|Not Pictured: the 2010-2011 team passing the Cleary Cup to the 2011-2012 team|
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
A concerned reader asks Kristi Gustafson Bartlette, a writer for the Times Union, why the Union kids must insist on desecrating the national anthem.
...To which we reply:
|A picture is worth a thousand collective groans.|
Sunday, February 19, 2012
On Friday the Dutchmen faced Princeton. The last time these two teams met, Union blew a three goal lead in the third and walked away with a tie. This time things were different.
Union dominated the game from start to finish, outshooting the Tigers 60-18 highlighted by a 24-2 second period. Union ultimately won 3-0. Daniel Ciampini, Shayne Gostisbehere, and Josh Jooris scored the goals for Union, and Troy Grosenick recorded the shutout.
The following night was Senior Night, and the place was packed. The Dutchmen fed off of that energy and beat Quinnipiac 5-2. Greg Coburn, Daniel Carr, Kevin Sullivan, Jeremy Welsh, and Matt Hatch scored the goals for Union.
The big storyline of the game was the loss of Troy Grosenick. Grosenick left the game in the second period after re-injuring his ankle. There is no word yet on if he will be available for this week's games. Good news is Union has secured a first-round bye in the ECAC playoffs, so Grosenick will have the following week to rest up.
For full recaps check out these links:
Princeton at Union - Union Athletics
Quinnipiac at Union - Union Athletics
Right now Union is ranked 7th in the Pairwise Rankings. While the rankings are no guarantee, they are a pretty good indicator of seeding in the NCAA tournament. So right now Union is looking at a 2 seed. Again, while there are no guarantees, it really seems like the only way Union misses the tournament is if they lose all of their remaining games. Even then, there is a chance they could sneak their way in.
With Saturday's win Union has guaranteed themselves the second seed, at the very least, in the ECAC playoffs. A win next Friday against Cornell would clinch the Cleary Cup for the Dutchmen and the top seed.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
- There is no word yet if Grosenick's injury is related to the one that kept him out last week. Colin Stevens filled in for the remainder of the period, and looked good.
- For the stat nut:
Power Play - Union (1-for-6) Quinnipiac (1-for-5)
Shots on goal - Union 19 Quinnipiac 18
Faceoffs - Union 27 Quinnipiac 21 (Kelly Zajac 12-for-16 on the night)
- Third period should be a good one. Slim lead for the Dutchmen, and Quinnipiac looked like the better team in the 2nd. Union needs to come out strong and secure the win.
- Union did not outshoot Quinnipiac the way they did Princeton, but had better overall results as they finish the period up 2-0. (shots were 13-11 Union)
- Big story of the game tonight is Union's power play going up against Quinnipiac's penalty kill. Coming into the night Union's pp was ranked #4 in the nation, and Quinnipiac's pk was ranked #2. Union made it seem like a non-issue, though, scoring on their first power play attempt.
- Unfortunately for Union their next two pp attempts ended quickly as they took a penalty early in both. The silver lining, of course, is the fact that Union was able to tally a goal on their second 4-on-4 opportunity.
- Greg Coburn and Daniel Carr scored the goals for Union. Coburn scored on the first power play after a beautiful cross ice pass from Kyle Bodie. Carr scored on a 4-0n-4 opportunity. Carr gained possession of the puck behind the net, brought it out in front, a rifled in a shot for Union's second goal.
- A quick note on Union's penalty kill. They came into the night ranked #5 in the nation and showed why. Jeremy Welsh and Matt Hatch had outstanding plays for the Dutchmen on the penalty kill. Welsh stole the puck in a way that can only be described as taking candy from a baby. He then skated around in circles before Quinnipiac was able to apply pressure and force him to dump the puck down the ice. On the other end Hatch sped down to continue the pressure, and was able knock the puck away from the Quinnipiac players back to Union. Outstanding.
