Monday, January 31, 2011

Union Moves Up In The Polls

This past weekend the Dutchmen upset #1 Yale 3-2 and then beat Brown 4-2, both at Messa Rink. RPI also beat Yale over the weekend. The Bulldogs have now lost their #1 ranking.

Here's where Union stands:

USCHO: up two spots to 11th
INCH: up one spot to 8th
USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine: up one spot to 11th
PWR: tied for 12th with Merrimack
RPI: 9th
KRACH: 10th

This weekend Union travels to Princeton (who is ranked in the top 20) and Quinnipiac.

College Hockey Video Of The Week (1/31/11): Robert Morris Sweeps #1 Miami in 2010

This past weekend Union and RPI both won their games against #1 Yale making it a Capital District sweep.

Last season unranked Robert Morris swept two games from #1 Miami first in Pittsburgh and then at Miami two days later. Personally, I think this feat is more impressive than the one that took place this past weekend. So, I think this video if fitting.

This video is of highlights from the Colonials' win over the Red Hawks in Pittsburgh. Enjoy!



Bonus Video! RPI goaltender Allen York freaks out on Yale's Chris Cahill at the Big Red Freakout:

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dutchmen Participate in Center for Disability Services Telethon

Today the Union College hockey team helped out at the 51st Center for Disability Services Telethon by working the phones. This is just one of a number of community service acts the team partakes in.

The telethon was also on Channel 8 today, so when I was flipping through the channels while taking a break from writing my thesis I saw that the team was on TV. Humanitarian Award nominee Stephane Boileau is sitting in the front row.

For more on the event check out Union Athletics.com.

I took a few pictures and video:









Union's Tentative 2011-12 ECAC Schedule

So, RPI's season ticket brochures for next season have been released. It contains next season's schedule in it, and since Union is travel partners with RPI we now have an idea at what the bulk of Union's schedule will look like next year.

Here it is:


Messa Rink
 November
Fri. 4 - at St. Lawrence
Sat. 5 - at Clarkson
Fri. 11 - Yale
Sat. 12 - Brown

December
Fri. 2 - at Quinnipiac
Sat. 3 - at Princeton
Sat. 10 - at RPI

January
Fri. 6 - Harvard
Sat. 7 - Dartmouth
Sat. 14 - RPI
Fri. 20 - at Brown
Sat. 21 - at Yale
Fri. 28 - Clarkson
Sat. 29 - St. Lawrence

Februrary
Fri. 3 - Colgate
Sat. 4 - Cornell
Fri. 10 - at Dartmouth
Sat. 11 - at Harvard
Fri. 17 - Princeton
Sat. 18 - Quinnipiac
Fri. 24 - at Cornell
Sat. 25 - at Colgate

Also, RIT will be playing at RPI on November 25, so maybe the Tigers will be coming to Schenectady the following night.

My only complaint about this schedule is that Union will be playing at RPI when Union students are on break. It's so much better when the students travel, and the RPI game is really the only time students do so.

I'll see what I can do to find out about what non-league games Union will be playing in next season.

Union Tops Brown 4-2

Adam Presizniuk
What a great weekend for the Dutchmen! They start off by beating #1 Yale and then back it up with a nice win over Brown. Because RPI beat Yale last night behind some great goaltending from Allen York, the Dutchmen are just one point behind the league-leading Bulldogs. While the Dutchmen came out a little sloppy against the Bears, this weekend could be a weekend that Union builds off for the rest of the season.

Adam Presizniuk had a great game with two goals, and an overall great weekend. He scored a combined three goals and all of them were important goals scored in the second period. I wouldn't be surprised if Prezie was named the ECAC Player of the Week. It was also nice to see John Simpson and Justin Pallos score for the Dutchmen. Both guys work extremely hard and do very valuable things on the ice that aren't always seen on the scoresheet, so it's nice to see them get recognized. And once again, Keith Kinkaid played a good game.

Also, not to toot my horn or anything but I definitely called that Coach Leaman was going to put Stephane Boileau in the lineup on Saturday. It was great to see "the Professor" back on the ice. And I think I was also pretty spot on about Harry Zolnierczyk who picked up 12 penalty minutes in the game, including at 10 minute misconduct with under two minutes left in regulation. I'm also pretty sure that he dove at least once during the game. He has now accumulated 101 penalty minutes on the season, while Union's leader in penalty minutes, Matt Hatch, has picked up 29 penalty minutes on nine penalties. Captain Harry Z is just a goon.

By the way, I had a great time in the student section last night. I got to hang out with the mascot and interact with the improving pep band. Doing the cheers was fun, but I do have to say that the campus safety officers are a little too strict. I understand that you can't say f-bombs and other words of that variety, but there were words like "suck" that were said by that crowd that are said at every college hockey rink in the country. A fan should talk to somebody who controls this sometime soon. Having an energetic and fun student section is very important to the rink atmosphere and the team.

Next week the Dutchmen travel to Quinnipiac and Princeton for more important ECAC action.

For more on last night check out:
USCHO
Union Athletics.com
Ken Schott's Blog
Times Union - Sean Martin

Saturday, January 29, 2011

UNION UPSETS #1 YALE!!!

There are no words that can describe the feeling at Messa Rink last night once that final buzzer went off. It was a combination of joy, relief, pandemonium, excitement... the list can go on. The place was rocking! I think every Union fan can agree that this was the greatest regular season win in the history of Union Hockey. It's not everyday that you get to play the top ranked team in the country in your own barn and knock them off.

We are truly living in the glory days of Union Hockey, and for that I am extremely thankful. I mean the year before I came to Union, the Dutchmen were at the bottom of the ECAC standings and were the joke of the ECAC for awhile. BUT LOOK AT US NOW! Union College Hockey is now known throughout the college hockey world!

