Game Notes: Union set to break the ice in Duluth

Game Notes:  Union set to break the ice in Duluth

This Weekend
The No. 16 Dutchmen take part in the 2017 Ice Breaker Tournament hosted by Minnesota Duluth this weekend at AMSOIL Arena. Union will play against Michigan Tech in the first game of the tournament, on Friday, Oct. 6, at 5:07 p.m. (ET). 

No. 3 Minnesota and No. 6/12 Minnesota Duluth will play in the second game on Friday at 8:37 p.m. (ET). On Saturday, the Bulldogs will play the later game, while Minnesota will play in the earlier game.

Media Coverage
All four games this weekend will be streamed live on NCHC.tv for a fee. They will also be televised locally in the Duluth market on My9 TV. Live Stats for the games will be provided through Minnesota Duluth's website, UMDBulldogs.com. Additionally, a live audio stream for Friday's game against Michigan Tech will be available at MichiganTechHuskies.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.

Last Time Out
#16 Union vs #2 Boston University - Sept. 30 - Agganis Arena
Union Goals: Brett Supinski (PP)
Boston University Goalie: Jake Oettinger (W), 31 saves, 1 goal against
Union Goalie: Jake Kupsky (L) - 39 saves, 2 goals against
Power Play: Union 1-4, Boston University 2-5
Noteworthy: Brett Supinski opened the scoring at the 11:24 mark of the first period, scoring on Union's firt power play of the game. BU responded with its own power-play goal less than three minutes later to tie the game. The Terriers then took the lead off another power-play goal at the 12:11 mark of the third period, before scoring twice on an empty net for the 4-1 win. Jake Kupsky made a total of 39 saves in the contest.

vs Michigan Tech
Friday's contest will be the first meeting between Union and Michigan Tech in program history. 

Scouting Michigan Tech
Michigan Tech was one of six teams to open the 2017-18 season last weekend. The Huskies played in a close game against Wisconsin, but lost to the Badgers, 3-2, in Madison, WI. Michigan Tech received scoring from leading returning-scorers Mark Auk and Joel L'Esperance. In net, Patrick Munson made 24 saves for the Huskies and allowed three goals, two of which were on the power play. 

The Huskies received 60 points in the USCHO.com preseason poll, but did not receive any votes in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. 

Scouting Minnesota Duluth
The Bulldogs played the University of Alberta in an exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 30. Despite out-shooting the Golden Bears, 32-29, Minnesota Duluth ended up losing the exhibition match, 4-3. The Bulldogs played all three netminders, but freshman Ben Patt was the goalie of record after conceding three goals to Alberta in the third period. Top returning forward, Joey Anderson, who netted 12 goals and 25 assists last season, tallied just one assist in the exhibition loss.

Minnesota Duluth was sixth in the USCO.com preseason poll, with one first-place vote, but after the exhibition loss, the Bulldogs dropped to 12th in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll.

Scouting Minnesota
The Gophers also started the new season off with an exhibition against the University of Alberta, playing the Golden Bears on Sunday, Oct. 1. Minnesota out-shot Alberta 26-23, but won the contest by a wide 6-2 margin. The game was tied 2-2 heading into the third period, but the Gophers potted four goals in the third period, including two power-play goals, for the win. Freshman Casey Mittelstadt led the Gophers with one goal and three assists in the game, while Brent Gates Jr. was the only Gopher to score more than one goal.

Minnesota is the highest ranked team at the Ice Breaker Tournament, entering the weekend as the No. 3 team in the nation in both polls.

Milestone Watch
Bennett - 2 wins shy of passing Nate Leaman as Union's all-time winningest coach (138)

Leading By Example
Bennett was tabbed as ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year for the second time in his career (2011-12) after guiding the Dutchmen to a share of their fourth Cleary Cup title with a conference record of 16-4-2 in 2016-17.

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)

Rising Stock
Vidmar (14g, 27a) ranked in the top five of the biggest point increases in Division I from the 2015-16 season to the 2016-17 season, adding 31 more points (8g, 23a) during his sophomore campaign.