College hockey: Jooris gives fans an inside look
SCHENECTADY If a hockey career doesn’t work out for Union junior center Josh Jooris, then maybe a career in Hollywood could be in the offing.
Jooris is giving college sports fans an inside look at life with the Dutchmen, producing videos for NCAA.com.
“It’s called ‘Union All-Access,’ ” Jooris said. “They asked me to do it. They sent me a Flip cam. It’s just something fun for me to do. I carry it around at various events with the team. I take it on some road trips.
“It’s a way for us to get our ugly mugs out there for the public to see.”
Jooris believes he knows why the NCAA picked him to be the videographer.
“I guess I’ve got the coolest personality on the team,” Jooris said with a laugh.
Jooris has an easy subject to tape. His teammates have been cooperative.
“We’ve got a great bunch of guys,” Jooris said. “Everyone is just all for it. It’s just fun. They all want to get the most face time on it. It’s a good bonding thing, too.”
The most recent video featured sophomore defenseman Charlie Vasaturo. Jooris and Vasaturo were doing a sugar rush.
“I look at Charlie, and he has a lot of junk food that the coaches weren’t too happy about,” Jooris said. “It was pretty funny. Nothing too crazy has happened yet, but I expect something in the future.”
The Union men’s hockey team will have its Coaches vs. Cancer day on Saturday, when the eighth-ranked Dutchmen face Princeton at 4 p.m. at Messa Rink.
The event will be held in honor of Kristen Shinebarger, the 10-year old daughter of Shelly Shinebarger, Union’s director of student support services. The game will raise funds to help support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to help people in the Capital Region stay well, get well, find cures and fight back.
As part of the initiative, the Union coaching and support staff will wear sneakers as part of the Suits and Sneakers program, and the players will wear yellow sock tape. Fans will have the oppor-tunity to fill out an official Coaches vs. Cancer pinup card at the front entrance of Messa Rink in honor of those affected by cancer. The cards will be placed on a “Wall of Hope” inside the rink and displayed at future games.
The team has rallied around the event in honor of Kristen Shinebarger, who is battling Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.
For tonight’s game against Quinnipiac, it will be Toys for Tots night. The team will collect unwrapped toys for children in the lobby of Messa Rink.
There will also be a Teddy Bear Toss during the second intermission. Fans are encouraged to bring plush toys/teddy bears for the toss.
When Dutchmen senior defenseman Shawn Stuart was called for interference late in the first period of last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Penn State, it was his second penalty of the season.
It equaled the number of penalties that Stuart took last season.
Two Union commitments
The Union men’s hockey team received two verbal commitments Tuesday.
Eli Lichtenwald, 20, is a 6-foot-6, 211-pound forward for the U.S. Hockey League’s Omaha Lancers. He has three goals, six assists and 25 penalty minutes in 20 games. Five of his points (one goal, four assists) have come on the power play.
Last year, Lichtenwald had five goals and 14 assists in 42 games for the Lancers.
Lichtenwald, a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native, joins fellow Lancer and former Albany Academy player Tyler Hynes (Slingerlands) as Union recruits for next season.
Also joining the Dutchmen, either next season or in 2014-15, is 18-year-old British Columbia Junior Hockey League defenseman Noah Henry. The 6-0, 190-pounder from Seattle started this season with the Penticton Vees, then was traded to the Powell River Kings. In 24 games, he has eight assists. Prior to joining the Vees, Henry played for the Shattuck’s St. Mary’s under-16 and midget prep teams.
Koudys to Penn State
Former RPI defenseman Pat Koudys has committed to Penn State for next season.
Koudys spent two seasons with the Engineers. He played in 58 games and had two goals and three assists. Koudys left the Engineers at the end of the spring semester and is playing for the USHL’s Musk-egon Lumberjacks this season. He has three assists in 20 games,
Koudys is a 2011 draft pick of the Washington Capitals.
There will be seven games on TV tonight.
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will have a pair of games. TWCS-50 and TWCS-1803 HD have an ECACH matchup between St. Lawrence and Colgate at 7 p.m. On TWCS-1, it’s an Atlantic Hockey game between Sacred Heart and Niagara.
NBC Sports Network has a double-header. At 7:30 p.m., it’s a Hockey East battle between Boston College and Boston University. That will be followed at 10 p.m. by a WCHA contest between Wisconsin and Denver.
There are two other Hockey East games on TV. FOX College Sports Atlantic has UMass-Lowell at New Hampshire at 7:30 p.m., and CBS Sports Network will carry the Vermont-Maine clash at 8 p.m.
Finally, Big Ten Network has a CCHA contest between Ohio State and Michigan State at 8 p.m.
NBCSN will have the BU-BC rematch at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Earlier this week, NBCSN announced it will televise the Vermont-Dartmouth game at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The game wasn’t on NBCSN’s original schedule.
Here’s a look at how college hockey players from the Capital Region did over the past week.
u Union sophomore goalie Colin Stevens (Niskayuna) made 22 saves to earn his second shutout of the season in last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Penn State.
u Boston College senior defenseman Patch Alber (Clifton Park) picked up an assist in the top-ranked Eagles’ 6-3 victory over Dartmouth last Saturday.
u Boston University freshman forward Jordan Juron (Latham) had a goal and an assist in the Terrier’s 6-1 exhibition win over Team Russia on Monday.
u Wisconsin freshman defenseman Courtney Burke (Albany) had an assist in the Badgers’ 6-3 triumph over St. Cloud State last Saturday.
Yale sweeps Colorado
Yale has to be feeling a Rocky Mountain High after going out to Colorado and coming home with two overtime wins last weekend.
The Bulldogs shocked second-ranked Denver, 2-1, Friday. Kenny Agostino scored a power-play goal with 1:32 left in overtime. Goalie Jeff Malcolm was outstanding, making 32 saves.
Malcolm wasn’t as sharp the next night against Colorado College. He was pulled after allowing five goals on 25 shots. Nick Maricic came in with the Bulldogs down, 5-4, and stopped all nine shots he faced.
Yale tied it with 7:57 to go in the third period on Andrew Miller’s power-play goal, and then won it in OT on Josh Balch’s goal with 1:39 remaining.