Other things I took away from the game:
- Keith Kinkaid was great. When Yale was pressing in the third he really came up big.
- Adam Presizniuk's goal might be a sign that he's ready to break out of this goal scoring slump. He will be a major key for the offense down the stretch.
- Union did a great job limiting Yale's transition play. It's the key to their game, and is probably the best in the country.
- The Union PP looked really sharp.
- You know what, the Union pep band was actually ok... but just ok. Sometimes they sounded like a real pep band and at other times they were weak. But, maybe there is hope.
- Did anybody else see the Dutchman mascot? It was in the student section and none of my buddies there knew who it was. This was the first time I saw a mascot at a Union game in my four years.
- Ryan Forgaard had very minimal ice time. I guess the coach's weren't happy with his decisions early on.
- This was the first time Union has beaten a #1 team.
- The black jerseys are definitely a good luck charm. Union is now 2-0 when wearing the jerseys (beating RPI and Yale). The team was planning on selling the jerseys at the end of the year, but maybe they should reconsider.

Also, I just want to say that I thought Yale Head Coach Keith Allain and forward Brian O'Neill were pretty classless after the game. Not only did Coach Allain not shake any of the Union players hands, he was pretty brutal in the post-game interviews. He barely said anything, mumbled, and was just bad overall. I didn't expect him to be happy after the game, but come on man. The press have to do their job, so just man up, face the press, and say something. Your team lost to a good team... deal with it. O'Neill wasn't much of a talker either after the game, and we had to do a make-shift interview in lobby, so I really didn't expect much from him (or captain Jimmy Martin who was there). But, when he said "It's not anything they [Union] did at all. We just didn't work hard enough," I got a little ticked off. You're team played well, but Union was just a little better. Once again.... deal with it! When Union loses, Coach Leaman and his players have no problem talking to the press at least at the home games I've covered.

But now this game is in the past and it's on to Brown. As Corey Milan tweeted this morning, "Big game tonight, last night was last night, tonight is the test." The Dutchmen have to win tonight in order to back up last night's win.

Oh and what's the over/under on how many penalty minutes Captain Harry Z picks up tonight? I say he picks up at least six.

For more on last night check out:
USCHO
Union Athletics.com
Ken Schott's Blog
Times Union - Sean Martin
Times Union - Mark McGuire
CHN
Yale Daily News

In other news, I will be attending tonight's game as a fan for the first time this season at Messa Rink (I went to the game in Lake Placid as a fan). I am also very excited to wear my Union Hockey jersey for the first time. So, I will be doing very minimal Twitter updates and stuff like that. But, I will do my best to capture some video of the student section. If you can't make the game, but want to stay tuned in you can follow Ken Schott's Blog, or on Twitter (Ken Schott or Union Hockey).

If you want to see a double header of Union Hockey action stick around after the varsity game to check out the Union Club Hockey team as they take on Medaille. Yours truly will be playing.

Here are videos from last night. The first being the reaction of the rink once the final buzzer went off, and the second being the post-game press conference with Coach Leaman, Keith Kinkaid, Daniel Carr, and Adam Presizniuk... Oh, and Coach's son Ty.

Also, check out some fan interviews I conducted before last night's game as a part of my internship with the Union Sports Informaiton department. It features our guest blogger, Justin Zolot, and two of my best friends, Brendan Lichtenthal and Kyle Anderson. (Official Blog of Union Hockey)
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Tonight's Lineups vs. Yale

Daniel Carr
Union
Carr - Welsh - Jooris
Presizniuk - Zajac - Hatch
Sullivan - J. Simpson - W. Simpson
Buote - Pallos - K. Bodie

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

Kinkaid
Milan
Grosenick
Broc Little

Yale
Agostino - Root - Balch
Cahill - Miller - O'Neill
Ziegler - Mason - Brockett
Kearney - Limbert - Little

Trentowski - Jaskowiak
Dueck - Peel
Matczak - Martin (C)

Rondeau
Maricic

Tonight's Officals:
Referee - Robert St. Lawrence
Referee - Peter Feola
Linesman - Richard Patry
Linesman - Glen Cooke

Things To Watch For This Weekend

This weekend the Dutchmen host the Yale Bulldogs and Brown Bears, in what might be the toughest home weekend of the season. The Bulldogs come into the weekend as the #1 team in the country and sport the nation's top offense, which is clicking at a 4.79 goals per game (BC is second with 3.74), and the third best defense allowing just 2.05 goals per game (Union is tied for tops in the country with Wisconsin with 2.04). While the Bears aren't ranked, they are still an extremely tough team as they proved last season when they shocked RPI and Yale in the ECAC playoffs.

My biggest concern about this weekend is the possibility of falling into a "trap game" with Brown. While the Dutchmen are not overlooking the Bears right now, there is a lot of focus being placed on Yale. I'm just afraid that the Dutchmen will put all of their energy and emotion into the Yale game and won't match it the following night whether if they beat Yale or not. Let's just hope the guys play hard against Yale and no matter what happens they instantly put the game in the past.

I think a great way to make sure this doesn't happen is to make a few lineup changes on Saturday night. I think that it might be smart if Leaman plays faster guys like Justin Pallos and Kyle Bodie to match Yale's speed on Friday night, but then replace them with Luke Cain and Stephane Boileau on Saturday night to match Brown's hard-hitting game style.

Also, the Dutchmen offesne is relying too heavily on the underclassmen (Carr, Welsh, Jooris, Mat Bodie). In important games like these you need the seniors to step up their game and take control. The experienced players need to set the tone, and the younger guys will follow. But, this doesn't mean that the underclassmen have an excuse to be intimidated. They, along with the rest of the team, should follow the example of Matt Hatch who flies all over the ice with no regard for his body. That's the type of hard work and intensity that will win big games.

Here are some fun facts:
- The last time Union played the top-ranked team in the country was on January 2, 2009 when they lost 3-1 to Nortre Dame at the Shillelagh Tournament. Brendan Milnamow '09 scored Union's lone goal and Corey Milan picked up 24 saves.
- In Union's first game back from the Shillelagh Tournament they traveled to Princeton where they beat a fifth-ranked Tigers team 3-2. This was the last time Union has beaten a Top 5 team. In the game Mario Valery-Trabucco '10 and Stephane Boileau scored goals, while Matt Cook scored the game-winner back in his hometown (he's from around Princeton).
- The last time Union played a #1 team in league play was on November 9, 1996 when they hosted Vermont. The Catamounts had future NHL stars Tim Thomas (Boston) and Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay) on the team that year. Union lost to Vermont that night 1-0 behind 43 saves from Thomas.

