#12 Union heads to #18 Princeton and #13 Quinnipiac
This Weekend The No. 12 Dutchmen hit the road this weekend, Nov. 9-10 for a pair of conference games against nationally ranked opponents. On Friday, Union faces-off against No. 18 Princeton before taking on No. 13 Quinnipiac. Both games will start at 7 p.m. (ET). Union Partners with ESPN+ For Hockey Streams Union fans across the country will be able to stream all Union home and select ECAC Hockey games through ESPN.com and the redesigned ESPN App, for just $4.99 a month. Fans can sign up for the service by visiting Plus.ESPN.com For Union hockey fans living outside the United States, Union and many other ECAC Hockey schools have also partnered with Stretch Internet to provide video streaming coverage for games this season, giving all fans the same opportunity to watch ECAC Hockey games for $4.99 a month or $2.99 per game. International fans can access the ECAC Hockey video portal at Portal.StretchInternet.com/ECACHockey Media Coverage Matt Dubrey will have the call this weekend and fans can listen for free at UnionAthletics.com. Live video can be accessed through ESPN+ for fans inside the United States, or through Stretch Internet for international viewing. Live stats for both games will be accessible through the host institution's athletics website. Social Media Receive real-time updates during all Union men's hockey games by following the team's official Twitter account @UnionMHockey. Additional in-game updates and commentary will be provided by assistant sports information director Ross LaDue via his Twitter account @RLaDue. Last Time Out Union earned a weekend sweep, defeating St. Lawrence and Clarkson at Messa Rink last weekend. Both Brett Supinski and Sebastian Vidmar recorded four points over the weekend, with Supinski recording one goal and three assists and Vidmar picking up four assists. Jake Kupsky was in net for both games over the weekend, totaling a .919 save percentage while also picking up an assist in the win over St. Lawrence. Union vs St. Lawrence - Nov. 2 - Messa Rink Union Goals: Jack Adams (x2), Brandon Estes, Ryan Walker (SH). St. Lawrence Goalies: Arthur Brey (L) - 31 saves, 3 goals against Daniel Mannella - 14 saves, 1 goal against. Union Goalie: Jake Kupsky (W) - 19 saves, 1 goals against Power Play: Union 2-6, St. Lawrence 1-5 Noteworthy: Jack Adams scored the first two goals of the game. Brett Supinski and Sebastian Vidmar had two assists each. Ryan Walker scored Union's third shorthanded goal of the season. Jake Kupsky recorded his second career assist on Union's second goal. Union won 63-percent of the faceoffs. Union went 2-for-6 on the power play and was 4-for-5 on the penalty kill. Union vs Clarkson - Nov. 3 - Messa Rink Union Goals: Ryan Walker (PP), Brett Supinski (PP)m Michael Ryan. Clarkson Goalie: Jake Kielly (L) - 26 saves, 3 goals against Union Goalie: Jake Kupsky (L) - 15 saves, 2 goals against Power Play: Union 1-3, Clarkson 2-7 Noteworthy: Brett Supinski and Sebastian Vidmar both had two-point nights, marking four points each for the two seniors over the weekend. Brandon Estes picked up an assist on Supinski's goal, earning his second point of the weekend. Michael Ryan scored his first collegiate goal, and Zacahary Emelifeonwu recorded an assist on the play, marking his first point of the season. Jake Kupsky made 15 saves in net, conceding just one even strength goal over the weekend. Union won 62-percent of the faceoffs against Clarkson. Union went 2-for-7 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the PK. vs Princeton Union owns the overall series record against the Tigers, 34-22-7, which includes a 16-12-3 mark at Hobey Baker Rink. The last time these two teams met, Princeton ended Union's season in the quarterfinals of the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals and snapped a seven-game winning streak Union held over the Tigers. Excluding the postseason matchup, Union swept the Tigers during the regular season, including a strong 4-1 win in Princeton. Scouting the Tigers Princeton enters the weekend with a 1-1-1 overall record, having beat Dartmouth 7-1 and tying Harvard 4-4 last weekend. The Tigers started the season with a 4-2 loss at Penn State on Oct. 26. Friday's game against Union will also serve as Princeton's home opener. Forward Max Veronneau returns for his senior season and currently leads the Tigers with seven points (1g, 6a). Fellow senior forward Ryan Kuffner was named this week's Player of the Week by ECAC Hockey. Kuffner scored two goals against both Dartmouth and Harvard this past weekend, three of which came on the power play, while also adding an assist in each game. Princeton currently leads the league with a 4.33 goals-per-game margin. They also hold a 50-percent margin on the power-play. vs Quinnipiac The Bobcats enter the weekend not having defeated Union in the past two season. However, Quinnipiac still leads the series against Union, 18-16-4. Last season Union defeated Quinnipiac 5-2 in Hamden on Feb. 16, 2018 and 4-1 at Messa Rink on Nov. 11, 2017. The last win the Bobcats have over Union was a 5-0 decision in Hamden on Jan. 7, 2016, and overall in Hamden, Union has gone 7-10-1. Scouting the Bobcats Quinnipiac enters the weekend with a 6-1-0 record, having