Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tonight's Lines (1/28)


Cole Ikkala-Mark Bennett-Sam Coatta
Matt Hatch-Kelly Zajac-Wayne Simpson
Daniel Carr-Jeremy Welsh-Josh Jooris
Daniel Ciampini-Kyle Bodie-Max Novak

Mat Bodie-Shawn Stuart
Shayne Gostisbehere-Greg Coburn
Nolan Julseth-White-Taylor Reid

Troy Grosenick
Colin Stevens
Dillon Pieri

St. Lawrence

Gunnar Hughes-Kyle Flanagan-Chris Martin
Sean Logue-Kyle Essery-Patrick Doherty
Jacob Drewiske-Mark Armstrong-Justin Bruckel
Greg Carey-Tommy Thompson-Max Mobley

George Hughes-Riley Austin
Nelson Armstrong-Pat Raley
Jordan Dewey-Mac Strtford

Matt Weninger
Robby Moss


• St. Lawrence is currently in the middle of a six game league winless streak (0-5-1)
• Kyle Flanagan is the Saints leading scorer with 26 points (10g, 16a)
• Union has won six straight against St. Lawrence
• The Saints power play is scoring at a 20.2% clip. It’s penalty kill is at 78%.
• Kelly Zajac is two assists away from tying Adam Presizniuk for the all-time assists lead in Union College history.
• Jeremy Welsh is one goal away from tying Olivier Bouchard and Chris Ford for 4th all-time in Union College history. He is also one power play goal away from tying Jordan Webb for most power play goals all-time
• Daniel Carr is only one power play goal behind Welsh, so is two away from tying the mark

Friday, January 27, 2012

Tonight's Lines

Matt Hatch-Kelly Zajac-Wayne Simpson
Cole Ikkala-Mark Bennett-Sam Coatta
Kevin Sullivan-Kyle Bodie-Trevor Mingoia
Daniel Carr-Jeremy Welsh-Josh Jooris

Shawn Stuart-Mat Bodie
Nolan Julseth-White-Charlie Vasaturo
Greg Coburn-Shayne Gostisbehere

Troy Grosenick
Colin Stevens
Dillon Pieri


• Union on longest winning streak in rivalry with eight straight victories. Outscored Clarkson 45-14 during that stretch.
• Clarkson currently on a 5-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2) in ECAC play.
• Goaltender Paul Karpowich has posted a .931 save pct and a 2.10 gaa, and five shutouts this season.
• Last two times Clarkson has played at Messa Rink: 11-2 loss, and, more recently, an 8-1 loss. A win would be the first at Messa Rink since March 6, 2005.
• Nick Tremblay is on a 4-game point streak. Tied with Louke Oakley for scoring lead with 23 for Clarkson.
• Union is 20-0-0 when it scores 5 or more goals over the past two seasons.
• Kelly Zajac one point from tying Jason Walters for 2nd most all-time. 3 assists away from tying Presizniuk’s all-time assist record.
• Jeremy Welsh 1 goal from tying Olivier Bouchard and Chris Ford for 4th most all-time goals.

Dutchmen Details: Five Short of a Seven Nation Army

Welcome to the Dutchmen Details, where we scour the internet for Union Hockey related news so you don't have to!

  • As we noted yesterday, Union will unveil a new goal song tonight at Messa Rink when the Dutchmen take on Clarkson (11-10-5). Hopefully the stylings of Jack and Meg White will inspire the crowd. Remember, the chorus is an eminently unforgettable "Oh, oh, oh." 
  • Just in case you need a reminder: 


