Monday, February 15, 2016

Gostisbehere, Kincaide Rep Union in NHL Play

A pair of Union College alumni had themselves quite a weekend in the National Hockey League, at least in the Eastern Conference’s Metropolitan Division.

Former Dutchmen defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who is in his first full season as an NHL blueliner, scored the Philadelphia Flyers’ only goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. Gostisbehere’s goal extended his point-scoring streak to 11 games, an NHL record for a rookie defenseman. He stretched that string to a dozen games with an assist on Philadelphia’s only goal in a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday night. 

Gostisbehere, who hails from Florida, led Union to its first-ever NCAA Tournament title in 2014 while recording 22 goals and 60 assists for 82 points over three collegiate campaigns. He now has 10-21—31 points in 39 career NHL outings to date.

Former Union netminder Keith Kincaide made 28 saves to earn his first career NHL shutout in the Devils’ 1-0 win on Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings. Kincaide, a Long Island native who is now 10-10-4 in his NHL career, backstopped the Dutchmen to their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2011. He finished his two-year college career in Schenectady with a 37-18-6 overall mark.

The current Union College club is 11-11-8 overall (4-9-5 ECAC) following a 4-1 loss to ninth-ranked Harvard on Saturday night, and will host Princeton on Friday.

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