A Starr hockey barn fades into darkness

The Colgate men’s hockey team will play its final game ever in Starr Rink on Saturday afternoon agai
The Union College hockey team won't be sad to see Colgate's Starr Rink close after its game there on Saturday afternoon. The Dutchmen are 3-19-2 in their Division I era at Starr, which opened in 1959. Colgate will have a new arena next season.
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The Union College hockey team won't be sad to see Colgate's Starr Rink close after its game there on Saturday afternoon. The Dutchmen are 3-19-2 in their Division I era at Starr, which opened in 1959. Colgate will have a new arena next season.

The Colgate men’s hockey team will play its final game ever in Starr Rink on Saturday afternoon against Union. Next season, the Raiders will have a new home, the Class of 1965 Arena.

The Dutchmen will be more than happy to say good riddance to Starr, the old barn that opened in 1959.

Since joining the NCAA hockey Division I ranks in 1991, Starr Rink has been the Dutchmen’s House of Horrors. The Dutchmen have gone 3-19-2 at Starr, the worst record they have at an ECAC Hockey opponent’s rink. They have been outscored 104-49 and shut out five times and allowed five or more goals in a game 10 times.

With the end of Starr near, here’s a look back at some of the memorable, and infamous, games Union has played there.

The good

Feb. 27, 1998: Union 6, Colgate 0.

This was the Dutchmen’s first win at Starr, and it was shocking. Union came into the game on a seven-game winless streak, including six straight losses. The Dutchmen were on the verge of being eliminated from the ECACH tournament race (10 of the 12 teams made the postseason back then). But goalie Trevor Koenig made 39 saves, and goals by Joel Bond, Ryan Campbell, Sheldon Pietrzykowski, Jason Ralph, Dave Smith and Alex Todd sent the Dutchmen on to the rout. Stan Moore, a former Colgate assistant coach under Don Vaughan, was Union’s coach.

Jan. 14, 2011: Union 2, Colgate 1.

Goalie Keith Kinkaid made 24 saves, and goals by Wayne Simpson and Josh Jooris propelled Union to the win, the first for coach Nate Leaman in eight tries.

Feb. 25, 2012: Union 5, Colgate 3.

The ultimate victory because it gave the Dutchmen their second straight ECACH regular season title. Daniel Carr had three goals and an assist to spark the win. Austin Smith’s power-play goal with 4:22 left pulled the Raiders within 4-3, but Carr set up Jooris’ empty-netter with 28 seconds left to seal the deal.

The bad

Feb. 27, 1992: Colgate 7, Union 2.

This game set the tone for the Dutchmen’s woes at Starr. The Raiders scored four first-period goals, including three in the first 3:01 of the game by Ron Fogarty, Marcel Richard and Sam Raffoul, and rolled to the win.

Jan. 8, 1994: Colgate 8, Union 5.

The Dutchmen fell behind 3-0 after one period, yet was down only 4-3 after two. But the Raiders scored four times in the third to get the victory.

The ugly

Feb. 19, 2000: Colgate 9, Union 3.

The Raiders were on their way to an NCAA tournament appearance that season. Led by two goals and an assist each by Andy McDonald, a future Stanley Cup champion with the Anaheim Ducks, and Sean Nolan, Colgate crushed Union. Darryl Campbell also had two goals for the Raiders, who jumped out to a 5-0 lead.

Feb. 16, 2008: Colgate 8, Union 0.

Raiders forward Tyler Burton, who had 11 goals and seven assists in eight career games against the Dutchmen, gets two goals and an assist to lead Colgate to the easy victory. Also, Colgate goalie Mark Dekanich extended his shutout streak to 212:14, breaking Koenig’s ECACH record of 198:44 set in 1996-97.

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