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Union-Penn State pregame report (Sunday edition)

Good afternoon from Messa Rink, where the eighth-ranked Union Dutchmen look to turn up the intensity in the final contest of their two-game series with NCAA Hockey’s newest Division I team, Penn State.

The Dutchmen won Saturday’s game. 2-0. But Union coach Rick Bennett wasn’t pleased with the team’s effort coming off its two-week break. He didn’t think the Dutchmen were intense enough.

Penn State goalie Matthew Skoff was awesome, making 40 saves. If Wayne Simpson hadn’t beaten him with a shot midway through the second period, the Nittany Lions would have had plenty of confidence heading into the third period.

The Dutchmen got a stellar performance in goal from Colin Stevens. The sophomore from Niskayuna made 22 saves to earn his second shutout of the season.

For today’s game, Bennett is giving junior Troy Grosenick the start. Grosenick injured his right leg early in the second period of Union’s game at Harvard Nov. 9. The injury, initially feared to be serious, turned out not to be that bad.

There are other lineup changes for the Dutchmen. Forwards Kevin Sullivan, Mark Bennett and Matt Wilkins and defenseman Sebastien Gingras are back in after missing last night’s game. Forwards Nick Cruice, David Roy and Sam Coatta and defenseman Tim Boyle are out.

Here is the Union lineup, starting with the forwards (LW/C/RW):
Daniel Ciampini/Kyle Bodie/Wayne Simpson
Daniel Carr/Josh Jooris/Kevin Sullivan
Theo DiPauli/Mark Bennett/Cole Ikkala
Matt Wilkins/Max Novak/Matt Hatch

The defensive pairings are:
Shayne Gostisbehere/Sebastien Gingras
Greg Coburn/Ryan Forgaard
Shawn Stuart/Charlie Vasaturo

For the Nittany Lions, Skoff is back in goal. Here is the rest of their lineup, starting with the forwards:

Casey Bailey/Max Gardiner/Taylor Holstrom
Curtis Loik/David Glen/Kenny Brooks
Michael Longo/Michael McDonagh/Justin Kirchhevel
Tommy Olczyk/Bryce Johnson/George Saad

The defensive pairings are:
Nate Jensen/Joseph Lordo
Luke Juha/Peter Sweetland
Brian Dolan/Connor Varley

Alex Dell and Kevin Graber are the referees. Mike Emanatian and Matt Brady are the linesmen.

I’ll have updates on the on Twitter. If you’re not following me, my Twitter handle is @slapschotts. The hashtags I will use for this game are #UnionHockey, #PSUHockey and #ECACHockey.

I’ll update my Parting Schotts blog after each period, and have more description of the game.

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Enjoy the game!

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