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Hokydad
03-31-2015, 04:54 AM
Dufour has been inured
healthy now and finished year very strong

Dutchman
03-31-2015, 06:12 AM
NAHL College Commitments
http://nahl.com/player-advancement/college/
http://nahl.com/player-advancement/college/

NCAA Coaches comment on NAHL Character
https://vimeo.com/96645543

Looks like St. Cloud, North Dakota, Cornell, Harvard, Q, Brown, Minnesota (M), Michigan Tech, Yale, Dartmouth, St. Lawrence, Omaha, Maine, and others have recruits from the NAHL. Not a lot of HE schools. If character matters this looks like the league you want to recruit from. Can we develope Kupsky (6'5") into the next Ken Dryden by his junior year? Looks like Vidmar and Kupsky played together.

Our path has been to find "diamonds in the rough" i.e. a person with great potential and players overlooked by other scouts/teams (remember Vech) and develop them into Champs. Got to stick to what we do best. Its a very "tough road to hoe" to be successful the way we do it, but given our size, athletic budget, recruiting budget, academic admission requirements, constraints by being mostly a D-III school, facilities, etc. it may be the only way we can do it. I am sure our success these past 4-5 years has made it easier to recruit both players and students but we were starting back at the name recognition level. No more "Union who?"

RIT, another upstate New York, "Liberty League", D-III in all other sports team almost made it to the FF. During the season they almost beat Minnesota.

I see another .500 year next year ..... a rebuilding year. A development year. I think replacing Champ and Novak will be harder than we think.

Next year no more "defending national champs" - just Dutchmen.

Dutchman
03-31-2015, 06:39 AM
Jim: I think both the WCHA and ECAC Hockey, in general, disappointed. The WCHA got two of the top eight seeds in the tournament (including Minnesota Stateís No. 1 overall seed) and didnít win a game. Michigan Tech couldnít finish off St. Cloud State and, as you mentioned, Minnesota State lost to RIT.

The ECAC got three teams into the field and didnít win a single game. Quinnipiac was outclassed by North Dakota (a tough draw, admittedly); Harvard couldnít solve Omaha; and Yale, the most impressive of the trio, played BU tough but lost in OT.

Obviously, itís easy to say now that the regionals are over that the NCHC and Hockey East were the class of the tournament thus far (NCHC was 7-4; Hockey East was 4-1). But I really wanted to see more from either the WCHA or ECAC. That is my biggest disappointment.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/2015/03/31/tmq-navigating-the-regionals-aftermath-and-a-friendly-wager-on-the-frozen-four/#ixzz3VxUFkISu

Yep

Ralph Baer
03-31-2015, 07:05 AM
Jim: I think both the WCHA and ECAC Hockey, in general, disappointed. The WCHA got two of the top eight seeds in the tournament (including Minnesota Stateís No. 1 overall seed) and didnít win a game. Michigan Tech couldnít finish off St. Cloud State and, as you mentioned, Minnesota State lost to RIT.

The ECAC got three teams into the field and didnít win a single game. Quinnipiac was outclassed by North Dakota (a tough draw, admittedly); Harvard couldnít solve Omaha; and Yale, the most impressive of the trio, played BU tough but lost in OT.

Obviously, itís easy to say now that the regionals are over that the NCHC and Hockey East were the class of the tournament thus far (NCHC was 7-4; Hockey East was 4-1). But I really wanted to see more from either the WCHA or ECAC. That is my biggest disappointment.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/2015/03/31/tmq-navigating-the-regionals-aftermath-and-a-friendly-wager-on-the-frozen-four/#ixzz3VxUFkISu

Yep

The ECAC's three teams were all in the lower half of the bracket and thus not individually expected to win any games. OTOH with three teams the odds probably did predict that one would advance. The WCHA's losses were both upsets.

Goaliefan
03-31-2015, 07:43 AM
NAHL College Commitments
http://nahl.com/player-advancement/college/


Next year no more "defending national champs" - just Dutchmen.
That might help. The pressure should be off. Any thoughts?

QUAlum2004
03-31-2015, 07:43 AM
The ECAC's three teams were all in the lower half of the bracket and thus not individually expected to win any games. OTOH with three teams the odds probably did predict that one would advance. The WCHA's losses were both upsets.

Quinnipiac obviously didn't get any favors being placed out in Fargo yet being higher seeded than Providence. Harvard pre tournament had the best chance at a win against Omaha but it was Yale with the best showing of them all pushing BU to the limit.

aweise
04-01-2015, 08:29 AM
Quinnipiac obviously didn't get any favors being placed out in Fargo yet being higher seeded than Providence. Harvard pre tournament had the best chance at a win against Omaha but it was Yale with the best showing of them all pushing BU to the limit.

Even though they showed up late, Harvard still had a good chance to beat Omaha, but ran into an extremely hot goalie in Ryan Massa. In addition to his actual goal, I thought Vesey had scored a few other times, but Massa was an absolutle rock. I missed most of the Yale game, but it sounded like they had BU's number for about 50 minutes.

