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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Back At It

Clarkson Hockey Fans are back on the air!

Coming up right now the ECAC Preview!

Union College Dutchmen

Last Year's Finish - 12th
Last Year's CHF Predicted Finish - 10th

Key Losses - TJ Fox F JR, Oliver Bouchard F SR

Key Returnees - Justin Mrazk G SR, Josh Coyle F SR, Lane Caffaro D JR

After an up and down season last year Union will be looking to rebound from off season losses both on and off the ice. The Dutchmen got off to a nice start with a 5-3-2 record before December 1st. Stringing together a decent January and February, head coach Nate Leaman had the Dutchmen looking to play the upset roll down the stretch. However when February rolled around the Dutchmen tanked finishing 1-8-1 in their last 10 games, and were swept out of the ECAC playoffs by Quinnipiac.

However all was not gloomy for Union, the Dutchmen put up a fight at Quinnipiac and the line of TJ Fox, Torin DelForte and Josh Coyle had put up 81 points during the year. Union had wins over Clarkson, Dartmouth and UMass in their pocket, definite building blocks for a new year. When TJ Fox signed with the San Jose Sharks, Union's best prospects went with him.

Losing Fox leaves Union without their leading scorer and turns up the pressure on now returning leading scorer Josh Coyle to carry the team. A team that was outscored by 20 goals last year in ECAC play. And a team that gave up five goals or more 10 times and scored less than three goals 21 times over the year. Coyle will have to live up to the demands or the Dutchmen might not see 10 wins this year.

In net Justin Mrazek has had what could be the oddest statistical four years for a goalie in the history of the school. Despite his career 18-31-5 record Mrazek still has a 2.83 GAA and a save percentage above .900, numbers that are quite respectable. The problem occurs when you look at Unions offense in front of him. Mrazek will see alot of shots this season, especially with the loss of defender Sean Striech, however junior Lane Cafarro and sophomore Michael Benyon will look to fill Striech's skates and will rack up plenty of minutes.

The Dutchmen are in a rebuilding year this season, but with a couple of good bounces they could put together a run and play spoiler in the first round of the playoffs. However the outlook for the season is not too bright in Schenectady this season.

Best Case Finish - 9th
Worst Case Finish - 12th

Clarkson Hockey Fan's Prediction - 12th


Blogger Mike said...

Glad to see you guys back! LGT!!!

7:48 AM


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