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College Hockey Slap Schotts: Looking at a possible Union Hockey Ring of Honor

By Ken Schott
Monday, February 10, 2014
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With RPI having inducted Jerry Knightley into its Hockey Ring of Honor on Friday, it got me to thinking about the possibility of Union starting its own Ring of Honor.

There have been some memorable players over the 23 years of the program, and especially the last few seasons. There are about 20 players who could make the list.

However, I’m going to limit the first Union Hockey Ring of Honor to 10 players. A couple of stipulations. First, current team members are ineligible, although forward Daniel Carr and defensemen Mat Bodie and Shayne Gostisbehere will deserve to be in there. Second, the player must have been on the team for at least three years. Third, I am limiting this to the Division I era.

I think my list will stir some debate. Bring it on. I can handle it.

Here is my list. The player’s number will be in parentheses.

— Forward Jeremy Welsh (27): Welsh was a dominate player in this three years with the team. He collected 100 career points from 2009-12. His junior season was one for the ages, collecting 27 goals and 17 assists. He was named the ECACH tournament’s most outstanding player when Union won its first Whitelaw Cup.

— Forward Adam Presizniuk (29): Until Carr surpassed him, Jan. 31, Presizniuk was the Dutchmen’s all-time Division I leading scorer with 131 points. He may have had more had he not injured his wrist in a game against RPI his senior season.

— Goalie Troy Grosenick (1): He didn’t play much his freshman season because Keith Kinkaid was the No. 1 goalie. But when Kinkaid left after his sophomore season to join the New Jersey Devils, Grosenick stepped in and delivered. In the Dutchmen’s 2011-12 Frozen Four season, he went 22-6-3 with a 1.65 goals-against average, a .936 save percentage and five shutouts. He won the league’s Ken Dryden Award, was named an All-America and became Union’s first Hobey Baker Award finalist. Last year, Grosenick was named the ECACH tournament MOP after leading the Dutchmen to a second straight title. After a 17-10-5 record with a 2.12 GAA, a .926 save percentage and two shutouts, Grosenick gave up his senior year to sign with the San Jose Sharks.

— Forward Mario Valery-Trabucco (14): Valery-Trabucco finished with 55 goals and 59 assists in his career. He came of age over his final two seasons. He had 15 goals and 14 assists his junior season, and exploded for 23 goals and 22 assists his senior season in leading the Dutchmen to the ECACH tournament title game. Those 45 points are the team’s single-season record.

— Forward Kelly Zajac (19): Zajac was a consistent performer in his four seasons. He is Union’s third all-time leading Division I scorer with 128 points from 2008 to 2012. Zajac holds team records for assists in a season (34 in 2011-12) and career (91).

— Forward Chris Ford (15): Younger Dutchmen fans may not recognize the name, but Ford was the Dutchmen’s first 20-goal scorer at the Division I level, hitting that milestone in his freshman year (1993-94). Ford, who played from 1993 to 1997, was also the first Union D-I player to reach 100 career points.

— Defenseman Andrew Will (2): Will was the backbone of the Dutchmen defense from 1993-97. He was the co-winner of the ECACH’s Best Defensive Defenseman in 1997.

— Forward Jason Walters (9): Walters collected 115 points during his career from 2006 to 2010. He scored some very timely goals in his senior season. He had the game-winning overtime goal against RPI to win the 2009 Rensselaer Holiday Tournament. A couple of weeks later against the Engineers in an ECACH game, he scored with 51 seconds left in regulation to tie the score. Union would win it, 5-4, when defenseman Mike Schreiber scored 32 seconds later.

— Forward Jordan Webb (18): One of the Dutchmen’s top forwards in the early 2000s. He had 55 goals and 59 assists from 2001 to 2005. He led the team in scoring in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

— Forward Wayne Simpson (21): He collected 115 points from 2009 to 2013. Simpson was Mr. Clutch, scoring 16 game-winning goals in his career. That is a team Division I record.

So, who did I miss? Let me know.

St. Lawrence wins again at Quinnipiac
St. Lawrence must enjoy playing at Quinnipiac’s High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.

The Saints rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat the Bobcats, 3-2, on Saturday. It was their fourth straight win there. The last three victories have been by a goal.

Last year, St. Lawrence handed Quinnipiac its first ECACH loss of the season with a 2-1 win.

I Want To Push The Zamboni
The start of Friday’s Dartmouth-Harvard game at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center in Boston was delayed nearly two hours after the Zamboni broke down while resurfacing the ice after pregame warmup.

A picture circulated on Twitter showed several Harvard players pushing the Zamboni off the ice. There were some entertaining Tweets from the Dartmouth hockey account (@Dartmouth_MIH).

The game started at 8:49 p.m. The Crimson won, 3-0.

Union moves up
After beating Brown and Yale over the weekend, ECACH-leading Union moved up one spot in the latest USCHO.com/NCAA Hockey top-20 poll.