Yale
Ryan Rondeau: the senior goaltender has only lost one game this season and is third in the nation with a 1.80 GAA.
Broc Little: leads the team with 13 goals and 27 points. He is extremely fast.
Brian O'Neill: second on the team with 12 goals and is third with 25 points. Also leads the team with five power-play goals.
Andrew Miller: leads the team with 21 assists in 19 games, meaning he sets up a goal every game. He has only scored five goals this season, but four of them have been game-winners.
Chris Cahill: has been a beast in ECAC play, leading the Bulldogs with eight goals and 19 points.

Harry Zolnierczyk
Brown
Jack Maclellan: leads the team with 13 goals, 16 assists, and 29 points.
Harry Zolnierczyk: the Bears captain has the reputation of being one of the dirtiest players in the league and has accumulated 83 penalty minutes in just 18 games this year. But, Harry Z can also put the puck in the net as he is second on the team with 11 goals, 12 assists, and 23 points. In Brown's upset of Yale, he picked up a 10 minute misconduct penalty only to return to score the game-winning goal late in the game. Also, watch out for him and Maclellan on the PK as they have both netted two shorthanded goals this season.
Dennis Robertson: the freshman leads all Brown defenders with five goals and 12 points. Four of his five goals have come on the power-play, which is tied for best on the team with Captain Harry.

Union
Adam Presizniuk: this is the type of weekend when your best player needs to show up and contribute. His line is really clicking right now and he just got the pin taken out of his thumb, so this could be the weekend where he finally explodes.
Brock Matheson: Captain Brock has been stellar of late and needs to lead the defense this weekend as they take on fast Yale forwards and hard-hitting Brown forwards. He needs to be the one to prove that they are not going to give the opposing forwards too much respect.
Daniel Carr: the freshman phenom leads the team with nine power-play goals. Union's special teams has been struggling a bit of late, but if they want any chacne to knock off Yale they have to convert on these PP opportunities. Carr will be the go-to guy.

For more about this weekend check out:
Union Athletics.com
Daily Gazette
INCH
Yale Daily News
Brown Bears.com

Here are highlights from Union's 5-0 loss at Yale earlier this season:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Captain's Corner With Brock Matheson (1/27/11)

This week Brock talks about the upcoming games with #1 Yale and Brown, along with other pressing topics.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please write in the comment box below. Remember we want to make this blog the best it can be for the fans!

And if you haven't done so yet join the the Union vs. #1 Yale Facebook event (click here).

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Between the Pipes with Keith Kinkaid - January 25, 2011

This is our fifth segment of 'Between the Pipes with Keith Kinkaid.' This past weekend Keith and the team split the weekend games against Dartmouth and Harvard. He is currently the 5th best goalie in the country statistically with a save percentage of .922 through 1,405 minutes of play.

What was your overall take this past weekend? How do you think Dartmouth and Harvard as a team played against us?

I think we are all pretty disappointed that we only got 2 points this past weekend but we have to put that behind us and focus on Friday. Dartmouth came out flying and capitalized when they needed to and Harvard always plays us tight. Harvard's goalie was solid all night and it was good to see the guys battle through a little adversity.


Who do you think gave you more of a run for your money this weekend - Mello or Carroll? How would you assess their performances?

I think Mello played extremely well. He seems to have our number ever since i have been here. Both goalies played outstanding and gave us a hard time all night. Mello won the game for them and Carroll, although he did not get the win, played his heart out.


Who is this past weekend's MVP in your opinion?

I think Brock has been playing really well the past few weekends. He was out there during the last 45 seconds of the Harvard game blocking shots for us and making solid plays all night. He is really poised out there and makes the right decisions.


Which line do you think has been most productive? Do you think any changes could be made to the lines?

All four lines for us are special in their own way. When all four lines are going we are great defensively and offensively. I think with Hatch being added to the Zajac-Prez line, he provides great speed for that line. They have really been outworking the opposition and getting great scoring chances every game.


How does the team plan to prepare for #1 Yale? How will you personally elevate your game to stop their high-powered offense?

We are preparing just like we would for any other team. Yale gave us a hard time last meeting and we are looking for revenge. It all starts in practice and we need good jump each and everyday to get going for this game. I'm expecting a packed barn for this game which also helps us get going and excited to play. What more could you ask for when a number 1 team is coming into your barn?


Which freshmen on the team do you think has the best ladies' game off the ice?

Well I think I'm going to have to go with Cole [Ikkala] as having the best ladies' game off the ice. He seems to be laid back and easy to get along with.


Well there you have it folks, you've heard it from the man himself. Please leave your reviews in the comment box below. Enjoy this upcoming weekend's games- BEAT YALE! And remember fans, you can find Keith Kinkaid on facebook at any time during the day. -JZolot

Union Hockey Featured in 1977 Sports Illustrated

Ned Harkness
I received a link to this archived Sports Illustrated article from Christopher M. Caruso, who is the Director of Marketing for Prozone Lockers Inc. (the company that built the Union locker room).

The article is about the foundations of the Union Hockey program in the mid-1970s and the leadership of legendary coach Ned Harkness. It's a really good read and really gives us good insight to the creation of the program. If you are Union Hockey die hard this is a must read.

Pat Putnam's article entitled "No Heels In The Achilles," begins with a subtitle that says "Union College didn't have team, a schedule or even any ice when Coach Ned Harkness arrived, but now it battles the best on even terms in the Achilles Arena."

To read the rest of the article click here.

Also, here is a video of Union's locker room created by Mr. Caruso and Prozone Lockers Inc.:

Monday, January 24, 2011

Union Drops In The Polls

This past weekend at Messa Rink, Union lost a huge game to Dartmouth 4-1, but came back in the third period to beat Harvard 2-1. The loss to the Big Green really hurt as Union dropped in the national rankings.

