Men’s hockey honors seniors as regular season comes to a close

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Anna Klug l Concordiensis
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The men’s ice hockey team has had a stellar run thus far this season. With only two regular season games left, they hold an impressive overall record of 22-8-2. The Dutchmen are currently ranked No. 1 in the ECAC and No. 7 in the country, one of the highest rankings that the team has ever held at this point in the season.

The men’s team played against Harvard and Dartmouth two weeks ago. They were defeated 6-2 by a strong Harvard squad.

The Dutchmen were behind throughout the game with the Crimson scoring one goal in the first period, three in the second period and two in the third period. Union tried their best to catch up and scored two goals in the third period which were scored by Mike Vecchione ’17 and Sebastian Vidmar ’19.

Union then redeemed themselves with a dominating win over Dartmouth with a score of 8-3. Union held control throughout the game.

Cole Maier ’19, Ryan Walker ’19 and Luc Brown ’20 each scored a goal in the first period. Vidmar and Ryan Scarfo ’18 each scored once and Spencer Foo ’18 netted two in the second period. Foo earned a hat trick during the third period, the first of his college career.The men celebrated their senior night last weekend with games against Quinnipiac and Princeton.

They dominated throughout the weekend with final scores of 4-1 and 4-2, respectively. On Friday night, the Dutchmen took on Quinnipiac at Messa Rink. Union scored three goals in the first period and one in the second while goalie Alex Sakellaropoulos ’17 was a brick wall in the first and third period, blocking every shot that came his way.

J.C Brassard ’18 scored Union’s first goal with assists from Maier and Walker. Brett Supinsky ’19 followed shortly after with assists from Vecchione and Nick DeSimone ’18.

Later, Foo went on to score a power play goal with assists from Vidmar and Jeff Taylor ’17. Vecchione rounded out the scoring with a power play goal during the second period assisted by Taylor and Foo.

After Union’s fourth goal, Quinnipiac came back with an unassisted goal. The score then remained the same throughout the rest of the game.

Union played Princeton on Saturday night. Both teams remained scoreless in the first period. Princeton scored first in the second period on an unassisted goal.

The Dutchmen then came back with a goal by DeSimone that was assisted by Foo and Vas Kolias ’20. Union dominated in the third period and scored three goals. Supinsky and Taylor each scored power play goals, but were followed by a Princeton two-goal scoring sequence.
Greg Campbell ’19 then finished off the game with an empty net goal late in the third period.

Directly after Saturday night’s win, the Union team celebrated their senior night with a ceremony on the ice. They celebrated six seniors including Vecchione, Eli Lichtenwald ’17, Matt Krug ’17, Michael Ponterelli ’17, Taylor and Sakellaropoulos.

Looking back on this season, the team has succeeded in ways that they had hoped, senior and captain Mike Vecchione noted.

The team will soon wrap up their season and head into the postseason. Due to their high standing, the Dutchmen have earned a bye in the first round of the ECAC tournament. Tickets for the quarterfinals in March are currently on sale through Union’s ticket office.

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