Dutchman
04-01-2015, 11:49 AM
The last two years we have excelled on offense and one of the big reasons IMO was our ability to:

#1. Redirect Shots - the forward passes to the redirector even though it may look like a SOG
#2. Screen Shots - don't let the goalie even see the shot
#3. Garbage Collection - pick up the garbage and flick it high enough to it get over bodies and potted into the back of the net
#4. Tic, Tac, Toe - get the goalie moving back and forth
#5. Slap Shots - get the puck to the goal before the goalie has time to set up
#6. Crash the crease - get the rebound
#7. Short handed goals - I think we were second

We are going to miss Champ and Max

rdf8585
04-01-2015, 01:32 PM
Spencer Foo named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month (http://bit.ly/1F2ZUJi) for March.

UnionFan4Life
04-01-2015, 06:42 PM
Tentatively coming in:

G Joe Young
G Jake Kupsky

F Brendan Taylor
F Cole Maier
F Brett Supinski
F Sebastian Vidmar
F Mark Dufour

D Greg Campbell

Those 8 look to replace the 7 seniors and Shier.
My April lineup prediction :D

Scarfo---Vecchione---Supinski
Wilkins---Maier---Foo
Cruice---Lichtenwald---Pontarelli
Ammirato---Vidmar---DiPauli

Taylor---Bassard
Gingras---DeSimone
Henry---Light

Alex
Young
Kupsky

Not active:
Roy
Hynes
Dufour
B. Taylor
Krug
Cambell

Captain Prediction
C - Vecchione
A - J. Taylor
A - Cruice

Dutchman
04-02-2015, 07:20 AM
Lets set some goals .... do these look ok? Will pick Matt Wilkins for starters

19 Matt Wilkins career statistics
Birthdate 1/26/91
Hometown Kimberley, B.C.
Height 5-11
Weight 190
http://www.collegehockeynews.com/players/career/Matt-Wilkins/28543


Date G A Pts. PIM
2012-2013 3 13 16 56 +11
2013-2014 6 14 20 54 +12
2014-2015 13 15 28 56 +9
2015-2016 ?

Only played in 34 games in 2014-2015, not 40+ in previous years. Big scoring improvement over last year.
Only got his game going in November late in 2014-2015
18 points down the stretch from January 24
SH% - forth (.131)
GWG - third (2)
PP Goals - third (4)
Blocked Shots - 6th but 2nd among forwards

Tough, gutsy, gritty, physical defensive forward - a stalwart. Improving each year. He will need to step up big time to fill the scoring gap left by Campini and Novak. Came on very strong in the second half last year. Can he continue that level of play? Can he score 20 goals next year? 40 points?

GOAL 2015-2016 - 18 Goals & 38 Points ?

Dutchman
04-04-2015, 09:48 AM
Notables

The Devils and Falcons have played 136:08 without scoring a regulation or overtime goal against each other. Springfieldís Brian Gibbons scored the seriesí last goal during the 17:52 mark of the third period on Feb. 22 Ö Scott Wedgewood registered his sixth career shutout Ö Max Novak, who signed an ATO on Mar. 20, made his AHL debut.

http://www.thealbanydevils.com/wedgewood-lorito-lift-devils-in-shootout/

Dutchman
04-07-2015, 07:26 PM
Leaman's Terms
Providence Coach Finally Gets His Title Shot
http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2015/04/06_leamans_terms.php

Dutchman
04-10-2015, 09:02 PM
First Team East All-Americans - Champ makes it !!!

Dutchman
04-12-2015, 01:41 PM
Prior to taking the Union position, Leaman spent four seasons as an assistant coach for Mark Mazzoleni at Harvard, where he was the top assistant and recruiting coordinator during his final season. Leaman helped rebuild the Harvard program into one of the top teams in the ECAC, taking the squad from eighth place in the league to an ECAC tournament championship and NCAA appearance in 2001-2002, and an ECAC runner-up finish and NCAA appearance in 2002-2003. During his four years on the Harvard coaching staff, Leaman had a hand in recruiting 13 NHL draft picks and helped the program to be consistently ranked near the top of college hockey in the number of players with NHL rights.

Prior to joining the staff in Cambridge, Leaman served as a volunteer assistant coach under Shawn Walsh at the University of Maine in 1998-99. In helping guide Maine to a 31-6-4 record and the 1999 NCAA Championship, Leaman's responsibilities included working with the Black Bears' defense, video analysis, on-campus recruiting and monitoring of the players' academic progress. While in Orono, Leaman earned a Master of Science degree in biological sciences in 1999.

Himmmmmmm .....

rdf8585
04-14-2015, 05:59 PM
Union's 2014 national title won't be honored at the White House: http://bit.ly/1ctIU8e

QUAlum2004
04-14-2015, 07:09 PM
@OTBPuckWatch: 98 F Justin Cmunt (Jr. Sabres - OJHL) commits to Union. Well-regarded Buffalo-area scorer built up buzz more with a good start in juniors.

rdf8585
04-14-2015, 09:41 PM
A little more on Cmunt: http://bit.ly/1DFPHpA

He seems like a good longer-term get (arrives in 2017-18). From what I've read, he's a pretty good playmaker with a good set of hands. Also has received high praise for his hustle.

Wonder how much of an assist John Ronan gets on this one -- he's an assistant coach with Youngstown (USHL), where Cmunt currently plays.

joecct
04-14-2015, 10:10 PM
Union's 2014 national title won't be honored at the White House: http://bit.ly/1ctIU8e

The Liberty League gets no respect!

rdf8585
04-15-2015, 02:28 AM
Former Union goalie Keith Kinkaid re-signs (http://t.co/LiFl5utd6O) with NJ for 2 yrs, $1.45 mil.