SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It’s been three years since the Union men’s hockey team’s Cinderella run which resulted in a national championship.
In between now and then has been two subpar seasons.
There’s not much faith the Dutchmen will turn it around this season. The conference’s coaches picked Union to finish seventh out of 12 in the standings.
Senior captain Mike Vecchione said while it hurts to learn Union’s standings, he understands that’s where the team has lived recently. But he feels the Dutchmen are more upbeat and working to be more consistent.
One of his teammates, junior forward Spencer Foo, shares the captain’s sentiments and thinks something big could lie ahead.
“All the freshmen coming in are really good,” Foo said. “And then, we have so many returning players, so I think we can have a special team this year.”
“I’m going to agree with him,” Vecchione said. “Obviously, every team’s going to say that they want to win the whole thing, but we truly believe it here. We’ve been there before, and we know what it takes, so I’m right behind him with that.”
“What it takes to get banners up there is just going to take a team effort,” head coach Rick Bennett said. “The first thing that we discuss at the opening meetings is it’s going to take everybody. So everybody has to be ready, and I think that’s kinda been the message.”
Union opens its regular season schedule with a two-week series at 11th ranked Michigan.