RPI, Union hockey applications compete for Mayor’s Cup Saturday at MVP Area | Coys Information

Union School hockey coach Josh Hauge was concerned within the sport as a participant in school and as a coach in lots of capacities in the US Hockey League adopted by a seven-year run as an assistant coach at Clarkson College.

As he arrived for his first Mayor’s Cup press convention at MVP Area, the first-year Dutch coach took just a few moments to enter the ability’s atrium space Tuesday amid the enormity of the occasion with speeches from a trio of mayors and the Albany County Govt. Dan McCoy to advertise the tenth version of the occasion between rivals Union and RPI to be performed on Saturday.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan addressed these in attendance as did Troy Mayor Patrick Madden and Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, who sported a maroon Union School scarf for the occasion.

The Mayor’s Cup doubleheader will open with a matchup between every college’s ladies’s groups at 3 pm with a scheduled puck drop for the boys’s groups at 6 pm.

“I had some butterflies simply driving round there, you do not get to play in a constructing like that too typically, it should be a number of enjoyable,” Hauge stated. “Once you have a look at it, a number of instances you undergo this primary complete season and you do not admire the whole lot. I’ve by no means had something prefer it, you are type of caught off guard, you do not anticipate the cameras and the lights however it’s fairly cool to be part of.”

Union leads the Mayor’s Cup collection 6-3 and is coming off a 2-0 win over the Engineers within the 2021 matchup.

The groups break up their ECAC video games earlier this season and though Saturday’s conflict is a non-league contest, the rivalry is actual as is the significance of accepting the Mayor’s Cup trophy at heart ice after the sport.

“For us, any time there is a trophy on the road, you need to be sure to get it,” Hauge stated. “Quite a lot of what you are judged on is the way you do on this collection.”

Below head coach Dave Smith, RPI has only one win in 4 Mayor’s Cup video games with Union and the Engineers are trying ahead to reclaiming the trophy.

“It is vital on a number of totally different ranges,” Smith stated. “It is vital that it is our subsequent sport. We need to construct and develop what we have accomplished properly. On one other degree, that is cross-town rivals, bragging rights, within the huge area. It is an vital sport. In our locker room, we name it ‘particular’ and it is a particular sport.”

The Union and RPI ladies’s groups skate in opposition to one another on Friday at Houston Area Home in Troy in ECAC play earlier than heading to Albany on Saturday.

RPI leads the Mayor’s Cup collection 3-1, profitable 2-0 final 12 months in entrance of a crowd of 4,222.

Engineer head coach Bryan Vines sees this marquee contest as a recruiting showcase to potential student-athletes.

“We mark it on our calendar yearly,” Vines stated. “When our gamers graduate and we ask them their particular, greatest reminiscence, they typically reference this sport. It is an vital occasion for each applications. It is an enormous a part of recruiting. The eye we get from this sport, to place our gamers on this platform is de facto particular.”

Union defeated RPI 2-1 in November in the one matchup this season up to now and snapped a five-game dropping streak final Saturday with a 3-1 win at Harvard, a victory that made head coach Josh Sciba the winningest coach in program historical past.

“Once we can have our households right here and have 4,000 followers within the constructing for a ladies’s hockey occasion within the capital, that is one thing particular,” Sciba stated. “You get younger ladies and younger males right here to have a look at our product, it might be one thing that adjustments their lives. It might be one thing that makes them need to play hockey.”

Sean Martin, an area freelance author, is a frequent contributor to the Occasions Union

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