The Dutchmen (13-3 ECACH, 19-6-3 overall), went from fourth to third in the poll, matching a season high of three weeks ago. They earned 889 points. Union beat Brown, 4-3, Friday and defending NCAA-champion Yale, 5-3, Saturday.

Union is the highest-ranked ECACH team in the poll. The other ECACH teams ranked are Quinnipiac (tied for fourth with Ferris State of the WCHA), Cornell (11th), Yale (13th), Clarkson (14th) and Colgate (19th). Union will be at Cornell on Friday and at Colgate on Saturday.

Boston College moved up from second to first in the poll, getting 47 of 50 first-place votes and earning 997 points.

Minnesota, which lost two games to Big Ten-rival Wisconsin Thursday and Friday, dropped from first to second. The Gophers got three first-place votes and 917 points.

Union also moved up from sixth to third in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

USCHO.com/NCAA poll
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll

1 Boston College (47) 21- 4-3 997 2
2 Minnesota (3) 19- 4-5 917 1
3 Union 19- 6-3 889 4
4 Ferris State 20- 6-3 817 5
4 Quinnipiac 20- 5-5 817 3
6 St. Cloud State 15- 6-5 746 6
7 Massachusetts-Lowell 19- 7-3 715 7
8 Wisconsin 16- 8-2 646 12
9 Providence 15- 7-5 618 8
10 Michigan 14- 7-3 509 10
11 Cornell 12- 5-5 493 9
12 Northeastern 16- 9-3 474 11
13 Yale 12- 7-4 344 13
14 Clarkson 17-11-2 267 14
15 Vermont 15- 9-3 262 19
16 Minnesota-Duluth 13- 9-4 254 17
17 North Dakota 14- 9-3 209 16
18 Denver 13- 9-6 201 15
19 Colgate 14-11-3 105 NR
20 Notre Dame 16-12-1 92 18
Others receiving votes: Maine 64, Western Michigan 25, Minnesota State 15, Ohio State 14, Air Force 8, Nebraska-Omaha 1, New Hampshire 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll
(First-place votes in parentheses)
Rank School Last Week’s Ranking

1. Boston College, 509 (33) 2
2. Minnesota, 455 (1) 1
3. Union, 407 6
4. Ferris State, 402 4
5. Quinnipiac, 375 3
6. St. Cloud State, 353 5
7. UMass Lowell, 298 7
8. Wisconsin, 280 12
9. Providence, 244 9
10. Cornell, 187 8
11. Michigan, 177 10
12. Northeastern, 158 11
13. Yale, 79 13
14. Vermont, 41 RV
15. Clarkson, 34 14
Others receiving votes: Minnesota Duluth, 33; Denver, 25; North Dakota, 9; Colgate, 5; Maine, 3; Minnesota State, 3; Notre Dame, 2; Air Force, 1.

My vote
I have a vote in the USCHO.com poll. Here is how I voted.
1) Boston College
2) Union
3) Ferris State
4) Quinnipiac
5) Minnesota
6) St. Cloud State
7) Wisconsin
8) UMass-Lowell
9) Providence
10) Michigan
11) Northeastern
12) Cornell
13) Yale
14) Clarkson
15) Vermont
16) Minn. Duluth
17) Denver
18) North Dakota
19) Notre Dame
20) Colgate

PairWise Rankings
Union is still tied with Ferris State in the PairWise Rankings. But this time, the teams are tied for third. The teams were tied for fourth last week.

Quinnipiac dropped from third to fifth, which takes it out of a top seed. That could open the door for the Dutchmen to play in the East Regional in Bridgeport, Conn. Past speculation had them going to the Midwest Regional in Cincinnati.

Two other ECACH teams are rated. Cornell is tied for ninth, and Colgate is 15th.

The PairWise Ranking is a system which attempts to mimic the method used by the NCAA Selection Committee to determine participants for the NCAA Division I men’s hockey tournament.

To see the rankings, click here.

Daily Gazette/ECACH Four Stars
Time for my four stars of the week.

Player of the Week — Spiro Goulakos, Colgate

The junior defenseman had three goals and an assist to help the Raiders crush Central New York-rival Cornell, 6-1, on Saturday at Starr Rink. All three goals came in the third period, two of which were power-play scores.

Goalie of the Week — Matt Weninger, St. Lawrence

The senior netminder stopped 24 shots in Friday’s 7-1 rout of Princeton. Weninger made 31 saves, including 16 in the third period, to help the Saints upset third-ranked Quinnipiac, 3-2, Saturday.

Rookie of the Week — Gavin Bayreuther, St. Lawrence

The freshman defenseman had four assists in Friday’s game against Princeton, and one assists against Quinnipiac on Saturday.

Team of the Week — St. Lawrence
An impressive road sweep, including the win at Quinnipiac.

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Good Monday! Good Hockey!

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February 10, 2014
10:10 p.m.

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scotiawines says...

You can't be serious! Union's short D1 history hardly yields 3 ring of honor candidates. Your list is like a AAA all-star team.

 

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