Women's Hockey

  • The Dutchwomen take on rival RPI today at Messa Rink at 3:00. Union (2-10-2 ECAC) looks to gain some ground on the Engineers (3-9-2 ECAC). A win today will propel Union into a tie with RPI in the standings
  • Senior goaltender and Minnesota native Kate Gallagher continues her stellar campaign. Much like her counterpart on the men's team, Gallagher is climbing the leaderboards in the ECAC. Her 1.88 GAA is good for fifth in the ECAC. Her stellar .945 save percentage leads the conference.
  • After a win and a tie last weekend, the surging Dutchwomen look to make it a successful weekend. Union Athletics has a nice rundown of today's vital stats.
  • You can listen to today's game here courtesy of 91.5 WRPI.
  • The Dutchwomen complete what should be a fun home-and-home tomorrow in Troy. A successful weekend could see them pick up four points over their rivals.
Men's Hockey
  • The #13/14 Dutchmen face two 
  • Joe Meloni of CHN has Troy Grosenick listed as a "Hobey Hopeful." Only two other goalies (Joe Cannata, Merrimack; Shawn Hunwick, Michigan) are listed. Only one other ECAC player makes the list: Colgate's always-dangerous Austin Smith.
  • Speaking of goaltenders, Union Hockey's Official Blog has a nice interview as a part of their "Meet the Freshman" segment with Colin Stevens.

  • Again, Union Athletics has a nice rundown of what to expect this weekend against Clarkson and St. Lawrence.
Check back later today for a pre-game look at tonight's Dutchmen-Clarkson game.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

New Goal Song at Messa Rink

The Dutchmen will be installing a new song to celebrate goals this weekend:

In years past Messa Rink used to be drowned out with the sounds of the "Hey Song" and fans used to add their own chants to accompany it. Recently, the administration has looked to move away from that tradition, but the songs they have picked have not elicited the same fan response.

If that Michigan video can show you anything, it is how fun and intimidating this song can be if the whole crowd gets into it. So spread the word, and make sure everyone is prepared to drown out the arena in this fun tune. Hopefully two wins will accompany this new tradition!

And, lest we forget, a classic music video:

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Game Time: Union at Brown

Union (13-5-6 overall)
15 Matt Hatch - 19 Kelly Zajac (A) - 21 Wayne Simpson
9 Daniel Carr - Jeremy Welsh (A) - 18 Max Novak
16 Kevin Sullivan - 12 Kyle Bodie - 29 Trevor Mingoia
23 Cole Ikkala - 10 Mark Bennett - 11 Sam Coatta

28 Shawn Stuart - 22 Mat Bodie
14 Shayne Gostisbehere - 20 Greg Coburn
2 Nolan Julseth-White (C) - 4 Taylor Reid

1 Troy Grosenick
30 Colin Stevens

Brown (4-5-2 overall) 
Matt Lorito - Jack Maclellan - Ryan Jacobson
Bobby Farnham - Massimo Lamacchia - Jarred Smith
Chris Zaires - Francis Drolet - Jeff Ryan
Matt Harlow - Michael Juola - Mark Hourihan

Dennis Robertson - Matt Wahl
Kyle Quick - Mike Wolff
Richie Crowley - Jeff Buvinow

Mike Clemente
Marco De Filippo
Anthony Borelli


Union (7-2-3) holds a slim lead for first place in the ECAC coming into tonight's game against Brown (4-5-2) in Providence. After a stellar win last night at the Yale Whale Ingalls Rink, the red-hot Dutchmen look to continue their five game winning streak. Coach Bennett keeps the same lines intact from last night's Yale contest. Max Novak slides into Josh Jooris' spot as he nurses an injury.

Follow Along

After one, Union leads 2-0. Following a recent script, Jeremy Welsh potted the first goal, with assists from Shawn Stuart and Max Novak. The second goal came from the always offensive D-man Mat Bodie, with another assist for Kelly Zajac.

Congratulations to the Dutchwomen, who beat Yale today at home 2-0 during "Pink at the Rink" to improve to (2-10-2) in ECAC play.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

College Hockey Video of The Week: 1988 Stunner

It's been a while since we've done a college hockey video of the week, but coming off the heels of Union's 5-1 win last Saturday against RPI, it seems fitting to select this one--an oldie, but a goodie.

