Game Notes: Union takes on St. Lawrence & Clarkson

SCHENECTADY, NY--The No. 15/16 Union College men's hockey team plays its final two games in November this weekend when it hosts St. Lawrence and Clarkson.

Game Notes

SHAYNE GOSTISBEHERE SIGNED JERSEY RAFFLE
This weekend, the Dutchmen will be hosting a jersey raffle with all proceeds going to support Beards for Brown and Brinker, which is an initiative to raise money for Gina Brown and Marian Brinker - two wonderful mothers, wives and dedicated Union fans - in their fight against cancer. For full details click HERE   
UNION VS. ST. LAWRENCE ALL-TIME SERIES
Union is 22-33-1 against St. Lawrence in its Division I era. The Dutchmen went 0-1-1 against the Saints in their regular season series last year, losing 6-3 on the road and skating to a 3-3 tie at Messa Rink in the most recent meeting between the two teams. The last time the two teams met, Brett Supinski produced a goal and an assist and Mike Vecchione and Jeff Taylor each had a pair of assists.

SCOUTING ST. LAWRENCE
St. Lawrence swept its first ECAC Hockey series of the season with back-to-back shutout wins against Princeton and then sixth-ranked Quinnipiac, to improve to 5-4-1 on the season.  The Saints have faced six opponents this season who are currently ranked in the USCHO.com poll, going 2-3-1 in those contests. Junior goaltender Kyle Hayton, who was named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week after posting consecutive shutouts last weekend, is 5-3-1 with a 2.57 goals against average and a .922 save percentage.

UNION VS. CLARKSON ALL-TIME SERIES
Union is 24-28-5 against Clarkson in its Division I era, but 15-2-0 in the last 17 meetings. The teams split the regular season series in 2015-16, each winning 4-1 on the road, with the Golden Knights picking up the victory in the last meeting between the two teams on Feb. 5, 2016.

SCOUTING CLARKSON
Clarkson went 1-1-0 in its opening ECAC Hockey weekend, beating Princeton 4-2 after falling 5-3 to then sixth-ranked Quinnipiac. The Golden Knights have faced four ranked opponents this season, going 0-3-1 in those contests. Freshman netminder Jake Kielly has holds a 3-4-1 record with a 2.99 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. Senior goaltender Villa Runola earned the start in Saturday's win against Princeton.

CLIMBING THE LADDER
Union climbed to 16th in the latest USCHO.com Division I poll released Monday, marking its highest ranking in the poll since Nov. 17, 2014. The Dutchmen also made their first appearance in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll since Nov. 10, 2014, entering at No. 15.

OUT OF THE GATE
With its sweep of Yale and Brown, Union opened league play at 4-0-0 for the first time since the 2004-05 season and improved to 5-0-0 at home.