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10 numbers that defined Union men's hockey's NCAA title season

10 numbers that defined Union men's hockey's NCAA title season

Magical season produced by the Dutchmen
10 numbers that defined Union men's hockey's NCAA title season
Union defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

The 2013-14 men's college hockey season was certainly a memorable one for Union.

Many impressive numbers were produced by the Dutchmen. From the record-setting 32 wins, to a fourth-straight ECAC Hockey regular-season title to their third consecutive ECACH tournament championship to their first NCAA hockey crown, it was an incredible season.

From all 42 games, here are the 10 numbers that defined Union’s 2013-14 season.


Season-long length of time Union didn’t allow a goal during a late-season stretch. The streak started with the final 9:07 of Union’s 6-2 victory over St. Lawrence on Feb. 22. The streak continued the next weekend with a 2-0 win at Yale and a 3-0 triumph at Brown to close out the regular season. The Dutchmen opened the ECACH tournament with a 2-0 victory over Dartmouth in Game 1 of the quarterfinals March 14. The streak ended the next night when the Big Green’s Brandon McNally scored at 11:38 of the first period. Goalie Colin Stevens, a Schenectady native, recorded the shutouts against Yale and Dartmouth. Alex Sakellaropoulos had the one against Brown.


Points forward Daniel Carr finished with for his Dutchmen career. It was the most points in Union hockey’s Division I history until Mike Vecchione broke the mark in the 2016-17 season. Carr had 78 goals and 79 assists in 160 games.


Points defenseman Mat Bodie compiled in his four years at Union, the most by any defenseman in Dutchmen Division I history. In 54 games, Bodie had 28 goals and 96 assists. His final goal was the empty-net tally that sealed the NCAA title.


Consecutive games in which Union didn't lose to close out the season. The Dutchmen went 16-0-1 during that stretch. The streak started with 4-3 come-from-behind win Feb. 1 at Clarkson, a game in which the Dutchmen overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2. Max Novak’s power-play goal at 9:05 of the third period made it 3-3. Matt Wilkins scored the game-winner more than three minutes later. The tie came Feb. 15 at Colgate, a 4-4 decision that saw Union rally from a pair of two-goal deficits. Theo Di Pauli von Treuheim scored with 5:40 left in the second period to pull the Dutchmen within 4-3. Kevin Sullivan scored late in the third period to tie it.


The defensive rating posted by defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere in the NCAA championship game. The only Minnesota goal Gostisbehere was on the ice for was a third-period power-play tally by Hudson Fasching with 3:40 left in the game. Power-play goals don’t count toward plus-minus.


Union posted three straight 5-2 victories in the postseason, doing it against Cornell in the ECAC semifinal, Colgate in the ECACH title game and Vermont in the NCAA hockey tournament East Regional semifinal.


Consecutive ECACH tournament titles Union had won after defeating Colgate 5-2 in the title game March 22 in Lake Placid. The Dutchmen became the third team to win at least three straight ECACH tournament titles, joining Cornell and Boston University Cornell (1967-70) and BU (1974-77) won four in a row. Union is the only team to win three straight ECACH tournament titles since the ECACH/Hockey East split in 1984.


Minutes it took the Dutchmen to score three goals to take a 4-2 lead on the Gophers late in the first period of the NCAA final. Vecchione ignited the outburst with a goal at 15:09 to tie the score. Eli Lichtenwald gave Union the lead at 16:06. Daniel Ciampini capped the outburst at 17:03.


Union’s record to open the season. The Dutchmen started with a 3-3 tie against Bowling Green Oct. 11 at Messa Rink. The next night, Union earned a 5-2 win, thanks to two power-play goals from freshman forward Michael Pontarelli and three assists from Gostisbehere. The next weekend at Messa, Union dropped two games to Lake Superior State by scores of 6-5 (in overtime) and 3-2. In their first road game of the season Oct. 25, the Dutchmen played to a 2-2 against UConn.


Time left in the third period when Ciampini scored to cap a four-goal rally and lift the Dutchmen to a 5-4 victory at Penn State on Dec. 1. The Dutchmen trailed 4-1 after a David Glen shorthanded goal with 8:17 left in the second period.

On Twitter, follow Associate Sports Editor Ken Schott @slapschotts and Daily Gazette Sports @dgazettesports. Email Schott at [email protected].

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