Dutch welcome Princeton and Quinnipiac # 4
Last weekend Union beat Merrimack College 3-2 in North Andover. The Union ends the ECAC hockey game for 2021 this weekend, welcoming Princeton and Quinnipiac # 4.
Fans can watch this weekend’s games on ESPN +. Live stats from both matches will be available on UnionAthletics.com.
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Union and Princeton have met 67 times since 1992, with the Dutch holding a 36-23-8 lead in the series. The last meeting was in February 2020, with Union tying Princeton 2-2 at Schenectady.
Union and Quinnipiac have met 42 times since 2000, with the Bobcats holding a 17-20-5 lead in the series. However, the Dutch are 8-7-4 at home. The last meeting took place in February 2020, with Union losing 3-2 in overtime to Schenectady.
After going 3-1-1 to start the season, Princeton has lost four straight games, including its last game, a 1-0 overtime loss to RIT. The Tigers are currently 3-5-1 and are 2-2-0 in CEAC hockey.
In nine games this season, senior Finn Evans and sophomore Ian Murphy have become the Tigers’ leading scorers, with both players scoring eight points this season (4-4-8). Evans has scored six points (3-3-6) in his last four games while Murphy has scored four in that span (2-2-4). Corey Andonovski is only one point behind the team leaders but has proven to be a player to watch on the power play, scoring three of the team’s six power play goals this season.
The Tigers have found themselves atop the conference with three shorthanded goals so far this season, which is tied for fourth nationally.
Three different Tigers have started in goal this season, with Jeremie Forget and Aidan Porter spending the most time between the posts. Forget is 1-2-1 this season with a 4.41 goals-against average and 0.838 save percentage. Porter is 2-2-0 so far with a 2.50 goals-against average and .900 save percentage.
Princeton did not play in the 2020-21 season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They dismiss 16 players from the 2019-2020 squad who got 6-20-5 and 2-16-4 in conference.
Quinnipiac is off to a good start for the 2021-22 season. The Bobcats opened the season in a 2-2 tie at # 6/8 Boston College before shutting out # 18 Northeastern 3-0. The only loss came at the hands of North Dakota # 6/6 on October 23. Quinnipiac is 7-0-2 since the loss.
Five different Bobcats hit double-digit points. Zach Metsa is averaging one point per game with 14 points (2-12-14) while teammates Ethan de Jong and Oliver Chau have both scored hat tricks this season.
First-year goaltender Yaniv Perets is 6-0-2 with a 1.06 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and four shutouts. Reigning ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Month, Perets is among the top ten in the country in goals against average, save percentage and shutouts. Graduate student Dylan St. Cyr (Notre Dame) is 4-1-1 with the Bobcats, posting a .906 save percentage, 1.75 goals-against average and a shutout. The goalie duo have allowed just 19 goals in 14 games, keeping their opponents at 1.36 goals per game.
The Bobcats were selected first in the ECAC Pre-Season Coaching Survey. De Jong and Metsa have both been named to the preseason All-League squad.
Quinnipiac was one of four conference teams that played in the 2020-21 season. The team advanced to the final of the ECAC tournament, before losing 3-2 in overtime to Saint-Laurent. Quinnipiac won an offer for the NCAA tournament before losing 4-3 to Minnesota State in overtime in the West Regional.
Senior captain Josh kosack kicked off its second Kozi’s Kids fundraiser on November 15 to benefit COCOA House, a non-profit organization that provides a safe place for children in downtown Schenectady to go after school with a focus on the life skills building, academics and mentoring. After raising over $ 5,000 for new laptops and Christmas gifts in a Dutch hockey-free year, the captain is aiming higher this year. The goal is to raise $ 20,000. The nonprofit recently purchased the neighboring building to create a second space for children, with an emphasis on a state-of-the-art entrepreneurship space, lounge area, study rooms and other resources. The money will be used to develop a Kozi’s Kids lounge and buy Christmas gifts for children in the Tri-City area.
A very generous donor agreed to match every dollar raised up to $ 10,000. At 2 p.m. on December 2, more than $ 8,500 was raised between online donations and money sent directly to Maison CACAO. To learn more about fundraising or to donate, please visit UnionAthletics.com/KozisKids.
junior assistant captain Gabriel Seger has been a constant presence in the face-off circle for the Dutch. Seger is ranked 36th nationally with 136 face-off wins, which is good for fifth place in the conference. The junior wins 52.5% of face-offs.
Besides his constant presence in the circle, Seger had an impact on the Dutch offensive. The junior is tied for second on the team with eight points (2-6-8). Union is 4-2-1 when Seger scores a point.
Before second year Liam robertson is off to a good start this season. Robertson is ranked ninth in the country and first in the conference with four power play goals in 13 games. The forward is tied for second on the team with eight points (5-3-8), including five on special teams (4-1-5).
Robertson voted player of the week
After a career match against Merrimack College, Liam robertson was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week. junior assistant captain Gabriel Seger has been a constant presence in the face-off circle for the Dutch. Seger is ranked 35th nationally with 124 face-off wins, which is good for sixth place in the conference. The junior wins 51.8% of face-offs.
Switch on the lamp quickly
Union has scored the first goal in seven of its first ten games this season, including three games in which the Dutch scored within 2:01 of the game. Despite this advantage, Union was only 2-3-2 in those seven games.
First year force
First year Michael hodge established himself as a consistent offensive presence in the first 13 games. The forward started the season on a five-game streak with at least one point, scoring three goals and three assists during that span. Hodge is tied for first on the team with nine points.
How swept away he is
On Monday, October 18, ECAC announced a clean slate of their weekly awards by the Dutch. Senior Brandon estes took home player of the week honors, scoring one goal and adding three assists from the blue line. Junior Connor murphy won the goaltender of the week title, posting a 1.92 goals against average and 0.945 save percentage with 69 saves in two games. First year Collin graf was instrumental in both Union goals in Friday’s 2-1 win over the Tigers, scoring his first collegiate power-play goal and then collecting the main assist on Estes’ game-winning goal.
It was the first time Union swept away the Weekly Awards since March 2014, when Daniel Carr ’14 (Player), Colin Stevens ’15 (Goalkeeper) and Mike Vecchione ’17 (Rookie) were all recognized.
Oh captains, my captains
Senior Josh kosack will wear the captains ‘C’ this season while the juniors Dylan anhorn and Gabriel Seger will wear the “A” for the Dutch in 2021-22. Kosack is the team’s captain for the second season in a row, having served as a team leader in the 2020-21 pandemic year.
Seek to surprise
Union was selected to finish tied for eighth in the ECAC pre-season hockey coaches poll, tied for 40 points with Rensselaer. Local media were even more pessimistic about the Union’s chances, voting the Dutch 11th out of 12 teams (26 points) in the preseason media poll.
Welcome to the show
Heading into the 2021-22 season, more than half (16 of 31) of Union players have never played in a college game. Seven sophomores were with the team last year but did not participate as Union did not play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program has also welcomed eight freshmen to the squad this season as well.