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    Nothing is settled in the ECAC. In 2011-2012 Harvard was picked to finish last in the ECAC. They did not disappoint coming out 2-3-1 and managed 4-4-4 by January 1. The second half was a different story as they went 9-5-7 and plowed through the ECAC tournament handing Yale an 8-1 defeat and Cornell a 6-1 a complete beat down in Atlantic City. I saw that game and it was IMO the worse physical beating I have ever seen an ECAC team hand another ECAC team. I thought Cornell was going to raise a white flag. In the Championship game Harvard was up 1-0 on us with 10 minutes to go in the 3rd before we tied it up. Carr won it for us a few minutes later and an empty net made it 3-1. ECAC points are going to get harder and harder to come by as we fight for a first round bye and avoid being on the road. 28 points has, for the past 12 years, always landed you in the top 4.

    Against the Sioux, we blocked 21 shots in the first and 17 shots in the second. Championship hockey for us. We are going to have to approach Brown and Yale the same way. Yale blew Harvard off the ice earlier this year.

    Bennett made a big investment in playing a lot of Freshmen last year. Its paying off this year. I bet a lot of decisions around who plays has to do with parents and family and their ability to travel and see their sons play. Family and academics first. We got our priorities right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchman View Post
    Nothing is settled in the ECAC. In 2011-2012 Harvard was picked to finish last in the ECAC. They did not disappoint coming out 2-3-1 and managed 4-4-4 by January 1. The second half was a different story as they went 9-5-7 and plowed through the ECAC tournament handing Yale an 8-1 defeat and Cornell a 6-1 a complete beat down in Atlantic City. I saw that game and it was IMO the worse physical beating I have ever seen an ECAC team hand another ECAC team. I thought Cornell was going to raise a white flag. In the Championship game Harvard was up 1-0 on us with 10 minutes to go in the 3rd before we tied it up. Carr won it for us a few minutes later and an empty net made it 3-1. ECAC points are going to get harder and harder to come by as we fight for a first round bye and avoid being on the road. 28 points has, for the past 12 years, always landed you in the top 4.

    Against the Sioux, we blocked 21 shots in the first and 17 shots in the second. Championship hockey for us. We are going to have to approach Brown and Yale the same way. Yale blew Harvard off the ice earlier this year.

    Bennett made a big investment in playing a lot of Freshmen last year. Its paying off this year. I bet a lot of decisions around who plays has to do with parents and family and their ability to travel and see their sons play. Family and academics first. We got our priorities right.
    Dutchman: I don't believe playing decisions have anything to do with "parents and family and their ability to travel and see their sons play." College coaching staffs don't interact with parents, usually don't know parent's names, and may be able to recognize only a few parent's faces... as it should be!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaportrail View Post
    Dutchman: I don't believe playing decisions have anything to do with "parents and family and their ability to travel and see their sons play." College coaching staffs don't interact with parents, usually don't know parent's names, and may be able to recognize only a few parent's faces... as it should be!
    I agree with you.. Playing time is an earned thing at Union.. Practice effort is important - If you won't put that effort in
    to earn game time - then you won't get game time.. And if you waste the game time you are given - you may not get time again
    anytime soon.. Only thing that interferes with that would be classroom issues..

    Parents have made some very long trips to see their son play and they didn't play..

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    Jake wins ECAC Goalie of the week.

    Junior Jake Kupsky, who led Union to a victory and a tie over the weekend at then-No. 3-ranked North Dakota, has been selected ECAC Goaltender of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.
    Kupsky, a Waukesha, Wis., had a 1.44 goals-against average and .955 save percentage as the Dutchmen (8-6-1) won 4-1 and tied 2-2. Union is now ranked 19th in the country.
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    Jake wins ECAC Goalie of the week.

    Junior Jake Kupsky, who led Union to a victory and a tie over the weekend at then-No. 3-ranked North Dakota, has been selected ECAC Goaltender of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.
    Kupsky, a Waukesha, Wis., had a 1.44 goals-against average and .955 save percentage as the Dutchmen (8-6-1) won 4-1 and tied 2-2. Union is now ranked 19th in the country.
    Good for him!
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    Coach's Corner Live! coming back to the Van Dyck, first show next Wednesday night, 6pm.
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1977818972459400/

    Great news, Union fans - You've been asking about "Coach's Corner" at the Van Dyck, and I am thrilled to announce we ARE having shows this season, with the first one coming up ONE WEEK from today - Next Wednesday night 6pm, at the Van Dyck. Coach Rick Bennett and other folks from Union Athletics will be on hand, and of course there'll be prizes and other fun stuff as you get to hang out with other Union fans and take in some great food and drinks at the Van Dyck. There will be three shows total this season, with a possible 4th to be added later: The official dates are (MARK YOUR CALENDAR!: Wed 12/6, Tues 1/23 and Tues 2/2. For those who can't make it, the show will be available for streaming afterwards at the Unionathletics.com website. Also, if you have any questions for coach Bennett or coach Tapp, please message me directly or E-mail at "unionhockeyradio@gmail.com" - We want to use your fan questions as well. Hope to see you Wednesday night at the Van Dyck!!

