Union set to host Clarkson and St. Lawrence

Union vs #3 Clarkson
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018  •  Schenectady, NY  •  Messa Rink  •  7 p.m.
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Union at Harvard
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2017  •  Schenectady, NY  •  Messa Rink  •  7 p.m.
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Weekend Preview
Union Game Notes  •  Clarkson Game Notes  •  St. Lawrence Game Notes
Press ConferenceCoach Bennett, Vidmar, Maier and Rinaldi

This Weekend
The Dutchmen return home to host a pair of ECAC Hockey games this weekend, Jan. 12-13, hosting No. 3 Clarkson on Friday and St. Lawrence on Saturday. Both games at Messa Rink are slated to begin at 7 p.m. (ET).

Media Coverage
Brian Unger and Matt Dubrey will have the call this weekend for both games and fans can listen for free at TeamLine.cc. Additionally, both games will also be streamed live online at UnionAthletics.tv, and live stats will be available at UnionAthletics.com. 

Social Media
Receive real-time updates during all Union men's hockey games by following the team's official Twitter account @UnionMHockey. Additional in-game updates and commentary will be provided by assistant sports information director Ross LaDue via his Twitter account @RLaDue.

Current Streaks
Six Union skaters enter the weekend having recorded a point in at least the previous two games: Cole Maier (12 games - 5g, 8a); Ryan Walker (3 games - 3g, 1a); Ryan Scarfo (2 games - 2g, 2a); Jack Adams (2 games - 1g, 3a); Sebastian Vidmar (2 games - 0g, 3a); and J.C. Brassard (2 games - 0g, 2a). Maier's 12-game streak is also a career best for the junior, while Walker is closing in on a career best, his being a four-game streak set back in 2016-17.

Last Time Out
Union at Dartmouth - Jan. 5 - Thompson Arena

Union Goals: Jack AdamsJoseph CampolietoCole MaierRyan Scarfo (EN)
Dartmouth Goalie: Devin Buffalo (L), 32 saves, 3 goals against
Union Goalie: Jake Kupsky (W) - 33 saves, 1 goal against
Power Play: Union 0-1, Dartmouth 0-4
Noteworthy: The Dutchmen ended a three-game losing skid, scoring twice in both the first and third periods against Dartmouth. First years Jack Adams and Joseph Campolieto both scored their third goals of the season, while Cole Maier extended his career-best point streak to 11 games. Jake Kupsky made 33 saves in net for Union, earning his third conference win of the year.

Union at Harvard - Jan. 6 - Bright-Landry Hockey Center
Union Goals: Ryan WalkerRyan Scarfo (PP), Anthony Rinaldi
Harvard Goalie: Merrick Madsen (W), 35 saves, 3 goals against
Union Goalie: Jake Kupsky (L) - 25 saves, 4 goals against
Power Play: Union 1-4, Harvard 1-1
Noteworthy: Union suffered a heart-breaking loss in overtime to Harvard on Saturday, as the Crimson scored with 5.1 seconds remaining in the overtime period. The Dutchmen opened the scoring in the first period as Ryan Walker scored his seventh goal of the season. Harvard tied the game in the second period with a power-play goal, but Union took back the lead in the third period with a power-play goal of its own. Three goals were then scored in the span of 55 seconds during the third period, two for Harvard and one for Union, to create a 3-3 tie before ending regulation. Union out-shot Harvard in the game, 38-29, but Harvard's lone shot in the OT period was enough for the win.

vs Clarkson
Earlier this season the two teams met in Potsdam, NY, on Nov. 4, and the Golden Knights scored three power-play goals en route to a 3-2 win over Union. The Dutchmen went 0-4 on the power play, while Clarkson went 3-4.

Clarkson owns the all-time record against Union with a 30-25-5 mark against the Dutchmen. However, Union has fared better in recent years and holds a 7-3-0 edge over the Golden Knights in the last 10 meetings. 

Scouting the Golden Knights
Clarkson enters the weekend ranked as the No. 3 team in the nation in both national polls and the Golden Knights currently sit atop the ECAC Hockey standings with an 8-0-0 mark in league play.

Four of the top five scorers for Clarkson this season are underclassmen, and the top-three scorers are all sophomores. The group is led by Sheldon Rempal who has 16 goals and nine assists through 20 games this season. In net, Jake Kielly has played every minute for the Golden Knights, and holds a 16-3-1 record with a .948 save percentage and a 1.35 goals-against average. 

vs St. Lawrence
The Dutchmen won just their ninth game ever in Canton, NY, with a 3-1 win against St. Lawrence earlier this season on Nov. 3. Union out-shot the Saints 41-18 in the contest and kept St. Lawrence to just a single power-play goal.

However, Union trails in the all-time series to St. Lawrence with a 23-34-2 record. Union has fared better at home and holds a 12-12-2 record against the Saints at Messa Rink.

Scouting the Saints
St. Lawrence enters the weekend with a 4-14-2 record overall and a 0-7-1 mark in conference play. The Saints have gone 3-0-1 in their last four games, beating and tying Canisius last weekend.

