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DMA
12-11-2009, 08:57 AM
For an interesting and in-depth analysis of the RPI game, see Dan Greene's blog at http://unionhockeyblog.blogspot.com/

Wholin1
12-11-2009, 10:26 AM
The exhibition with USA Under 18 should be entertaining. The game presents somewhat of a dilemma. I know the coaching staff would like to be the first ECAC team to win against this very talented team, but on the other hand coming 2 days after a draining effort against RPI, I'm sure they would like to rest some starters even with a break in the schedule coming up and maybe see what some of the players who haven't seen much ice time can do. I don't think a loss would be a buzzkill however. Remember to bring your toys!

UnionFan36
12-11-2009, 09:57 PM
Union wins 4-1 over the USA U18 Team. Mario had 1-1 assists
Team looked amazing and looked like they wanted to make a statement

Rolevio
12-13-2009, 11:27 PM
Union up to 16th in INCH's Power Rankings

http://www.insidecollegehockey.com/5Polls/0910/polls_0812.htm

Teams Union have or will face this year also ranked are Cornell (#3), Yale (#6), Quinnipiac (#9), Massachusetts (#13), Maine (#19), St. Cloud State (#20), and Colgate and LSSU are on the bubble.

So Union is 2-1-3 so far against INCH ranked teams, 3-1-4 if you count the two bubble teams.

Union93
12-14-2009, 12:48 PM
The Dutch creep up to #18 in the latest USCHO poll.


http://www.uscho.com/rankings/

OsecnUC
12-14-2009, 01:48 PM
The Dutch creep up to #18 in the latest USCHO poll.


http://www.uscho.com/rankings/
who's the "Dutch Creep?" ;)

Wholin1
12-14-2009, 02:07 PM
Just thought I'd mention that U looked pretty good v. USA Under 18 team on Friday night. Not surprisingly, the US was a skilled and fast team but Union's physical game made it look like boys against men, which in a sense it was. Milan looked quite sharp in my view. Nice to see Cain get a goal and of course MVT continued his effective play. Got a brief glimpse of Bergeron on a few shifts and he looked OK I guess, but still no Ekstrom or Reid. Unfortunate in some respects to have a one-month hiatus from league play when Union is hitting on all cylinders. Hopefully the nonleague games after Xmas will keep them sharp.

Rolevio
12-14-2009, 02:58 PM
Mario Valery-Trabucco is named ECAC Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.

UnionHockeyManiac
12-14-2009, 11:18 PM
I just got back from Vegas and I couldn't be happier with Union's comeback win against RPI. This team shows heart and determination. I can't believe we haven't lost since October!

16th in the INCH Power Rankings!
18th in the USCHO Poll!

VERY impressive. Let's hope we can continue against Massachusetts after the break.

OsecnUC
12-16-2009, 08:21 AM
these long breaks always worry me. you just don't know what you'll get when the boys play their next game. particularly bothersome when the team is playing well. oh well.

we've jumped up onto the pages of the USCHO poll. polls are polls, but they are interesting. for our historians...what is the highest level that U has climbed in this poll? we're thinking this might be one of the finest teams that U has turned out, so just curious if this goes hand in hand. perhaps Ralph will be lurking on this page and have some way of pulling out this meaningless stat.

ADK11
12-16-2009, 12:12 PM
According to recent articles in the TU and Gazette, Union was ranked #12 in December 2000. That team started off winning 6 of their first 8 games including a sweep of Cornell/Colgate and win over RPI.. of course from there on the wheels came off and had only 6 more wins the whole season. I don't remember U being ranked during the 96-97 season, which was probably the only other time it might have happened.. but I doubt they were ever above #12. I could have swore U got some rankings love in 04-05 when they got off to the 6 win start in the league, but I could be wrong.. and again that was a team that took a nosedive after the quick start.

I think I can definitely say this is the latest in the season that U has been ranked and is the most deserved ranking the program has garnered. However, it's still pretty early in the season and it would not surprise me to see programs like Notre Dame, Michigan, Minnesota and BU make big rebounds in the second half and get back in the rankings. If U is ranked in mid-March, we'll have something to talk about.

Ralph Baer
12-16-2009, 01:34 PM
these long breaks always worry me. you just don't know what you'll get when the boys play their next game. particularly bothersome when the team is playing well. oh well.

we've jumped up onto the pages of the USCHO poll. polls are polls, but they are interesting. for our historians...what is the highest level that U has climbed in this poll? we're thinking this might be one of the finest teams that U has turned out, so just curious if this goes hand in hand. perhaps Ralph will be lurking on this page and have some way of pulling out this meaningless stat.

