Tracking college hockey games is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time but never got around to because of time restraints and me being unable to find video. Quite a few schools are streaming their team’s home games this year, so I figured now would be a good time to get started with this. I’m not sure how many games I’ll be able to track with my other commitments, but I wanted to get at least one weekend series in before the NHL season starts. If I have enough time, I might do one series every weekend as a fun side project to go along with my NHL tracking. We’ll see how things go, though.
Our first breakdown of the year is going to be the non-conference series between the #11 ranked Michigan Wolverines and the Union College Dutchmen. They ended up splitting the series with Union taking the first game 4-3 on the back of two late goals in the third period and Michigan rebounded with a 4-0 win the following night. Special teams were big for both teams this weekend with Union scoring two power play goals in the opener and Michigan scoring a shorthanded goal in both games. They also had the edge in goaltending with freshman Hayden Lavinge pitching a shutout in the second game and senior Zach Nagelvoort making 36 saves in the previous game, albeit in a loss.
What else went into this matchup and how did Union pull off an upset in the first game?