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E.C.A.C. Conference Overall Standings & Upcoming Schedule

Union College Canadian legionnaire ELI LICHTENWALD (12), the sizable freshman (6’6″ 235 lbs) from Saskatoon Saskatchewan who has totaled thirteen points (seven goals) in his first eleven NCAA contests, outpaces countryman KELLEN JONES (15) of Quinnipiac University, the undersized (5’9″ 165 lbs) senior center who was chosen in the seventh round (# 202 overall) of the 2010 National Hockey League Draft by the Edmonton Oilers, and prepares to close out this pivotal ECAC Conference clash by scoring into the empty net at the Frank L. Messa Rink in Schenectady, New York, on December 7, 2013.

As the short winter break that will conclude a couple of days after Christmas continues, the EASTERN COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE features three teams at the tail end of the nation’s Top Ten according to the latest “PairWise Comparison Ratings” chart, which is constantly updated by the standout citizens at College Hockey News. (

ECAC CONFERENCE overall standings

12 wins … 3 losses … 3 ties ………… # 7 – UNION COLLEGE
13 wins … 3 losses … 3 ties ………… # 8 – QUINNIPIAC
12 wins … 3 losses … 1 ties ………… # 9 – CLARKSON

7 wins … 4 losses … 2 ties ………… # 13 – CORNELL
6 wins … 3 losses … 3 ties ………… # 24 – YALE
8 wins … 6 losses … 4 ties ………… # 27 – R.P.I.
8 wins … 9 losses … 2 ties ………… # 30 – ST. LAWRENCE
7 wins … 9 losses … 2 ties ………… # 31 – COLGATE
5 wins … 6 losses … 1 ties ………… # 33 – BROWN
4 wins … 7 losses … 2 ties ………… # 40 – HARVARD

3 wins … 12 losses … 0 ties ………. # 52 – PRINCETON
2 wins … 10 losses … 0 ties ………. # 53 – DARTMOUTH


Clarkson University Canadian legionnaire BEN SEXTON (14), the 22-year-old senior center who was tabbed in the seventh round (# 206 overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins, and the Golden Knights are ranked # 9 in the nation by both the and USA Today/USA Hockey polls at the moment but will soon have their mettle sincerely tested by facing off against a pair of formidable Hockey East conference opponents, (# 10) UMass-Lowell and host Vermont, at the upcoming Catamount Cup in Burlington.

Half of the twelve ECAC Conference squads will be back in action the first weekend after Christmas.

Ivy Leaguers Cornell and Princeton are both migrating south to participate in the 14th annual FLORIDA HOCKEY CLASSIC, a tournament which is always held in in the little southwestern town of Estero (total population of roughly 18,000 people) at the Germain Arena (official capacity for 7,082 spectators), the regular rink of the East Coast Hockey League’s Florida Everblades. Another Ivy League institution, Dartmouth College, will be hosting its traditional LEDYARD NATIONAL BANK CLASSIC holiday gathering which will include the United States Air Force Academy, Northeastern University as well as Providence College. Finally, as far as the Ivys are concerned, the defending NCAA national champions from Yale will host visiting Holy Cross in a non-conference affair.

Quinnipiac University will be taking part in the almost all-Connecticut tournament otherwise known as the UCONN HOCKEY CLASSIC while Clarkson University from northern upstate New York is making the trip east into Vermont and will skate at the 17th installment of the CATAMOUNT CUP.

Dec 28 … Estero, FL …………. Princeton vs Maine
Dec 28 … Estero, FL …………. Cornell vs New Hampshire
Dec 28 … Burlington, VT …….. Clarkson vs Vermont

Dec 29 … New Haven, CT …… Yale vs Holy Cross
Dec 29 … Storrs, CT …………. Quinnipiac vs Massachusetts
Dec 29 … Burlington, VT …….. Clarkson vs UMass-Lowell
Dec 29 … Hanover, NH ………. Dartmouth vs Providence
Dec 29 … Estero, FL …………. Princeton vs unknown
Dec 29 … Estero, FL …………. Cornell vs unknown

Dec 30 … Storrs, CT ………….. Quinnipiac vs unknown
Dec 30 … Hanover, NH ……….. Dartmouth vs unknown


St. Lawrence University prolific Canadian legionnaire GREG CAREY (10), the undrafted, 23-year-old senior from Hamilton, Ontario, who topped the Saints with both 28 goals and 51 points from 38 NCAA games last term, is currently leading all players skating for the various 59 Division I men’s ice hockey teams this season with both 38 points as well as an average of 1.89 points per game.

