After falling 4-1 to #19 Harvard final week, the Union Dutchmen look to bounce again with a highway journey to St.Lawrence on Friday and Clarkson on Saturday.
Followers can watch this weekend’s recreation on ESPN+. Dwell stats will probably be out there by means of the respective house staff web sites.
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vs. St. Lawrence
Union and St. Lawrence met in early November, recording a 2-2 tie, with St. Lawrence getting the additional level for profitable the four-round shootout. Junior Gabriel Seger scored the game-tying aim at 18:49 of the third interval to ship the sport to OT.
The final time Union and Clarkson met, the Dutchmen skated away with a 4-3 win in additional time. First-year Collin Graf scored the game-winner whereas junior Connor Murphy stopped the one penalty shot Union has confronted this season.
Scouting the Saints
St. Lawrence is coming off a 5-0 loss to Omaha on January 1, splitting the two-game collection with the nationally ranked Mavericks. The Saints haven’t performed since January 1, citing well being and security protocols as the explanation video games towards Hockey East foes Merrimack and New Hampshire had been cancelled.
Senior Kaden Pickering leads the Saints with 10 factors (5-5-10) by means of 18 video games, together with three game-winning targets.
Senior Emil Zetterquist is the first netminder for the Saints, registering a .892 save proportion and a 3.09 targets towards common on the best way to a 5-8-4 document.
Scouting the Golden Knights
Clarkson is at the moment on a three-game dropping streak after dropping 5-1 at New Hampshire on January 8, and dropping each video games at Arizona State mid-December. The Golden Knights are internet hosting their first house recreation since December 4, the place they recorded a 4-4 tie with Cornell earlier than profitable the shootout.
Junior Mathieu Gosselin leads the best way by means of 20 video games with 17 factors (4-13-17) whereas graduate pupil Zach Tsekos has potted 10 targets this season (10-5-15).
Sophomore Ethan Haider has put collectively a strong begin between the pipes in his second collegiate season. Haider is 9-7-4 with a .917 save proportion, 2.24 targets towards common, and two shutouts.
Junior assistant captain Gabriel Seger has been a gradual presence within the faceoff circle for the Dutchmen. The junior is profitable 53.1 p.c of faceoffs.
Apart from his steadying presence within the circle, Seger has made an impression on the Dutchmen offense. The junior is tied for second on the staff with eight factors (2-6-8). Union is 4-2-1 when Seger scores a degree.
Junior switch Connor Murphy has been glorious between the pipes for the Dutchmen. Murphy stopped 89 pictures within the collection towards Maine, together with 51 stops on December 10, incomes ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week for the second time this season. The 51 saves ranks ninth in Union’s Division I single-game document record and ranks first in Division I this season for a single recreation. Murphy has stopped 538 pictures this season, which ranks fourth nationally, on the best way to a 5-9-1 document with two shutouts.
Senior defenseman Brandon Estes performed in his one centesimal consecutive recreation on December 10 at Maine. The final recreation Estes missed was on February 3, 2018. The senior has performed in 127 profession video games for the Dutchmen (12-33-45), together with 102 in a row.
Senior captain Josh Kosack launched his second Kozi’s Youngsters fundraiser on November 15 to profit C.O.C.O.A. Home, a non-profit that gives a protected place for inner-city Schenectady youngsters to go after faculty with a give attention to constructing life abilities, lecturers, and mentorship. After elevating over $5,000 for brand new laptops and Christmas presents in a 12 months with out Dutchmen hockey, Kosack is aiming greater this 12 months with a aim of $20,000. C.O.C.O.A. Home bought the constructing subsequent door to create a second house for teenagers with an emphasis on a state-of-the-art entrepreneurship house, a lounge space, classrooms, and different sources. The cash will go to growing a Kozi’s Youngsters lounge and buying Christmas presents for youngsters within the Tri-Metropolis space. As of 8:00 p.m on January 13, over $40,000 has been raised. To study extra concerning the fundraiser, or to donate, please go to UnionAthletics.com/KozisKids. A last quantity raised will probably be introduced quickly.
Sophomore ahead Liam Robertson is off to an important begin this season. Robertson is ranked fifteenth nationally and second within the convention with 4 power-play targets in 16 video games. The ahead is tied for first on the staff with 9 factors (6-3-9), 5 of which got here on particular groups (4-1-5).
Dutchmen Earn Participant of the Week Honors
Following a profession recreation towards Merrimack Faculty, Liam Robertson was named the ECAC Hockey Participant of the Week. After their performances towards Maine, first-year Caden Villegas earned Rookie of the Week accolades and junior Connor Murphy earned his second Goalie of the Week honor.
Lighting The Lamp Quick
Union scored the primary aim in seven out of its first ten video games performed this season, together with three video games by which the Dutchmen scored throughout the first 2:01 of the sport. Regardless of that benefit, Union was solely 2-3-2 in these seven contests.
First-year Michael Hodge has established himself as a gradual offensive presence within the first 13 video games. The ahead began the season on a five-game level streak, registering three targets and three assists throughout that point. Hodge is tied for first on the staff with 9 factors.
How Sweep It Is
On Monday, October 18, the ECAC introduced a clear sweep of their weekly awards by the Dutchmen. Senior Brandon Estes earned Participant of the Week honors, scoring one aim and including three assists from the blue line. Junior Connor Murphy garnered Goalie of the Week recognition, posting a 1.92 targets towards common and a .945 save proportion with 69 saves in two contests. First-year Collin Graf performed a task in each Union targets in Friday’s 2-1 win over the Tigers, scoring his first collegiate aim on the facility play after which selecting up the first help on Estes’ game-winning aim.
This marked the primary time that Union swept the weekly awards since March 2014 when Daniel Carr ’14 (Participant), Colin Stevens ’15 (Goalie), and Mike Vecchione ’17 (Rookie) had been all acknowledged.
Oh Captains, My Captains
Senior Josh Kosack will put on the captains’ “C” this season whereas juniors Dylan Anhorn and Gabriel Seger will don the “A” for the Dutchmen in 2021-22. Kosack is captaining the staff for the second straight season, after serving as a staff chief throughout the 2020-21 pandemic 12 months.
Trying to Shock
Union was picked to complete in a tie for eighth within the ECAC Hockey preseason coaches ballot, incomes 40 factors to tie with Rensselaer. The native media had been much more pessimistic about Union’s possibilities, voting the Dutchmen eleventh out of 12 groups (26 factors) within the preseason media ballot.
Welcome to the Present
Heading into the 2021-22 season, greater than half (16 of 31) of Union’s gamers have by no means performed in a collegiate recreation. Seven sophomores had been with the staff final 12 months however didn’t compete, as Union didn’t play as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. This system additionally welcomed eight first-year gamers to the staff this season as nicely.