This Week In Union College Hockey - February 25

Weekly Storyline

Union Looks To Clinch Home Ice In Final Weekend Of Regular Season – Union (15-12-5, 8-8-4 ECAC Hockey) returns home this weekend to close out the regular season against St. Lawrence (16-12-4, 9-7-4 ECAC Hockey) and Clarkson (9-16-7, 8-9-3 ECAC Hockey), two teams the Dutchmen are battling in the race for a first round bye in the ECAC Hockey playoffs. Union needs just two points this weekend to assure itself of a home playoff series (top-8 finish), but will need help from other teams for a first round bye (top-4 finish). Union, which was swept at Colgate (4-1) and Cornell (4-2) last weekend, has had much more success at Messa Rink (7-3-2) this season than on the road (6-9-3). St. Lawrence had a four game winning streak snapped on Saturday night in a 3-2 loss against Dartmouth, but is still 9-3-1 in its last 13 games. Clarkson fell 6-2 to Harvard in its last contest, but sits just one point behind Union in the league standings.

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NOTE OF THE WEEK

Success on Senior Night – Union has had great success on Senior Night in recent years, winning the last five Senior Night games at Messa Rink dating back to the 2007-08 season. Union is 11-7-3 in the Division I era in final regular season home games.

FIVE MORE NOTES NO MEDIA PERSON SHOULD BE WITHOUT

Carr Nears Century Club - Junior forward Daniel Carr (52 goals, 46 assists), who had a goal against Cornell last Saturday, is just two points away from becoming the 10th Union player in the DI era to reach 100 career points.

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 12-0-2 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 36-0-7 when scoring three or more goals in a game.

Home Is Where The Heart Is - Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Dutchmen have an impressive record (29-6-7) in their last 42 regular season home games at Messa Rink. Not including exhibition contests, the Dutchmen are 157-140-46 all-time at home. Union has been even more dominant in ECAC Hockey play at Messa Rink.

Since the 2010-11 season, the Dutchmen have compiled a record of 21-5-5 in ECAC Hockey regular season home games.

Offensive Minded Defensemen – Union is the only team in the nation with three defenseman among the top-20 nationally in scoring (points per game). Senior defenseman Greg Coburn (T-13) leads the pack at 0.72 points per game, junior defenseman Mat Bodie (T-15th, 0.70) and sophomore defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (20th, 0.68 points per game) are also in the top-20.

Going as Wayne GoesUnion’s success this season has been tied to the play of senior forward Wayne Simpson, who leads the team in scoring with 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists). When Simpson registers a point, the team has a record of 14-2-3. When Simpson is not on the scoresheet, Union’s record is 1-10-2.

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