E.C.A.C. CONFERENCE scoring leaders

36 pts … 13 go … 23 as … 19 ga …… Greg CAREY, St. Lawrence
26 pts … 18 go ….. 8 as … 17 ga …… Ryan HAGGERTY, R.P.I.
25 pts … 13 go … 12 as … 19 ga …… Sam ANAS, Quinnipiac
24 pts … 13 go … 11 as … 19 ga …… Matt CAREY, St. Lawrence
23 pts ….. 9 go … 14 as … 19 ga …… Kellen JONES, Quinnipiac
22 pts ….. 9 go … 13 as … 16 ga …… Daniel CARR, Union College
21 pts ….. 6 go … 15 as … 19 ga …… Connor JONES, Quinnipiac
20 pts … 12 go ….. 8 as … 18 ga …… Brock HIGGS, R.P.I.
19 pts ….. 2 go … 17 as … 18 ga …… Mat BODIE, Union College
19 pts ….. 9 go … 10 as … 19 ga …… Jeremy WICK, St. Lawrence
18 pts ….. 7 go … 11 as … 18 ga …… Matt NEAL, R.P.I.
18 pts ….. 5 go … 13 as … 19 ga …… Justin BAKER, St. Lawrence
17 pts ….. 2 go … 15 as … 15 ga …… Kevin SULLIVAN, Union College
17 pts ….. 4 go … 13 as … 17 ga …… Jacob LALIBERTE, R.P.I.
17 pts ….. 6 go … 11 as … 18 ga …… Mike BORKOWSKI, Colgate


Harvard University Canadian legionnaire RAPHAEL GIRARD (30), the undrafted, 22-year-old senior goaltender from St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, who has been sharing the playing time with sophomore teammate Steve Michalek, the sixth round (# 161 overall) pick of the Minnesota Wild at the 2011 NHL Draft, for Crimson coach Ted Donato this season, currently leads all netminders in all of Division I who have appeared in a minimum of one-third of their team’s NCAA games this term with a sparkling .948 save percentage.

E.C.A.C. CONFERENCE goaltending leaders

1.72 avg … .932 svpct ….. 6 ga …… Steve PERRY, Clarkson
1.88 avg … .942 svpct ….. 8 ga …… Raphael GIRARD, Harvard
1.88 avg … .906 svpct … 19 ga …… Michael GARTEIG, Quinnipiac
2.17 avg … .922 svpct … 17 ga …… Scott DIEBOLD, R.P.I.
2.31 avg … .905 svpct … 13 ga …… Colin STEVENS, Union College
2.39 avg … .909 svpct … 12 ga …… Andy ILES, Cornell
2.44 avg … .912 svpct ….. 9 ga …… Alex LYON, Yale
2.52 avg … .895 svpct … 11 ga …… Greg LEWIS, Clarkson
2.54 avg … .910 svpct ….. 9 ga …… Eric MIHALIK, Colgate
2.62 avg … .901 svpct ….. 6 ga …… Tyler STEEL, Brown
2.72 avg … .925 svpct ….. 6 ga …… Marco DE FILIPPO, Brown
2.79 avg … .886 svpct ….. 7 ga …… A. SAKELLAROPOULOS, Union College

One player deserving of honorable mention is Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute goaltender SCOTT DIEBOLD, the homegrown junior from Buffalo, New York, who has done yeoman’s work since being pressed into action after an early, season-ending injury to the Engineers’ projected starter. Canadian legionnaire JASON KASDORF, the sophomore from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who was the sixth round selection of the Winnipeg Jets (# 157 overall) at the 2011 NHL Draft and had put up excellent numbers (1.62 avg, .935 svpct) for R.P.I. in 23 games as a freshman last term, but was put out of action with a serious shoulder injury after only two games this fall. It should be remembered that Diebold, who made just seven appearances (3.22 avg, .873 svpct) as a sophomore during the 2012/13 campaign, had made a total of just 17 career NCAA appearances (3.22 avg, .889 svpct) for the Engineers coming into this current season.