I do lurk here, but I don't keep track of that. Feel free to look through them yourself: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/archive.php. :D

Rolevio
12-17-2009, 02:49 AM
According to recent articles in the TU and Gazette, Union was ranked #12 in December 2000. That team started off winning 6 of their first 8 games including a sweep of Cornell/Colgate and win over RPI.. of course from there on the wheels came off and had only 6 more wins the whole season. I don't remember U being ranked during the 96-97 season, which was probably the only other time it might have happened.. but I doubt they were ever above #12. I could have swore U got some rankings love in 04-05 when they got off to the 6 win start in the league, but I could be wrong.. and again that was a team that took a nosedive after the quick start.

I think I can definitely say this is the latest in the season that U has been ranked and is the most deserved ranking the program has garnered. However, it's still pretty early in the season and it would not surprise me to see programs like Notre Dame, Michigan, Minnesota and BU make big rebounds in the second half and get back in the rankings. If U is ranked in mid-March, we'll have something to talk about.

And if I recall right it was the games during fall finals week that killed both early streaks in 2000 and 2004. I know 2000 for sure. Thankfully the school no longer schedules games during that week.

aweise
12-17-2009, 07:23 AM
And if I recall right it was the games during fall finals week that killed both early streaks in 2000 and 2004. I know 2000 for sure. Thankfully the school no longer schedules games during that week.

The 2004 league season started with wins over SLU, Clarkson, RPI (twice), Princeton, & Yale. Then they hit fall finals and went downhill. Four of those 5 teams finished below Union in the standings (9-12) and SLU finished 1 slot ahead of them in 7th. While it was a good start, it seemed that they just beat the bottom feeders of the league.

Polls are indeed polls and don't mean much, but it's nice to see the recognition. However, we've seen this movie before...Union has a great start to the season, gets ranked in the polls, then somehow falls apart in January and is fighting for 8th place and home ice by the time late February comes.

I'll be very interested to see how they perform in the UConn tournament, especially since their first game is against fellow-top-20 opponent UMass. But more important will be how they come out into the ECAC schedule in mid-January. Two tough road games at Princeton & Quinnipiac will tell me something.

ECACHL writer
12-18-2009, 08:27 AM
Just a quick note: I'll be hosting a Q&A at 4 p.m. (EST) this afternoon to discuss the front-page commentary (http://www.uscho.com/news/college-hockey/id,17712/CommentaryNotSeeingtheForestfortheTrees.html), ECAC Hockey and anything else people want to throw at me.

UnionHockeyManiac
12-21-2009, 03:39 PM
Is anyone going to make the trip to Storrs, CT next week? I'm thinking about it.

Dutchfan
12-24-2009, 08:31 PM
2010 recruit Daniel Carr has been traded from the AJHL to Powell River of the BCHL where he'll join another future Dutchman in Mat Bodie. Mike Wakita, Kyle Bodie, and Adam Presizniuk are all Powell River alumni.

Wholin1
12-29-2009, 09:42 AM
Lane Caffaro scored what I believe was his first AHL goal last night in WB/Scranton's 4-3 win over Adirondack. He also assisted on another goal and had an assist in the previous night's game against the River Rats.

Wholin1
12-30-2009, 09:37 AM
We obviously let one slip away yesterday v. UMass. The dreaded 2 goal lead wasn't enough as Union allowed UMass to dictate play in the 3rd period, at least so far as what I heard and have read. UMass has what has to be one of the top lines in the country and UMass dominated play with a 3 goal outburst in about 7 minutes in the final period. At least one of those 3 goals might have been a soft one according to Matt Dubray. Union had a bunch of chances in the last 2 minutes or so with the goalie pulled, but couldn't put one away.

I think the turning point might actually have been in the first period when Union converted almost immediately on a 5 on 3 PP for a 1-0 lead but had a 5 on 4 for almost 5 minutes on the second major penalty after the score but on which they couldn't convert.

At least it wasn't a league game, but it would have been a huge win. I'd like to see the Simpson line start to click again and Prez is mired in a long stretch without scoring a goal, I think since October or early November. Union really needs to get him going.

I don't know much about UConn, today's opponent, but Army will be a handful at West Point on Saturday. I'm guessing that Milan will start today, he looked sharp against the U-18s in his last start. Two wins are necessary in my view in order to resume league play on a positive note the following weekend which starts with a tough road trip vs. PU and Qpac.

Wholin1
12-30-2009, 05:55 PM
Union takes care of business against an overmatched UConn team. Congratulations to coach Nate Leaman on his 100th win.