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Union Travels to #2 Quinnipiac and Princeton

Union Travels to #2 Quinnipiac and Princeton
Written by Noah Roy

Union vs. #2 Quinnipiac
Friday, Feb. 4, 2022 • Hamden, Conn. • Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena • 7:00 pm
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Union vs. Princeton
Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022 • Princeton, NJ • Hobey Baker Rink • 7:00 pm
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Weekend Preview
Union Game Notes

This Weekend

After falling to LIU on Tuesday in the final non-conference tilt of the regular season, Union will travel to #2 Quinnipiac and Princeton this weekend.

Media Coverage
Fans can watch the games this weekend on ESPN+. Live stats will be available through the respective school websites.

Social Media
Receive real-time updates during all Union men’s hockey games by following the team’s official Twitter account @UnionMHockey. Additional behind-the-scenes looks are also available through the team’s official Instagram account, @UnionMHockey.

vs. Quinnipiac
Quinnipiac is 21-2-3 this season with a 10-1-1 record in ECAC Hockey play. The last time the Dutchmen and Bobcats met was on December 4, 2021 at Union, where the visitors blanked Union 4-0.

vs. Princeton
Princeton is 5-11-2 overall with a 4-6-1 record in ECAC Hockey play. Union defeated Princeton on December 3, 2021 with a 1-0 overtime win.

Scouting the Bobcats
Quinnipiac is currently on a three-game win streak, most recently defeating UConn 2-0 on Saturday to win the Connecticut Ice Collegiate Hockey Tournament. The Bobcats are averaging 34.9 shots per game through 26 games while shutting down on defense, only allowing 26 goals to date. Quinnipiac’s goaltenders have combined for 12 shutouts.

Senior defeseman Zach Metsa (7-19-26) and graduate student Oliver Chau (9-17-26) are averaging a point per game with 26 points each in 26 games. Five players have scored 20 or more points while 26 of 28 players, including both goaltenders, have scored at least one point.

Goaltenders Yaniv Perets and Dylan St. | Cyr split time between the pipes for the Bobcats. Perets leads the nation with a 0.79 GAA and a .955 save percentage alongside a 13-1-2 record with nine shutouts in his first-year campaign. st. Cyr is 8-1-1 with a 1.33 GAA and a .929 save percentage and three shutouts.

Scouting the Tigers
Princeton is coming off a 6-1 win over Brown last Friday. The Tigers are 2-1-1 in their last four games, defeating Brown and Cornell, tying Colgate, and falling to Quinnipiac. The Tigers are averaging 26.2 shots per game.

Senior Corey Andonovski leads the way with 14 points (7-7-14) for the Tigers. Andonovski also leads the team with four power-play goals. Sophomore Ian Murphy is close behind with 12 points in 17 games (5-7-12). The Tigers have scored three short-handed goals through 18 games this season, which ranks them 12th nationally and second in the conference.

Time in the crease has been primarily split between Aidan Porter (2-5-0, 3.32, .882) and Jeremy Forget (3-4-2, 3.70, .884).

Dutchmen in the Record Books
Three current Dutchmen have etched their way into the record books for Union hockey this season. Sophomore Liam Robertson is currently tied for ninth in Union’s Division I records for single-season power-play goals. Junior Connor Murphy is ninth for single-game saves with his 51-save performance against Maine while moving into a tie for fourth for single-season shutouts with three. Senior Brandon Estes’ 109 consecutive games played ranks in the top ten in Union hockey history.

Adding the A
Senior Brandon Estes was recently named an assistant captain for the Dutchmen. Estes leads the team in points this season and is a steadying presence both on and off the ice.

Olympians Made Here
For the first time in program history, three alumni have earned spots on Olympic hockey rosters: Daniel Carr (Canada), Spencer Foo (China), and Parker Foo (China). The trio of former Dutchmen will square off in the third round of group play on Sunday, February 13 at 8:10 am ET. Group A play begins on February 10 when China takes on the United States and Canada faces off with Germany.

Kosack Nominated for Hockey Humanitarian Award
For the second straight season, senior Josh Kosack of the Union College men’s hockey team has been announced as a nominee for the prestigious Hockey Humanitarian Award. Kosack is one of 11 nominees for the award this season, including one of three previously nominated in 2020-21 and one of two finalists returning to the ballot in 2021-22.

Murphy Named to Mike Richter Award Watch List
Junior Connor Murphy was one of 28 goaltenders named to the preliminary Mike Richter Award Watch List on Thursday, January 20.