Cornell right wing BRIAN FERLIN (17), the junior from Jacksonville, Florida, who was the fourth round choice (# 121 overall) of the Boston Bruins at the 2011 NHL Draft and currently leads the Big Red with seven goals in a baker’s dozen NCAA games this season, has a chance on the backhand against Yale goaltender ALEX LYON (34), the 21-year-old freshman from Baudette, Minnesota, who has established himself as the first choice between the pipes for the defending national champions this term, during the ECAC Conference / Ivy League tilt at the James Lynah Rink in Ithaca, New York.

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Providence College Retains Mayor’s Cup


A critical third period insurance goal and 32 saves from last season’s NCAA (East) Second Team All-America goaltender powered # 4 ranked PROVIDENCE COLLEGE to a narrow 3-2 triumph over intra-city rival BROWN UNIVERSITY in the 28th annual MAYOR’S CUP to determine the champion ice hockey squad in the capital city of Rhode Island and 93rd all-time meeting between the two proud academic institutions.

NICK SARRACINO, the sophomore left wing from St. Louis, Missouri, sent the home side to the lead after following up on his own off-wing attempt and shooting past Brown goaltender MARCO DI FILIPPO, the native of Italy who played four years of high school hockey at the elite Kent School in Connecticut, with only three minutes to play before the first intermission. The Friars doubled the Bears’ deficit six minutes into the second session when junior DREW BROWN banged a rebound home on the doorstep after Canadian legionnaire MARK JANKOWSKI, the sophomore center from Dundas, Ontario, who was claimed in the first round (# 24 overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft by the Calgary Flames, had his hopeful, wide-angled effort saved. Brown, the little-used left wing from Grass Lake, Michigan, was making just his second appearance of this 2013/14 campaign for Providence College, to review.

The visiting Bears did not despair and ramped up their attack, accordingly, to generate sixteen shots on target in the second period, alone. But Providence goaltender JON GILLIES, the highly-touted sophomore who was the third round choice (# 75 overall) of the Calgary Flames at the 2012 NHL Draft, was proving himself to be in fine form, however. Finally, almost four minutes into the final frame, Brown were able to get on the scoreboard when Canadian legionnaire MATT LORITO, the junior left wing from Oakville, Ontario, who was an All-Ivy League as well as an All-ECAC Tournament Team selection for the Bears last season, blasted a one-timer past the Friars’ second-year netminder to register his sixth goal of this term.


Providence College goaltender JON GILLIES (32), the sophomore from South Portland, Maine, who won a gold medal with the United States squad at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships last winter, improved his personal statistics this season (14 ga, 1.81 avg, .945 save pct) while earning his second career victory in the annual Mayor’s Cup match.

The Bears continued to outshoot their hosts in the last period, as the Ivy Leaguers had done to their traditional cross-town adversaries in the second. But it was the patient Friars, who currently sit atop the Hockey East standings with a record of six wins and two losses, who re-established their two-goal advantage with a little less than eleven minutes remaining in the game. DEREK ARMY, the homegrown senior right wing from North Kingstown who led Providence with 13 goals in 38 NCAA games last season, beat Di Filippo with a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle to net his third goal of this season.

Army’s strike proved to be crucial, indeed, as Brown did pull one goal back less than two minutes later when first line left wing MATT HARLOW, the junior from Bridgewater, Massachusetts, whose father, Scott Harlow, was an NHL Draft pick of the famed Montreal Canadiens in 1982 as well as an All-American forward at Boston College in 1986, scored. Canadian legionnaire DENNIS ROBERTSON, the junior defenseman from Fort Saint John, British Columbia, who happens to be the lone player on the current Brown University roster to have been reserved by a National Hockey League club, assisted on the marker. But neither Robertson nor the rest of his Bears teammates were able to muster an equalizer, however.

And so Providence College, who routed Brown University 7-0 in the annual Mayor’s Cup clash last season, retains the prestigious trophy and pushes its record in the all-time series between the two capital city schools to 46 wins against 43 losses with three ties.


Providence College left wing DREW BROWN is swarmed by his teammates after scoring the Friars’ second goal during the second period of the 28th Annual Mayor’s Cup game against traditional intra-city foe Brown University at the modest Schneider Arena in the capital city of Rhode Island.

