College Hockey Notebook: Coaches believe series has merit

HBO’s special series, “24/7 Penguins-Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic,” has been the talk of the
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HBO’s special series, “24/7 Penguins-Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic,” has been the talk of the hockey community. It has been given unlimited access to both teams as they prepare for Saturday’s outdoor game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

This has been a no-holds-barred presentation. The salty language, especially from Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau, has not been edited out.

The show has gotten the attention of both Union coach Nate Leaman and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute coach Seth Appert. When asked if they would allow a camera crew unlimited access to their teams, both said they were intrigued by the idea.

“I know all of our guys are watching it,” said Leaman, who saw the opening episode. “They like it a lot. It’s a good show. It’s behind the scenes. That is what’s great about it. I’d have no problem with it.”

Appert, who said he doesn’t subscribe to HBO, will watch a copy of the series. But he has heard the buzz about the show and can’t wait to see it.

“Within relative reason, I’d be open to it,” Appert said. “I love the history, the tradition and the secrecy of our sport, and how much our sport bows down to tradition and things like that. There are some great things about our sport because of that.

“But I also think that, sometimes, we can be so reclusive and so secretive as a sport that we become cult-like, and we don’t really expose what is great about our sport to enough people. What’s great about our sport, at its core, is that we really have high-quality people playing our sport. There are great personalties and great relationships inside the locker room that, a lot of times, don’t get brought out.”

Union senior goalie Corey Milan has been watching intently. He wouldn’t mind having his day documented.

“I think it would be enjoyable for a small stretch of time,” Milan said. “I don’t know about a full month, but it could be a good thing for a couple of weeks. I would try to present the best Corey Milan I possibly could. The guys are doing a good job of just being themselves. They’re at home with their families. It’s good to see them the way they are away from the rink.”

THIS WEEK IN UNION HISTORY

Time for another stroll down memory lane in Union hockey’s 20th year at the Division I level. These are games that didn’t make my top 20 list in the October special section.

* Union 6, New Brunswick 2 (Dec. 30, 1993).

Scott Boyd had two goals and one assist, and Chris Ford collected a goal and two assists as the Dutchmen beat New Brunswick to win the Concordia Christmas Tournament in Montreal. Goalie Mike Gallant made 27 saves.

* Minnesota-Duluth 4, Union 3 (Dec. 29, 1994).

Brad Federenko’s power-play goal with 13 seconds left in the second period snapped a 3-3 tie and gave the Bulldogs a win.

* Union 4, Connecticut 0

(Jan. 2, 2005).

Jordan Webb assisted on Joel Beal’s goal with 44 seconds left in the game to become Union’s all-time leading scorer in the Division I era with 105 career points. Webb passed Chris Ford, who had 104 points from 1993-97.

* Union 5, RPI 1 (Dec. 30, 2006).

Lane Caffaro, Matt Cook, Josh Coyle and Jason Walters had a goal and an assist each to help the Dutchmen beat the Engineers in the third-place game of Vermont’s Catamount Cup.

* Union 4, Dartmouth 1 (Jan. 5, 2007).

Goalie Justin Mrazek made 37 saves, and the Dutchmen went

10-for-10 on the penalty kill to beat the Big Green at Messa Rink.

Local update

Here’s a look at how college hockey players from the Capital Region are doing at the midway point of the season.

* New Hampshire junior forward Mike Borisenok (Watervliet) has three goals and six assists in 16 games for the second-ranked Wildcats.

* Boston College sophomore defenseman Patch Alber (Clifton Park) has two goals and five assists in 16 games for the No. 5-ranked and defending NCAA-champion Eagles.

* Ohio State sophomore forward Lizz Rizzo (Glens Falls) has an assist in 18 games.

Dutchwomen home

The Union women’s hockey team will celebrate the start of the new year with a two-game series against Vermont this weekend at Messa Rink. The games Saturday and Sunday start at 2 p.m.

It’s the second straight year the Dutchwomen have played at home on Jan. 1-2. They split a two-game series with North Dakota last season.

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