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Posted on March 10 at 11:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Oops, guess they didn't even record the segment.

From: Leaman, Vaughan to discuss Union-Colgate series on Thursday's 'Slap Schotts' (updated)

Posted on March 10 at 10:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

They haven't picked a good week to delay getting the .mp3 up.

From: Leaman, Vaughan to discuss Union-Colgate series on Thursday's 'Slap Schotts' (updated)

Posted on March 8 at 1:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree about the fan support. It was an embarrassing turnout for a playoff series.

From: 5 observations about RPI hockey

Posted on February 22 at 11:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

From Union's website -

Tickets for Union College home games in the 2011 ECAC Hockey Men’s Quarterfinal Round are now on sale at the Union Athletics Box Office in Alumni Gym. You can also call 518-388-6020 to order your tickets.
Tickets will be available for online purchase on Wednesday, February 23 at 1:00 p.m.
The schedule for the Best of Three Series is: Friday, March 11, Saturday, March 12, and if necessary, Sunday, March 13. All games are at 7:00 p.m. at Messa Rink.
The opponent will not be determined until the completion of the First Round.
Individual Game Tickets are priced at $12.00 and $6.00 for students with ID and children 12 and under.
All Session Tickets are priced at $36.00 for adults and $18.00 for students with ID and children 12 and under.

From: College Hockey Slap Schotts 2010-11: Week 20

Posted on February 21 at 4:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This kind of success makes it even worse that the ECAC Tourney isn't here this year. I have no room to talk, though. I never went to it while it was in Albany, and while I've been a hockey fan my whole life (25), I didn't have much interest in college hockey until I went to a Union game on a whim last March and lucked into that 5 OT game. I've been to about 10 home games this year and would definitely have gone to the tourney if it was still here. Union/RPI having lackluster teams for most of the past several years didn't help the tourney and the fact that Siena and UAlbany basketball had some good March runs in the past several years likely took people away as well. But this year it's all Union/RPI and I'm sure it would have done well in Albany this year. Thoughts, anyone?

I never even went to Union (UAlbany grad) but might even splurge for season tickets down there next year. My only Union connection, besides living here all my life, is that I had a grandfather who played lacrosse there for "Pops" Harkness.

From: Union cracks top five in hockey, USA Today polls

Posted on January 24 at 7:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Seems like ticket sales for the Yale game are going good and that it may be a standing room only crowd.

From: College Hockey Slap Schotts 2010-11: Week 16

Posted on January 21 at 9:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Surprising. Not really an upset as Dartmouth is a very good team, but still... I was expecting Union, at home, to win a competitive game.

This one was basically over with 10-12 minutes into the game when Dartmouth went up 3-0. Union's entire first period was awful... kind of lazy, slow, plodding... Dartmouth seemed like they were going much faster and fiercer. On the 1240 AM postgame show, Rick Bennett called the first period Union's worst period of the year.

But give them credit for not letting it turn into a laugher. I thought the two teams played much more equally over the final two periods (especially the second period) but the damage was done.

Union should rebound tomorrow night but have a lot of work to do if they expect to beat Yale a week from now.

From: Dartmouth 4, Union 1 (Final)

Posted on January 18 at 12:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This week's USA Today/USA Hockey mens college hockey poll rewards Union for their weekend sweep and penalizes RPI for their weekend split.

Union (15-6-3, 7-2-1) moves from 13th to 10th while RPI (13-6-3, 5-5) tumbles from 9th to 13th.

Three of the most prominent college hockey polls (USA Today,, and Inside College Hockey) currently rank Union ahead of their Capital Region rivals.

From: No College Hockey Slap Schotts blog today

Posted on January 17 at 2:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Fresh off a weekend sweep at Colgate and Cornell, Union rises two spots to #12 in the latest USCHO rankings.

RPI, which split the weekend at Colgate and Cornell, falls four spots to #14.

Previously unranked Dartmouth enters the poll at #18. Dartmouth comes to town this weekend to face Union on Friday and RPI on Saturday.

To see the full rankings:

From: No College Hockey Slap Schotts blog today

Posted on January 10 at 4:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree on a new arena. It's not a D1 caliber facility. It was constructed well before Union had a D1 hockey team and has the second lowest capacity of the ECAC rinks. Only Princeton's has fewer seats. Eight of the 12 ECAC rinks seat at least 3000 and three sit at least 4200. Messa Rink sits 2225.

Messa Rink remains a good place to watch a game as you always feel like you're very close to the action. There's probably not a bad seat in the house. But the program needs a better facility as it looks forward.

The bleachers need to go in favor of permanent seats throughout the building. And the current seating set-up -- where you need to go to the ends of the building and then up the stairs -- is very bizarre and needs to go. I remember the first time I went there. I was like, how the hell do you get up there? Concessions and the merchandise area (the latter can clog up space when the house is packed) would benefit from more dedicated spaces. They'd probably make more money too. The press box should be in the center of the building, not on the far end, and be with the radio/TV guys. And the main lobby is very small. I can't speak about the bathroom issue, but there doesn't seem to be many of them.

Messa underwent a massive renovation back in 2003, but that money (1.5 mil) would have been better off had it been put toward a fund for a new facility. It's still a homey little place but it's probably outlived its usefulness.

From: College Hockey Slap Schotts 2010-11: Week 14

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