November 30, 2013
Schneider Arena – Providence, Rhode Island
Attendance : 2,442


17:00 … PRV – Saracino (Mauermann, Gilmour)
25:58 … PRV – Brown (Jankowski, Mingoia)
43:44 … BRW – Lorito (Lappin, Naclerio)
49:17 … PRV – Army (McParland, Acciari)
51:10 … BRW – Harlow (Robertson, Hourihan)

shots-on-goal : BROWN 34 ( 7 + 16 + 11 ) – PROVIDENCE 29 ( 11 + 10 + 8 )

penalty minutes : BROWN 8 – PROVIDENCE 8

PROVIDENCE : Gillies – McKenzie, Shamanski ; Gilmour, Hart ; Parisi, Adams – Saracino, Mauermann, Luke ; McParland, Acciari, Army ; Brown, Jankowski, Mingoia ; Tanev, Rooney, Behling

BROWN : DeFilippo – Robertson, Goldberg ; de Concilys, Wood ; Wahl, Pfeil – Harlow, Lorito, Lamacchia ; Prescott, Naclerio, Lappin ; Pryzbek, Hourihan, Doane ; Hathaway, Middleton, Kramer


Providence College senior right wing DEREK ARMY (19) also has very solid bloodlines from his hockey-playing father. Tim Army, of course, was a NCAA (East) First Team All-America selection for Providence College in 1985 and still holds the Friars’ all-time record for most career games played (158) while currently ranking sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 176 career points. The elder Army, who was chosen by the old Colorado Rockies (the present day New Jersey Devils) in the ninth round (# 179 overall) of the 1982 National Hockey League Draft and appeared as a professional player for the Maine Mariners in the American Hockey League as well as for teams in both Finland and Switzerland, also served as head coach of Providence College from the start of the 2005/06 season until the end of the 2010/11 campaign.

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28th Mayor’s Cup : Brown Battles Providence In 93rd Intra-City Clash


All of Rhode Island will rock when cross-town rivals BROWN UNIVERSITY and PROVIDENCE COLLEGE, two academic institutions that are located not even three miles apart from one another, will clash for the 93rd time since 1927 in the 28th installment of the MAYOR’s CUP. Indeed, the all-time series record between these two traditional intra-city adversaries could hardly be any closer with the Providence Friars (45 wins, 44 losses, 3 ties) precariously holding a very slim edge over the Brown Bears at present. As for the Mayor’s Cup, a handsome trophy which was first offered in 1986, it is Providence who currently also claim the lead (15 wins, 9 losses, 3 ties) in the all-time standings.

The Friars, who are presently ranked # 4 in both the and USA Today/USA Hockey national polls, have held the upper hand over the Bears, who reached the Final of the ECAC Conference tournament last season before falling to Union College, as of late. Providence have won four of the last six Mayor’s Cup matches while bowing just once and registered a massive 7-0 win at Brown’s Meehan Auditorium last season. The Bears did manage to dump defending national champion Yale University in their first contest to open this 2013/14 campaign but whether or not the unranked Bears have the requisite flair to upend Providence on the Friar’s home ice at the Schneider Arena remains to be seen.

The most recent trend has seen the home team fail to win the last three Mayor’s Cup contests :

01/31/1998 … BROWN 6 – Providence 3 …… (at Schneider Arena)
01/12/1999 … PROVIDENCE 3 – Brown 2 ….. (at Meehan Auditorium)
01/18/2000 … BROWN 4 – Providence 2 …… (at Schneider Arena)
11/04/2000 … BROWN 5 – Providence 1 …… (at Meehan Auditorium)
01/22/2002 … PROVIDENCE 4 – Brown 3 ….. (at Schneider Arena)
01/28/2003 … PROVIDENCE 3 – Brown 1 ….. (at Meehan Auditorium)
11/25/2003 … Providence 1 – Brown 1 ……… (at Schneider Arena)
01/22/2005 … BROWN 5 – Providence 1 …… (at Meehan Auditorium)
12/03/2005 … PROVIDENCE 5 – Brown 1 ….. (at Schneider Arena)
11/26/2006 … BROWN 2 – Providence 1 …… (at Meehan Auditorium)
12/04/2007 … PROVIDENCE 8 – Brown 0 ….. (at Schneider Arena)
12/09/2008 … PROVIDENCE 4 – Brown 3 ….. (at Meehan Auditorium)
11/17/2009 … PROVIDENCE 4 – Brown 3 ….. (at Schenider Arena)
12/07/2010 … Providence 4 – Brown 4 ……… (at Meehan Auditorium)
01/01/2012 … BROWN 5 – Providence 2 …… (at Schneider Arena)
11/24/2012 … PROVIDENCE 7 – Brown 0 ….. (at Meehan Auditorium)


BROWN UNIVERSITY pose with the trophy after their 5-2 victory over host Providence College in the 26th Annual Mayor’s Cup at the Schneider Arena on New Year’s Day, 2012 … the Bears had fallen behind by a pair of goals but rallied to score five times unanswered in the second half of the contest with RYAN JACOBSON, the freshman from Greenwood Village, Colorado, netting twice in the third period, himself … Canadian legionnaire MATT LORITO (19), the freshman from Oakville, Ontario, evened the contest late in the middle frame by notiching his second collegiate goal ever.

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE pose with the trophy after their runaway 7-0 triumph over host Brown University in the 27th Annual Mayor’s Cup at the Meehan Auditiorium on November 24, 2012 … the Friars benefited from a balanced attack that saw seven different players score goals while netminder JON GILLIES (32), the freshman from South Portland, Maine, who was chosen in the third round (# 75 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames, stopped a career-high 35 shots in the process … Gillies went on to serve as the backup goaltender for the surprising United States squad that won the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships held in Russia and would also be named NCAA (East) Second Team All-America at the conclusion of the 2012/13 season.

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Ivy League In The NHL

LORD STANLEY’s CHAMPION DEFENSE CORPS, CIRCA 1929 — the blueliners on the BOSTON BRUINS’ very first Stanley Cup title-winning squad, from left to right, are the reliable veteran LIONEL HITCHMAN, the rookies MYLES LANE (Dartmouth College) and GEORGE OWEN (Harvard University) as well as the irrepressible future Hall of Famer EDDIE SHORE.

Although to this very day the sight of an IVY LEAGUE player performing in the vaunted NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE is still a relatively rare occurrence, the fact of the matter is that Ivy Leaguers have been skating in the storied NHL since the puck was dropped for the very first time back in December of 1917.

Indeed, 21-year-old forward GERRY GERAN had left the picturesque DARTMOUTH COLLEGE campus in New England behind and signed a professional contract with the ill-fated Montreal Wanderers, a club that had already lifted the Stanley Cup four times in the trophy’s then-brief history. The native of Holyoke, Massachusetts, went on to participate in four of the Wanderers’ first six games before a fire completely destroyed the Montreal Arena and led directly to the folding of the team. Nevertheless, it was Geran, then, who became the very first American to ever skate in the fledgling NHL.

Following a seven-year hiatus, Geran returned to contest the 1925/26 campaign with the expansion Boston Bruins club. Late that same season, the second American to ever compete in the crack NHL also appeared when the New York Americans added forward BOB HALL from the New York Athletic Association. Hall, who had skated three varsity seasons at Dartmouth College from 1920 until 1922, had been a teammate of the American pioneer Geran on the Boston Athletic Association Unicorns in the United States Amateur Hockey Association for two seasons before relocating to the Big Apple.


HAT TRICK OF DARTMOUTH HEROES, CIRCA 1928 (left to right) — the remarkable MYLES LANE, the All-America halfback who led the Indians the national collegiate football championship as a sophomore in 1925 and piled up 50 goals in only 17 career games while skating on defense for the varsity ice hockey squad, the versatile EDDIE JEREMIAH, who, after his professional playing career was over, returned to Dartmouth and successfully held the position of varsity ice hockey coach for three decades, along with teammate ED ARMSTRONG.

The Boston Bruins made hockey history a few seasons later and still another pair of Ivy Leaguers were right of the middle of it all, then. Boston defensemen MYLES LANE and GEORGE OWEN had both been star halfbacks on the college football gridiron for Dartmouth College and Harvard University, respectively, before embarking on their travels as professional ice hockey players. It was this unique pair who both became the very first pucksters born in the United States to celebrate a Stanley Cup championship after skating in all five playoff games for the Bruins in the spring of 1929.

Lane had actually made hockey history all by himself earlier that fall. The native of Melrose, Massachusetts, signed a professional contract with the New York Americans one day shy of his 23rd birthday and soon became the very first player to graduate straight from a U.S. college hockey program to a regular place the NHL without skating so much as one game in the minor leagues. After appearing in all but one of New York’s first 25 contests on the 1928/29 schedule, Lane was sold by the Americans to the Boston Bruins for the price of $ 7,500 dollars in early February.

