SCHENECTADY – Last weekend, the union college women’s hockey team did something it had done only once since becoming a Division I team in 2003-04, which opened the season 2-0.
On Friday, Dutch women can do something they’ve never done before – win their first three games of the season. And, by the end of the weekend, maybe even 4-0.
Dutch women have a chance to make history this weekend when they open their ECAC hockey game against capital region rivals RPI. Teams meet Friday at 6 p.m. at Union’s Mesa Rink and Saturday at 3 p.m. at RPI’s Houston Field House.
Dutch Women last started the season 2–0 in 2013–14. They are well aware of the history they can create on Friday.
“This year in particular, we have a really competitive edge,” said union junior defenseman Emily King. “Having such a long time, I know we are all excited to be playing again. But I think with all these new people in our team and the whole team environment, practice has been really tough, And we were all super good and team-first last weekend. I think if we just continue to bring that mindset and take it day by day, shift-by-shift, we can continue to win Huh. “
Union are facing an RPi that started the season 0–4, including two overtime losses, and is on a 39-game winless streak (0–38–1). The Engineers have suffered 31 straight losses since their 2-2 draw against Holy Cross on October 27, 2019. RPI’s last win came against Cornell in Game 2 of the Best-of-Three quarter-finals of the ECACH tournament on March 2, 2019.
The Dutch women, who won both meetings in 2019-20, including the Mayor’s Cup competition, know they cannot take RPI lightly. Standing points are important, especially for the Dutch women, who aim to make the ECACH tournament for the first time in the program’s history.
“We know,” said union head coach Josh Siba. “We’re going to shape it around what we know them to be prepared for. Meyer is coming out of the Cup win and [RPI’s] Zero-win season, we know they’re going to go hungry. With the Union-RPI rivalry, league points on the line, we know we can’t take them lightly.
“We’re going to prepare just like we did [last] Against RIT on Friday, when we were facing a winning team there. It’s the same way. We have something to prove ourselves, and our focus will be on us, but we know we’re going to be up for a tough game. “
Union opened its first season since the 2019-20 campaign, with a pair of victories at RIT last weekend. In the opener, the Dutch women scored six third-period goals to erase a 3–1 second-period deficit, to beat the Tigers 7–4, the most goals they scored in a period. They carried that momentum into the second competition and won 4–1.
Union freshman defenseman Maran said on Friday that the third period of six goals was crucial to the team’s confidence.
“After that second period, we talked [and] We figured out what we wanted to change,” said Friday, who was named ECACH Rookie of the Week on Monday after his two-goal, two-assist effort at the end of last week. “But I think we let it go, we moved on and we came out almost like a new team, supporting each other, working hard, getting the first puck and just getting shots over the net. count.”
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