A couple more auction items of note at 2013 Garnet Blades Golf Outing (Not Pictured, Signed Sidney Crosby Jersey!)
The Union Hockey Class of 2013 poses at the end of the awards banquet last night.
“I will be finishing my degree by taking additional courses over the summer. I truly value my education and a degree, especially from the great institution that Union College is. I would like to thank Coach Bennett, Coach Dumais, and Coach Beal for their hard work and dedication in making every one of their players not only better athletes, but better people. Of course, I worked most closely with Coach Tapp who has been incredible to helping me develop into the person and player I am today. I’d like to thank Jim McLaughlin and the rest of the athletic office and support staff, Dave Baglio and Cheryl Rockwood for everything they do behind the scenes to support student-athletes. I’d also like to thank every Union professor for their commitment to teaching, they are what make a Union education so special. I’d like to also thank President Ainlay for his support, it is truly a great feeling to see the President of the College sitting in the front row at almost every game. Lastly, and most importantly, I’d like to thank my teammates for being the best group of guys I could ask to play with. They are truly the reason this moment is bittersweet for me. Of course, I’m excited to continue my hockey career, but leaving that locker room is hard because every guy in it is a great teammate and friend.”
95 wins, 3 NCAA Tournament bids, 2 Cleary Cups, 2 Whitelaw Cups, and a trip to the Frozen Four. Thank you Union Hockey class of 2013!
Union’s Morning Skate - Game Day vs. Boston College
Head Coach Rick Bennett - Pre-Practice 3.27.13
Dan Carr - Pre-Practice, 3.27.13
Union Draws Boston College in NCAA Tournament After Winning ECAC Title – Coming off its second straight ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship, the Union College men’s ice hockey team (21-12-5, 10-8-4 ECAC Hockey) earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will take on No. 2 seed Boston College (22-11-4, 15-9-3 Hockey East). Union will travel to the East Regional at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI and will play on Saturday, March 30 at 9:00 p.m.
Saturday’s meeting will mark the first time in the program’s 22-year Division I history that Union and Boston College will meet. The Eagles earned an at-large berth after finishing second in Hockey East. Boston College fell in the Hockey East Semifinals to Boston University, 6-3. The defending national champions will be making their 32nd all-time NCAA Tournament appearance. Boston College has won five national titles in program history (1949, 2001, 2008, 2010, and 2012). Union is 1-2-0 against Hockey East opponents this season, including a 4-1 win over Merrimack in the Catamount Cup on Dec. 30.
Must Read/See/Hear Material
USCHO.com: Division I Men’s Poll – March 25
USCHO.com: Three to get ready…
USCHO.com: Grosenick backstops title
USCHO.com: Atlantic City good to Union
College Hockey News: Union Peaks at the Right Time, Earns 2nd Straight ECAC Championship
Schenectady Daily Gazette: Dutchmen draw defending champ BC
Schenectady Daily Gazette: Back-to-back ECAC titles for Union
Albany Times Union: Union headed to NCAAs
Albany Times Union: Union to face champions
Press of Atlantic City: Union beats Brown for second ECAC title in a row
Union Hockey News: Video: Dutchmen hoist the cup
NOTE OF THE WEEK
Union in the NCAA Tournament - 2013 will mark the program’s seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament in school history and third straight in the Division I era. Union has earned an automatic bid to the tournament as ECAC Hockey Tournament champions for the past two seasons.
In 2012, Union earned a trip to the Frozen Four with wins over UMass-Lowell and Michigan State as the No. 1 seed in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Ferris State, 3-1, in the national semifinals.
In 2011, Union earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection but fell 2-0 to eventual national champion Minnesota-Duluth in the opening round of the East Regional. The Dutchmen also earned a bid to the Division III NCAA Tournament four times, the last coming in 1989, when Union fell to Babson in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
FIVE MORE NOTES NO MEDIA PERSON SHOULD BE WITHOUT
Grosenick Continues Run of Solid Play In Net – Junior goaltender Troy Grosenick has been at his best during Union’s six game winning streak, allowing just five goals in five starts during that span. Grosenick is 5-0-0 with a 1.04 goals-against average and .966 save % in his last five games.
Gostisbehere, Bodie, and Carr Named To ECAC All-League Teams - Sophomore defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (second team), junior defenseman Mat Bodie (third team) and junior forward Daniel Carr (third team) were each voted onto ECAC Hockey All-Star Teams, as voted by the league coaches. The announcement was made at the ECAC Hockey Awards Ceremony at the Trump Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ on Thursday night.
In ECAC Hockey play, Gostisbehere led all Union defensemen and finished third in the league with 18 points (three goals, 15 assists). Mat Bodie has put up impressive numbers with 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) in 32 games, fourth among ECAC Hockey defensemen in scoring. Carr led all Union skaters with 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 22 ECAC Hockey contests, finishing tied for ninth overall in league scoring.
Carr and Simpson Chase Union’s Career Goals Record - Junior forward Daniel Carr (56 goals) and senior forward Wayne Simpson (56) are both within reach of Mario Valery-Trabucco’s ‘10 career goals record of 59. Simpson moved into second on the school’s scoring list with a goal against Yale in the ECAC Semifinals, and Carr joined him with a goal in Saturday night’s 3-1 win over Brown in the ECAC Championship Game.
Sullivan Continues Second Half Surge – Junior forward Kevin Sullivan has recorded 12 (five goals, seven assists) of his 14 points this season in the last 13 games. Sullivan is Union’s leading scorer in the postseason with six points (two goals, four assists) in four games. Sullivan also recorded two goals in Union’s series-clinching Game 2 win (4-2) over RPI last season in the ECAC Quarterfinals.
Three is the Magic Number - Union’s record when reaching three goals this season is impressive, a testament to the team’s strong defensive unit. Union is 18-0-2 this season when scoring three or more goals, but just 3-12-3 in games where they score two or fewer goals. Since the beginning of the 2011-12 season, Union is 42-0-7 when scoring three or more goals in a game.