Men’s hockey heads to Merrimack on Saturday
Union split their ECAC hockey weekend streak Nov 12-13 with the 13th Cornell and Colgate, losing a 4-1 decision to the Big Red before shutting out the Raiders 2-0. The Dutch took advantage of last week for final exams and turned to Hockey East’s nemesis, Merrimack College, this Saturday at Lawler Rink in North Andover, Mass.
Fans can watch this weekend’s game on CollegeSportsLive. Live statistics will be available at MerrimackAthletics.com.
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Union and Merrimack have met 19 times since 1991, with the Warriors holding a narrow 8-9-2 lead in the series. The last meeting was in December 2019, with Union defeating Merrimack 3-2 at Schenectady.
Merrimack comes off a 3-2 win over Holy Cross (ATL) on Tuesday night, dropping to 6-7-0 overall and 3-6-0 in Hockey East.
The Warriors have split every series they’ve played this season, except for a home series with Massachusetts, relinquishing a 2-1 decision to North Andover before leading the defending champions into overtime at Amherst. . Merrimack has faced five opponents this season who were nationally ranked or voted on, going 3-4-2.
Merrimack is among the leaders in the face-off circle, ranking fourth in the country with a winning percentage of 0.553. Graduate student Max Newton ranks second in the country with 192 circle wins, just three behind the current leader.
Four Warriors hit double-digit numbers with Newton leading with 14 points in 13 games with teammates Filip Forsmark (11), Ben Brar (10) and Liam Walsh (10) just behind.
Second-year goaltender Zachary Borgiel has become the Warriors’ primary goaltender, starting in nine games with a 4-4-0 record, posting a 3.05 GAA and 0.885 save percentage. Freshman Hugo Ollas also spent some time in goal, starting four games going 2-2-0 with a 3.15 GAA and 0.887 save percentage.
The Warriors have played a shortened schedule in the 2020-21 season. Merrimack was 5-11-2 in a season cut short by the pandemic, finishing ninth overall in Hockey East. They fired 20 veterans from the 2020-21 squad, including their top five scorers, and welcomed 10 newcomers for 2021-22. The Warriors also added three transfer portal students: Steven Jandric (Denver), Jake Durflinger (Denver) and Christian Felton (Bentley).
Senior captain Josh kosack launched 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 building next door 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. On November 26 at 11:30 am, more than $ 7,300 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 faceoff 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.
Turn 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 over the first 12 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 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.