Yet one more Dartmouth College product briefly joined the proud ranks of the NHL professionals during the 1931/32 season when EDDIE JEREMIAH, a versatile sort who could be deployed in the defense or up on the right wing with equal effect, was promoted by the New York Americans from the New Haven Eagles of the old Canadian-American League.


Cornell University goaltender KEN DRYDEN backstopped the Big Red to the coveted NCAA national championship title as a sophomore in 1967 and, two seasons later, appeared in two games for the national team of Canada at the 1969 IIHF World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.

After the Second World War ended, the National Hockey League entered into a long era during which time the elite, six-team circuit was almost completely devoid of American-born and / or U.S. college-trained players. Things began to change in earnest when the NHL implemented its ambitious expansion program prior to the beginning of the 1967/68 campaign. With the number of NHL teams having been doubled to twelve, more than twice as many job openings for players had instantly been created and the subsequent emergence of the rival World Hockey Association five years later opened still more new opportunities, particularly for those at the top of the American collegiate talent pool.

A wave of would-be All-Star Game participants hailing from a whole new set of Ivy League institutions of higher learning suddenly appeared on the NHL scene at the start of the 1970s. Cornell University’s Canadian legionnaire KEN DRYDEN had been honored as the First Team (East) All-America goaltender three times in as many terms before going on to amass six Stanley Cup titles in only eight seasons guarding the cage for the fabled Montreal Canadiens. CURT BENNETT, who later skated for the United States at the inaugural Canada Cup international ice hockey tournament in 1976, starred for Brown University and was named First Team (East) All-America in 1970 as a defenseman before being shifted to center after turning professional with the St. Louis Blues organization.


DARTMOUTH …… 1917/18 … Gerry GERAN, Montreal Wanderers
HARVARD ……….. 1928/29 … George OWEN, Boston Bruins
PRINCETON …….. 1970/71 … Syl APPS, JR., New York Rangers
CORNELL ……….. 1970/71 … Ken DRYDEN, Montreal Canadiens
BROWN ………….. 1970/71 … Curt BENNETT, St. Louis Blues
PENN * ……………. 1979/80 … Paul STEWART, Quebec Nordiques
YALE ……………… 1983/84 … Bob BROOKE, New York Rangers

Note — the University of Pennsylvania Quakers had a long history of playing ice hockey and also competed in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association from 1966 until 1978 before scrapping its NCAA varsity program entirely; the one other Ivy League school, Columbia University in New York City, has never had the requisite courage to send a varsity squad out onto NCAA ice.


Brown University defenseman CURT BENNETT, who was born in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan but moved to the United States as a youngster and played high school hockey in Cranston, Rhode Island, before going off to college, twice topped the 30-goal mark and appeared in the annual NHL All-Star Game on two occasions while skating as a center for the Atlanta Flames in the mid-1970s.

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Union College Captures Second Consecutive ECAC Crown In Atlantic City

Union College sophomore right wing MAX NOVAK (18), the Garden State native of Oak Ridge who was recruited by the Dutchmen from the roster of the New Jersey Hitmen in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, celebrates the first of his two critical goals against valiant Brown University in the ECAC Tournament Final watched by a crowd of 4,107 spectators at the Boardwalk Hall ice facility in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Stifling defense, standout netminding and three goals from a local New Jersey product combined to propel unheralded UNION COLLEGE to a second consecutive Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference post-season title in Atlantic City and guarantee the Dutchmen the accompanying automatic berth in the annual NCAA tournament this year.

Union College, who advanced to the Frozen Four at the NCAA’s Division III national championships twice in the 1980s before joining the ECAC in 1991, have now qualified for the NCAA tournament at the elite Division I level for a third consecutive season. The Dutchmen, to review, reached the Frozen Four last term before falling to Ferris State in the semifinal. It is highly questionable whether or not Union College, who now fashion the record of 21 wins against 12 losses with five ties for this 2012/13 campaign, would have been chosen by the NCAA selection committee this year had the Dutchmen not won the ECAC’s annual post-season tournament for the second time in school history.