Here is where the Dutchmen stand:

USCHO: down one spot to #13
INCH: down one spot to #9
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine: down two spots to 12th
PWR: 15th
RPI: 10th
KRACH: 12th

College Hockey Video of the Week (1/24/11): North Dakota's "Heavy Metal Hockey"

I came across this video while browsing on YouTube. Basically, it's a song written by a member of the 1987 North Dakota team about the team, and was made into a music video.

It's so awesome and hilarious. You got to love the 80s!

After watching this video I think it's necessary to make a Union Hockey video. First we have to find a player to write it and somebody to make it into a video. I know Team Manager Phil Cohn would be a great choice to make the video, but what player will make the song? Luke Cain? Josh Jooris? Are there any music minors or aspiring rap artists on the team? What do you guys think?

Anyways, here's the video:

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Union Has Up And Down Weekend

The reason why I have this title is because they won a game where they came back from behind in the third period for the first time this season (Harvard), but lost a game that they needed to win (Dartmouth).

Actually, if you really think about it this was a disappointing weekend for the Dutchmen. This was a weekend where they absolutely needed four points. With a win over Dartmouth, Union would have finally won that PWR game that they desperately needed and solidified themselves as a contender for the NCAA tournament. But, now they are back to being on the cusp of a tournament bid.

Here the question of the week: Are the Dutchmen ever going to win the PWR game? Maybe they will next weekend...

Here are some things I took away from the weekend:
- Dartmouth played really well. They jumped all over Union right from the drop of the puck with a hard hitting game plan.
- Ryan Carroll is excellent against the Dutchmen. I was pretty worried going into the third period down 1-0.
- I think Matt Hatch is the missing link on the Prezie-Zaj line. His past few performances have really proven that he belongs on that top line. He skates really hard and very fast and is always willing to fight for the extra inch and throw his body around. I've said it before, but he really looks like an upperclassman out there.
- Good articles about the team might actually affect the team. Coach Leaman said that there might be a hex around feature stories on INCH, as most ECAC teams that get featured end up losing the following weekend. So, players DO NOT read the papers or any other coverage... I'm just kidding. But, it was interesting how Leaman mentioned that after the Dartmouth game.

Here are some recaps of the games:

Dartmouth
Union Athletics.com
USCHO
INCH

Harvard
Union Athletics.com
USCHO
Times Union.com

Go to the "Official" Union Hockey Blog for post-game quotes for both games.

Also, check out this feature on the Simpson Brothers from the Boston Globe.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Tonight's Lineups vs. Harvard

Luke Cain has the best headshot on the team
Union
Carr - Welsh - Jooris
Presizniuk - Zajac - Hatch
Sullivan - J. Simpson - W. Simpson
Cain - Buote - K. Bodie

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

Kinkaid
Milan
Grosenick

Notes: Justin Pallos is out of the lineup for the first time in awhile as both Luke Cain and Kyle Bodie join Andrew Buote on the fourth/checking line. Mike Ingoldsby is still out of the lineup, probably still suffering from a concussion.


Danny Biega is known as the "Harvard Hulk"
 Harvard
Morrison - Killorn - M. Biega
Everson - Michaud - Kroshus
Coassin - Moore - Del Mauro
McCollem - Valek - Fallstrom

Ford - Grimshaw
Huxley - D. Biega
Caldwell - Fick

Carroll
Richter

Notes: Danny and Michael Biega are two/thirds of the Biega brothers trio that played together last season (Alex graduated)... The Crimson have four NHL draft picks in their lineup tonight: Killorn (Tampa Bay '07), McCollem (St. Louis '06), Fallstrom (Boston '09), and Danny Biega (Carolina '10).

Players to Watch: Alex Killorn leads the team with six goals and 14 points, and is tied for tops in assists with eight... Danny Biega leads all Crimson defenders with three goals, eight assists, and 11 points. He is known as the "Harvard Hulk" for his impressive performance at the NHL Draft combine... Ryan Carroll made 47 saves in his last appearance at Messa Rink in his team's 4-1 last season. He's only started three games this season, but he's in net tonight looking for a repeat performance.

Make sure to read Ken Schott's pre-game report by clicking here.

Nathan Gerbe Scores Two Goals in Five Seconds

Nathan Gerbe is a former Boston College Eagle and currently plays for the Buffalo Sabres. I watched Gerbe and the Eagles win the NCAA championship in 2008 where he became one of my favorite college hockey players of all-time (and I've seen a lot of great players). He's incredibly tiny for an NHLer (listed at 5'5" and 178 lbs), but is also extremely fast and hard working.

You can see these attributes here as he scored two goals against my favorite NHL team, the New York Islanders (yeah, yeah I know the Isles are awful but they're my team!), last night in a 5-2 loss in Buffalo.

P.S. Rick Jeanneret has the best hockey announcer voice of all-time.




Oh, and here's a sick video of Gerbe taking a penalty shot in college. I know I've already posted this before, but it's really good:

Friday, January 21, 2011

Tonight's Lineups vs. Dartmouth

#16 Kevin Sullivan
Union
Carr - Welsh - Jooris
Presizniuk - Zajac - Hatch
Buote - Pallos - K. Bodie
Sullivan - J. Simpson - W. Simpson

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

Notes: Kyle Bodie is back in the lineup after being replaced by Luke Cain last Saturday. I assume Cain was inserted into the lineup against Cornell because of his size. Cain is the feature story of this week's game program.

#24 Evan Stephens
Dartmouth
Estoclet - Fleming - Reber
N. Walsh - Jones - Robinson
D. Walsh - Owsiak - Reeds
Smith - Goodship - Lee

Stephens - Stejskal
Keenan - Goggin
Gaudet - Boldt

Mello
O'Neill
Morris


Players to Watch: Estoclet (8g-8a-16pts), Fleming (8g-12a-20pts), Reber (4g-12a-16pts), Stephens (2g-6a-8pts). Estoclet, Fleming, and Reber are all on the same line. Matt Lindbald leads all Big Green freshman with six goals and eight assists, but is not in the lineup tonight.

Here is a great comparison of the Dutchmen and Big Green courtesy of College Hockey News.