Remember, as of the 1988-1989 season, Union was not yet a Division I school. RPI was. Union, beaten the previous year 13-0 by the Engineers, looked to win their first ever game against their Troy rivals.

Also, isn't it great to see boards sans ads?

Reflections from November 5, 1988

Edit: Jim Teresco, who put together this page, comments, quite nicely, below:
Great video and great memories. I was going to post a link to my old writeup of this game, but I see there is already a link to it. In there, I say I that after seeing Union beat RPI that night, I hadn't missed more than a handful of home games in 10 years. I haven't missed many more since then, still a season ticket holder now back for my 24th season following the team.
You can follow Jim on Twitter here.

Pink At The Rink

In a post to our Facebook wall, frequent reader Steve reminds us that this Saturday, the Dutchwomen will be hosting Pink at the Rink for the fifth straight year. Be sure to wear pink to Messa Rink on Saturday at 4:00 PM to support the Dutchwomen against Yale, and more importantly, to support the fight against breast cancer. Stop by their table in Reamer Campus Center this Friday to find out more and purchase pink apparel. 

Remember, admission to the game is free with a donation to the American Cancer Society. Help the Dutchwomen continue an outstanding tradition and help raise cancer awareness and donate to end it once and for all. 

Sweater 'Sthetics: Mercyhurst vs. AIC

Welcome to the inaugural "Sweater 'Stethics," a soon-to-be weekly feature here on UHB that will pluck two teams from the world of college hockey and compare them based on their jerseys alone. Vote below, and we'll announce the winner next Thursday.

Today's competition pits two Atlantic Hockey foes against each other.


Courtesy Mercyhurst Athletics


American International

Courtesy American International Athletics
Courtesy American International Athletics
(Third Jerseys)

Your Favorite Jersey For This Week's "Sweater 'Sthetics"

(The results will stay posted on the blog's sidebar for a week)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Game Time: RPI at Union

No Bounties on Anyone's Heads, OK?
The Union Athletic department must have figured that the best way to break the student body out of the winter doldrums was to schedule a game at (Frozen) Fenway Park, immediately followed up by a prime-time Saturday matchup versus rival RPI. The fans will be excited, that's for sure, but can the players carry over some of the effervescent energy that was on display last night in Boston?

Coach Bennett is counting on it, sending in a carbon copy of last night's lineups to the printer tonight. Tonight's lines are as follows:

#14/13 Union (11-5-6 overall, 5-2-3 ECAC)
15 Matt Hatch - 19 Kelly Zajac (A) - 21 Wayne Simpson
9 Daniel Carr - 27 Jeremy Welsh (A) - 7 Josh Jooris
16 Kevin Sullivan - 12 Kyle Bodie - 29 Trevor Mingoia
23 Cole Ikkala - 10 Mark Bennett - 11 Sam Coatta

28 Shawn Stuart - 22 Mat Bodie
14 Shayne Gostisbehere - 20 Greg Coburn
2 Nolan Julseth-White (C) - 4 Taylor Reid

1 Troy Grosenick
30 Colin Stevens
31 Dillon Pieri

RPI (4-16-1 overall, 1-7-1 ECAC)
22 C.J. Lee - 23 Brock Higgs - 7 Zach Schroeder
9 Mat Neal - 21 Mark McGowan - 39 Ryan Haggerty
15 Jacob Laliberte - 27 Marty O'Grady - 28 Matt Tinordi
24 Josh Rabbani - 13 Joel Malchuk (C) - 14 Greg Burgdoerfer

10 Curtis Leonard - 8 Mike Bergin (C)
3 Guy Leboeuf - 29 Nick Bailen
5 Luke Curardi - 4 Pat Koudys

34 Scott Diebold
32 Bryce Merriam

Lineup Notes:

