College Hockey Slap Schotts Week 6: Union 'D' will survive without Bodie
Union junior defenseman Mat Bodie’s broken wrist will certainly test the Dutchmen over the six to weeks that their team captain will be out.
But it won’t be a devastating blow.
The Dutchmen not only have excellent depth on the blue line, but they have plenty of talent. For those who watched Union’s two-game sweep of RPI over the weekend, you witnessed seniors Greg Coburn and Shawn Stuart and sophomore Shayne Gostisbehere step up their games. Coburn and Gostisbehere were hot offensively, combining for two goals and seven assists. Gostisbehere, who had a goal and four assists, had a plus-5 defensive rating to lead the Dutchmen defensemen.
We even saw Stuart, normally a stay-at-home defenseman, carrying the puck more and even getting some power-play time. He had a nice assist on Max Novak’s power-play goal in Saturday’s 7-3 triumph. He skated the puck into the zone and went behind the net when he centered the puck out to Novak in the left circle, and Novak beat goalie Bruce Merriam past his left pad.
That goal was the first of three power-play goals Union scored during a major to Luke Curadi for making contact with Gostisbehere’s head. Coburn scored one of the other power-play tallies, and Gostisbehere assisted on that one as well as Daniel Ciampini’s tip-in of his shot.
Unfortunately, no one keeps track of ice time, but it wouldn’t shock me if Coburn, Gostisbehere and Stuart logged between 25-30 minutes during each game over the weekend.
The one concern will be who will join the trio in keeping the Dutchmen defense humming along. Freshman Sebastien Gingras had a solid game Friday, but made some mistakes Saturday. Senior Ryan Forgaard played Friday, but was a healthy scratch Saturday. Sophomore Charlie Vasaturo and freshman Tim Boyle dressed for Saturday’s game, but were their playing time was limited for the first two periods. Vasaturo took that nasty hit from behind by CJ Lee in midway through the third period.
If there is any concern about the Coburn, Gostisbehere and Stuart getting tired and overworked, there isn’t any need for that. Union is off next weekend for final exams for the first trimester. After that, it’s three weekends of games before taking two weeks off for Christmas. By the time Union resumes play Dec. 29 against Vermont at the Catamount Cup, Bodie could be back. They will need Bodie back because Gostisbehere could be with Team USA at the World Junior Championships.
Sure, the Dutchmen will miss Bodie. However, they won’t miss a beat.
Dominate for nothing
Colgate did just about everything right in its home-and-home ECACH series with Central New York-rival Cornell over the weekend.
The Raiders outshot the Big Red, 45-14, in Friday’s game at Starr Rink in Hamilton. They took a 2-0 lead in Saturday’s rematch at Lynah Rink in Ithaca.
And what did Colgate get out of it? One point.
Goalie Andy Iles is the main reason Cornell won Friday. He made 44 saves, including 24 in the first period while his teammates managed just four shots on goal. But the Big Red scored on one of them. Dustin Mowrey scored 41 seconds into the game.
Darcy Murphy was the only Colgate player who managed to beat Iles, tallying a power-play goal at 6:54 of the second period that tied the score, 1-1. But 1:06 later, Greg Miller regained the lead for Cornell. Joel Lowry’s empty-net goal with 29 seconds left in the game sealed the win.
In the rematch, first-period power-play goals by Kyle Baun and Spiro Goulakos gave Colgate a 2-0 lead. Cornell was outshot, 10-3, in the period. I can’t imagine that Big Red coach Mike Schafer was happy that his team got off to a slow start for the second straight night.
Cornell outshot Colgate, 13-6, in the second, but couldn’t score. However, the Big Red scored twice in less than four minutes in the third to earn a 2-2 tie. Cole Bardreau made it 2-1 on a power-play goal with 9:55 left. Nick D’Agostino got the tying goal with 6:06 remaining.
The game ended with some bad blood. Colgate’s Tyson Spink shot the puck at Iles after the final buzzer had sounded to end the game. Naturally, the Big Red weren’t happy about that.
“Sometimes, it’s just the stupidest unspoken myth in hockey that you don’t shoot the puck at the goaltender after the whistle,” Schafer told the Ithaca Journal. “But you don’t, and the kids all know it, so our guys took exception to it. There was some pushing and shoving, but I don’t think there were any disqualifications or anything, which is fortunate for both teams because there were a lot of good players on the ice.”
The hostilities continued after the postgame handshake.
“That was my fault,” Schafer said. “As a coach, you stay out of the handshake line for a reason — because if something happens, as a coach you don’t want to be in the middle of things. And so coming off, something happened and we were in the middle of things. It’s never good when a coach is out there like that, and it got heated.”
Colgate coach Don Vaughan wasn’t happy, either.
