SCHENECTADY — The Union and RPI males’s hockey groups had been scheduled to play exhibition video games towards Canadian school hockey squads on Oct. 2, however these video games had been canceled due to issues associated to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
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The longtime Capital Area rivals will meet in an exhibition recreation on Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. at Messa Rink.
Final Friday, the NCAA granted a waiver that allowed groups to schedule exhibition video games towards non-Canadian faculties due to the pandemic.
“Once we obtained the waiver, I talked to Dave Smith over at RPI,” Union head coach Rick Bennett mentioned Thursday. “With the groups not having performed [since Jan. 25, 2020], let’s see if we are able to play one another. The logistics labored. Everybody agreed. So, we’re going to play.”
A Union Athletics division spokesman mentioned followers might be allowed to attend the sport. Single-game tickets gross sales begin Sept. 13. RPI shouldn’t be permitting off-campus followers to its residence athletic occasions.
Union and RPI had been two of the eight ECAC Hockey groups that canceled their 2020-21 seasons due to the pandemic. Union’s final recreation was March 8, 2020, a 2-1 extra time loss to Yale in Recreation 3 of the ECACH match first-round collection.
The final time RPI performed was Feb. 29, 2020, a 4-1 win at Dartmouth within the regular-season finale. The Engineers had been scheduled to face Harvard within the ECACH match quarterfinals, however, when the Ivy League canceled the rest of its sports activities season in 2020, RPI’s new opponent grew to become Colgate. Then, that collection was canceled.
“Truthfully, I feel it’s vital to place this stuff so as,” Smith mentioned. “At the beginning, I’m comfortable that we’re practising. Second, I’m comfortable we’re enjoying a recreation. … And the third factor is we’re enjoying Union. It’s win, win, win.”
The groups will now play one another 4 instances this season, together with the exhibition recreation. They open ECACH play towards one another Oct. 29 at Messa and Oct. 30 at Houston Discipline Home. The Mayor’s Cup recreation between the rivals is Jan. 29 at Instances Union Middle.
Union opens the common season Oct. 8 at New Hamsphire, whereas RPI hosts Bowling Inexperienced in its season opener that night time.
A Capital Area native and the son of a Stanley Cup champion are making their solution to the Union Faculty males’s hockey group this season.
Goalie Connor Murphy of Hudson Falls and ahead Thomas Richter, the son of New York Rangers goalie Mike Richter, are two of the 9 gamers that make up the Dutchmen’s 2021-22 recruiting class that was introduced Thursday.
Murphy, a junior, is transferring from Northeastern. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder performed in 21 video games final season for the Huskies, posting a 9-9-3 file with a 2.72 goals-against common, a .910 save share and two shutouts.
“We type of knew him seeing him rising up a bit,” Bennett mentioned. “However his path took a special route. Finally, he ended up right here, and we’re comfortable he did.”
Earlier than going to Northeastern in 2019-20, Murphy performed for Carleton Place of the Central Canada Hockey League.
Richter performed in 20 video games in a shortened season for the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League final season, amassing three targets and 6 assists.
Richter had been at Union a number of years in the past, taking part in a summer time prep faculty showcase.
“From speaking with Thomas and his household, they appeared like they loved the camp,” Bennett mentioned. “From there, it took on a lifetime of its personal. The recruiting course of started, and it labored out.”
Total, there are 5 forwards, two defensemen and two goalies within the recruiting class.
The opposite forwards are Collin Graf (Boston Junior Bruins of the Nationwide Collegiate Growth Convention), Michael Hodge (Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League), Andrew Seaman (Prince George Spruce Kings of the BCHL) and Caden Villegas (Tri-Metropolis Storm of the USA Hockey League.
The defensemen are each from the North American Hockey League. Cullen Ferguson performed for the Aberdeen Wings, and Josh Phillips of the Minnesota Wilderness.
The opposite goalie is Joe Sharib, who performed for the NCDC’s Connecticut Jr. Rangers.
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