league play and hopefully they keep it rolling next weekend against RPI. Even though it's the weekend before finals I urge all Union students to attend both games. You will not be disappointed! You might also witness Prez make Union history! Also, the players have finals too!

For more on the Dartmouth game check out:
Union Athletics.com
Ken Schott's Blog

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Dartmouth Videos and Tonight's Lineup

Last night the Dutchmen squeaked out a 2-1 at Harvard. Adam Preszniuk had two assists in the game to tie Jason Walters on Union's D-I all-time scoring list with 115 points. Also, he is now tied with Joel Beal '05 on the all-time assists list with 74. Maybe Prezie will break these records tonight.

For more on the game go to:
Union Athletics.com
Ken Schott's Blog
Times Union.com

Union takes on Dartmouth tonight for their second ECAC game. Here are two videos that pertain to Big Green Hockey. The second is highlights from Union's come-from-behind 5-4 win at Dartmouth last season.

Here is Union's lineup for tonight's game. It looks like Coach Leaman is trying to find the right guy to play with Prez and Zaj. Carr received the chance last night, and tonight Jooris gets a turn. Others to play on the top line this season include Boileau and Ikkala. Also, Buote is not in the lineup tonight. Ken Schott says that he has a lower-body injury.
Carr-Welsh-W. Simpson
Cain-J. Simpson-Boileau
K. Bodie-Pallos-Hatch

M. Bodie-Matheson


Friday, November 5, 2010

Check out Harvard's pre-season video

The Dutchmen face-off against Harvard tonight to open up ECAC play at 7:00pm.

Union opens up ECAC play at Harvard and Dartmouth

Union hits the road this weekend to begin ECAC play at Harvard and Dartmouth. This is when the important games begin because the easiest way to make the NCAA tournament is to win your conference. Recently, the Dutchmen have not been good in ECAC openers. They have not begun ECAC play with a win since a 6-5 win against St. Lawrence on Nov. 5, 2004. Over this period Union has gone 0-3-2.

Let's take a look at the Crimson and Big Green:

Last season they finished 10th in the ECAC going 7-12-3 in league play and 9-21-3 overall. But, they swept the Dutchmen in 2009-10. In the first game the Crimson won 4-1 behind 47 saves from Ryan Carroll. It was a one-goal game before Harvard scored to empty-netters late in the game. The second game took place at Harvard where the Crimson jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the Dutchmen scored three goals in the last 5:30 to make it a one-goal game. Union was unable to tie the game. This season's game will be Harvard's home/season opener.

Sophomore Danny Biega
Harvard lost their leading scorer from last season, freshman Louis Leblanc, to the NHL's Montreal Canadiens. This will be a big hit to them since he was definitely their best player on the ice.

Players to Watch:

Conor Morrison: as a freshman was second on the team with 10 goals.

Michael Biega: the senior led the Crimson with 15 assists last season.

Daniel Moriarty: only scored six goals last season, but four them came on the power-play.

Danny Biega: was the youngest of the three Biega brothers on the team last season, and led all Crimson defensemen with five goals. He has a very bright future ahead of him.

Prediction: Union 4, Harvard 1

Finished 9th in the ECAC last season (7-12-3) and 10-19-3 overall. They played Quinnipiac very tough in a three-game series in the first round of the ECAC playoffs. The Big Green and the Dutchmen were very well matched last season. Dartmouth took the first game at Union 3-1, but the Dutchmen won at Dartmouth with a come-from-behind 5-4 win. In the game, Darmouth went up 4-0 after one period where Keith Kinkaid made only one save. But, Union scored three goals in the second, and two in the third including Kyle Bodie's game-winner with 2:45 left in regulation. Corey Milan made 14 saves in relief, and James Mello made 38 saves for Dartmouth. The Big Green opened up their schedule last weekend at the Ivy Shootout where they beat Princeton 2-1, but fell to Yale 7-3.

I picked Dartmouth as my sleeper team this season. The main reason being that they return their top seven scorers and ten out of their top 11 scorers. I actually picked them to finish in 3rd place, ahead of Union. Also, they showed a lot of promise towards the end of the 2009-2010 regular season. The ECAC Coaches and Media picked them to finish sixth in the conference.

Players to Watch:

Senior Scott Fleming
Scott Fleming: the senior led the team with 22 goals (10 PPG) and 39 points last season. He should be up for First Team All-ECAC at the end of the season

Adam Estoclet: Fleming's partner in crime who led the team with 24 assists and was second with 36 points. I picked him as a pre-season All-ECAC selection.

Evan Stephens: led all Big Green defenders with six goals, 14 assists, and 20 points last season. The Coaches picked him as a pre-season All-ECAC selection.

James Mello: split time in between the pipes with Jody O'Neill last season. He played in both games against Union in 2009-10 where he made a combined 77 saves.

Prediciton: Union 3, Dartmouth 3... picking ties is weird (haha).

The Dutchmen come off of two 3-3 ties against Connecticut and RPI. While it wasn't an awful week, it was not the way they wanted to head into league play, especially the tie against UConn. The Dutchmen have been able to jump ahead early in the game, but have allowed their opponents to jump back in the game this season. Let's see if they can change this around this weekend.

Sophomore Keith Kinkaid
Players to Watch:

Keith Kinkaid: he had an awful game in his last outing at Dartmouth. Let's see if the second time around is a better performance.

Mat Bodie: the freshman has had some difficult growing pains of late, but came up big late in the game against RPI. Maybe he'll get out his funk during ECAC play.

Stephane Boileau: "The Professor" has been playing on the top line with Kelly Zajac and Adam Presizniuk lately. Let's see if he'll be able to produce and create chemistry with these guys.

For more about the game with Harvard and Dartmouth check out Union Athletics.com.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Captain's Corner with Brock Matheson (11/4/10)

Finally I was able to uplaod this video! I've been having some major technical difficulties with my computer and in the radio station, but I've finally got it done. It's definitely well worth the wait since this is the most in-depth "Captian's Corner" to date.

In this week's "Captain's Corner" Brock talks to us about the ties against UConn and RPI, playing in Lake Placid, and opening ECAC play among other things. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Learn How To Speak French With Professor Boileau (11/2/10)

This is the fourth episode of the show. This week "The Professor" teaches us four numbers of certain Union players and shows us how to do and not do a one-timer and saucer pass.

I have included an opening and closing slide/song for this video... I know, my video editing skills are amazing (haha). Enjoy!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Hitting the Links

First off, I want to say thank you to all my readers. Union Hockey Blog had over 9,100 views in October! That's more than double the amount of the views in September! I really love doing this and I hope everyone that reads the blog enjoys doing so. The support of the readers is really what motivates me to make this blog the best it can be.

That being said you can follow more of UHB on Twitter (@UnionHockeyBlog) and on Facebook by becoming a fan of the UHB Facebook page.

Thanks Again!

Here are some important links from Monday:

- Union is tied for 15th with Wisconsin in the USCHO poll.

- Union falls one spot to #14 in the USA Today/USA Hockey magazine poll.

- Union stays at #9 in the INCH poll.

- USCHO's Brian Sullivan has Union 15th in his national rankings and gives out ECAC weekly awards.

- Ken Schott asks questions about all of the ECAC teams in his weekly "College Hockey Slap Schotts" segment.

- Denver forward Jesse Martin is in stable condition after being seriously injured against North Dakota on Saturday. For more on Martin's injury click here. Get well soon Jesse, the whole college hockey community is behind you! Here is the video of what happened:

College Hockey Video of the Week (11/1/10): DU Head Coach Geroge Gwozdecky goes nuts

Every Head Coach has different styles. Some are quiet, some are loud, some give speeches, some say nothing, etc.

Denver Pioneers Head Coach Geroge Gwozdecky definitely has his own style, which you can see in this video.

Coach Gwozdecky has been very successful over his college hockey career. He also has won two Spencer Penrose Awards as the National Coach of the Year, and is the only person to win an NCAA hockey championship as a player (Wisonsin 1977), assistant coach (Michigan State 1986), and head coach (Denver 2004-2005). I was lucky enough to see Gwozdecky and the Pioneers win the national championship in Boston and Columbus, respectively.

I remember being a kid and sitting directly across from the Army bench and watching then Head Coach Rob Riley when he got upset with a call. He would get so mad that he turned red and looked like his eyes were going to pop out of his head. But, he never did anything like this:

You can see a different view with different announcers by clicking here.