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Simpson returns to Union lineup tonight (updates with St. Lawrence lines)

After being benched for the first time in his Union career, senior right winger Wayne Simpson is back in the Dutchmen lineup for tonight's ECAC Hockey game against St. Lawrence. Game time is 7 p.m. at Messa Rink.

Simpson leads the Dutchmen with 13 goals and is tied with senior center Kyle Bodie with 29 points. But Union coach Rick Bennett scratched Simpson from last Saturday's game at Cornell, ending his 151-game consecutive played streak. Simpson was scoreless and had a minus-2 defensive rating in the previous night's 4-1 loss at Colgate.

While Simpson leads the team in scoring, he hasn't had a multigoal game this season. Since a one-goal, two-assist effort against Merrimack Dec. 30, Simpson has just four goals and six assists in his last 14 games, and only one goal in the last seven games he has played.

Also back in the lineup are left winger Daniel Ciampini and defenseman Sebastien Gingras. Out are forwards Mark Bennett, Nick Cruice and defenseman Tim Boyle.

Defenseman Shawn Stuart remains out of the lineup with an ankle injury.

Here is the Union lineup, starting with the forwards (LW-C-RW):
Daniel Ciampini/Kyle Bodie/Wayne Simpson
Daniel Carr/Josh Jooris/Matt Wilkins
Matt Hatch/Max Novak/Kevin Sullivan
Cole Ikkala/David Roy/Sam Coatta

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

Troy Grosenick starts in goal.

St. Lawrence won't have senior center Kyle Flanagan in the lineup. Flanagan, the team's second-leading scorer with 14 goals and 28 assists, had an emergency appendectomy on Tuesday. Tommy Thompson replaces Flanagan on the Saints' top line.

Here is the St. Lawrence lineup, starting with the forwards:

Greg Carey/Tommy Thompson/Jeremy Wick
Gunnar Hughes/Patrick Doherty/Chris Martin
Sean McGovern/Kyle Essery/Matt Dyer
Justin Bruckel/Ross McMullen/Alex Hagen

The defensive pairings are:
George Hughes/Justin Baker
Mac Stratford/Pat Raley
Riley Austin/Jordan Dewey

Matt Weninger starts in goal.

I'll have more on the game later in my pregame report.

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