“Our kid shot the puck, and I’m not sure if he didn’t hear the whistle or what,” Vaughan said. “But it was a little bit late, and it set things in motion. Back-to-back games, kids are competing hard and emotions are high, anyway ... it happens, unfortunately. The handshake thing was unfortunate, but kids will be kids.”
After disposing of Brown, 3-2, on Friday, Harvard had to be thinking it would complete a weekend sweep by beating Yale. The Bulldogs came into Saturday’s game at Bright Hockey Center after a 7-4 loss to Dartmouth in which the Big Green scored their seven goals on just 23 shots.
So, what happens? Yale rolls to a 5-1 win. Kenny Agostino and Jesse Root scored two goals apiece for Yale, which peppered Crimson goalie Raphael Girard with 49 shots and scored three third-period goals to put the game away. Goalie Jeff Malcolm stopped 28 shots for Yale.
Dutchmen move up in polls
Thanks to their weekend sweep of RPI, Union moved up in the USCHO.com/NCAA hockey top-20 poll Monday.
The Dutchmen (2-0 ECAC Hockey, 5-1-1 overall) went from 10th to eighth. They received a first-place vote for the fourth straight week.
Cornell is the top-ranked ECACH team, placing fourth in the poll. St. Lawrence (13th) and Harvard (14th) are the other ECACH teams in the poll. Dartmouth just missed out on the top 20. The Big Green had the most points among other teams receiving votes.
In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine top-15 poll, Union moved up from ninth to seventh.
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Boston College (48) 6- 1-0 998 1
2 Minnesota 5- 2-0 896 2
3 Denver (1) 5- 1-0 878 3
4 Cornell 3- 0-1 790 6
5 Miami 5- 2-1 765 4
6 North Dakota 3- 2-1 749 5
7 Notre Dame 6- 2-0 702 7
8 Union (1) 5- 1-1 661 10
9 New Hampshire 5- 1-1 625 9
10 Western Michigan 4- 2-0 532 11
11 Boston University 4- 2-0 513 12
12 Michigan 3- 3-1 480 8
13 St. Lawrence 5- 1-0 300 16
14 Harvard 2- 1-0 257 13
15 St. Cloud State 5- 3-0 256 18
16 Northern Michigan 4- 3-1 217 20
17 Massachusetts-Lowell 1- 3-1 169 14
18 Ferris State 3- 3-2 163 19
19 Colorado College 5- 3-0 143 NR
20 Minnesota-Duluth 2- 3-1 120 17
Others receiving votes: Dartmouth 102, Providence 35, Northeastern 28, Yale 24, Nebraska-Omaha 23, Merrimack 21, Quinnipiac 15, Holy Cross 9, Alaska 7, Bemidji State 7, Ohio State 4, Minnesota State 3, Niagara 3, Lake Superior 2, Massachusetts 2, Colgate 1.
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine 2012-13 Men’s College Hockey Poll
(First-place votes in parentheses)
Rank School Last Week’s Ranking 2012-13 Record Weeks in Top 15
1 Boston College, 509 (33) 1 6-1-0 6
2 Minnesota, 455 2 5-2-0 6
3 Denver, 421 3 5-1-0 6
4 Cornell, 372 5 3-0-1 6
5 Miami (Ohio), 361 4 5-2-1 6
6 North Dakota, 351 6 3-2-1 6
7 Union, 297 (1) 9 5-1-1 6
8 Notre Dame, 294 8 6-2-0 6
9 New Hampshire, 238 10 5-1-1 3
10 Western Michigan, 200 11 4-0-1 6
11 Michigan, 180 7 3-3-1 6
12 Boston University, 178 12 4-2-0 6
13 Harvard, 67 13 2-1-0 2
14 St. Lawrence, 52 15 5-1-0 2
15 UMass Lowell, 36 14 1-3-1 6
Others receiving votes: St. Cloud State, 19; Northern Michigan, 15; Ferris State, 14; Dartmouth, 9; Minnesota Duluth, 6; Colorado College, 4; Providence, 1; Quinnipiac, 1.
I have a vote in the USCHO.com poll. Here is how I voted:
1) Boston College
7) North Dakota
8) Notre Dame
9) New Hampshire
10) Western Michigan
12) Boston U.
13) St. Lawrence
16) Northern Michigan
17) St. Cloud State
18) Colorado College
19) Ferris State
20) Minn. Duluth
Daily Gazette Stick Salutes
Time for my weekly awards.
Player of the Week — Shayne Gostisbehere, Union
The sophomore defenseman had a goal and four assists, and was a plus-5 defensively.
Goalie of the Week — Andy Iles, Cornell
The junior netminder had a total of 67 saves on 70 shots in helping Cornell go 1-0-1 against Colgate.
Rookie of the Week — Greg Lewis, Clarkson
The freshman goalie made 35 saves in the Golden Knights’ 2-2 tie against Canisius on Sunday/
Teams of the Week — Dartmouth and Union
Both teams opened ECACH play with sweeps.
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