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College hockey: Stuart hoping to play vs. Yale

Friday, February 15, 2013
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Union defenseman Shawn Stuart, pictured at left and inset, checks an RPI player into the boards in a game last season
Union defenseman Shawn Stuart, pictured at left and inset, checks an RPI player into the boards in a game last season

Union defenseman Shawn Stuart can’t seem to catch a break.

The senior is recovering from his second injury in a month. He sprained his ankle in last Friday’s 2-1 loss to Clarkson and missed the game against St. Lawrence the next night.

He’s hoping to be able to play tonight, when the Dutchmen host 10th-ranked Yale in an ECAC Hockey contest at Messa Rink.

Stuart missed four games after suffering a shoulder injury Jan. 12 against Quinnipiac. He returned to the lineup Feb. 1 against Dartmouth.

“It’s more day-to-day with this one,” Stuart said. “It depends on how it feels, and how it feels in the skate. Once I can get it in the skate, we’ll see how it goes.”

It’s a little frustrating for Stuart, who had a streak of playing in 100 consecutive games snapped when he went down with his first injury.

“There’s nothing you can do about it,” Stuart said. “I’ve just got to keep doing the treatment, and helping the guys out and doing what I can off the ice.”

TINORDI LIKELY DONE

It appears that Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute junior forward Matt Tinordi’s season is over.

RPI coach Seth Appert said after practice Wednesday that he expects Tinordi to miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in Friday’s 4-3 overtime win over St. Lawrence.

“We’ll know more this week,” Appert said, “but he’s probably done for the year.”

Tinordi has four goals and an assist in 24 games this season. In 79 career games, Tinordi has 11 goals and nine assists.

BOOK COLLECTION SET

Union hockey will have its second annual “Project: Cameron’s Story” at this weekend’s games against Yale and Brown.

Fans are asked to bring new children’s books to the games. It’s a local initiative that supports the bonding of parents with their premature babies through the use of children’s literature and storytelling in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) at Albany Medical Center, St. Peter’s Hospital and Crouse Medical Center.

The mission of Project: Cameron’s Story is to place a brand new, quality, children’s book in the hands of every parent of a premature baby upon admission at each of the local hospitals.

Union assistant coach Jason Tapp and his wife, ABC10 anchor Nicol Lally, are involved in the project. Both of their daughters, Ella (who is now 3 years old) and Avery (eight months old), spent time in the Albany Med NICU.

Lally will be collecting the books as fans enter Messa.

Project: Cameron’s Story is named for the late Cameron Jace Quartiers of Glens Falls. According to the website www.projectcameronsstory.com, he was born Feb. 16, 2009, 16 weeks premature. Cameron fought bravely before passing away Oct. 20, 2009.

QUINNIPIAC ON TOP

After running its unbeaten streak to 21 games last weekend with wins at Cornell and Colgate, Quinnipiac is the No. 1-ranked team in the country for the first time in program history.

The Bobcats unseated Minnesota, which split a two-game series at St. Cloud State, from the top spot in the USCHO.com/NCAA hockey and USA Hockey Magazine/USA Today polls on Monday. Quinn-ipiac got 41 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO poll, and 28 of 34 first-place votes in the USA Hockey Magazine poll.

The last ECACH team to be the No. 1 team in the country was Yale on Jan. 24, 2011. Yale lasted only a week in the top spot. Union and RPI knocked off Yale later that week.

“I think, looking back, to me it’s more than impressive that in only our 15th year as a Division I program, that we’re the No. 1 team in the country,” Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said at a Monday news conference. “I think it’s something our fans, alumni and our administration can enjoy. For us, as players and coaches, we’ll enjoy it for about 15 minutes and get ready to play St. Lawrence.”

The Bobcats (14-0-2 ECACH, 21-3-4 overall) can clinch their first Cleary Cup regular-season title tonight by beating the Saints, or a Yale loss or tie against Union.

Tournament tickets

Single-session tickets to the ECACH championship March 22-23 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City go on sale Monday at noon. Tickets can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets by calling (800) 736-1420 or through www.ticketmaster.-com.

Single-session tickets are priced at $26 for the upper bowl, and $31 for the lower bowl. Family four-packs are $79 and include four tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks and must be purchased in advance.

Two-day all-session tickets are still available and are priced at $87 for the first two rows on the glass, $52 for the lower bowl and $42 for seats in the upper bowl.

LOCAL UPDATE

Here’s a look at how college hockey players from the Capital Region did over the past week.

u Union sophomore goalie Colin Stevens (Niskayuna) stopped all 11 shots he faces in relief of Troy Grosenick in last Friday’s 2-1 loss to Clarkson. Stevens replaced Grosenick briefly in Saturday’s game against St. Lawrence and allowed a goal on two shots, and was charged with the loss in the 4-2 decision because he allowed the game-winning goal.

u Wisconsin freshman defenseman Courtney Burke (Albany) scored a goal in last Friday’s 6-0 win over St. Cloud State. She had an assist in the next day’s 5-1 triumph over St. Cloud State.

FINALISTS NAMED

The 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award were named Wednesday. They are Brett Beebe (Western Michigan), Danny Biega (Harvard), Kyle Bonis (Ferris State), Stephen Carew (Air Force), Alex Gerke (Connecticut), Ben Hanowski (St. Cloud State), Brendan Jamison (Robert Morris), Brandon Nunn (Holy Cross), Cheyne Rocha (Army) and Steven Spinell (Miami-Ohio).

Fans can vote two ways online, at http://www.seniorclassaward.-com/ or on the Senior CLASS Award’s Facebook page.

Voting runs though March 25. The winner will be announced at the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh April 11-13.

 
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