by Corey Mansfield

The 2017 NCAA Ice Hockey Tournament field is set and here is my bracket.


Harvard and Cornell will meet in Lake Placid, NY on Saturday night at 7:35pm in the ECAC Championship game. The game will be broadcast on American Sports Network and aired on SNY.
Merrick Madsen and the Harvard on the verge of an ECAC Championship (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

by Corey Mansfield

Here is my 2017 NCAA Men's College Basketball bracket:


Here are some videos of Game 2 of the ECAC quarterfinals between the Princeton University Tigers and Union College Dutchmen from March 11, 2017 at Messa Rink in Schenectady, NY.

The Union College Dutchmen advanced to the ECAC semifinals in Lake Placid, NY after a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory over Princeton on Saturday night. You can view photos of the game here.













Here are photos of Game 2 of the ECAC quarterfinals between the Princeton University Tigers and Union College Dutchmen from March 11, 2017 at Messa Rink in Schenectady, NY. (You can view some videos here.)

The Union College Dutchmen advanced to the ECAC semifinals in Lake Placid, NY after a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory over Princeton on Saturday night.

The Dutchmen took an early 2-0 lead but the Tigers clawed back tying the game at 2-2. An Alex Riche power play goal at 18:50  of the third period put Princeton ahead 3-2 and silenced the Union crowd.

Then the drama happened...

As time ticked down in the game, Spencer Foo picked up the puck and skated in the front of the net, slipping a goal past Princeton goalie Colton Phinney tying the game with 21 seconds left.  The play was reviewed and upheld eventually sending the game to overtime.

In overtime, Mike Vecchione picked off the puck at mid-ice, broke away from the pack and headed in on the goal. He was taken down in front of the net but Brett Supinski put the rebound past the goalie and it looked as though Dutchmen had punched their ticket to Lake Placid. However, the play was reviewed and the goal was waved off on a goaltender interference.  The referees did call a hooking penalty on Joe Grabwoski for the takedown of Vecchione on the play and Union was given a penalty shot.

Mike Vecchione supplied the rest of the drama putting the penalty shot in the back of the net, sending Union College to Lake Placid and the ECAC semifinals.

Mike Vecchione wins the game for Union (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Union awaits their semifinal opponent but the game is scheduled for Friday at either 4pm or 7pm at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, NY.

Here are photos of Game 1 of the ECAC quarterfinals between the Princeton University Tigers and Union College Dutchmen from March 10, 2017 at Messa Rink in Schenectady, NY.

The Dutchmen defeated the Tigers 4-1 to take game one of the best of three series. Mike Vecchione had two goals and an assist to lead the way for Union.  Alex Sakellaropoulos was outstanding in net stopping 29 of 30 shots the Dutchmen.

Spencer Foo (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
The Union College men's hockey team will host the Princeton Tigers this weekend in the quarterfinals of the ECAC Hockey Tournament. The winner of the three game series will move on to Lake Placid as one of four teams who has a chance to be ECAC champions.

Union goalie, Alex Sakellaropoulos
Union had a bye in the first round as the #2 seed, while Princeton #7 seed won a hard fought series against Colgate 2-1 with two of the games going to overtime and each game being decided by one goal.

The Dutchmen defeated the Tigers both times during the regular season: 7-3 on December 2nd, and 4-2 on February 18th.

Here are the dates and times for the games:



Here are photos of the college hockey game between the Quinnipiac University Bobcats and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers from February 18, 2017 at Houston Field House in Troy, NY.

Quinnipiac was too much for RPI, defeating them 7-3 on Saturday night. Landon Smith lead the way for the Bobcats with two goals.

Andrew Shortridge stretches before the game (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Here are photos of the college hockey game between the Cornell University Big Red and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Engineers from February 4, 2017 at Houston Field House in Troy, NY.


Big Red goalie Mitch Gillam (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Here photos of the college hockey game between the Harvard University Crimson and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers on January 13, 2017 at Houston Field House in Troy, NY.

Chase Perry played the game of his career stopping all 41 shots he faced and Jacob Hayhurst, Brady Wiffen, Jesper Ohrvall, and Jared Wilson all chipped in with a goal a piece as the Engineers stunned the #2 ranked Harvard Crimson 4-0 on Friday night.

Viktor Liljegren plays the puck against the boards (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
by Corey Mansfield 

I preface this post with my undying gratitude for the men and women who serve our country every day. These people unselfishly sacrifice their lives for our freedoms. The students at the United States Military Academy are some of the best student-athletes in the country and have chosen to serve their country. They are true role models and the future leaders of America. 

Thank you. 
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This past weekend I got a chance to head down to the United State Military Academy and watch the Army Black Knights take on Brown University at Tate Rink. 

Tate Rink at West Point (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
I've always wanted to attend a game at West Point but never got around to it. A couple weeks ago I decided to make the journey down to watch a game. I contacted Ally Keirn who is the athletic communication director for the men's hockey program about getting media credentials for the game. She emailed me back and let me know that I would have media credentials and she even offered to give me a tour of the facility. This was pretty awesome! 

