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Hockey10130
03-15-2010, 08:49 AM
Good luck in Albany!

I will be on my way to Minnesota at 4:30pm when work gets over. I'm highly doubting the games will be on any sports network?
I think i saw somewhere that it was gonna be on the NHL network may be wrong though

Hockey10130
03-15-2010, 08:52 AM
http://www.insidecollegehockey.com/1Schedules/schedules_tv.htm

There ya go! ECAC semifinals on the NHL Network

aweise
03-15-2010, 12:01 PM
Don't ask me how, but I somehow ended up with an extra ticket for Friday - in the Union section (103, row F). If anyone wants it, feel free to contact me directly (aweise@nycap.rr.com).

Red Cloud
03-15-2010, 12:20 PM
Congratulations to Nate Leaman on a much deserved Coach of the Year win. There was no doubt in my mind he was the only real candidate for the award.

UnionHockeyManiac
03-15-2010, 01:53 PM
Congratulations to Nate Leaman on a much deserved Coach of the Year win. There was no doubt in my mind he was the only real candidate for the award.

Agreed! I'm thrilled that Coach Leaman was able to take home the COTY award this season. It couldn't have gone to a more classy, well-deserving coach.

UnionHockeyManiac
03-15-2010, 01:56 PM
Also, the students at Union today got an email today saying this:


With the support of our outstanding student section, Union Hockey is advancing to their first-ever ECAC Hockey Championship weekend this Friday and Saturday.

Union students will have the opportunity to travel to Albany to watch the Dutchmen compete at the Times Union Center. While the spring break period begins this week, Union Athletics is offering transportation and a free ticket for the first 100 students to sign up. Save your spot NOW at the Union Athletics ticket office located in Alumni Gymnasium.

So, despite it being spring break, I really hope that at least 100 students care enough to go to the games in Albany.

unionbob
03-15-2010, 02:07 PM
congratulations to coach leaman on COTY award....

as a side note MVT got knocked out of player or the year running....the 3 finalists are...1) chase polacek- rpi 2) ben scrivens- cornell anddddddddddd
3) Mr Backman - yale....

no offense to first two but give me a break....
MVT came in 2nd in scoring.....set single season team points record....career goals....goals for a year.....voters winner for hobey....and once again he gets overlooked.....sighs....lets hope justice is served this weekend.....GO U!!!!!

aweise
03-15-2010, 02:26 PM
congratulations to coach leaman on COTY award....

as a side note MVT got knocked out of player or the year running....the 3 finalists are...1) chase polacek- rpi 2) ben scrivens- cornell anddddddddddd
3) Mr Backman - yale....

no offense to first two but give me a break....
MVT came in 2nd in scoring.....set single season team points record....career goals....goals for a year.....voters winner for hobey....and once again he gets overlooked.....sighs....lets hope justice is served this weekend.....GO U!!!!!

I had a feeling we'd see this once Backman was named to the first team over MVT. I also have no problems with Polacek and Scrivens being on that list. I wonder who determines these finalists - is it the coaches and/or media? We can re-hash MVT's snub over & over, but it won't change anything. The more important goal is to win the next two games. :D

And a hearty congrats to Nate Leaman!! RC said it - there really wasn't another choice.

TimU
03-15-2010, 02:35 PM
And a hearty congrats to Nate Leaman!! RC said it - there really wasn't another choice.

I understand why people feel Leaman was clearly the best choice. But I don't think he was the only possible choice: Joe Marsh was a credible candidate as well, and he's a popular guy whose abilities people like to recognize.

And of course to the extent I'm right about that, it makes Leaman's selection that much more impressive. He deserves it.

Wholin1
03-15-2010, 02:43 PM
I understand why people feel Leaman was clearly the best choice. But I don't think he was the only possible choice: Joe Marsh was a credible candidate as well, and he's a popular guy whose abilities people like to recognize.

And of course to the extent I'm right about that, it makes Leaman's selection that much more impressive. He deserves it.
I also believe Leaman was a deserving candidate but can't disagree that Coach Marsh deserved consideration. He is class all the way.

As far as Player of the Year, I'd go with Polacek. He was downright scary this season, at least against Union, and judging by his stats, some other teams as well. My friend is familiar with his landlord who says all this kid does is play hockey, work out and study.

DMA
03-15-2010, 03:25 PM
I think last night's game was more a case of letting them play than anything else. The deciding game of a playoff series shouldn't be decided by the refs and they know that. I don't remember too many instances where the potential infraction either prevented or caused a quality scoring chance, but the "let them play" theory really shouldn't stop the refs from calling penalties that are legitimate penalties.


