For someone who hadn’t missed a game because of injury during his Union College hockey career, the last two weeks have been frustrating for senior defenseman Shawn Stuart.
Stuart has been out the last four games because of a shoulder injury. But good news could be on the horizon.
He returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since he got hurt. The chances are good that he will be in the lineup tonight at 7:30, when the 18th-ranked Dutchmen host No. 16 Dartmouth at Messa Rink.
“[He’s] highly probable,” Union coach Rick Bennett said. “Seeing [Wednesday] was his first practice, he wasn’t shying away from anything. He competed hard.”
Stuart was injured in the first period of the Dutchmen’s 3-2 loss to Quinnipiac on Jan. 12. When he couldn’t go six days later against Cornell, it ended his streak of consecutive games played at 100. The last game he missed was Oct. 9, 2010, Union’s second game of the season against Sacred Heart.
Stuart was a healthy scratch for that game. He only missed two games his freshman season.
“It’s definitely frustrating, especially senior year,” Stuart said. “But it gives you a different perspective of the game, seeing it from up top. You see a lot of things that you miss when you’re on the bench and on the ice. Hopefully, I can use that to my advantage.”
Stuart explained what he learned while sitting out.
“Just the little openings on the breakouts. The center’s a lot more open than you think it is,” Stuart said. “You seem to have more time that you think, sometimes. I’ll pick my head up more often and try to read the rush a little better.”
On the play where Stuart was injured, he said, “Me and another guy were just going into the corner. He got the best of me. I went into the corner pretty hard and jammed up my shoulder. It feels pretty good right now.”
RPI ALUMNI GAME
Saturday is Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s annual Big Red Freakout game. The Engineers will face Dartmouth at 7 p.m.
Earlier Saturday, RPI will have its annual alumni game. It will take place at 11 a.m. at Houston Field House.
Players who have signed up for the game, with year of grad-uation in parentheses, are Alex Angers-Goulet (2012), Mat Angers-Goulet (2009), Scott Basiuk (2004), Tom Bellatty (1951), Jak Bestle (1983), Kevin Broad (2007), Tim Carvel (1995), Mike Conte (1970), Ed Crowley (1960), Greg Crozier (1961), Cameron Cuthbert (1994), Nick Economakos (2005), Nolan Graham (2003), Ralph Harding (1967), Eric Healey (1998), Doug Hearns (1971), Dan Hershberg (1962), Christian Jensen (2010), Terry Jordan (1972), Joel Kavet (1962), Ken Kearns (1984), Reed Kipp (2009), Paul Kitchen (1973), Seth Klerer (2009), Paul Krosney (1968), Kevin Kurk (2004), Dino Macaluso (1982), Jonathan Ornelas (2008), Vic Pereira (2005), Scott Prekaski (2000), Doug Rozsa (1999), Dave Simon (1985), Pat Valiquette (1976), Michael Willen (1973) and Mark Yurkewecz (2006).
GOULAKOS HAS HODGKIN’S LYMPHOMA
Colgate announced Tuesday that sophomore defenseman Spiro
Goulakos has Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Goulakos has left school to begin chemotherapy in his hometown of Montreal.
“This news came as quite a shock to everyone,” Vaughan said in a statement. “Spiro is such an integ-ral part of our team and adored by his teammates. This past week has been a very emotional time for our student-athletes.
“We ask as Spiro begins his treatments that people hold him and his family in their thoughts and prayers. He is a fierce competitor, and his teammates and coaches know he will bring that attitude to this fight.”
During the December break, Goulakos underwent a routine physical examination. During the exam, one of the lab tests returned abnormal results. Additional tests revealed that Goulakos had a large area of swelling in his chest that was not affecting his breathing or his stamina.
Goulakos underwent more tests on the final day of the break, and also underwent tests with Colgate team physician Dr. Merrill Miller upon his return to campus. Those results showed a likely lymphoma in Goulakos’ chest.
More sophisticated tests were done back in Montreal, and Goulakos and his family learned the results last Friday
Amazingly, he played in last weekend’s games against Brown and Yale. Goulakos collected two assists in last Saturday’s 4-1 win over Yale.
He is expected to undergo aggressive chemotherapy over the next four to six months.
“He has excellent doctors, and he should do well,” Miller said. “Our anticipation is he will recover and be back to full academics and athletics at Colgate this fall.”
Goulakos finishes the season with six goals and nine assists in 21 games.
Q-PAC JUST MISSES
Quinnipiac fell eight points short of becoming the first ECAC Hockey team to be ranked No. 1 in the
USCHO.com/NCAA top-20 poll in two years.
The Bobcats (18-3-3) remained second in the poll. They received 22 of 50 first-place votes and 967 points.
Minnesota (18-4-4) held on to the top spot, getting 28 first-place votes and 975 points.
Quinnipiac extended the nation’s longest unbeaten streak among men’s teams to 17 games (16-0-1) with a 2-1 win over Connecticut last Tuesday.
Minnesota dropped a 2-1 home-ice decision to Minnesota State last Friday, but won Saturday’s rematch, 4-1, at Minnesota State.
Quinnipiac may be the hottest men’s team in the country, but it can’t touch the Minnesota women’s team.
The Gophers, the defending NCAA champions, are off to a 26-0 start this season. They just completed a weekend sweep of WCHA-rival Wisconsin.
Minnesota’s 34-game winning streak dates back to last season, when it won its final eight games of the year. The Gophers’ last loss was a 2-1 overtime setback to North Dakota last Feb. 17.
The ECACH announced its award winners for the month of January on Thursday.
Princeton junior forward Andrew Calof was named player of the month. Calof had five goals and seven assists in five games. He collected his first career hat trick, and closed out the month with consecutive four-point games against RPI on Jan. 12 and Sacred Heart on Sunday.
Calof’s teammate, freshman forward Mike Ambrosia, was named rookie of the month. Ambrosia had three goals and three assists in five games. He had two goals and an assist in the 5-2 win over Sacred Heart.
Quinnipiac senior Eric Hartzell won goalie of the month for the third straight month. Hartzell was 4-0-1 for the month with a 1.56 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage.