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.

Novak likes the big stage

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

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.

Business as usual for Union

Monday, March 24, 2014
They let a freshman, Michael Pontarelli, carry the big ECAC Hockey championship trophy off the bus. Actually, they ordered him to carry it. “Everyone had their own stuff, so one of the rookies, grab it …” senior captain Mat Bodie said. “… yeah, freshman,” junior Shayne Gostisbehere finished the sentence. The Union College hockey team’s return to campus on Sunday will not go down in the annals of triumphant pomp and parade.

Union imposes its will

Sunday, March 23, 2014
Wait, which was the team that played the early game on Friday, and which played late, and later still, because of two overtimes? Perhaps it's a measure of how great a team this is that the Union Dutchmen could sleepwalk through one period of a conference championship game against the only ECAC team they hadn't beaten all year and still win going away.

Union keeps on working

Saturday, March 22, 2014
It’s hard to believe this was once the site of the Olympics, at least when viewed against the gargantuan bloat of modern-day Games.

Fans got their money's worth

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Q: When is a meaningless game in a parasitic tournament not a meaningless game in a parasitic tournament?
A: When one of your players shoves an opponent, a fight nearly breaks out, the fans get in a lather and give the home team a standing ovation after a hard-earned victory.

Keep the madness flowing

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
One team got stuck with what used to be called the dreaded play-in game.
One team got stuck with a No. 15 seed.
One team’s thin bowl of alphabet soup came up C-B-I”.
So why are all these people smiling?

Raised to be champions

Monday, March 17, 2014
On Sunday, it was water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink for East High, which was drowned in the fourth quarter by the Scotia-Glenville boys’ basketball team.

This one was over almost from the start

Sunday, March 16, 2014
t was all a blur. The ball zipped around like an electron, and a nearly flawless crystal formed that John Glenn could not scratch. The five pieces of Scotia-Glenville’s zone were in perfect alignment, as much a formation from which each piece could shoot downcourt as it was a defensive framework.

It's time for Union to get serious

Saturday, March 15, 2014
In the end, it was the Dutchmen who were the lucky ones, because they let 10th-seeded Dartmouth hang around, took two bad penalties that led to a dangerous five-on-three in the third period and won by a misleading 3-0 score.

Is that a smirk I see

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
There are enough potholes on the short winding road that leads to Messa Rink that you could name each one after a Dartmouth player and have one left over for head coach Bob Gaudet. Union and RPI ain’t exactly best pals, but the Engineers indirectly did the Dutchmen a big favor by letting Game 3 against Dartmouth — and their season — flush down the sewer on Sunday.

Patsos grades out well

Sunday, March 9, 2014
Is there another coach on the planet who starts a season-ending postgame press conference by glumly disclosing that he’s signed up for a yoga class?
No. None.

Poole needs to step up

Saturday, March 8, 2014
Siena didn’t fly to Springfield on Friday, but coach Jimmy Patsos was looking to avoid turbulence nevertheless.

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