It was either of the two schools from Connecticut, # 1 QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY (Hamden) and # 5 YALE UNIVERSITY (New Haven), who were the odds-on favorite to win the ECAC’s Whitelaw Cup in Atlantic City. But clear underdog BROWN UNIVERSITY surprisingly blanked the number one ranked team in the Land 4-0 thanks in large part to shutout goaltending from ANTHONY BORELLI, the 24-year-old junior from Grand Island, New York, and a pair of strikes from Canadian legionnaire MATT LORITO, the sophomore from Oakville, Ontario, who led the Bears with both 22 goals and 37 points this season. Union College advanced after netminder TROY GROSENICK, the 23-year-old junior by way of Brookfield, Wisconsin, turned aside all 34 shots from the Bulldogs as the Dutchmen triumphed 5-0.


Yale University’s Canadian legionnaire CARSON COOPER (9), the undrafted freshman from Bow Island, Alberta, who scored just one goal in 33 NCAA games for the Bulldogs this season, cannot get the puck past the wall of Union College players during the ECAC semifinal contest at the Boardwalk Hall arena in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Union College have just two players who have been reserved by National Hockey League clubs but both SHAYNE GOSTISBEHERE, the undersized (5’11″ 160 lbs) sophomore from Margate, Florida, who was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the third round (# 78 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft last summer, and TIM BOYLE, the freshman from Hingham, Massachusetts, who was chosen in the fourth round (# 106 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators, happen to be defensemen. Tim Boyle just so happens to be the younger brother of former Boston College star and current New York Rangers center BRIAN BOYLE. But the 20-year-old rearguard has not yet established himself on the Union College blue line and appeared in just 15 NCAA games (0 go, 2 as) this term.

Gostisbehere, however, would be needed as Brown University, who were making their first appearance in the ECAC Tournament Final since 1993, generated a good deal of pressure against the Dutchman at the Boardwark Hall in Atlantic City. Albeit it a bit against the run of play, Union College took the lead when Canadian legionnaire DANIEL CARR, the junior from Leduc, Alberta, scored for the second time in as many games at the 10:18 mark of the opening period. Carr’s tally tied Union College right wing WAYNE SIMPSON, the senior from Boxboro, Massachusetts, who also netted in the ECAC semifinal victory over Yale University, for the team leadership in goal-scoring.

New Jersey native MAX NOVAK, the sophomore right wing who had also struck in the ECAC semifinal win over Yale, re-emerged and scored two back-breaking goals for Union College on either side of the first intermission to effectively end the hopes of Brown University. The Bears pulled one goal back in the second period on a power play strike by Canadian legionnaire DENNIS ROBERTSON, the junior defenseman from British Columbia who is the only current Brown University skater to have been drafted by an NHL club (Toronto Maple Leafs, sixth round – # 173 overall, 2011). But, despite being outshot 11-1 in the third period, the Dutchmen made a concentrated effort to defend what had already been gained and achieved that aim with aplomb.


Union College junior goaltender TROY GROSENICK, who stopped 66 of 67 shots in consecutive games against Ivy League opponents Yale and Brown at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, was named to the ECAC tournament All-Star team along with three other Dutchmen in senior defenseman GREG COBURN, left wing DANIEL CARR and right wing MAX NOVAK; representing Brown University on the 2013 ECAC tournament All-Star team were defenseman DENNIS ROBERTSON and center MATT LORITO.

Boardwalk Hall – Atlantic City, NJ

10:18 … UC – Carr 16 (Jooris, Gingras)
19:46 … UC – Novak 8 (Hatch, Sullivan)
22:20 … UC – Novak 9 (Coburn, Sullivan)
27:57 … BR – Robertson 3 (Naclerio, Pfeil) – ppg

UNION COLLEGE : Grosenick – Coburn, Gostisbehere ; Fogaard, Stewart ; M. Bodie, Gingras – Ciampini, K. Bodie, Simpson ; Carr, Jooris, Wilkins ; Hatch, Novak, Sullivan ; Ikkala, Roy, Coatta

BROWN UNIV : Borelli – Robertson, Pfeil ; Crowley, Goldberg ; de Concilys, Wahl – Hathaway, Hourihan, Ryan ; Lorito, Naclerio, Lappin ; Harlow, Zaires, Juola ; Drolet, Seneca, Prescott

NOTE — this season’s successful Brown University squad, which finished with an overall record of 16 wins against 14 losses with six ties, prominently featured two Philadelphia-area products in senior right wing JEFF RYAN from Media (28 ga, 6 go, 14 pts) and junior defenseman JAKE GOLDBERG from Langhorne (32 ga, 4 go, 8 pts).


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