On This Day: Union Hockey Captures Title
Two years ago today, one of the greatest feats in Capital Region sports history was accomplished as the Union men's hockey team captured its first national championship with a 7-4 victory over Minnesota in Philadelphia, Penn.
Union got down 1-0 in the game before star Shayne Gostisbehere tied the game. It's ironic that the game was in Philadelphia and Gostisbehere now stars in Philly as a member of the Flyers of the NHL.
Union also got down 2-1 before coming back to take a 4-2 lead on three unanswered markers by Mike Vecchione, Eli Lichtenwald and Daniel Ciampini. Max Novak, Kevin Sullivan and Mat Bodie also scored in the championship win.
The win ended the Dutchmen's season at 32-6-4. Union finished this season at 13-14-9. You can't expect a program like Union, that has high academic standards and doesn't give scholarships, to contend for a championship every single year.
Be grateful that we got to witness the championship and that NHL players were on campus in Schenectady.