Good Week To Be A Union Hockey Fan/ Links

"Coach's Corner" at Bomers
It's been a good week for me as a Union Hockey fan. On Monday, the Dutchmen popped up in the rankings. On Tuesday, I went to the first ever "Coach's Corner" at Bombers. On Wednesday, I bought an authentic Union Hockey jersey for the reduced price of $60 (they are now $90). This is the first time Union has sold jerseys for their fans (non- game used) in a long time. On Thursday I got to skate on the ice at Messa Rink for a club hockey game. And tonight, I get to run the Union Athletics Live Chat! Come talk with me tonight by clicking here.

Cool week right? Pretty much everything a Union Hockey fan would've wished to do this week. Either way all of those things were way more fun than writing my thesis (haha). Hopefully the Dutchmen can pick up two more wins this weekend and make this week even better.


Here are some links to articles featuring the Dutchmen:

Sean Martin (Times Union) talks about the Carr - Welsh - Jooris line.

Ken Schott (Daily Gazette) reports that Luke Cain will not return next season, even though he has a fifth year of elidgibility.

Joe Gladziszewski (INCH) talks about the success of Union's power-play.


Justin should be posting a preview soon, but in the meantime you can check out the game notes:


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Captain's Corner With Brock Matheson (1/20/11)

This week on Captain's Corner, Brock talks about everything from the weather to the national tournament. We got pretty random this week, but I think that's what will make this segment the best "Captain's Corner" yet.

We filmed the segment in the Concordiensis office, which is located on the fourth floor of Reamer Campus Center. The Concordiensis is the official student newspaper of Union College and was founded in 1877. Yours truly is the Sports Editor of the paper.

Also, notice the Nott Memorial in the background which is one of the coolest buildings in the world. Pretty artistic of me right?! haha

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sam Coatta Commits To Union

The United States Hockey League (USHL) has announced that Sioux Falls Stampede forward Sam Coatta has committed to play for Union College next season. Go to USHL.com for the press release.

Current Union players to come from the USHL include Keith Kinkaid, Troy Grosenick, and Ryan Forgaard. Tyson Fulton, another Union recruit expected to come next fall, is also plays in the USHL.

Coatta is listed as 5' 9" and 170 pounds. His birthday is April 9, 1990, meaning he'll be 21 when he comes to Schenectady in September. In 31 games as the Stampede's captain this season Coatta has accumulated seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points. Last season he tallied nine goals and 12 assists in 57 games. You can see his stats on Pointstreak.

He is from Minnetonka, Minnesota and played for Minnetonka High School where he also served as the Skippers' captain his senior year. Check out an article about him when he captained Minnetonka here.

Just by looking at his size and point production, Coatta looks like a Justin Pallos-type player. He's small, but is a smart hockey player that will put up a decent amount of points.

Here's an interview with Coatta from earlier this season:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Where Is Union In The Polls?

This past weekend the Dutchmen swept their trip to Central New York for the first time since 1998. They beat Colgate 2-1 and then destroyed Cornell 5-1. Here is where Union stands after a solid weekend:

USCHO: up two spots to 12th
INCH: up two spots to 8th
USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine: up two spots to 10th
PWR: tied for 12th with Boston University
RPI: 10th
KRACH: 10th

Up next for Union is Dartmouth and Harvard. The Dartmouth game is especially important since the Big Green are ahead of the Dutchmen in the PWR.

College Hockey Video of the Week (1/17/11): A History of Minnesota - North Dakota "Brawls"

This past weekend saw the latest of the Minnesota-North Dakota brawls. It was spurred by clean hit by UND's Brad Malone at the end of the second period of Friday's game. This was a relatively small "brawl," but it was still entertaining.

Here is the video:


And here are some other clips of Gopher - Fighting Sioux fights over the years:


This one features Kelly Zajac's brother Darcy:











Even the fans don't like each other:

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Union Sweeps Central New York Trip

Keith Kinkaid
The Starr Curse? OVER! Lynah Rink? SILENCED! This is the first time Union can say that since they swept the Central New York trip in 1998.

Friday night the Dutchmen were able to pull out a 2-1 victory at Colgate despite a poor effort. But, winning games that you really shouldn't win is a sign of a good team. Wayne Simpson and Josh Jooris scored for Union, and Keith Kinkaid put in one of his best performances of the season with 24 saves. After the game Coach Leaman said, "if it wasn’t for Keith I don’t think we win that game."

They were not discouraged or intimidated by Cornell the following night as they convincingly beat the Big Red 5-1 just one night after RPI lost at Lynah by the same score. It didn't look good for Union at first as they went down 1-0 early, but finished the game with five unanswered goals. Daniel Carr scored two power-play goals, Brock Matheson scored his first goal of the year, Kevin Sullivan picked up his second goal in as many weekends along with two assists, and Wayne added an empty netter. Kinkaid made 16 stops. The Dutchmen completely dominated as they outworked the Big Red and out shot them 42-17.

On a side note, it must have been weird to go from playing in front of under 800 people at Colgate to playing in front of a sold out crowd at Cornell. The atmosphere in the two rinks are complete opposites. Maybe that's why Union's had so much trouble during this road trip in the past.

Also, Keith Kinkaid has allowed four goals in his past four games. He is third in the nation with a 1.91 GAA among goalies with at least eight games played, and is tied for second with 14 wins. Kinkaid leads Union's defense, which is tops in the nation with 2.00 goals allowed per game.

Daniel Carr
With his two power-play goals against Cornell, Daniel Carr now has nine power-play goals on the season. Not only does this tie a Union D-1 record (Chris Ford 1993-1994), but is second most in the country. At season's end I'm sure Carr, along with Jooris and Mat Bodie, will be in serious contention of the ECAC Rookie of the Year.

Up next, Union hosts Dartmouth and Harvard. Both games (as usual) are extremely important, especially the Dartmouth game.

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

For more on the Cornell game check out:
Union Athletics.com
Cornell Big Red.com
Ken Schott's Blog
Ithaca Journal

Oh, and Union's Club Hockey team opened up their winter term schedule with a win over Mohawk Valley CC 7-3.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Union Travels to Two Tough Buildings This Weekend

Prior to the beginning of the season I thought that the trip to Colgate and Cornell would be one of the most difficult one's of the year. I thought both of these teams would be competing for an ECAC championship (and so did the Coaches and Media). But, both the Raiders and Big Red have struggled to begin the ECAC season as both are in the bottom half of the standings with Colgate being in dead last. While I am more confident about Union's chances this weekend there are still reasons to worry. I do think Union will pick up two wins this weekend, but I would not be shocked if they lost one or both of these games for these two reasons:

Starr Rink
1. The Starr Curse: The Dutchmen have played 22 games at Colgate's Starr rink and they've only picked up ONE WIN going 1-20-1. The last time Union won a game at Colgate was in 1998 when Trevor Koening was in net (Check out Ken Schott's article about the win here). No player on Union's current roster has ever won a game at Starr. There is really no rhyme or reason to this trend, but the Dutchmen will have to find a way to break the curse... and this would be the perfect time to do so considering the Raiders have only won one game in their past 16 (1-14-1), including a seven game losing streak (three loses in OT).

Lynah Rink
2. Lynah Rink's atmosphere: Maybe a reason why Union has had so much trouble at Colgate is because they are looking ahead to playing at Cornell the next night, which is a pretty daunting task. Cornell's Lynah rink is the toughest building to play in the ECAC and one of the toughest in the country. The Big Red fans always pack the place and are extremely loud. They have some of the best fans in the country as they have a great pep band and entertaining chants. If you come out without alive without a loss at Cornell, you've done a good job. Cornell might be down as of this moment, but they are extremely dangerous. They just beat Quinnipiac and Princeton on the road.

Here are some players to look out for this weekend:

Colgate:
Austin Smith (forward): leads team with 12 assists and 17 points. He was named All-ECAC this preseason.
Francois Brisebois (forward): second on the team with 16 points.
Brian Day (forward): leads the team in goals (8), power-play goals (4), and penalty minutes (28). I picked him as All-ECAC this preseason and predicted that he would have a huge year.

Cornell:
Nick D'Agostino (defense): leads the team with six goals, tied for second with five assists, and is second with 11 points... AS A DEFENSEMAN! This actually comes as no surprise to me since I picked him to my Preseason All-ECAC team.
Greg Miller (forward): leads team with 10 assists and 12 points.
Joe & Mike Devin (forward & defense): the two senior brothers are big powerful players. Joe is tied for second on the team with five goals and is thrid with 10 points, wile Mike leads the team with 24 penalty minutes. Their younger sister Molly-Kate is a sophomore on Union's Women's Hockey team.

Union:
Kyle Bodie (forward): played very well last weekend as he picked up four points and was named the ECAC Player of the Week. Let's see if he can follow it up with another good performance and solidify his spot in the lineup.
Andrew Buote (forward): was a healty scratch for the first time in a long time last Saturday against Clarkson. Leaman says he's "challenging the seniors," so let's see how he responds.
Adam Presizniuk (forward): he finally broke the all-time points record last weekend, which was probably nice to just get out of the way. This weekend is his third weekend back since returning from his thumb injury. Now with the record out of the way and his thumb feeling better let's see if Prezie goes on a tear.

For more on the games check out:
Union Athletics.com
Go Colgate Raiders.com
The Unofficial Colgate Hockey Blog
Ken Schott's Blog --> He has tonight's starting lineups
Cornell Big Red.com

Also, Union Assistant SID Jeff Weinstein will be live chatting tonight from Starr Rink. To access the Live Chat click here.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Captain's Corner With Brock Matheson (1/13/11)

Brock is back for the second time this term talking Dutchmen hockey. Topics of interest this week include Kyle Bodie, Adam Presizniuk, the Starr Curse, and many more!

This week's segment was filmed in Reamer Campus Center on the 4th floor (just if anybody was wondering).

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Between the Pipes with Keith Kinkaid - January 11th, 2011

This is our fifth segment of 'Between the Pipes with Keith Kinkaid.' This past weekend Keith and the team pulled off two great wins against St. Lawrence and Clarkson. He is currently the 11th best goalie in the country statistically with a save percentage of .918 through 1,166 minutes of play.



How would you evaluate your performance this past weekend against St. Lawrence and Clarkson? Did you notice any considerable changes in the team's level of play this past weekend?

This weekends games were extremely important to get back to our winning ways. The boys played really well in front of me making it easy to see shots and let me make the stops. We came out flying and it was good to see us pop in a good amount of goals this weekend as well as play great defensively. I truly think with our fans, it gives us a big advantage at home and the results have shown.


Who was this past weekend's MVP in your opinion?

Kyle Bodie was this past weekend's MVP. He proved he deserved to be in the line-up and came up big for us in both games. He had a go from center ice and nailed the empty netter to solidify the win on Friday and helped get us going Saturday against a good Clarkson team.


What does the team plan to work this week in practice as you prepare for this weekend's roadtrip?

We are working on our systems and our strategy for approaching Colgate right now. We have had good jump in practice so far this week and we are looking to take this energy into the weekend.


What do you expect from Cornell and Colgate? What are those team's especially good at that we must defend?

We expect tough games in both Cornell and Colgate. These arenas are both tough to play in and no one currently on the team has won at Colgate's arena so we are looking for that opportunity. Cornell is always a great defensive team so we need our offense to produce exactly like this past weekend. In Colgate, we need to create our own energy and shut their offense down.


Give me this weekend's winners in the NFL playoffs. Actually, let me rephrase, how badly will New England beat the Jets at home?

*Laughs* Well I have the Steelers over the Ravens at home, the Bears over the Seahawks at home, and the Falcons over the Packers in a tough game at home. But although I am a Giants fan, the Jets are my second favorite team. It's going to be a great game with the Jets on top of the scoreboard. Don't cry when the Pats lose, Zolot.



