This Week In Union College Hockey - March 4
Union Earns First Round Bye In ECAC Hockey Playoffs For Fourth Straight Year – Union (17-12-5, 10-8-4 ECAC Hockey) finished off the regular season in style with a weekend sweep of St. Lawrence (5-1) and Clarkson (4-0) at Messa Rink, clinching a Top-4 seed, meaning a bye and home ice in the ECAC Hockey playoffs, for the fourth straight season. For Union, the No. 4 seed, the home ice component is key, as the Dutchmen are unbeaten in their last seven games at Messa Rink (6-0-1) and 9-3-2 overall at home this season. Union will host the highest remaining seed from first round in an ECAC Quarterfinal best-of-three series beginning with a 7:00 p.m. contest on Friday, March 15.
Must Read/See/Hear Material
USCHO.com: Division I Men’s Poll – March 4
Schenectady Daily Gazette: Dutchmen earn bye with win
Schenectady Daily Gazette: Dutchmen start fast, win 5-1
Schenectady Daily Gazette: Union looks to Simpson to help improve playoff position
Albany Times-Union: Union wins in its ECAC finale
Albany Times-Union: Fast start, big win for Union
Albany Times-Union: Union looking to get a boost
Union Hockey News: ECAC Hockey Power Rankings (and playoff schedule
Union Hockey News: Union 4, Clarkson 0 – postgame blog
CarolinaHurricanes.com: Welsh and Jordan assigned to Charlotte
ProvidenceBruins.com: Julseth-White signed to PTO
NOTE OF THE WEEK
Carr Joins Union College Century Club - Junior forward Daniel Carr (52 goals, 48 assists), became the 10th Union player in the DI era to reach 100 career points, and 22nd player in program history to accomplish that feat with two assists in a 4-0 win over Clarkson on Saturday night.
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Stevens Continues Solid Play in Sub Role – Sophomore goaltender Colin Stevens, a Niskayuna native, has been solid in net in a substitute role this season. On Saturday night against Clarkson, Stevens recorded his third shutout of the season in just his eighth start, making 24 saves in a 4-0 win over the Golden Knights. Stevens is 5-3-0 with a 1.62 GAA and .931 save percentage this season.
Union Returns To Rankings – Union returned to the national rankings on Monday, checking in at No. 20 in the latest USCHO.com Poll with 105 poll points. Union has been ranked in all but two editions of the poll this season, 20 out of 22 weeks this season.
Dutchmen Hot At Home – Union is 6-0-1 in its last seven home contests, the team’s longest home unbeaten streak since a 9-0-2 stretch late last season.
Success on Senior Night - Union has had great success on Senior Night in recent years, winning the last six Senior Night games at Messa Rink dating back to the 2007-08 season. Union is now 12-7-3 in the Division I era in final regular season home games.
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 14-0-2 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 38-0-7 when scoring three or more goals in a game.