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College Hockey Slap Schotts: Gostisbehere, Vecchione status updates

By Ken Schott
Monday, January 13, 2014

A newsy lead for this edition of my weekly College Hockey Slap Schotts blog.

Union coach Rick Bennett said Dutchmen junior defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Gostisbehere, a third-round selection by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2012 NHL draft, was injured in the first period of the Dutchmen’s 3-0 win over Princeton on Saturday at Hobey Baker Rink.

The injury occurred when he was checked into the boards by Tigers right winger Ryan Siiro. He tried to skate the next shift, but couldn’t make it. He missed the final two periods.

Gostisbehere has six goals and 10 assists in 20 games this season. In 97 career games, he has 19 goals and 45 assists.

“Right now, it’s probably a day-to-day thing,” Bennett said. “At this time, I haven’t talked to [trainer] Cheryl [Rockwood], but what I’ll give you is it’s a lower-body injury and it’s day-to-day.”

There is the possibility that Gostisbehere could sit out this weekend’s two-game series at New Hampshire. While the games may be important as far as the Pairwise Rankings are concerned, Bennett wants Gostisbehere healthy for the stretch drive of ECAC Hockey. The Dutchmen are a point behind league-leading Quinnipiac, and have two games in hand on the Bobcats.

“I can’t guarantee [Gostisbehere sitting out],” Bennett said. “I’m not a doctor. It’s still early, but at this time, there’s a possibility he would not play.

If Gostisbehere sits out this weekend, it would be the first time in his Union career that he missed games because of injury. He missed four games last season because he was helping Team USA win the World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal.

Bennett said Gostisbehere wouldn’t practice Monday.

The status of Dutchmen freshman center Mike Vecchione remains questionable. He missed the weekend games against Quinnipiac and Princeton with what Bennett described as a “full-body injury.”

Bennett said Vecchione is highly questionable. Vecchione, who has won a team-best 55 percent of his faceoffs this season, had committed to play at UNH before changing his mind.

Foo commits to Union
Spencer Foo, the leading scorer for the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Bonnyville Pontiacs, has committed to Union for the 2015-16 season.

The 19-year-old Foo, who is a center, has 27 goals and 17 assists. He is 6-foot and weighs 177 pounds.

“Very excited and honored to have committed to Union College,” Foo said on his Twitter page.

Last season with the Pontiacs, Foo had 13 goals and 17 assists in 55 games.

Foo is a native of Edmonton, Alberta.

Prapavessis, Reno rated in scouting report
Two players with ties to RPI are rated in the NHL Central Scouting Bureau Mid-Term Rankings, which was released Monday.

RPI recruit and Toronto Lakeshore Patriots defenseman Michael Prapavessis is ranked 137th among North American skaters. He has three goals and 32 assists in 34 games this season.

Current Engineers defenseman Parker Reno is ranked 202nd. He has a goal and an assist in 17 games.

Pink at the Rink
The Union women’s hockey team will have its seventh annual Pink at the Rink on Saturday when it hosts RPI at 4 p.m. at Messa Rink.

The game will be dedicated to members of the Union community affected by cancer, including baseball student-athlete Justin Lloyd, men’s lacrosse student-athlete Nate Greenberg and 11 year old Union hockey fan Kristen Shinebarger. Donations collected will benefit Kristen’s Kause.

Union slips in polls
After splitting its two games over the weekend, Union dropped two spots in Monday’s USCHO.com/NCAA top-20 poll.

The Dutchmen (9-2 ECAC Hockey, 13-4-3 overall) slipped from fourth to sixth. They dropped a 2-1 decision to Quinnipiac on Friday, which moved the Bobcats into first place ahead of Union. The Dutchmen rebounded with a 3-0 win over Princeton on Saturday.

Union will face 17th-ranked New Hampshire for games Friday and Saturday in Durham, N.H.

Quinnipiac is the highest-ranked ECACH team, moving from seventh to fifth. Other ECACH teams ranked are Yale (eighth), Cornell (12th) and Clarkson (14th).

Union fell from fifth to sixth in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll.

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

1 Minnesota (48) 14- 2-3 997 1
2 Ferris State (1) 17- 3-3 935 3
3 St. Cloud State (1) 12- 3-3 865 2
4 Boston College 14- 4-3 853 5
5 Quinnipiac 17- 3-5 819 7
6 Union 13- 4-3 760 4
7 Providence 13- 5-4 642 6
8 Yale 8- 3-4 613 10
9 Wisconsin 13- 6-1 559 14
10 Massachusetts-Lowell 14- 6-1 546 9
11 Northeastern 13- 6-3 496 16
12 Cornell 8- 4-3 436 12
13 Michigan 10- 6-2 428 8
14 Clarkson 13- 7-2 352 11
15 Notre Dame 12- 8-1 345 15
16 Denver 11- 7-4 208 17
17 New Hampshire 13-10-1 148 20
18 Vermont 11- 7-3 143 18
19 Maine 11- 7-2 89 NR
20 North Dakota 11- 7-2 81 NR
Others receiving votes: Miami 75, Ohio State 40, Western Michigan 30, Colgate 18, Bowling Green 6, Lake Superior 6, Mercyhurst 5, Bentley 3, Air Force 2.

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

1. Minnesota, 509 (33) 1
2. Ferris State, 464 (1) 3
3. Boston College, 423 4
4. St. Cloud State, 420 2
5. Quinnipiac, 377 7
6. Union, 342 5
7. Providence, 259 6
8. Yale, 240 10
9. Wisconsin, 208 14
10. UMass Lowell, 197 8
11. Northeastern, 156 RV
12. Cornell, 135 12
13. Michigan, 132 9
14. Clarkson, 86 11
15. Notre Dame, 84 15
Others receiving votes: Denver, 19; New Hampshire, 13; Miami, 5; Bowling Green, 3; North Dakota, 3; Vermont, 3; Colgate, 1; Minnesota Duluth, 1.

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

Pairwise Rankings
Union is tied for sixth with Northeastern in the Pairwise Rankings.

Four other ECACH teams are rated. Quinnipiac is the highest-ranked team at No. 4. Cornell is 11th, Yale is 12th and Clarkson is tied for 14th.

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 — Sam Anas, Quinnipiac

The freshman forward had a goal and three assists in three games. Anas had an assist in last Tuesday’s 2-2 tie against Harvard. After going scoreless in Friday’s win over Union, he had a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 6-2 victory over RPI.

Goalie/Rookie of the Week — Colton Phinney, Princeton

The freshman netminder made 33 saves in Friday’s 2-1 win over RPI. He followed that up with a 45-save effort in a 3-0 loss to Union. Phinney allowed two goals. The third was an empty-netter.

Team of the Week — Quinnipiac
The Bobcats went 2-0-1 and regained first place in the ECACH.

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