Union-Dartmouth ECAC Hockey quarterfinals Game 2 postgame report (with 3 videos)
It has been a wild season for the Union hockey team. Lots of ups and downs. The final eight games of the season, in particular, were crazy. Four dominating wins at Messa Rink, and four stinkers on the road. What was the identity of this team?
I think were are starting to see the true Dutchmen.
The Dutchmen are heading back to Atlantic City, N.J., for a shot at defending their ECAC Hockey tournament title. They earned their way back there Saturday by completing a sweep of Dartmouth at Messa Rink. Kevin Sullivan had two goals and an assist to lead Union to a 5-2 win.
The Dutchmen appear to be peaking at the right time. Even though they won’t be the top-seeded team heading into this year’s championship round like they were last year, they will be a very dangerous team.
They are hitting on all cylinders right now. Goalie Troy Grosenick is sharp. The offense is overwhelming. Sullivan’s play has picked up. And the Dutchmen’s offensive defensemen (Mat Bodie, Greg Coburn and Shayne Gostisbehere) are tough to stop.
Union is brimming with confidence, and it is the defending champs. Whatever team gets them in Friday’s semifinal at Boardwalk Hall will have a battle in its hands.
Union is 15th, and RPI is 16th.
I have three postgame videos.
To see Union coach Rick Bennett’s press conference, click here.
To see the press conference with Sullivan, Gostisbehere and Kyle Bodie, click here.
To see Dartmouth coach Bob Gaudet’s press conference, which includes joking around with me, click here.
My three stars of the game:
1) Kevin Sullivan, Union left winger — Had two goals and an assist.
2) Troy Grosenick, Union goalie — Made 28 saves.
3) Eric Neiley, Dartmouth forward — Scored short-handed goal, and was the Big Green’s best player.
For the final time this season (and where has the time gone?), that’s all from Messa Rink. I apologize for the short blog. I’ve had a long day of hockey, with the bulk of the time spent working at Schenectady Youth Hockey Association’s Shatterpoint Tournament. I’ll be back at it with the tournament on Sunday. My son Steven plays for the SYHA Pee Wee B team, and I am the public address announcer, scoreboard operator and musical director.
Check out my College Hockey Slap Schotts blog Monday, when I will announce my ECACH award winners.
Good Night! Good Hockey!