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    We have got to come out smoking against Brown. We need to take away time and space from their skilled forwards. We need to create opportunities. Forechecking. Pack of wolves. We need to be relentless in front of Nieto, 6th in the county in save percent and he shut out Princeton. We need to get psyched, get physical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchman View Post
    We have got to come out smoking against Brown. We need to take away time and space from their skilled forwards. We need to create opportunities. Forechecking. Pack of wolves. We need to be relentless in front of Nieto, 6th in the county in save percent and he shut out Princeton. We need to get psyched, get physical.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F91LO5uX0yk
    Came out smoking but the puck seemed allergic to the back of the net. By the third period, after a 3-0 lead, the game seemed less of a done deal as Brown’s intensity and Union’s lack thereof left the Union faithful a little antsy.
    One very bright spot was Kupsky. Union has two hotshot keepers.
    Yale is no pushover either. The team that beat ND better show up Saturday night..

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Brown played us tough at Meehan. That is going to be a 1st round home ice team soon.
    Yes !!!

    The best Brown team in a long time (experience + skill)
    In 2014 they made it to the ECAC final game.
    Nieto was very very very good ... Kupsky was better
    Brown can skate
    We hit 4+ posts
    We 20 Blocked Shots

    The difference in the game was our ability to take advantage of Brown's defensive mistakes. We need Mike Vecchione to return for a weekend and give a clinic on scoring 1 on 1 against a goalie. I think we had at least 4 chances. Credit to Nieto.
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    Yale defeated Harvard at Bright 5-2
    Yale beat Brown at Meehan 5-2

    We are going to be playing a team that is DESPERATE to stop a losing streak and avenge a last minute lose to RPI.
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    This is supposed to be the time of year where there are no classes in our tri-semester system and we can just focus on hockey. Whatever they were focussing on tonight, it was not hockey.
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    [QUOTE=Miami Ice;6564450]Came out smoking but the puck seemed allergic to the back of the net. By the third period, after a 3-0 lead, the game seemed less of a done deal as Brown’s intensity and Union’s lack thereof left the Union faithful a little antsy.
    One very bright spot was Kupsky. Union has two hotshot keepers.
    Yale is no pushover either. The team that beat ND better show up Saturday night..[/QUOTE

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    Not a very impressive showing against a Yale team that came in with 6 losses over its last 7 games.

    A missed opportunity on home ice. If Union wants to be a top contender in the league this year, teams reeling like that need to be taken care of. It's a game Union should have been able to win.

    A bad third period against Brown carried over with Union getting just 6 shots in the first period tonight.

    0 for 5 on the power play sticks out like a sore thumb, especially not getting anything late in the 2nd/early in the 3rd when Yale was called for that 5 min penalty and a 2 minute one right after. After coming up empty during that stretch, I got the feeling Union wasn't going to get a win.

    Jack Adams out again. For the second weekend in a row, he played on Friday and not on Saturday. Nagging/reoccurring injury or something else? Though the Red Wings draftee is off to a slow start, he needs to be out there as long as he's healthy. He projects to be a key cog over the next few years.
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    Just wanted to give a shout out to your team. I watched a replay of the end of the Saturday night game against UND and saw one of your players (sorry, I don't know who it was) skate by the UND goalie as the buzzer sounded and gave him a tap on the pads. Very classy move. Sportsmanship that you don't see very often. Liked to see it.
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    Someone forgot to tell Yale that we beat North Dakota and that Yale was expected to show up and bow down and kiss our *** ... rather than kicking our ***. WE dropped from 18th to 25th in the pairwise. So much for top 20 ranking.
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    2 things about the Yale game:
    - practice last week was clearly focused on passing
    - we scored three time even though we played for only about 15 minutes, in one or two minutes spurts throughout the game. Not bad.

    Impressed but the Yale team. Not sure what their record really is about... they never quit and play hard, have decent passing and are able to put pucks on net.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siouxfaninseattle View Post
    Just wanted to give a shout out to your team. I watched a replay of the end of the Saturday night game against UND and saw one of your players (sorry, I don't know who it was) skate by the UND goalie as the buzzer sounded and gave him a tap on the pads. Very classy move. Sportsmanship that you don't see very often. Liked to see it.
    The real "Class Act" IMO is North Dakota, your players, coaches, announcers, fans, media, barn, cheerleaders, etc. You are the benchmark for excellence in College Hockey especially now that NCHC is the dominent conference.
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    Losing to Yale after the power play advantages is a toughy. Those are the games that you wish you had taken if the end of the season is its typical horse race finish. But "if" is one of the dirtiest words in the English language. There still a lot of hockey to play. The Union faithful can remain optimistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UFan View Post

    - practice last week was clearly focused on passing
    Tape to tape passes still seem to be few and far between for this team.. and many of those aren't received cleanly, or they might have won this game.
    if passing was the focus surely they would have figured out to pass thru the middle and not try to pass through
    2 or 3 Yale players trying to force it out up the boards.

    Tough loss but most assuredly a self inflicted one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecachawkeyfan View Post

    0 for 5 on the power play sticks out like a sore thumb,
    Couldn't agree more
    brown let them set up and they scored 0,
    Yale pressured them and they scored 0

    They are trying to force the play instead of moving the puck quickly and making the defense work.
    Where is the back door man? where is the rotation when the point man moves up?
    They take alot of time getting in the zone and then don't move it fast enough to get the open shot..
    They think they have 2 PP units but actually don't seem to have 1 good one..
    #1 PP unit should have all your guns on it
    look at last years vech, foo, Vid, Supinski and a hard shooting d man - best guys from the top 2 lines
    all together, moving constantly and very effective.

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