After falling 4-1 to #19 Harvard last week, the Union Dutchmen look set to come back with a road trip to St.Lawrence on Friday and Clarkson on Saturday.
Fans can watch this weekend’s game on ESPN+. Live stats are available through the respective home team websites.
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vs. St. Lawrence
Union and St. Lawrence met in early November and recorded a 2-2 draw, with St. Lawrence getting the extra point for winning the four-round shootout. Junior Gabriel Seger scored the equalizing goal at 6:49 PM of the third period to send the game to OT.
The last time Union and Clarkson met, the Dutch skated away with a 4-3 win in overtime. First year Collin Graf scored the game winner while junior Connor Murphy stopped the only penalty that Union faced this season.
Scouting the Saints
St. Lawrence will come out of a 5-0 loss to Omaha on January 1, sharing the two-game series with the nationally ranked Mavericks. The Saints have not played since Jan. 1, citing health and safety protocols as the reason why games against Hockey East foes Merrimack and New Hampshire were canceled.
Senior Kaden Pickering leads the Saints by 10 points (5-5-10) in 18 games, including three winning goals.
Senior Emil Zetterquist is the main netminder for the Saints, with a save rate of 0.892 and an average of 3.09 en route to a record 5-8-4.
Scouting the Golden Knights
Clarkson is currently in a three-game losing streak after losing 5-1 to New Hampshire on January 8 and dropping both games in the state of Arizona in mid-December. The Golden Knights play their first home game since December 4, where they tied for a 4-4 tie with Cornell before winning the shootout.
Junior Mathieu Gosselin leads the way through 20 games with 17 points (4-13-17), while graduate student Zach Tsekos has scored 10 goals (10-5-15) this season.
Sophomore Ethan Haider has made a solid start between the pipes in his second collegiate season. Haider is 9-7-4 with a save percentage of .917, 2.24 goals against average and two shutouts.
Junior Assistant Captain Gabriel Seger is a constant presence in the face-off circle for the Dutch. The junior wins 53.1 percent of the face-offs.
Aside from his steady presence in the circle, Seger has had an impact on the Dutch offense. The junior is second in the team with eight points (2-6-8). Union is 4-2-1 if Seger scores a point.
Junior transfer Connor Murphy has been excellent between the pipes for the Dutch. Murphy stopped 89 shots in the series against Maine, including 51 stops on December 10, earning him ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week for the second time this season. The 51 saves rank ninth on Union’s Division I single-game record list and are ranked first in Division I for a single game this season. Murphy has stopped 538 shots this season, which is fourth nationally, en route to a 5-9-1 record with two shutouts.
Senior Defender Brandon Estes played in its 100th consecutive game on December 10 in Maine. The last game Estes missed was on February 3, 2018. The senior played in 127 career games for the Dutch (12-33-45), including 102 in a row.
Senior Captain Josh Kosack launched its second Kozi’s Kids fundraiser on Nov. 15 to benefit COCOA House, a nonprofit that provides a safe place for inner-city Schenectady children to attend after school, with a focus on life skills development, academic education, and mentorship. After raising more than $5,000 for new laptops and Christmas gifts in a year without Dutch hockey, Kosack is aiming higher this year with a goal of $20,000. COCOA House purchased the adjacent building 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 go towards the development of a Kozi’s Kids lounge and the purchase of Christmas presents for children in the Tri-City neighborhood. As of January 13 at 8:00 PM, more than $40,000 has been raised. To learn more about the fundraiser or to donate, visit UnionAthletics.com/KozisKids. A final amount raised will be announced shortly.
Sophomore ahead Liam Robertson off to a good start this season. Robertson is ranked 15th nationally and second in conference with four power play goals in 16 games. The attacker is joint first in the team with nine points (6-3-9), five of which are on special teams (4-1-5).
The Dutch deserve Player of the Week award
After a career game against Merrimack College, Liam Robertson was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week. After their appearances against Maine, freshmen Caden Villegas earned Rookie of the Week honors and junior Connor Murphy earned his second goalkeeper of the week honors.
Light the lamp quickly
Union scored its first goal in seven of the first ten games played this season, including three games in which the Dutch scored in the first 2:01 of the game. Despite that advantage, Union was only 2-3-2 in those seven games.
First year Michael Hodge has established itself as a steady offensive presence in the first 13 games. The attacker started the season with a run of five games, scoring three goals and three assists in that time. Hodge is joint first in the team with nine points.
How sweeping it is
On Monday, October 18, ECAC announced that the Dutch had won a clean slate of their weekly prizes. Senior Brandon Estes earned the Player of the Week title, scoring one goal and providing three assists from the blue line. Junior Connor Murphy garnered Goalie of the Week recognition, posting a 1.92 goals against average and a .945 save percentage with 69 saves in two games. First year Collin Graf played a part in both Union goals in Friday’s 2-1 win over the Tigers, scoring his first collegiate goal on power play and then getting the primary assist on Estes’ winning goal.
This marked the first time Union took home the weekly awards since March 2014, when Daniel Carr ’14 (Player), Colin Stevens ’15 (Goalie) and Mike Vecchione ’17 (Rookie) were all recognized.
Oh Captains, My Captains
Senior Josh Kosack will wear the captains “C” this season while juniors Dylan Anhorn and Gabriel Seger will wear the “A” for the Dutch in 2021-22. Kosack leads the team for the second consecutive season, having served as team leader during the 2020-21 pandemic year.
Looking for surprise
Union was picked to finish in a tie for eighth in the ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches Poll, earning 40 points to tie with Rensselaer. The local media was even more pessimistic about 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 2021-2022 season, more than half (16 out of 31) Union players have never played in a collegiate 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 also welcomed eight freshmen to the team this season.