Union College Captures Second Consecutive ECAC Crown In Atlantic City


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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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ECAC TOURNAMENT FINAL
Boardwalk Hall – Atlantic City, NJ
UNION COLLEGE 3 – BROWN UNIVERSITY 1

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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