33 Eric Hartzell
35 Dan Clarke
- Quinnipiac is sporting gold jerseys, while Union wears the alternate black.
- Confusion on the right side of the bench? The Bobcats have three defenseman dressed tonight all named Zach(k). What would make this better if they were named Zac, Zach, and Zack.
- Confused yet? The Bobcats also have twin brothers. On the same line, Connor and Kellen Jones. Their line starts tonight.
- Kellen is a draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers. Matthew Peca is a pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
- As is custom, the Dutchmen will dress all their seniors tonight. Let's see if any can "pull a Jeff Christiansen."
- The Dutchmen start the Hatch-Zajac-Simpson line, with Mat Bodie and Shawn Stuart on the blueline.
- Troy Grosenick, coming off of an injury, is starting his second consecutive game.
- The game will be broadcast locally on Time Warner Sports, Channel 3.
#2 Nolan Julseth-White [stats]
#4 Taylor Reid [stats]
#19 Kelly Zajac [stats]
#26 Brian Yanovitch [stats]
We have to thank Union Superfan Will Friedman for jogging our memories. When news broke that Union had secured the #2 spot in the INCH power rankings, Will commented:
I still remember clearly the first time I saw Union as a team in the "others receiving votes" the USCHO Poll. I was sitting at one of the computers in Reamer right outside the bookstore and I nearly fell out of my chair (partially because of excitement, but partially because those chairs don't really have backs). Reaching the top 20 seemed impossible but we achieved that goal as well. To regular see this team ranked in the top 10 is nothing short of shocking.
Just in the 5+ short years I have been rooting for this team, we have come a LONNNNG way. As I freshman, our lowly team beat #7 Clarkson and it was an unbelievable experience (see my excitement at 2:23). Now WE are that #7 team.
I had no interest in hockey until I came to Union. Now I'll be a Union Hockey Maniac for life. I'm all set to go to Atlantic City and I hope to travel all across the country to see Union's games in the national tournament. Still a long way to go though and a lot can change in these final two weeks. But regardless of that...
LET'S GO UNION DA DA DADADA!!!
In the 2009-2010 season, he played four games for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (AHL) while splitting his time with the ECHL Wheeling Nailers.
Fox is currently playing for the Texas Brahmas of the CHL and has notched 38 points in 47 games. You can check out his full stats here.
Union Dominates Princeton 3-0
Lackadaisical is the word that comes to mind watching the warm up preceding the hockey match between Union College Hockey (17-6-7) and the Princeton University Tigers (7-12-6) on Friday night. In a season that lasts as long as that of a college hockey season, perhaps it’s not entirely unexpected. The difference between a winner and a loser, therefore, is determined during the game and not before.
Whether it comes internally from each player or externally at the command of Coach Rick Bennett, the Dutchmen were clearly fired up at the start of the game. Jumping out to an early 7-1 advantage in shots the Union attack was typified by shift after shift that had Princeton’s defense scrambling around their zone hoping to tie up the Union forwards in the corners if only for a brief respite, on one occasion the Princeton defense needed to ice the puck for a breather as the entire line was hunched over hands on their knees. The most notable part of the first period aside from the sustained pressure by Union was both teams ability to avoid taking a penalty.
With rubber flying at him from all angles Princeton’s goalie Mike Condon should be considered the star of the first period, but the highlight save of the period belonged to his opposite number, Troy Grosenick when he sprawled in front and kicked out a leg to deny a high slot opportunity for one of Princeton's Defenseman. The period closed with Union leading (officially) 18-8 on shots and no score.
The start of the second period was more of the same in terms of Union’s offensive stranglehold on the game. The pressure finally paid off 1:53 into the second period when Kevin Sullivan went hard into a corner battle and passed the puck to Nolan Julseth-White at the blue line. Julseth-White took the puck hard to the net with a defenseman on his hip and tried to catch Condon off his post. Condon hugged the pipe and the puck was deflected back into the slot. Daniel Ciampini was the beneficiary of the loose puck, converting high to the glove side for his second goal of the season, and what would prove to be his first collegiate-career game-winning-goal. After the goal the game became more even and Princeton found a little bit of offensive zone time. When Union was threatening in the Princeton zone Kyle Bodie was called for a boarding penalty at 8:06, the official who made the call however was 120 feet away at the Union blue line, while the official a mere 10 feet away deemed the hit nothing to raise his arm over. The Princeton powerplay was the most threatening they looked the entire game, and would be the only time they would have a shot for the period; but between quick stick checks in front of the net, blocked shots at the hash marks, and flashing leather in the crease, the Union penalty kill was successful. Union was put on the powerplay twice in the period at 10:29 and 18:29 (a penalty which would carry into the third) but neither bore fruit. The horn at the end of the period left a shot clock that showed Union leading 42-10.
While the powerplay that carried over from the end of the second period ticked away it seemed that Union might lose some of its swagger and allow Princeton an opportunity to cling to life. Any chance of Princeton picking up momentum however was crushed when Shayne Gostisbehere wristed a seemingly harmless chance towards Condon which floated through his five hole and into the side netting. The chance came off of a pass from Kelly Zajac who further extended his Union College career assist record to 87 and set a single season assist record with 30. When Princeton’s Andrew Ammon took a double minor at 4:39 for tripping and roughing (both against Gostisbehere and one after another) it seemed to signal the end for Princeton who could not develop any sort of consistent attack, and would face four minutes a man down. Although Union did not score on the extended man advantage, they were able to further establish offensive zone time and wear out the Princeton players. With two more penalties for Princeton at 10:16 and 14:52 Union was able to spend a lot of time resting and cycling through players with little fear of allowing a shorthanded opportunity. At 16:02 Greg Coburn was called for boarding while Union was still on the powerplay, again a very questionable call as it appeared that the Princeton skater simply locked feet with Coburn while close to the boards. After this call was made, Princeton took a timeout to follow up an offensive zone faceoff, after the timeout the Princeton net was empty to make way for an extra skater. When their penalty expired Princeton had a brief 6-4, when it amounted to nothing it was Union who ultimately capitalized on the stick of Josh Jooris after an outlet pass from Mat Bodie at 18:36. The empty netter was the final tally of the game which capped off Groesnick’s single season record setting 5th shutout. The final shots read 60-18 meaning Union averaged a shot a minute.
Powerplay: Despite Union’s nearly 10:00 of powerplay time and 17 powerplay shots they scored zero times on the man advantage… Permissible when they won 3-0.
Zajac: There is a reason this kid has the single season and career Union College assist record, it’s because he knows what he is doing with the puck, and he displayed it again tonight.
Gostisbehere: Quickly becoming the attention of local media and probably grabbing the interest of a few big time scouts that have been seen in the seats of Messa Rink.
Ciampini: Talk about a kid that knows when to show up. For a second career goal it was well chosen. Following the final whistle Dan was also the target of Princeton’s Jeremy Goodwin’s anger when he was cheapshotted at the Princeton blue line. The ensuing scrum resulted in a Goodwin disqualification, meaning he will not see the ice against RPI, a moment which capped off the Princeton frustration at being dominated by the Dutchmen.
Grosenick: No signs of a lower body injury tonight, this guy brought his “A” game.
Union: Currently on a 6 game unbeaten streak and ranked number 7 in the PairWise Ranking, which are the ones that matter for the Frozen Four. If Union wins two of their remaining three games they will clinch the Cleary Cup for the second straight season, following Cornell’s tie at Saint Lawrence University tonight. If Cornell wins the rest of their game and we win two of our remaining three we will share the title.
Monday, February 13, 2012
With Union's ascension to the rarified air of the college hockey polls, Dutchmen fans are caught in a precarious position. The team's success is far too new to play off with a shrug or a dismissive "what have you done for me lately?" Every win is an exciting new opportunity for fans to grow alongside their team. Still, with success comes the inevitable complacency. That's why any fan in need of a reminder of the team's place in the hockey universe should check out this week's new INCH (Inside College Hockey) power rankings poll:
Let's deconstruct this for a moment. Three years ago, hell, even last year, if someone had predicted that Union would be ranked higher than the reigning national champions, we would have laughed it off. Our Union hockey?
By no means is this poll permanent, nor is it meaningful in terms of the NCAA tournament. But something else is happening here: something far more visceral. We feel a collective swell of accomplishment when the block "U" next is positioned next to the number 2. Enjoy this, Union Hockey. You deserve it.
Friday, February 10, 2012
13 Mark Goggin - 16 Tyler Sikura - 11 Eric Neiley
15 Jason Bourgea - 17 Jesse Beamish - 18 Brandon McNally
8 Troy Mattila - 29 Alex Goodship - 25 Paul Lee
27 Mike Keenan (not the coach) - 3 Connor Goggin
4 Jim Gaudet (he is the coach's son, however) - 5 Taylor Boldt
23 Rick Pinkston - 7 Dan Nycholat
1 Jody O'Neill
30 James Mello
33 Cab Morris
9 Daniel Carr - 27 Jeremy Welsh (A) - 7 Josh Jooris
15 Matt Hatch - 19 Kelly Zajac (A) - 21 Wayne Simpson
23 Cole Ikkala - 18 Max Novak - 11 Sam Coatta
16 Kevin Sullivan - 12 Kyle Bodie - 17 Daniel Ciampini
22 Mat Bodie - 28 Shawn Stuart
20 Greg Coburn - 14 Shayne Gostisbehere
2 Nolan Julseth-White (C) - 4 Taylor Reid
30 Colin Stevens
1 Troy Grosenick
31 Dillon Pieri
- Mark Bennett is out, so Max Novak takes his spot on the energy line. Daniel Ciampini takes the spot of Trevor Mingoia. This is becoming quite standard for Coach Bennett; there are a few spots that are more or less proving grounds for some players. Charlie "Tuna" Vasaturo is replaced by Taylor Reid tonight.
- No Troy Grosenick still; the Man with the Golden GAA is still shelved after an ankle injury that kept him out of the lineup last weekend. Dillon Pieri makes the trip as a backup.
- Colin Stevens gets his third straight start. His third consecutive start should help ease any lingering butterflies from last weekend. Stevens is immensely talented, so some consistency might help him improve on his previous performance
- Jody O'Neill gets the start for Dartmouth. Last time Union played Dartmouth, Cab Morris started.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
|Kelly Zajac: all-time assists leader|
and the subject of a terrible pun.
- Congratulations to Wayne Simpson and Shayne Gostisbehere, who won the ECAC player of the week and rookie of the week awards, respectively.
- Wayne capped a great week with two goals against Colgate and one against Cornell. He also added an assist against the Raiders.
- Gostisbehere, lovingly referred to as "Ghost" by Head Coach Rick Bennett, and "Ghostbuster" by our own Mike Rivkin, continued his stellar freshman campaign. Via UnionAthletics.com:
On Saturday night against Cornell, Gostisbehere matched a school record for assists in a conference game with four on the night.
- While we're on the topic of self-promotion, be sure to check out UHB's very own Evan Slavit's Concordiensis articles every week. They provide stellar insights and recaps. Also, we know that he's still floating somewhere in the vicinity of Cloud Nine after his Giants won the Super Bowl.
- Freshman Mark Bennett may not have been as happy with the outcome. Kevin Sullivan probably felt differently.
- Hey, we're not done with self promotion. Welcome to our newest member of the team, Mike Rivkin. Check out his recaps from this weekend. He's already gotten more comments than the rest of us.
- Colin Stevens got some ink in the Times Union after Friday's win against Colgate.
- Ken Schott has some post-game video from Friday and more from Saturday night.
- Union moves up in the national polls to #11 in both the USCHO.com and USAToday editions. More importantly, Union is now tied for #10 in the Pairwise rankings with Notre Dame. That means, of course, were the season to end today, Union would be in the good graces of the NCAA bid-givers.
- Union is now 16-6-7 overall and 10-3-4 in ECAC play.
- Boston University is at the top of the rankings.
- Congratulations again to Senior Kelly Zajac, who passed Adam Presizniuk to become Union's all time assist leader in the Division I era. He also has an 11-game point streak going.
- And oh yeah, he scored that game tying goal to send Messa Rink (filled with 2,507 fans) into a frenzy on Saturday night. Not a bad weekend.
- And finally, Daniel Carr wins our Tweet of the Day award, Super Bowl edition:
|The ECAC website has the fancy type and all that jazz|
Go eskis? #CFLisstillbetter— Daniel Carr (@DanCarr9) February 5, 2012
|Courtesy Union Athletics|
[The trophy] is presented to the Union College Hockey Player recognized by the fans as an individual who, with extra effort and skill, consistently creates excitement and aggressive play, resulting in a team advantage.The voting is open to everyone through February 26th. There will also be something called paper balloting (is that a thing?) during the last home series of the regular season February 17-18 against Princeton and Quinnipiac.
You can vote here.
- 2006: Augie DiMarzo
- 2007: T.J. Fox
- 2008: Matt Cook
- 2009: Mike Harr
- 2010: Mario Valery-Trabucco
- 2011: Adam Presizniuk
Monday, February 6, 2012
This isn't fabricated. You can see more here. If this isn't the nicest thing you've seen all day, just look at the players' mismatched socks.
So maybe there can't be confetti or a giant chicken at Messa Rink. But for those collegiate players, the presence of over 2,000 screaming fans might suffice. Hockey is a labor of love, after all. There's a reason players of all ages and skill levels brave obscenely early practices and ungodly late ice times. There may not be a direct Union connection here, but hey, sometimes hockey transcends boundaries. It can even make its way into a football game.*
*Speaking of which, how 'bout that game, eh?
- 'Flash fans' hockey game commercial to get Super Bowl exposure (vancouversun.com)
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Messa Rink at Achilles Center, Schenectady, NY.
After a big win last night against the ever-dangerous Colgate Raiders, the Union Dutchmen take the ice for the second time in two days against their closest competitor in the ECAC standings: Cornell. Union is a full three points ahead of the Big Red in the ECAC standings.
|Colin Stevens, Nisky Native!|
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
22 Mat Bodie - 28 Shawn Stuart
2 Nolan Julseth-White (C) - 6 Charlie Vasaturo
14 Shayne Gostisbehere - 20 Greg Coburn
30 Colin Stevens
31 Dillon Pieri
1 Troy Grosenick (probable, injured)
- Kevin Sullivan slides back into the lineup, replacing Dan Ciampini, who got some well-deserved playing time last night.
- Charlie "Tuna" Vasaturo* takes Taylor Reid's spot on the blue line.
- Colin Stevens, who played brilliantly last night, gets the start with Grosenick shelved for a second straight night. Remember when goaltending was supposed to be an issue for the Dutchmen?
- Trevor Mingoia takes Max Novak's spot on the second line.
- Other than the Kyle Bodie line, which will occasionally feature the likes of Novak and Ciampini in place of Sullivan and Mingoia, Coach Bennett has solidified his lines. The Carr-Welsh-Jooris line is a given, as is the well constructed Hatch-Zajac-Simpson iteration. However, a big reason for Union's success is their depth--something that can't be overstated. Coach Bennett lauds the "energy line" of Ikkala-(Mark) Bennett-Coatta, and for good reason.
- Tonight's game has been virtually sold out since Thursday. Expect a raucous crowd tonight at Union's home ice.