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ADK11
03-07-2015, 08:35 AM
Maybe the best game I've seen U play this year. Almost a perfect road game - clamped down on D early and then took advantage of opportunities in the 2nd period to turn momentum. Did a really good job of standing up Cornell at the blueline and forcing them to dump it in, then kept things to the outside when the Red had the puck in the zone. Team defense was excellent, Stevens was very good when there were a couple breakdowns, and the top guns stepped up offensively. Very impressed with how the young D-men played, especially DeSimone & Light and very nice to see Taylor calmly bringing the puck up ice - his presence was huge as was Wilkins physical play. That was classic Union hockey and best example of it I've seen this season. Tonight of course will be twice as hard and am worried if the refs "let'em play" as they did at times last night. The Red are freaking huge, as usual, and will be very motivated. U will have to use their speed to hopefully wear them down a bit. This series is not over by a long shot.

Dutchman
03-07-2015, 01:40 PM
Highlights from last night
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG2QN1R3yfg
Cornell Post Game Interview - we won because of a lucky bounce, bad ref call, bad goalie or so they say. Cornell Captain says they still have two more games. Look for a Cornell Goalie change.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJhQn6ezsP0
Schafer - get first goal to win, get faceoffs.

rdf8585
03-07-2015, 04:35 PM
Tonight's lines:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Lines for tonight&#39;s game 2 between <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UnionHockey?src=hash">#UnionHockey</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CornellHockey?src=hash">#CornellHockey</a>. Only change for Union is Bennett in for Roy. <a href="http://t.co/r286uZBhw4">pic.twitter.com/r286uZBhw4</a></p>&mdash; Union Hockey Blog (@UnionHockeyBlog) <a href="https://twitter.com/UnionHockeyBlog/status/574336821267722240">March 7, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Dutchman
03-07-2015, 08:27 PM
Highlights from last night
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG2QN1R3yfg
Cornell Post Game Interview - we won because of a lucky bounce, bad ref call, bad goalie or so they say. Cornell Captain says they still have two more games. Look for a Cornell Goalie change.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJhQn6ezsP0
Schafer - get first goal to win, get faceoffs.

I don't think so .....
Union 7 - Cornell 0

Nottme
03-07-2015, 08:30 PM
Wow. Union looked loose, (a couple of times too loose) tonite. Looks like Hamden next weekend.

Dutchfan
03-07-2015, 08:38 PM
WOW!

I was expecting good things this weekend, but definitely didn't expect it to be that decisive. The boys still need to tighten things up a little bit for next weekend as you have to feel that Q will bury a few of those chances that Cornell didn't. All four lines are finally clicking, and the D has cut down on most of the bad turnovers. On to the Q!

UFan
03-07-2015, 08:41 PM
Wow.... unexpected.... Union's effort last night and tonight was very surprising. It looks like a different team.... Very nice to see something clicked. Best 2 games from the team this season. We heard nothing from some of the players this year (or very little) and all of a sudden, they're here, playing their best !!! Perfect timing.
Thank you to Stevens ! he kept us in the game. A well deserved shutout !

UnionHockeyManiac
03-07-2015, 08:51 PM
Wow! 7-0?! Did NOT expect that. The season is alive for at least another week. U gotta believe.

UnionFan4Life
03-07-2015, 09:46 PM
My favorite quote of the night: Cornell announcer "Quinnipiac should petition with the ECAC to play a different opponent next weekend"

I'm cautiously optimistic U has their swag back!!

rdf8585
03-07-2015, 09:59 PM
The Union radio team (especially Brian Unger) was rather excited about Vecchione's highlight reel goal.

Understandably so, of course.

Hear their great call: http://t.co/cpbwgr5zU4

Kepler
03-07-2015, 10:17 PM
Congratulations on your sweep and good luck in the next round.

Got 6, Want More
03-07-2015, 10:40 PM
I am not surprised by the result but I think everyone is surprised by the score? Was Gillam hurt? Can't fathom him not starting tonight? At this moment, I am very happy we didn't finish first but I think we get Clarkson which is a bad draw for us. Even if we win, those games take an emotional toll on the team. Tomorrow night, I am an RPI fan.

BobNY
03-07-2015, 11:49 PM
Congrats on a great weekend!!


My favorite quote of the night: Cornell announcer "Quinnipiac should petition with the ECAC to play a different opponent next weekend"

Yes, I liked that comment as well. As a Q fan I kind of agree with them. A hot Union team may be just about the worst we could have got for next week. Should be a great series!

Dutchman
03-08-2015, 04:25 AM
Highlight Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH7cOKr-kmk
Cornell Postgame Interviews
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qX2j0-Vbc4

Good writeup
http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/sports/college/2015/03/07/union-sweeps-cornell-ecac-hockey-playoffs/24596165/

Kepler
03-09-2015, 01:35 PM
I am not surprised by the result but I think everyone is surprised by the score? Was Gillam hurt? Can't fathom him not starting tonight?

Gillam just hasn't been himself lately and Stewart was solid in relief of him in 2 of the last 3 games, so I wasn't surprised Schafer gave him the start. This was the fourth game in a row where Cornell gave up a slew of goals to fall way behind -- we just happened to save the worst for last. Union was outstanding in exploiting every mistake, and in game two they were also creative in generating several good chances from nothing (Vecchione's goal was one for the ages).

I still believe that SLU and Q are the best teams in the conference this year, but both Dartmouth and Union have put it together at the right time and could be spoilers. 3 of the 4 series (other than SLU) ought to be razor thin margins.

UnionHockeyManiac
03-09-2015, 10:48 PM
Anyone else heading to Hamden this weekend? I just got my Saturday tickets. I'll be there on Sunday as well (if necessary).

rdf8585
03-11-2015, 02:20 AM
Stevens named ECAC (http://unionhockeyblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/ecac-hockey-honors-stevens-foo.html)Hockey Goalie of the Week, while Spencer Foo was selected ECACH Rookie of the Week.

Dutchman
03-11-2015, 09:24 PM
Quinnipiac hockey head coach Rand Pecknold talks ECAC playoffs
http://sportzedge.com/2015/03/10/quinnipiac-hockey-head-coach-rand-pecknold-talks-ecac-playoffs/

rdf8585
03-11-2015, 09:48 PM
Some audio interviews from before practice today -

Rick Bennett - http://yourlisten.com/unionhockeyblog/rick-bennett-pre-practice-31115

Wilkins - http://yourlisten.com/unionhockeyblog/matt-wilkins-pre-practice-31115

Vecchione - http://yourlisten.com/unionhockeyblog/mike-vecchione-pre-practice-31115

vicb
03-12-2015, 03:23 PM
A bit more than 26 hours to get your picks in. Remember 7PM Friday is the deadline.

http://board.uscho.com/showthread.ph...-Playoffs-2015