started the season with six-straight wins, before dropping a 5-1 decision to Dartmouth last week. Two senior defensemen currently lead the Bobcats in scoring: Brandon Fortunato leads the pack with two goals and eight assists, while Chase Priskie is in a close second with six goals and three assists. In net, Keith Petruzzeli has played the majority of minutes so far, holding a 5-1-0 record with a .907 save percentage and a 2.17 goals-against average. Best of the Month Cole Maier was named ECAC Hockey's Player of the Month for October. The senior forward led all conference skaters with 10 points in the month, scoring four goals, including two game winners, and picking up six assists. He was also named the league's first Player of the Week this season, after a five-point weekend against Omaha, Oct. 12-13. Best of the Week After a five-point weekend, Cole Maier was named ECAC Hockey's first Player of the Week for the 2017-18 season. Maier had a hand in all three Union goals in the Oct. 12 game against Omaha, scoring once and tallying two assists. He followed that up with two assists in the finale against the Mavericks. With a big road sweep against then-No. 12 Northeastern, Union's Brett Supinski and Darion Hanson both earned ECAC Hockey weekly honors. Supinski had a stellar four-point weekend leading all skaters in the league. He, had a hand in all three regulation goals in Friday's 4-3 overtime win. In that game, he scored twice in the first period against the Huskies, including potting Union's first shorthanded goal of the season. In net, Hanson was also stellar, leading all goalies in the nation with 68 saves over the Oct. 18-20 weekend, and being one of only four goalies to record two wins that weekend as well. Despite conceding four goals over the weekend, only one was even strength, as the other three were all scored on Northeastern power plays. Hanson ended the weekend with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage. 20 Goalies To Watch Senior goaltender Jake Kupsky has been named to the Mike Richter Award Watch List for the 2018-19 season. The award annually honors the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA Division I men's hockey. The winner of the sixth annual award will be announced at the 2019 NCAA Men's Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y. Kupsky returns for his senior year after being named to the All-ECAC Hockey Third Team last season. During the 2017-18 campaign he posted the third-best winning percentage in the league (10-2-1) with a .917 save percentage and 2.43 goals-against average in conference action. Returning Offense The Dutchmen return 92 goals from last season, which ranks 10th most in the nation. Union scored a total of 115 goals last year, 20 of which were scored by Ryan Scarfo, and 14 of the top 15 goal scorers from last season return this year. Senior Leadership Union's current senior class ranked 10th in the country last year for class scoring, having produced 48 goals and 87 assists. Six of the senior skaters recored at least eight points during the year, and Cole Maier led the class last year with 11 goals and 23 assists. Overall, Brett Supinski leads the group in career points with 26 goals and 59 assists, while Sebastian Vidmar leads the class in career goals with 30 goals, in addition to his 51 assists. Look Who's Back: Forwards Union returns 14 forwards from the 2017-18 season. Cole Maier is the top returning offensive producer, having totaled 11 goals and 23 assists last season. Fellow senior Sebastian Vidmar was third on the team in scoring, producing 10 goals and 20 assists. Anthony Rinaldi was fourth-overall but second on the team in goals, totaling 17 goals and 11 assists last season. Brett Supinski rounded out the top-five scorers for the Dutchmen last year, scoring nine goals and tallying 19 assists. Also returning up top for the Dutchmen includes: Ryan Walker (38gp, 11g, 6a); Greg Campbell (35gp, 3g, 14a); Liam Morgan (29gp, 6g, 10a); Jack Adams (28gp, 4g, 9a); Brendan Taylor (31gp, 4g, 4a); Luc Brown (25gp, 3g, 5a); Parker Foo (33gp, 1g, 5a); Sean Harrison (30gp, 3g, 1a); Zachary Emelifeonwu (31gp, 2g, 2a); Josh Kosack (25gp, 1g, 3a); and Mark Dufour (2gp, 0g, 0a). Look Who's Back: Defense The Dutchmen return six defensemen from the 2017-18 season. Greg Campbell and Vas Kolias both totaled three goals and 14 assists each last season, as they are Union's top returning offensive producers on the blue line. Also returning on the blue line for Union includes: Joseph Campolieto (33gp, 3g, 4a); Brandon Estes (33gp, 1g, 5a); and Taylor Brierley (3gp, 0g, 0a). Look Who's Back: Goaltenders Union returns all three goaltenders from last season. Senior Jake Kupsky led the trio last season with 25 games played, securing a 11-11-2 record (10-2-1 in ECAC Hockey), with a .917 save percentage and a 2.43 goals-against average. Sophomore Darion Hanson had a stellar freshman season, posting a 10-4-0 record with a .908 save percentage and a 2.32 goals-against average. Hanson began his career winning six of his first seven games. Senior Joe Young returns as Union's third goalie. Young has played a total of 61:35 during his career and holds a perfect 1.000 save percentage having stopped all 26 shots he's faced in his time at Union.