I agree. I did not have a problem with the refs, but I think Pecknold was implying that HE did. My point is that if they had not taken a "let them play" approach, it would have hurt Q more than U.

On the comment by another poster asking if Pecknold really has more to work with than Harvard, I guess I have not seen their respective budgets. I was basing it more on Q's facilities, which are in a different class from everyone else's I believe, and there being less stringent admissions requirements at Q than most of the other ECAC schools, especially Harvard (although I am not saying that Q is not a good school, it just isn't an ivy or RPI, or Colgate or Union). When you compare Q to U on that basis, and then add in U's lack of athletic scholarships, Pecknold looks pretty bad compared to Leaman over the past few years.

Wholin1
03-15-2010, 05:29 PM
I'm still recovering, but I'm beginning to believe it really happened. The longest trip ever from Schenectady to Albany, 8 years. ;) Plenty to process but it will take a while.

First 20 (so far) win D-1 season, first final four appearance, Coach of the Year. Union hockey is on a roll and nothing will surprise me this weekend. Oh and by the way, we've got what every coach dreams of, a hot goaltender into the playoffs.

Congrats to all involved and to the diehard fans out there as well. Thanks also to the well wishers from other fan bases.

UnionHockeyManiac
03-15-2010, 07:37 PM
I know, I know: Polls don't mean anything but I still think this is a great sign of respect for Union's program after our historic weekend and hard-fought series in Schenectady!

#15 in the USCHO Poll: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/?type=d1
#15 in the USA Today Poll: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/?data=usatoday&week=poll
#8 in the INCH Power Rankings: http://www.insidecollegehockey.com/5Polls/0910/polls_0825.htm

Chefvad
03-15-2010, 08:13 PM
So, the eldest son finishes his game in Syracuse last night, and we decide to drive to Messa. What a game, what a game...

Great to see a few familiar faces, see a playoff series win, and see the joint rocking. We were sold seats in Section 6 (!) and it was unusual sitting there instead of my old Section B Row 1 seats.

Since I didn't plan on coming, I left the flag at home. Yes, I still have the flag, and pull it out occasionally to look at the signatures, stains and memories.

Will not make the trip to Albany this weekend, since I have prior committments, but I did just sign up for the NHL Network from TW Cable for an additional $3.00 a month. I will be there in spirit, boys. Play well and make us proud.

thehockeymaven
03-15-2010, 08:18 PM
Which hot goaltender are you talking about?

Milan: 120 Minutes, 2 GA, 1.00 GAA, .966 save %, 97 minutes played between goals

Kinkaid: 150 Minutes, 3 GA, 1.20 GAA, .945 save %, 129 minutes played between goals

aweise
03-15-2010, 08:57 PM
Which hot goaltender are you talking about?

Milan: 120 Minutes, 2 GA, 1.00 GAA, .966 save %, 97 minutes played between goals

Kinkaid: 150 Minutes, 3 GA, 1.20 GAA, .945 save %, 129 minutes played between goals

It's a legitimate question.

On one hand, Kinkaid played well in the 2.5 games he played on Friday night. He's the #1 goalie that earned the spot midway through the season.

On the other hand, Milan came in and won the 2 most important games in the school's D-1 history.

Hmm....

Wholin1
03-15-2010, 09:09 PM
It's a legitimate question.
On the other hand, Milan came in and won the 2 most important games in the school's D-1 history.

This is the one I was referring too. Not to minimize Keith's performance, but Milan was superb in back to back elimination games. Best games I've ever seen him play.

UnionHockeyManiac
03-15-2010, 09:15 PM
Let's just agree that they are both beasts. Glad I don't have to make the call. I trust in our coach of the year to make the right decision though!

unionbob
03-15-2010, 10:06 PM
Chef...

Sorry I miss you...guess I was looking for the flag....hope all is well with you and the family....after this weekend you would have had popeye arms waving that thing.....


OK folks Ken Schott needs our help...he is in a contest to have bobblehead doll made in his likeness....click on the link and vote.....spread the word...
http://www.bobblevote.com/

slapschott
03-15-2010, 11:07 PM
I had a feeling we'd see this once Backman was named to the first team over MVT. I also have no problems with Polacek and Scrivens being on that list. I wonder who determines these finalists - is it the coaches and/or media? We can re-hash MVT's snub over & over, but it won't change anything. The more important goal is to win the next two games. :D

And a hearty congrats to Nate Leaman!! RC said it - there really wasn't another choice.

It's the coaches who vote. The media doesn't have a say.