As per usual, the month of March will bring great excitement to the hockey community on campus. For the varsity team, the Dutchmen look to advance to the ECAC tournament and hopefully further on into postseason play.
Union is the ninth seed in the ECAC and the Dutchmen are set to play Cornell in the first round of a best-of-three series from March 4-6. However the spotlight is currently shining on the men’s club hockey team, who recently competed in the club regional playoffs and will head to Ohio later this month for the club national tournament.
After starting the season off with a 6-3 record, the Dutchmen went on a roll and won five straight games heading into the Upstate New York Club Hockey League playoffs.
Throughout the stretch, Union was led by Andrew Tullo ’17 who led the team with 25 and 15 assists, for a remarkable average of 2.86 points earned per game this year.
According to forward Michael Aldoroty ’19, Tullo’s success can be attributed to the fact that he plays with a lot of hustle and crashes the net, to go along with the fact that he has great hands and a great shot. These attributes are a part of what have made him the most prolific scorer in the UNYCHL.
The Dutchmen went on to win their first playoff game on Feb. 21 at Le Moyne College, a team ranked second, by a score of 5-2.
Union, as the No.3 seed in the tournament, then traveled to the No.1 ranked team composed of players from both the University of Rochester and Nazareth College. Unfortunately, the Dutchmen were unable to pull out a win and lost by a score of 10-6. Yet, the season did not end there for Union.
In March, the club team will head to Ohio for the National Club Hockey Association playoffs. Union is ranked fifth in all of the NCHA and will begin play on March 18 in Newark, Ohio.
They are one of just two teams from the Northeast that received national tournament bids, with the other being the University of Buffalo, ranked first nationally. Union will most likely play fourth-ranked Penn State in the first game of the tournament. The Dutchmen will have to win four games to advance to the tournament championship during the single elimination tournament from March 18 to March 20.
Until then, the Union team will sit back and enjoy the success they have achieved to this point, from both their great regular season, as well as their national tournament bid.