Saturday, January 26, 2013

Union of Old?

November might as well have been last season.

Ken Schott last week, while Union was splitting against Cornell and Colgate to run their 2013 record to 2-4-0, said the Dutchmen were not looking like the "Union of old." We agree, but only in the sense that they haven't looked like the "Union of old" in a couple of years. But, perhaps, their play lately has been closer to the Union we're "used to" than the one that was in the Frozen Four last year.

They bounced back on Tuesday by thrashing Harvard in a mid-week Beanpot helper game (Harvard reschedules the two games that would have originally taken place the Saturday before Beanpot games, the first two Mondays in February), but Harvard has been losing badly to pretty much everyone lately (including Clarkson last night).

Meanwhile, RPI is looking nothing like the team that last played the Dutchmen in November. They've fought their way through what KRACH has rated as the most difficult schedule in all of the ECAC, and they've put together some decent results of late. They placed the lone blemish to date on Quinnipiac's league record. They dominated Princeton despite losing at the end - and they just swept Colgate and Cornell. Their freshman goaltender, now healthy again, is playing very, very well.

Preseason favorites to top the ECAC for the third year in a row, that's now a longshot for Union. It's a long way to fall from the Frozen Four. Let's help things out tonight.

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