The Saints are led by junior forward Jacob Pritchard, who has eight goals and nine assists this season. Sophomore Daniel Mannella has played most recently in net for the Saints, and holds a 3-2-1 record with a .925 save percentage and a 2.47 goals-against average. 

Junior Leadership
Union is fourth in the country for junior class scoring, having produced 31 goals and 55 assists this season. Six junior skaters have recored at least seven points this season. Brett Supinski leads the class, and the team, with six goals and 16 assists.

If You Ain't First, You're Last
The Dutchmen hold an 9-4-0 record this season when scoring the first goal. On the flip side, Union has only won two games when the opponents have scored first (2-7-1).

Spreading the Wealth
A total of 21 skaters have already recorded a point for Union this season, including 18 who have more than one, and 17 who have scored goals. 

Magic Number
Three seems to be the magic number for Union this season, as the Dutchmen have not won a game yet this season when scoring two or fewer goals. When scoring at least three goals, Union is 11-5-0 and almost perfect, 9-1-0 when scoring four or more goals.
Fashionably Late
Of the Dutchmen's 70 goals scored this season, the majority of them (31) have come in the third period, and Union is currently tied for fourth in the nation in third-period goal production. 

Best of the Week
Senior Ryan Scarfo picked up his second, and the team's third, weekly honor of the season, being named Player of the Week on Jan. 9 for his efforts at Dartmouth and Harvard. Scarfo had a four-point outing, scoring a goal and tallying an assist in both games.

Posting an undefeated weekend at No. 3 North Dakota, junior netminder Jake Kupsky was named ECAC Hockey's Goaltender of the Week on Nov. 28. Kupsky made a total of 64 saves over the weekend to help Union earn a 4-1 win and a 2-2 tie at Ralph Engelstad Arena. On the weekend, he posted a .955 save percentage and a 1.44 goals-against average.

With five-point weekend over Oct. 20-21, Ryan Scarfo led all ECAC Hockey skaters in scoring, and earned Player of the Week honors for his efforts. In the first outing of the weekend, Scarfo put up two assists against RIT in a 6-1 win. Against Niagara, Scarfo scored twice, including the game-winner, and added an assist for a career-tying best three-point night. The weekly honor was the first for the Dutchmen this season.

Extra Goals
Forward Brett Supinski is tied for the nation's lead in extra-attacker goals. The junior from Collegeville, PA scored with an empty Union net in back-to-back games, Oct. 13-15. Both of his extra-attacker goals were scored within the final 15 seconds of regulation.

Junior captain Cole Maier set a personal best on Oct. 21 at Niagara, recording three assists against the Purple Eagles. He registered an assist on the game-winner, and had an assist in each of the three periods.

Brett Supinski recorded Union's second 'apple-trick' of the season, tallying three assists in the 4-1 against No. 16 Quinnipiac on Nov. 11. It was also the second three-assist game in the junior's career. 

What a Debut
First-year goaltender Darion Hanson made his collegiate debut on Oct. 20 against RIT. Hanson made 24 saves in the 6-1 win, including 14 in the third period, seven of which were made while shorthanded. He followed up his debut with second win, helping Union defeat Niagara 5-1, with the only goal conceded coming on a Purple Eagles' power play.

With a 5-1 win over Niagara on Oct. 20, 2017, head coach Rick Bennett became the winningest hockey coach in Union hockey's Division I history. Bennett owns a career record of 142-75-30, surpassing Nate Leaman's record of 138-127-35. 

Already Spoken For
The Union College hockey team features three student-athletes who have been drafted by NHL teams. 

Name Team Year Round Overall
Jake Kupsky San Jose 2015 7 193
Parker Foo Chicago 2017 5 144
Jack Adams Detroit 2017 6 162

Welcome to Union College
The Dutchmen welcome nine new student-athletes to their ranks this season, including five forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender.

# Name Pos. YOB Hometown / Previous Team
2 Taylor Brierley D 96 East Grand Forks, ND / Dubuque Fighting Saints
4 Joseph Campolieto D 98 Eynon, PA / Tri-City Storm
7 Brandon Estes D 97 Richardson, TX / Youngstown Phantoms
15 Jack Adams F 97 Boxford, MA / Fargo Force
24 Liam Morgan F 98 Whitby, ON / Trenton Golden Hawks
26 Josh Kosack F 97 Oakville, ON / Green Bay Gamblers
28 Parker Foo F 98 Edmonton, AB / Brooks Bandits
29 Sean Harrison F 96 Anchorage, AK / Bloomington Thunder
34 Darion Hanson G 97 East Bethel, MN / Vernon Vipers

Newest Pros
Over the summer Union College had six members of its 2016-17 team sign professional contracts with North American organizations.

Name Yr. Pos. Team League Date
Nick DeSimone Jr D San Jose NHL March 30 (FA)
Spencer Foo Jr. F Calgary NHL June 27 (FA)
Michael Pontarelli Sr. D Quad City ECHL July 27
Alex Sakellaropoulos Sr. G Fort Wayne ECHL July 20
Jeff Taylor Sr. D Pittsburgh NHL March 26
Mike Vecchione Sr. F Philadelphia NHL March 31 (FA)