Like always, I left a little earlier to go to the game because I have a tendency to get lost when I go to a new venue. Make sure if you are using a GPS that you put in the address for the Holleder Center and use the Stoney Lonesome Access Road (Some GPS apps will direct you to the military entrance on the other side of campus if you put Tate Rink). 

The drive down was pretty easy as you can see from the map below. One of the cool parts of the trip is going over Bear Mountain which gives you an incredible view of the Hudson River snaking through the mountains with U.S. Military Academy in the valley below. 

A view of the field from Google (photo credit: Google)

Once you get to the entrance of West Point you'll go through two check points and be required to show your ID to get on to get on campus. 

The Holleder Center is located right behind the Miche Stadium. There was parking around the Holleder Center but most people parked on the road between the two (it gave me a chance to practice my parallel parking). 

After parking my car I noticed a big marble stone engraved with an "A" in front of the Holleder Center. On the back of it was an interesting quote from General Douglas MacArthur. 

The marble stone in front of the Holleder Center (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
On of the back side of the marble read the following quote from General Douglas MacAruther (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
The Holleder Center is home of the schools hockey arena, Tate Rink and basketball arena, Christl Arena. It was named in honor of Maj. Donald W. Holleder ('56) who was killed in action in Vietnam in 1967. Holleder was an All-American football and basketball player while at West Point. There is trophy case inside the arena dedicated to Maj. Holleder which has many artifacts from his life and athletic career. 

The Holleder Center (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Upon entering the Holleder Center you'll see the ticket office immediately in front of you, with athletic offices, and the entrances to both the rink and basketball court. There are also stairs which lead you up to concourse level of the Holleder Center. 

Ticket prices to Army hockey games vary depending on whether you want to sit in a chairback or bleacher seat and who the opponent is. Most of the tickets range between $9-$20, which is what most college teams charge. You can click on the following link to see the tickets pricing. 

The entrance to Tate Rink  

There are a couple ways to enter Tate Rink. You can enter through main entrance pictured above or through the concourse level. One of the great features about Tate Rink is that the concourse level wraps around all the seating areas and gives you easy access to get concessions or to use the bathroom. 

Another great feature about the Holleder Center is that the concessions and pro shop are located on the concourse level between Tate Rink and Christl Arena and services both during game days. There was a great atmosphere on the concourse level as people were lining up to buy "Army" apparel and many people were just hanging out having a good time.  

Stairs leading up to the concourse level of the Holleder Center (photo credit: Corey Mansfield) 
Concourse level of the Holleder Center (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
I was really blown away when I entered the rink. It was very nice, professional looking, and very very clean. It was pretty awesome! Check out the video below of the rink.

video


A view from center ice (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
After walking around the arena for a little while I met up with Ally Keirn who gave me a tour of the facility.  It was cool to see the in's and out's of the arena. I really appreciated her taking the time to show me around.

Team benches (photo credit: Corey Mansfield) 
There was just so much to take in at the Holleder Center including the history of West Point. One of the great features is the "Wall of Captains," which has the all the team captains in history of West Point.

The Wall of Captains (photo credit: Corey Mansfield) 
Another unique feature about Tate Rink is the jumbo screen in the arena. It shows highlights, information, and interesting graphics through out the game. It definitely adds to the great atmosphere of the arena. 

The jumbo screen (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
The in game experience was pretty nice, after the first period the athletic department did their annual "Teddy Bear Toss." However, a side from that their wasn't much entertainment in between periods. 


Overall,  the experience was pretty cool. The arena was a great place to watch a hockey game and there was a great atmosphere. I really enjoyed walking around and looking at all the historical pieces around the arena. I highly recommend making the trip to West Point to watch a game. 

Here are some more photos I took during my visit to West Point. Also, check out my photos from the game. 

Another view of the ice (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Fans got a chance to pick up some pocket schedules and a schedule poster (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

A photo looking at the jumbo screen (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Another view of the jumbo screen (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Ice level prior to the game (photo credit: Corey Mansfield) 
The scoreboard (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

A view of the rink looking at the entrance (photo credit: Corey Mansfield) 
Here are photos of the college hockey game between The Ohio State University Buckeyes and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers on November 19, 2016 at Houston Field House in Troy, NY.

Tanner Laczynski scored at 9:56 of the third period to help Ohio State escape with a 3-2 victory over RPI. The Buckeyes were in control for most of the game but were hurt by penalties that set up two power play goals to keep the Engineers in the game.  Chase Perry had 37 saves in a losing effort for RPI. 

Matt Tomkins warms up (photo credit: Corey Mansfield) 

Here are photos of the college hockey game between the Yale University Bulldogs and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers on November 5, 2016 at Houston Field House in Troy, NY.

The Engineers had a commanding 2-0 as time was winding down in the game. However, the Bulldogs stormed back and scored two late goals to send the game into overtime. In overtime, John Hayden put one past Chase Perry to give Yale the 3-2 victory.

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Patrick Spano (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

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