  • Coach Bennett is finding his preferred lines, or so it seems. These are virtually the same lines from the 7-1 win against Dartmouth, save for some slightly different defensive pairings. (Also, Charlie Vasaturo played instead of Greg Coburn last Saturday).
  • It's important to have Troy Grosenick in there as much as possible--after all, the Man with the Golden GAA has been outstanding. Bennett is banking on the Wisconsin native to follow up last night's shutout with a typical Troy effort. Except, if Colin Stevens was ever to get a start, tonight would be the night. The Niskayuna native would not only play in front of a raucous Capital Region crowd, but could provide some needed relief after an emotional game and long ride back home. (If Grosenick is anything like me, he needed 12 hours in bed to recover from the drive to-and-from Boston. But there's a reason I'm not a Division 1 athlete...)
Intellectual Smack Talk:

The inimitable RPI blog Without A Peer throws the gauntlet for tonight's game. Ah, the beauty of rivalry.

There's a natural way of things. The ratio of a Euclidean circle's circumference to its diameter is pi. When gravity equals drag, terminal velocity is achieved. And the hockey program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is superior to that at Union College. Some things in nature, of course, get upset from time to time, but there's a reason the expansion from 10 to 12 teams in the ECAC playoffs was referred to as the "Union rule," and why RPI's record is presently described as "Unionian."
Editor's Response: 

I'll abstain from my own two cents. If you have nothing nice to say, don't type it at all, right? Whatever the outcome tonight, we can take solace in the fact that one thing will always be as "constant" as Euclidean Geometry: the fact that RPI and Union have one of the best rivalries in college hockey. Prediction:
Culled from Nate Owen's picks:

Union goalie Troy Grosenick is tops in the nation in goals-against-average (1.74) and third in save percentage (.932). RPI meanwhile, simply can’t score, averaging 1.52 goals a game, second to last in Division I. Union 5, RPI 0
Programming Notes:
We'll post the game recaps from tonight and last night's win against Harvard tomorrow in one neat package of weekend recaps.

Tweet of the Day:
Matt Hatch works the public relations angle:

Friday, January 13, 2012

Game Time: Union vs. Harvard

Update: Game time has been pushed back to 7:30 because of high winds.

Last week at this time, we talked about what #14/13 Union needed to do to beat a sometimes underwhelming, sometimes stunning, and always interesting Harvard team. "Play well in the first." Check. "Finish the game strong." Not so much.

Ted Donato's bunch had fight in them , coming back to tie the Dutchmen 3-3. The Crimson have made a habit of clawing back into games this season. Tonight, the Dutchmen try to avenge what was otherwise a deflating tie.

Tonight is no "normal" ECAC game, however. It may well be the palpable fruition of a program's ascension into the upper echelon of college hockey .

Coach Bennett, his players, and the devoted horde of Union fans en route to the game. While typing this up (on my phone) we've seen several cars with Union stickers salute us in solidarity. The fans are giddy, as are the players.

The Harvard contingent must be experiencing a similar phenomenon. Harvard may be the hometown team and technically the home team (meaning we're likely to see Union on garnet tonight), but the cheers rising from the Union contingent may challenge that.

Below are tonight's lines, courtesy of Union's Official Blog. Nice to see senior Taylor Reid get in there; after a solid game against Dartmouth, coach Bennett rightly rewards one of the hardest working players on the team.

Troy Grosenick, the man with the Golden GAA, starts. Bennett keeps his forward lines intact from last game. And why not? Their chemistry was superb against Dartmouth.

As always, follow us on Twitter. Also give @concordiensis, the school's paper, which will be tweeting live as well.

Photo courtesy of our buddy Dan Greene.

Links to consider:

Field of Dreams? More Like Rink of Dreams

We've compiled some of the Dutchmen's reactions on Twitter about today's upcoming face off against Harvard.

I'm blogging mobile-ly, so I'm not quite sure how these pictures will be formatted.

In any case, part of the enjoyment of this game is watching the players revel in it. Tonight should be a prime example. Also, Mat Bodie seems to be the poet laureate of the team?

Photo credits, in order: Trevor Mingoia, Dillon Pieri (with Tyson Fulton and Max Novak), Josh Jooris (Mat Bodie is the subject), Mat Bodie, Cole Ikkala (with Jooris), Mark Bennett (with Charlie Vasaturo).

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Link: Old Time Hockey! (Sans Eddie Shore)

We were going to include this in our Dutchmen Details segment for today, but this article is just too cool (no pun intended) to pass up. And oh yeah, it seems appropriate, considering the fresh blanket of snow outside. Pete Iorizzo writes one of the most fun articles we've seen in a while, chronicling the often comical history of the pre-indoor rink days of Union Hockey.

A jersey that pays tribute to Union's outdoor ancestry
Outdoors Old Hat To Union--Times Union

Check it out. (The pictures are great, too).  I'll leave you with one teaser here:

The school first dabbled in hockey in 1904. But because of weather, they played only 13 games over the next seven years. By 1909, the team was so desperate to play it scheduled games against Union's canoe and boat clubs.
Also, bonus points awarded to whoever picks up on the Slapshot reference.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Post Game Interviews: January 6-7, 2012

Jan. 6th (vs. Harvard)

Daniel Carr and Josh Jooris:


Mat Bodie:


Rick Bennett:



 Jan 7th (vs. Dartmouth) 

Dartmouth Head Coach Jim Gaudet:

Trevor Mingoia and Daniel Carr:


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Game Time: Dartmouth vs. Union

Tonight's Lines:

15 Matt Hatch - 19 Kelly Zajac (A) - 21 Wayne Simpson
16 Kevin Sullivan - 12 Kyle Bodie - 29 Trevor Mingoia
9 Daniel Carr - 27 Jeremy Welsh (A) - 7 Josh Jooris
23 Cole Ikkala - 10 Mark Bennett - 11 Sam Coatta

28 Shawn Stuart - 14 Shayne Gostisbehere
2 Nolan Julseth-White (C) - 6 Charlie Vasaturo
22 Mat Bodie - 4 Taylor Reid

1 Troy Grosenick
30 Colin Stevens
31 Dillon Pieri

14 Doug Jones (A) - 9 Matt Lindblad - 19 Eric Robinson
18 Brandon McNally - 16 Tyler Sikura - 15 Jason Bourgea
21 Nick Walsh - 17 Jesse Beamish - 11 Eric Neiley
29 Alex Goodship - 25 Paul Lee

3 Connor Goggin (A) - 27 Mike Keenan (C)
4 Jim Gaudet (A) - 5 Taylor Boldt
23 Rick Pinkston - 24 Andy Simpson
7 Dan Nycholat

33 Cab Morris
1 Jody O'Neill
30 James Mello

Loose Change/Stray Observations:
  • The personnel remains largely unchanged except for Trevor Mingoia, who takes Max Novak's spot in the forward contigent. Charlie Vasaturo and Taylor Reid take the spots of Greg Coburn and Ryan Forgaard on the blueline. 
  • Kevin Sullivan moves up to the new look Kyle Bodie line, who centers him and Trevor Mingoia.
  • As such, the regular Carr-Welsh-Jooris line is reunited. They saw time together during the game last night and were instantly visible on the ice.
  • Coach Bennett must have liked the way his fourth line played last night: with intensity and grit. Cole Ikkala, Mark Bennett and Sam Coatta stay together.
  • Dartmouth dresses seven defenseman, meaning we'll see some doubleshifting here or interesting line combinations.
  • Backup Dartmouth goalie Cab Morris has one of the best helmets we've seen: it has a racing stripe down the middle with a picture of a green (the color of Dartmouth) stock car  taxi cab (duh, that's his name) on the side. Also, he has a license plate on the back -- a New Hampshire license plate nonetheless -- that says "Big Green." Cool stuff.
  • We've been having fun with names lately on the blog: don't confuse The Big Green's captain with the Stanley-Cup winning coach of the same name. 
Follow Along:

We'll be live tweeting again tonight, so give us a follow over on Twitter -- @UnionHockeyBlog  Also, as always, stay in tune with Union Hockey, Ken Schott, and see the view from the other side with Darmouth Hockey's official Twitter. 

Tweet of the Night:

Mike Ingoldsby wins tonight's Tweet of the Night. He's right, you know. Tonight is Whiteout Night at Messa Rink. Fans will receive free whiteout t-shirts.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Harvard 3 - Union 3: "I'll Let You Draw Your Own Conclusions"

Mat Bodie sat down in the Union pressroom after the game, still panting. The first question directed at him was about his injury in the second period, where he was doubled over in pain after blocking a shot.

"It works on so many levels!"
"Right in the moneymakers," he said, without breaking stride. "I'll let you draw your own conclusions from that," he deadpanned. And although Union's 3-3 tie may not have been nearly as painful as Bodie's, um, injury, the immediate reaction from the crowd might have been the same.

After entering the third period with a 3-1 lead, Union let the lead slip away to a Harvard team that has deservedly earned the moniker the "comeback Crimson." Tonight marked the 19th time this season Harvard has trailed in a game. It was also the 15th time they've come back and tied the score. It seems like a mark of a team on their way to stardom. Except Harvard is now 3-3-3, and very much a .500 team in most aspects of their game. They have eight players on their roster who are property of NHL teams and own an impressive 32.2% success rate coming into the game on the powerplay. With two powerplay goals tonight, that's now hovering around 34%--a staggering number.

Still, Harvard entered with a highly-touted yet struggling goaltender (who made some brilliant game-saving stops, as it turned out). Union's first period was dominant: they peppered Steve Michalek with 13 shots to Harvard's four. The Carr-Welsh-Sullivan line started the game and provided some dynamic plays. But it was Wayne Simpson who drew first blood, opening the scoring quickly in the first period. Kelly Zajac's feed to the slot put Simpson second behind Jeremy Welsh for the team lead in goals.

Alex Fallstrom, who seemed to be all over the ice (and in the face of many Union players) netted the second goal of the game, Harvard's first.

Mat Bodie struck back with a pinpoint-accurate slapshot over the right shoulder of Michalek. It was Union's first powerplay goal of the game. But Bodie wasn't done. After evidently tapping the LB button on his controller, he dodged a Harvard defender en route to a beautiful deke/jump that sprang him in the Harvard zone. He fed the puck to his left to a streaking Josh Jooris, who, in turn threaded a pass to an open Daniel Carr. Carr, on the off wing, crouched to one knee and made it 3-1. But after an Alex Killorn goal on the powerplay brought it to 3-2, Danny Biega wristed a shot past a helpless Troy Grosenick. Union was subsequently stoned by Michalek on some brilliant chances; head coach Ted Donato noted post-game that there is a reason this kid already was drafted.

It's easy to walk away from Messa Rink tonight with a sour taste in your mouth. Perhaps with the feeling that you just got hit "in the moneymakers." But Mat Bodie shook it off. So should you.


Union played a splendid first period tonight, one that had people in the press box wowing their domination of the Crimson. They faltered slightly in the second and third, but Harvard also used its ace in the hole: the top powerplay unit in the country. (They've scored, dating back to last season, powerplay goals in 17 consecutive games). The Dutchmen showed a spark that was reminiscent of the dominant type of play that was a constant last year. With explosive options on the point to grinders down low, each player is visibly committed to their role and to a crisp team game. With these cogs starting to fall into place, Union can make a push toward the top of the ECAC standings. Their next opponents--Dartmouth (tomorrow, home), Harvard (at Fenway), and RPI--will not be pushovers. But they should be a good litmus test for this Union team that is only 1-2-3 on home ice. With Coach Bennett staying as positive as ever, there is little reason not to think that Union can carry some of that dominance on display in the first period tonight over two more periods.

So, as Mat Bodie told us, we can draw our own conclusions. A 3-3 tie could be grounds for concern. Or, more logically, excitement for upcoming stretch of games. This team is poised to make another run for the Cleary Cup. It just depends on how quickly you can get up, get back on the ice, and start skating again. If this team's collective ethos is any indicator, they won't miss a shift.
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Game Time: Harvard vs. Union

Tonight at Messa Rink Harvard (4-4-4 overall) faces #14 Union (9-5-5 overall). The ECAC matchup will be a preview to next Friday's Frozen Fenway matchup. Nonetheless, Union and Harvard are tied with 8 points a piece in the ECAC. Harvard holds a 3-3-2 record in ECAC play, while Union is 3-2-2. Cornell, at 6-1-1 in conference play, leads with 13 points. It is at this point in the schedule when teams begin to even out in games played.

Tonight's Lines


15 Matt Hatch - 19 Kelly Zajac (A) - 21 Wayne Simpson
9 Daniel Carr - 27 Jeremy Welsh (A) -16 Kevin Sullivan
18 Max Novak - 12 Kyle Bodie-7 Josh Jooris
23 Cole Ikkala - 10 Mark Bennett -11 Sam Coatta

28 Shawn Stuart -22 Mat Bodie
20 Greg Coburn -14 Shayne Gostisbehere
2 Nolan Julseth-White (C) - Ryan Forgaard

1 Troy Grosenick
30 Colin Stevens
31 Dillon Pieri


21 Marshall Everson - 19 Alex Killorn (A) - 16 Alex Fallstrom
63 Colin Blackwell - 26 Luke Greiner - 22 David Valek
13 Tommy O'Regan - 10 Eric Kroshus - 11 Daniel Moriarty (A)
17 Rence Coassin - 12 Colin Moore - 27 Petr Placek

5 Dan Ford - 9 Danny Biega
8 Patrick McNally - 6 Ryan Grimshaw (C)
15 John Caldwell - 44 Max Everson

34 Steve Michalek
30 Raphael Girard

Players To Watch

Wayne Simpson, Union:
Aside from his nifty interview for Union Hockey, Wayne Simpson looks to log a lot of icetime tonight. Coach Bennett returns to the Hatch-Zajac-Simpson line. Hatch plays the role of the speedster, Zajac the playmaker, Simpson the sniper. Simpson is fifth on the team with 13 points. The Boxborough, MA native (Boxborough is only about 20 miles from Cambridge) looks to defeat his hometown team, so to speak.

Steve Michalek, Harvard
The highly touted freshman came into the season with high expectations. He hasn't quite lived up to expectations yet, posting a .886 save percentage and 3.54 goals against average in eleven games. Union will look to test him early and often, while the Harvard defense, anchored by Danny Biega, will need to play "big" in front of their netminder.

Loose Change

  • Expect Section Q at Messa Rink -- the "U Crew" -- to have some fun with assistant captain Daniel Moriarty's name, especially if they saw the newest iteration of Sherlock Holmes.
  • As an Islanders fan, I can't help but think of this when I hear David Valek's name. Just swap out an "o" for that "a"...
  • Harvard has eight players who are betrothed to NHL teams: 
    • Alex Killorn (Tampa Bay, '07)
    • Alex Fallstrom (Boston, '09)
    • Colin Blackwell (San Jose, '11)
    • Petr Placek (Philadelphia, '11)
    • Danny Biega (Carolina, '10)
    • Patrick McNally (Vancouver, '10)
    • Max Everson (Toronto, '11)
    • Steve Michalek (Minnesota, '11)
  • Congratulations to the Sweedish World Juniors team, which beat Russia in the world championships. 
  • Finally, the Dutchwomen lost 9-1 today against Cornell at Messa Rink. 
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Last, But Not Least
Troy Grosenick wins tonight's coveted Tweet of the Day award.