Dutch go to St. Lawrence and Clarkson
After losing 4-1 to 19th-placed Harvard last week, the Union Dutchmen are looking to bounce back with a road trip to St. Laurent on Friday and Clarkson on Saturday.
Fans can watch this weekend’s game on ESPN+. Live stats will be available on the home teams’ respective websites.
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vs. St. Laurent
Union and St. Lawrence met in early November, tying 2-2, with St. Lawrence getting the extra point for winning the shootout in four rounds. Junior Gabriel Seger scored the tying goal at 18:49 of the third period to send the game into overtime.
The last time Union and Clarkson met, the Dutch won 4-3 in overtime. First year Collin Graf scored the winner while a junior Connor Murphy stopped the only penalty shot Union has faced this season.
Explore the Saints
St. Lawrence is coming off a 5-0 loss to Omaha on Jan. 1, splitting the two-game series with the nationally ranked Mavericks. The Saints have not played since Jan. 1, citing health and safety protocols as the reason games against Hockey foes East Merrimack and New Hampshire were called off.
Senior Kaden Pickering leads the Saints with 10 points (5-5-10) in 18 games, including three game-winning goals.
Senior Emil Zetterquist is the Saints’ leading goaltender, recording an .892 save percentage and a 3.09 goals-against average en route to a 5-8-4 record.
Recognition of the Golden Knights
Clarkson is currently on a three-game losing streak after losing 5-1 at New Hampshire on Jan. 8 and dropping both games at Arizona State in mid-December. The Golden Knights are hosting their first home game since Dec. 4, where they recorded a 4-4 draw with Cornell before winning the shootout.
Junior Mathieu Gosselin leads the way in 20 games with 17 points (4-13-17) while graduate student Zach Tsekos has scored 10 goals this season (10-5-15).
Sophomore Ethan Haider put together a strong start between the pipes in his sophomore college season. Haider is 9-7-4 with a .917 save percentage, a 2.24 goals-against average and two shutouts.
Junior Assistant Captain Gabriel Seger has been a constant presence in the face-off circle for the Dutch. The junior wins 53.1% of faceoffs.
Apart from his constant presence in the circle, Seger had an impact on the Dutch attack. The junior is tied for second on the team with eight points (2-6-8). Union is 4-2-1 when Seger scores a point.
junior transfer Connor Murphy was excellent between the tips for the Dutch. Murphy stopped 89 shots in the series against Maine, including 51 saves on Dec. 10, earning ECAC Goalie of the Week honors for the second time this season. The 51 saves ranks ninth on Union’s Division I single-game record list and first in Division I this season for a single game. Murphy has stopped 538 shots this season, which ranks fourth nationally, en route to a 5-9-1 record with two shutouts.
senior defender Brandon Estes played his 100th straight game Dec. 10 in Maine. The last game Estes missed was on February 3, 2018. The senior has played 127 career games for the Dutch (12-33-45), including 102 in a row.
Senior Captain Josh Kosak launched its second Kozi’s Kids fundraiser on November 15 to benefit COCOA House, a non-profit organization that provides a safe place for children in downtown Schenectady after school, with a focus on development life skills, education and mentoring. After raising more than $5,000 for new laptops and Christmas gifts in a year without Dutch hockey, Kosack is aiming higher this year with a goal of $20,000. COCOA House purchased the building next door to create a second space for the kids with a focus on a state-of-the-art entrepreneurship space, lounge area, study rooms and other resources. The money will go towards the development of a Kozi’s Kids lounge and the purchase of Christmas gifts for children in the Tri-City area. As of 8 p.m. on January 13, over $40,000 has been raised. To learn more about fundraising or to donate, please visit UnionAthletics.com/KozisKids. A final amount raised will be announced shortly.
second striker Liam Robertson this season is off to a good start. Robertson is ranked 15th nationally and second in the conference with four power-play goals in 16 games. The forward is tied for first on the team with nine points (6-3-9), including five on special teams (4-1-5).
Dutch take home player of the week honors
After a career game against Merrimack College, Liam Robertson was named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week. After their performances against Maine, freshman year Caden Villegas won Rookie of the Week and Junior honors Connor Murphy won his second goalkeeper of the week title.
Turn on the lamp quickly
Union have scored the opening goal in seven of their first ten games played this season, including three games in which the Dutch scored within the opening 2:01 of the game. Despite that advantage, Union was only 2-3-2 in those seven games.
First year Michael Hodge established himself as a consistent offensive presence in the first 13 games. The striker started the season on a five-game point streak, registering three goals and three assists during that span. Hodge is tied for first on the team with nine points.
How sweeping is
On Monday, October 18, ECAC announced a clean sweep of its weekly awards by the Dutch. Senior Brandon Estes earned Player of the Week honors, scoring one goal and adding three assists from the blue line. Junior Connor Murphy earned Goalie of the Week recognition, posting a 1.92 goals-against average and .945 save percentage with 69 saves in two games. First year Collin Graf played a part in both Union goals in Friday’s 2-1 win over the Tigers, scoring his first college goal on the power play and then picking up the main assist on Estes’ game-winning goal.
It was the first time Union won the weekly awards since March 2014, when Daniel Carr ’14 (player), Colin Stevens ’15 (goalkeeper) and Mike Vecchione ’17 (rookie) were all recognized.
Oh captains, my captains
Senior Josh Kosak will wear the “C” for captains this season while the juniors Dylan Anhorn and Gabriel Seger will wear the “A” for the Dutch in 2021-22. Kosack is team captain for the second consecutive season, having served as team leader during the 2020-21 pandemic year.
Want to surprise
Union was chosen to finish tied for eighth in the ECAC Hockey preseason coaches poll, earning a tie for 40 points with Rensselaer. Local media were even more pessimistic about Union’s chances, voting the Dutch 11th out of 12 teams (26 points) in the pre-season media poll.
Welcome to the show
Heading into the 2021-22 season, more than half (16 out of 31) of Union players have never played in a college game. Seven sophomores were with the team last year but did not compete as Union did not play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program also welcomed eight first-year players to the team this season as well.