Meet Murphy
Junior transfer Connor Murphy has been excellent between the pipes for the Dutchmen. Murphy stopped 89 shots in the series against Maine, including 51 stops on December 10, earning ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week for the second time this season. The 51 saves ranks ninth in Union’s Division I single-game record list and ranks second in Division I this season for a single game. Murphy has stopped 706 shots this season, which ranks fourth nationally, on the way to a 9-12-2 record with three shutouts.

Steady Seger
Junior assistant captain Gabriel Seger has been a steady presence in the faceoff circle for the Dutchmen. The junior is winning 52.5 percent of facesoffs.

Aside from his steadying presence in the circle, Seger has made an impact on the Dutchmen offense. The junior is tied for third on the team with 11 points (3-8-11). Union is 6-3-1 when Seger scores a point.

Ironman Estes
Senior defenseman Brandon Estes played in his 100th consecutive game on December 10 at Maine. The last game Estes missed was on February 3, 2018. The senior has played in 134 career games for the Dutchmen (14-40-54), including 109 in a row.

Three is the Magic Number
In 22 games this season, Brandon Estes has scored 13 points (4-9-13). Those points were scored in three three-game point streaks (10/15-10/22, 11/5-11/12, 1/15-1/22), resulting in a 1-1-1 team record in each streak . Therefore, Union is 3-3-3 when Estes scores a point. Estes also added three points against Brown and Yale.

Kosack Named Senior CLASS Award Candidate
Josh Kosack is one of 20 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. Kosack is one of four candidates from an ECAC Hockey school and the sixth Union player in program history.

Kozi’s Kids
Senior captain Josh Kosack launched his second Kozi’s Kids fundraiser on November 15 to benefit COCOA House, a non-profit that provides a safe place for inner-city Schenectady children to go after school with a focus on building life skills, academics, and mentorship. After raising over $5,000 for new laptops and Christmas presents in a year without Dutchmen hockey, Kosack is aiming higher this year with a goal of $20,000. COCOA House purchased the building next door to create a second space for kids with an emphasis on a state-of-the-art entrepreneurship space, a lounge area, study rooms, and other resources. The money will go to developing a Kozi’s Kids lounge and purchasing Christmas presents for children in the Tri-City area. As of 8:00 pm on January 13, over $40,000 has been raised. To learn more about the fundraiser, or to donate, please visit UnionAthletics.com/KozisKids. A final amount raised will be announced soon.

Ranked Robertson
Sophomore forward Liam Robertson is off to a great start this season. Robertson is ranked third nationally and first in the conference with eight power-play goals in 23 games. The forward is second on the team with 14 points (11-3-14), eight of which came on special teams (8-1-9).

Dutchmen Earn Player of the Week Honors
Following a career game against Merrimack College, Liam Robertson was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week. After their performances against Maine, first-year Caden Villegas earned Rookie of the Week accolades and junior Connor Murphy earned his second Goalie of the Week honor.

Lighting The Lamp Fast
Union scored the first goal in seven out of its first ten games played this season, including three games in which the Dutchmen scored within the first 2:01 of the game. Despite that advantage, Union was only 2-3-2 in those seven contests.

First-Year Force
first-year Michael Hodge has established himself as a steady offensive presence in the first 13 games. The forward started the season on a five-game point streak, registering three goals and three assists during that time. Hodge is tied for first on the team with nine points.

How Sweep It Is
On Monday, October 18, the ECAC announced a clean sweep of their weekly awards by the Dutchmen. Senior Brandon Estes earned Player of the Week honors, scoring one goal and adding 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 contests. first-year Collin Graf He played a role in both Union goals in Friday’s 2-1 win over the Tigers, scoring his first collegiate goal on the power play and then picking up the primary assist on Estes’ game-winning goal.

This marked the first time that Union swept 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 don the “A” for the Dutchmen in 2021-22. Kosack is captaining the team for the second straight season, after serving as a team leader during the 2020-21 year.

Looking to 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 were even more pessimistic about Union’s chances, voting the Dutchmen 11th out of 12 teams (26 points) in the preseason media poll.

Welcome to the Show
Heading into the 2021-22 season, more than half (16 of 31) of Union’s players have never played in a collegiate game. Seven sophomores were with the team last year but did not compete, as Union did not play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program also welcomed eight first-year players to the team this season as well.

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