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Tonight on NBCSN: No. 18 Union hosts No. 16 Dartmouth in ECAC clash

Feb 1, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

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The ECAC meat grinder rolls along and sees the defending conference champions Union looking to stay hot as they go up against Dartmouth.

No. 18 Union Dutchmen (13-8-4) vs. No. 16 Dartmouth Big Green (11-7-2) — 7:30 p.m. ET

Union College’s season following their first Frozen Four appearance in school history has seen them face a bit of a hangover.  At one point they had a stretch of five games that saw them go winless going 0-2-3 winding up the first half of their ECAC schedule and losing to a struggling Vermont team. Lately, things are on the upswing. They’ve won three in a row with conference wins over Colgate and Harvard and winning the inaugural Mayor’s Cup over rival Rensselaer. Coach Rick Bennett hopes his team has turned the corner in time for a crucial battle for third place in the ECAC with Dartmouth.

The Big Green, meanwhile, are just two spots ahead of Union in the USCHO.com Top 20 poll but even they’ve had some struggles lately. They’re 3-2-0 in their last five with wins over weaker teams like Brown, Clarkson, and Harvard. Meanwhile the losses are to second place Yale and an improving St. Lawrence squad. Coach Bob Gaudet’s squad started off hot this season and they’re hoping they can get that back starting tonight.

NHL prospects to watch

Each team has but one player per side who’s been drafted by an NHL team.

For Union, you’ve likely heard all about sophomore defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (Philadelphia – 2012 3rd Round). He was a part of this year’s Team USA World Junior Championship squad that took home gold in Ufa, Russia. He and senior blue liner Greg Coburn (Braydon Coburn’s little brother) are their biggest threats to score and set up offense on the blue line.

Others: Troy Grosenick (JR – G; 9-6-4, 2.22, .921), Wayne Simpson (SR – F; 12-16-28), Kyle Bodie (SR – F; 6-20-26)

For Dartmouth it’s senior forward Dustin Walsh (Montreal – 2009 6th Round) to take note of. Walsh is fourth on the team in points and we watched him have a big game earlier this season on NBCSN scoring two goals in a 4-2 win over Vermont. For some perspective, he’s got just seven goals this season.

Others: Tyler Sikura (SO – F; 9-16-25), Matt Lindblad (JR – Dl 9-14-23), Eric Robinson (JR – F; 10-6-16)

  1. thecheeman - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Love getting these posts on ECACCollegeHockeyTalk.com

    Can we slap a “promoted post” icon on these things just to save the authors some dignity? No offense to the guys doing their job by writing them.

    • Joe Yerdon - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      Offense taken. Thanks for reading.

      • thecheeman - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        We all got to eat

  2. youngs79 - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Why doesn’t NBC show a college game from the WCHA? It’s the last year of the best conference in college Hockey and it seems every week, the game is from teams in the East coast. On another note, Hey Joe Yerdon, still think the Wild aren’t going to make the playoffs?

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