Well there you have it folks, you've heard it from the man himself. Please leave your reviews in the comment box below. Enjoy this weekend's playoff matchups - GO PATS!!! And remember fans, you can find Keith Kinkaid on facebook at any time during the day. -JZolot

Monday, January 10, 2011

Union In The Polls

This past weekend the Dutchmen swept their North Country foes as they beat St. Lawrence 3-1 and Clarkson 8-1.

Here is where Union stands in the national polls:
USCHO: up one spot to #14
INCH: up two spots to #10
USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine: up one spot to #13

Here is where Union stands in the calculated polls:
PWR: tied for #13 with Western Michigan
RPI: #12
KRACH: #13

It seems that the consensus is that Union should be ranked somewhere between #12 and #14. I don't think they deserve #12 as of now, but #14 sounds about right; right on the cusp of a national tournament berth. Once again, INCH overrated the Dutchmen, which is something they've been doing all season. But, as a fan I really can't complain (haha).

College Hockey Video of the Week (1/10/11): Former St. Lawence goaltender Mike McKenna makes amazing save

While this video is not of a college hockey game, it does feature a former college hockey player. The player featured is former SLU and current Albany Devils goaltender Mike McKenna.

McKenna played for the Saints from 2001 to 2005 where he went 32-44-8 and put up solid stats. He was selected 172nd (6th round) in the 2002 NHL Draft by the Nashville Predators. McKenna has appeared in 17 NHL games, including two appearances with the New Jersey Devils this season. For McKenna's complete stats check out Hockey DB, and for more about him check out his page on Wikipedia.

This clip is from the Albany - Syracuse game (AHL) that took place this past Friday night at the Times Union Center in Albany. With the game tied in the third period Syracuse's Nick Bonino (who is a former star at Boston University) had a chance to give his team the lead. But, McKenna was up to the task and made an acrobatic save to keep the game tied. The Devils would score the game-winning goal just moments later.

For more on the game and quotes from McKenna go to the Hockey Spoken Here blog on Times Union.com.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Union Destroys Clarkson 8-1

Kyle Bodie scored twice
Once again, the Golden Knights come into Messa Rink and lose. The last time Clarkson came to Schenectady and won was January 2001. Last year the Dutchmen skated all over them and won 11-2. Obviously, things weren't different this time around.

Kyle Bodie had a big game with two goals, and Kevin Sullivan scored his first career goal. Also, Mike Ingoldsby picked up his first career point. Keith Kinkaid played another good game as well. It was great to see the team have a big offensive outburst in an ECAC game.

Senior forwards Andrew Buote and Stephane Boileau were out of the lineup last night (the second night in a row for Boileau). Coach Leaman hasn't been too happy with the seniors lately, saying that he is "challenging" them.

After a very good first period Clarkson goaltender Paul Karpowich fell apart once again at Messa Rink. He was the starting goaltender in Union's 11-2 shellacking last year, and was pulled once again this time around in the third period. Maybe Karpowich will refuse to start at Union next season (haha).

The only thing Clarkson had going for them was their pep band/cheering section. They were loud and supportive throughout the entire game. Union fans and the administration should start taking notes on how a pep band/student section work.

Also, I hear some Union students have been kicked out of the rink for doing "classic Union chants" by the campus police officers. I never hear any profanities chanted, so I don't know what this is all about.

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

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Tonight's Lineups vs. Clarkson

Union

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

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

Kinkaid
Milan
Grosenick

Notes: Luke Cain returns to the lineup in place of Andrew Buote. I'm a little surprised that both Buote and Stephane Boileau are both out of the lineup. I guess Coach Leaman is not happy with their performances lately. Also, Nolan Julseth-White will dress tonight instead of Ryan Forgaard.

Clarkson

DeFazio - Oakley - Freeman
Zarbo - Morley - McPherson
Pawlick - Tamblyn - Tremblay
Cayer - Burton - Frederick

Borowiecki - Himelson
Brandon DeFazio
Reed - Rufenach
Pokulok - Boak

Karpowich
Rosen

Notes: The Golden Knights have six NHL draft picks on their roster:
Tremblay (Boston '08, 6th round)
Cayer (Detroit '08, 5th round)
Borowiecki (Ottowa '08, 5th round)
Rufenach (Detroit '07, 7th round)
Karpowich (St. Louis '08, 7th round)
Rosen (NY Islanders '10, 7th round)

Presizniuk Breaks Record in 3-1 Win Over SLU

Adam Presizniuk
Last night the Dutchmen opened up the Winter term with a 3-1 win over the Saint Lawrence Saints. The game was very reminiscent of last year's ECAC semifinal game where Union beat SLU 3-1. It was a very good hockey game with a lot of hard-hitting action and solid goaltending play. Keith Kinkaid has one of his better performances of the year as he stopped 26 shots.

The most important play of the night came when Union took a 2-1 lead early in the third period for a number of reasons:

1. Union just allowed SLU to tie the game very late in the second period, so the Saints had a lot of momentum going into the period. The goal halted any momentum the Saints had.
2. The goal was scored by Kelly Zajac, who has been on a bit of a cold streak. Also, the upperclassmen haven't been scoring too much, so it was nice to see Zajac and Justin Pallos score Union's first two goals.
3. Adam Presizniuk assisted on the goal; giving him 116 points on his career. This is the record for most points by a Dutchman in the D-1 era. Jason Walters '10 set the record last season. Congrats Prezie! Keep it up!
4. Matt Hatch made a great pass to Zajac in the slot to set up the goal. Coach Leaman has been looking for the missing link on that line, and Hatch is off to a good start to filling that hole.

The Dutchmen were also excellent on the penalty kill as they stymied all six of SLU's power-play opportunities. They blocked tons of shots and were great positionally. I was especially impressed with Andrew Buote, Kyle Bodie, and Pallos on the kill.

Justin Pallos (#11)
Speaking of Pallos, I just want to say that he has done an excellent job this season and has been a very valuable member of this team. Even though he is undersized, he works his butt off every night and is always in the right place at the right time. In the beginning of the season when I did my "projected lineup" I didn't even give Pallos a shot to crack the lineup. Obviously, I was wrong. Keep it up Justin! Also, he is the featured player in this week's Dutchmen Game Day, so make sure you pick up your copy at the rink and read a very interesting article about Pallos.

Tonight, the Dutchmen look to make it a weekend sweep of the North Country teams when they welcome in Clarkson. Last night, the Golden Knights upset RPI 3-2 in overtime.

For more on last night's game check out:
Union Athletics.com
USCHO
Ken Schott's Blog


Here's video from last night's post-game press conference with Coach Leaman (and his 13-month old son), Kelly Zajac, Justin Pallos, and Adam Presizniuk:


Also, here's a video from the Hot Harry's burrito eating contest featuring my friend John Russell (he lost):

Friday, January 7, 2011

Tonight's Lineup vs. SLU

Here's Union's lineup tonight:


Matt Hatch
Carr - Welsh - Jooris
Presizniuk - Zajac - Hatch
Sullivan - J. Simpson - W. Simpson
Buote - Pallos - K. Bodie

Forgaard - Ingoldsby
Coburn - Stuart
M. Bodie - Matheson

Kinkaid
Milan
Grosenick

Notes:
- Matt Hatch will get his shot to flill the missing link on the Prezie-Zaj line. I think it's worth a try considering Hatch is a hard-working and speedy player. Let's see if it works out.
- The Simpson brothers are back on the same line. It seems that Leaman is unsure if this is a good combo since they are separated and put back together every few games.
- Mike Ingoldsby returns tonight from his concussion.
- Stephane Boileau and Nolan Julseth-White are both out of the lineup tonight.

#15 Union Opens Up Winter Term Against St. Lawrence and Clarkson

Mess Rink
This weekend the Dutchmen welcome in ECAC foes St. Lawrence and Clarkson on Friday and Saturday night, respectively. Both games begin at 7pm. The Dutchmen will finish off the regular season with 16 straight ECAC games, 10 of which are at Messa Rink.

Union's last meeting with both the Saints and the Golden Knights were very memorable games. Union last met St. Lawrence in the ECAC semifinals last season where they won 3-1, while the last Union-Clarkson game saw Union score a program record 11 goals.

The Dutchmen come off of a second place finish at the Mariucci Classic in Minnesota where they beat the University of Minnesota, but fell to Bemidji State in the championship game.

Players To Watch:

St. Lawrence (6-8-3 overall, 3-4-0 ECAC):
Kyle Flanagan (forward): has nine points (five goals, four assists) in just seven league games... leads team with 15 points
Sean Flanagan (forward): tied with his younger brother Kyle in the team lead in assists with 10... third on the team with 12 points
George Hughes & Peter Child (defense): are both very good offensive defensemen... Hughes has one goal and eight assists, while Child has three goals and three assists on the season

Fun Fact: Saints senior captain Aaron Bogosian and Union freshman forward Matt Hatch are both from Massena, New York. Aaron's younger brother Zach, is the assistant captain of the Atlanta Thrashers.

Clarkson (10-7-2 overall, 4-2-1 ECAC):
Brandon DeFazio (forward): the senior captain leads the team in goals (9), assists (tied with 8), and points (17)
Paul Karpowich (goalie): in his last meeting with the Dutchmen he was lit up as the Golden Knights lost 11-2 at Messa Rink... he's put up some good numbers this season with a 2.79 GAA and .918 save percentage

Fun Fact: You can follow DeFazio on Twitter @defazanator

#15 Union (11-6-3 overall, 3-2-1 ECAC)
Adam Presizniuk (forward): is just one point away from becoming Union's all-time leading scorer in Division I history as he's currently tied at 115 points with Jason Walters '10... he returned last weekend from a thumb injury
Josh Jooris (forward): had a great weekend at the Mariucci Classic where he scored two goals against Minnesota, including the game-winner in overtime, and was named to the all-tournament team.

Fun Fact: Jeremy Welsh and Daniel Carr are the only Dutchmen to have more than one goal in ECAC play this season (6 games).

For complete game notes go to Union Athletics.com.

Check out this weird video featuring some SLU fans:


Here are highlights of Union's 11-2 win over Clarkson last season:

Dutchmen Announce Two "New Initiatives"

At 3pm on Thursday at Messa Rink the Dutchmen announced two "new initiatives" that will take place this season. Both are community outreach initiatives, which is pretty ironic considering the video I posted just before the press conference got under way.

The first initiative is a fund-raising effort called "Score for Kristen & the Kids." The team is raising money for patients of a disease called Ewing's Sarcoma. This effort was created to support Kristen Shinebarger, the eight year old daughter of Shelly Shinebarger, the Director of Student Support Services at Union College. The team will raise the money by pledges toward each power play goal the Dutchmen, as well as the Dutchwomen, score. Good thing Union has the #1 power-play percentage in the nation! For more info please go to Union Athletics.com and click here for the brochure. You can also learn more by reading Ken Schott's post on his blog.

This is such a great thing that the hockey program is doing! Union is truly a tight-knit family, and when someone needs help everyone does their part. I fully expect all Union hockey fans and everybody else in the Union community to do their part. When talking to Mrs. Shinebarger at the press conference she was extremely appreciative. I will definitely pledge and my fraternity will be doing the same. If you have any questions about this PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO MESSAGE ME!

Here is video of the press conference about "Score for Kristen & the Kids":



The second initiative announced was the new radio show called “Union College Hockey Coach's Corner LIVE from Bombers.” Basically this radio show will take place at 6:00pm on Tuesdays (starting on the 18th) at Bombers, a Schenectady burrito bar located on State Street (This place is awesome... I just got back from eating there and playing trivia). The show will be a round table discussion with Union Head Coach Nate Leaman and announcer Matt Dubrey. You can listen to the show on WABY-AM 1160 and WVKZ-AM 1240. There will be cool Union Hockey raffles and prizes at the show. For more info go to Union Athletics.com.

This sounds awesome! It's a great way to promote the team in the city and get Union hockey fans together to share some good times in a social setting. And there's no better place in Schenectady to do this than Bombers! Great food... Great drinks... Great times. I can't wait for the first show!

Here's a clip from the press conference about the show (and yes there were free wings at the press conference and they were awesome!):