By Meghan Creane
Shayne Ghostisbehere ’15 makes a pass in a recent home game for the Dutchmen.Courtesy of Marilyn Zube
The Dutchmen Ice Hockey team has definitely been making Union proud, continuing their winning streak this weekend with their seventh and eighth straight wins over the Brown Bears and the Yale Bulldogs. With post-season play fast approaching the importance of a win is heightened, making this past weekend’s performance even more valuable for the Dutchmen’s morale.
Friday’s victory against Brown secured Union’s top spot in the ECAC and proved to be an admirable return to the ice for previously suspended Mat Bodie ’14.
Bodie was clearly ready to return to the ice and proved it with his goal only 6:18 into the first period. It was a back and forth nail biter for the 1,921 fans packing Messa Rink. Tallying the rest of the points for the Dutchmen were Daniel Ciampini ’15, Sam Coatta ’15 and Max Novak ’15.
However, the impressive offensive performance put forth by the Dutchmen would have been nothing without the tremendous goaltending of Colin Stevens. Despite the 4-3 final score in favor of the Dutchmen, it was the Bears that led with 37 shots on goal to Union’s 31. Stevens has been proving himself all season and a strong performance like this definitely inspires confidence in himself and his teammates as they head toward the post-season.
Saturday night’s game against the Yale Bulldogs was played in front of a sold-out crowd at Messa Rink and it was definitely worth the hype. The Dutchmen overcame a 2-1 deficit to beat the defending national champion Bulldogs thanks to an incredibly strong third period.
There were plenty of points to go around on Saturday night, with 11 different players recording points during the night. Some of the highlights included a thirteenth goal for lead scorer Daniel Carr ’14 and a first collegiate goal for Theo DiPauli ’16. Sebastien Gingras ’16 scored a toal of three points, helping out the goal scorers with three smartly played assists.
Matt Hatch ’14 and Matt Wilkins ’16 both tallied points on the scoresheet, leaving Yale completely out-worked and out-scored for the entirety of the third period.
Union’s dominant performance this weekend has not only led them to the top of the ECAC by three points but also to 26 of a possible 32 points needed for the Cleary Cup and a 9-0 Ivy League record.
One of the most promising aspects of these preformances is the fact that they were not completely reliant on the play of senior players.
This lends itself to the idea that the coming years of Dutchmen hockey have the potential to be just as successful as these past few.
These wins also demonstrate the fact that even a setback like the suspension of Coach Bennett and Mat Bodie does not seem to be able to stop the passion of the Dutchmen.
The team as a whole seems to be working together well and overcoming the struggles of the past few weeks.
The post-season looks promising for the Dutchmen and the next few games will prove to be a crucial starting point on the road to what the whole campus hopes will be a successful and exciting bout in the upcoming playoffs.