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Union’s rise from ECAC doormat to national title winner was dizzying.
Once Nate Leaman got a full class worth of his own players around 2007, they went from being occasionally .500 to regularly clearing .600 in short order. By the time Leaman left for Providence — another short-order national title winner — and Rick Bennett was behind the Union bench, a pretty clear trend had been established.
Bennett’s winning percentages went .720, .613, then .810. After making the NCAA tournament zero times in almost two decades, they went four years straight, including two Frozen Fours and one national title in 2013-14. Then came a step back.
You win a national title, and you often lose a lot as well. Those teams tend to be a bit senior-laden, and the younger players tend to be pretty high-end as well. Like Shayne Gostisbehere, who probably played 30 minutes a night for the Dutchmen but of course went right to the Flyers after being the best playerRead More »from NCAA Hockey 101: Is Union College finally back?