By Zachary Pearce
The club hockey team concluded a dominant weekend Sunday night at Messa Rink in Schenectady.
As the final horn sounded on Sunday’s 11-1 drubbing of the SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons, the Club Dutchmen concluded a weekend that saw them net 23 goals.
It all began on the road, however, with a decisive 12-3 win. Friday’s opponent, the Cazenovia Wildcats, hosted the visiting Dutchmen at Tsha’Hon’nonyen’dakhwa’ Rink in Onondaga, NY.
Union came out of the gate flying, jumping to a 7-0 lead after the first period. Eric Robinson ‘14, who started the game in net, recorded his first collegiate career shutout in 30 minutes of playing time.
Freshman T.J. Hickey had a weekend to remember: with seven goals over the two game span, the Massachusetts native headed a potent first line that dominated offensively.
Hickey also had the distinction of potting a goal for the Wildcats; after a mercy rule was invoked at 10-0, Hickey, along with Kyle Tevlin ‘15 and Alex Cavert ‘15, swapped their red Union jerseys for Cazenovia blues during the third period.
Union’s dominance was that of a team rejuvenated. With the much awaited return of forwards Ben Gurlitz ‘12 and Josh Rathgeb ‘13 from terms abroad, Head Coach Timothy McGuiggan’s lines fell into place. Rathgeb added two goals on Friday night. Gurlitz scored a goal of his own against the Wildcats.
The potent tandem of Jeff Porter ‘14 and Terry Finnegan ‘14 also netted a goal a piece.
Saturday saw stalwart senior goaltender Kyle Anderson get the start in net. He didn’t disappoint.
Assistant coach and last year’s club captain Dan Greene ‘11 said, “Kyle’s been beyond dependable for us [throughout his career]. If you watched him tonight, you can tell why he’s easily confused with Ottawa Senators’ netminder Craig Anderson.”
Anderson could not be reached for comment.
Coach McGuiggan’s roster wizardry continued on Sunday. With the addition of the high-octane Ted McKenna ‘12, Union’s first line accounted for a majority of the team’s 11 goals.
Senior Adam Zinman slid between center and defense as needed, and did everything asked of him, playing a hard hitting, physical game. “Adam’s forecheck was outstanding tonight,” added Greene.
The game was a special one for freshman defenseman Ross Fidler, who lit the lamp for the first time in his collegiate career on a blazing slap shot from the point to put Union up 3-0 against Oneonta. Fidler, interviewed between periods, wore an effervescent grin.
“My first goal since Mites,” he said.
The decisive wins brought Union’s overall record back to .500, which places them in prime position for a second half playoff push.