There’s currently a familiar name on top of the NCAA Division I men’s hockey leaderboards and the Union record boards.
Men’s hockey captain Mike Vecchione ’17 capped off a record-setting weekend with the game-winning goal in Union’s 3-1 victory over Colgate on Saturday. First, Vecchione shattered a school record, becoming the Dutchmen’s all-time leading scorer in the program’s Division I era began in 1991.
His historic goal came in Union’s frustrating 5-3 loss to No. 16 ranked Cornell last Friday; Vecchione scored twice in that matchup. Ryan Walker ’19 added the team’s third goal of the might, his third of the season.
The points record broken by Vecchione was previously held by Daniel Carr ’14 who had 157 points in 160 regular season games as a Dutchmen. Carr currently plays for the Montreal Canadiens’ organization. Vecchione’s assist on a Spencer Foo ’18 empty net goal against Colgate also made Vecchione Union’s all-time assist leader in the Division I era with 97 career assists.
Vecchione surpassed the record held by Mat Bodie ’14, now a member of the New York Rangers’ organization.
On top of this, Vecchione is currently the nation’s leading scorer among Division I
men’s hockey players; his teammate, Foo, currently stands in the number two spot. Due to his success, Vecchione is currently in contention for the Hobey Baker Award, given each year to the NCAA’s top Division I men’s hockey player.
Fans can vote online in the preliminary round of voting from which the top 10 vote-getters advance to the next round. Fan voting takes place online through Facebook at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/vfhobey. Official voting will begin after the preliminary round of voting.
Foo, also tied for second in the nation for assists and third in points, has a legitimate case for the award as well, but is not included in the voting.
Matching their latest win and loss, Union also split their pair of games the weekend before, defeating Clarkson 6-2 before falling to St. Lawrence 4-3. Sebastian Vidmar ’19, Cole Maier ’19, Jeff Taylor ’17 and Vecchione all scored in the win over Clarkson, while Mark Dufour ’19 also scored his first two goals of the season in the Dutchmen’s four-goal second period.
Union is currently tied for first place in the ECAC with St. Lawrence, though the Dutchmen have played one fewer game. Harvard, who Union plays this Friday, sits one point behind in third place. After taking on Harvard in a matchup of two top-five teams in the nation, the Dutchmen will face Dartmouth on Saturday.
These road conference matches will be important to the Dutchmen as the team aims to retain its No. 4 ranking in national polls. A win over Harvard could propel the team further up in the rankings.