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It's all a matter of timing

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Shayne Gostisbehere had one more sweet move, and will haunt Messa Rink no more.
The defenseman who dazzled the Minnesota Golden Gophers with an array of deft skating skill and legerdemain with his stick on Saturday pulled the plug on his Union College career on Tuesday.
It was time.
 
SCHENECTADY

Now, the real work begins

Monday, April 14, 2014
The immediate impact of the Union College hockey team’s national championship was readily apparent on Sunday.
You could hear it in head coach Rick Bennett’s voice and see it in the players’ scruffy appearance.
Saturday was not a night for curfews.
 
PHILADELPHIA

Amazing season for Union

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Wait. Really? REALLY? You hunt and peck for the keys, and "Union College" and "national champions" should not, by any semblance of logic, under any definition of the natural order of things, tumble together in that sequence. But there it is. The Union College Dutchmen are the national champions of Division I college hockey.
 
PHILADELPHIA

Next up: Hockey royalty

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Final update on my cheesesteak quest: abject failure.
Due to schedule constraints, it looks like I won’t be making it to Geno’s Steaks nor Pat’s King of Steaks.
Appearances to the contrary, this is a column about the University of Minnesota hockey.
 
PHILADELPHIA

Dutchmen combine to pick up a teammate

Friday, April 11, 2014
Even through who knows how many walls and layers of insulation and plumbing in the gigantic building, Matt Hatch could hear the oohs and aahs from the crowd. It was horrible. It was beautiful. It was excruciating. It was glorious. While Hatch was sitting in the locker room, hearing reactions to God knows what because the TV feed there was on tape delay, the Union hockey team played exquisite defense on a potentially crippling five-minute power play by Boston College in the third period on Thursday
 

'Rocky II' fits this trip

Thursday, April 10, 2014
OK, it’s really not a good sign, two days before the national semifinals, for the Union College hockey team to be tuning out the coach.
Rick Bennett has lost this team.
On the ride from Schenectady to the Frozen Four on Tuesday, Bennett went with the painfully obvious “Rocky II” for the bus movie, a choice that senior Daniel Carr called “suspect.”
 

A weird way to end a year

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
An obit is not an obit if it’s a birth notice.
 

Schenectady athletes still hold out hope

Sunday, April 6, 2014
There was the massive, windowless brick wall behind Schenectady High School, and a kid in a lacrosse T-shirt with a defenseman’s long stick. From one of the few patches of sidewalk that wasn’t puddled and muddy on Saturday morning, he chucked the ball over and over, just a quiet, repetitive thud. Inside the school, efforts to keep the sports programs alive started to find a pulse again, after a grim school board meeting on Wednesday at which the board outlined a long list of budget cuts that promises to make a bloodbath of extracurricular activities.
 

'Ghost' never had a chance

Friday, April 4, 2014
Shayne Gostisbehere has no one to blame but himself for not being named to the Hobey Hat Trick.
And I mean that in a good way.
 
LOUDONVILLE

Saints flat at the ARC

Thursday, April 3, 2014
It’s trout season, baseball season, short pants and no jacket season, and yet two winter college teams are still playing, albeit in parallel universes light years apart. One is enjoying The Season That Lives On, and the other resides in Bizarro World, experiencing The Season That Would Not Die. That would be the Siena Saints men’s basketball team, which didn’t even bother to show up to its campus gym on Wednesday night and subsequently got creamed by Fresno State, 89-75, a misleading score if ever there was one.
 

Intriguing matchup in Philly

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Spring cleaning means cleaning out the notebook and starting a new one that likely will get Philly cheesesteak spilled all over it next week.
The burning questions include Pat’s or Geno’s, and Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau, without hesitation, endorsed Geno’s on Tuesday during a teleconference.
 
BRIDGEPORT, Conn.

Union's job not finished

Sunday, March 30, 2014
There was no sound except the clack of sticks on ice and pucks on sticks. Occasionally, a cowbell. Union floated around the ice with a 2-0 lead midway through the third period, a long, hypnotic stretch with no whistles and a whole lot of coordinated play that methodically smothered the life out of the opponent.
 
BRIDGEPORT, Conn.

Novak likes the big stage

Saturday, March 29, 2014
Who says history doesn’t repeat itself?
 
BRIDGEPORT, Conn.

Leaman kept ball rolling

Friday, March 28, 2014
The deja vu was palpable.
The last two Union hockey coaches and the current one — along with various assistants — are all crammed into the same region.
 

No spin can undo this mess

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
There are scoundrels, cheats and rats in every sport.
Sometimes, they even become part of the folklore, romanticized for the win-at-all-cost desire to gain that one extra little edge. When a bat explodes to reveal a sweet corky center, we’re prone to a chuckle more frequently than outrage.
Horse racing wasn’t much different, but as of last Wednesday night, it is very different now.
 
 

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