RPI and Union hockey programs battle it out for the Mayor's Cup Saturday at MVP Arena

RPI and Union hockey programs battle it out for the Mayor’s Cup Saturday at MVP Arena

Union School hockey coach Josh Hogg has been concerned within the sport as a school participant and as a coach in a number of positions in the USA Hockey League, adopted by seven years as an assistant coach at Clarkson College.

Arriving for his first Mayor’s Cup press convention at MVP Enviornment, the Dutchman’s first-year coach took a number of moments getting into the power’s concourse space on Tuesday amid the enormity of the occasion that includes speeches from three mayors and the Albany county supervisor. Dan McCoy shall be selling the tenth version of the occasion between rivals Union and RPI which takes place on Saturday.

Albany Mayor Cathy Sheehan addressed the viewers as did Troy Mayor Patrick Madden and Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, who wore an agate sash from Union School for the occasion.

The Double Mayor’s Cup will open with a match between the ladies’s groups from every college at 3 pm with a scheduled disc drop at 6 pm for the boys’s groups.

“I bumped into some butterflies driving there, and you’ll’t play in a constructing like that fairly often, it is going to be lots of enjoyable,” Hogg stated. “Once you have a look at it, lots of occasions you undergo that entire first season and you do not admire every little thing. I did not have something like that, I used to be form of stunned, you do not anticipate cameras and lights however it’s cool to be part of that.”

Union lead the Mayor’s Cup sequence 6-3 and are available out 2-0 over the Engineers within the 2021 matchup.

The groups cut up up ECAC video games earlier this season, and whereas Saturday’s sport is not a league rivalry, the rivalry is actual and so is the significance of accepting the Mayor’s 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,” Hogg stated. “A variety of what you’re judged on is the way you do within the sequence.”

Underneath head coach Dave Smith, RPI has only one win in 4 Mayor’s Cup matches with Union and the Engineers need to win again the trophy.

“It is necessary on so many alternative ranges,” stated Smith. “It is necessary our subsequent sport. We need to construct and develop what we have been doing so nicely. On one other stage, that is cross-city rivalry, bragging rights, within the large area. It is an necessary sport. In our locker room, we name it ‘particular’ and it is Non-public sport.”

Union and RPI’s girls’s group will skate towards one another Friday at Houston Discipline Home in Troy for an ECAC sport earlier than heading to Albany on Saturday.

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

Engineers’ head coach Brian Vines sees this high-profile rivalry as a recruiting transfer for potential student-athletes.

“We have a good time it on our calendar yearly,” Vines stated. “When our gamers graduate and we ask them for his or her particular greatest reminiscences, they typically confer with this sport. It is such an necessary occasion for each applications. It is an enormous a part of recruiting. The curiosity we get from this sport, placing our gamers on this platform is actually particular.”

The Union beat RPI 2-1 in November in its solely sport of the season to date and snapped a five-game shedding streak final Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Harvard, a win that made head coach Josh Chiba the winningest in program historical past.

“When we’ve got our households right here and we’ve got 4,000 followers within the constructing for a girls’s hockey occasion within the D.C. space, it is one thing particular,” Skiba stated. “You get younger men and women right here to see our merchandise, it is perhaps one thing that adjustments their lives. It is perhaps one thing that makes them need to play hockey.”

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

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