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BC Forward McManama Transfers to Union

By Ken Schott

Schenectady Daily Gazette, January 8, 2003

Ben McManama, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound sophomore forward from Medfield, Mass., has transferred from Boston College to Union. McManama enrolled at Union on Monday, and attended classes.

He had one assist in 23 games for BC last season, and hadn't played in a game this season.

Union had recruited McManama when he was at Noble & Greenough School in Dedham, Mass. He had 22 goals and 30 assists his senior season, and was named to the All-Independent School League team. He gained Hockey Night in Boston all-scholastic honors in 1999-2000 and 2000-01, and was named an all-star in the 2001 New England prep school all-star game.

"We wanted him here two years ago," Union coach Kevin Sneddon said. "He's a Boston kid. Obviously, the lure to play in the Beanpot and be associated with a program like that was tough for us to beat."

McManama can practice with the Dutchmen, but he's ineligible to play until after Thanksgiving.

"He was a third- and fourth-liner at BC," Sneddon said. "I think he could be at least that here."

Trophy talk

With area rivals Renssleaer and Union playing Friday at Achilles Rink, it brings back memories of the Capital Skates Classic, the non-league game the colleges played early in the season from 1996 to 1999. The winner of the game received the Capital Skates trophy.

The game was not renewed after 1999 because of a lack of interest. Attendance steadily declined, from a high of 5,660 in 1996, when the game was played at Knickerbocker (now Pepsi) Arena, to 1,011 in 1999 at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The trophy, which features the skates of former RPI player Mauro DiPaolo, is still around, though it hasn't been seen in public since 1999, when RPI won it.

The Engineers gave it to Union in 2000, after the Dutchmen won that season's series, and it has remained in Schenectady ever since.

Perhaps the trophy should become part of the tradition of the series.

Here are two possible ways to bring that about:

The first is to award the trophy to the winner of the season series.

Of course, there are some obstacles to that. Who gets the trophy if the series ends in a tie?

For starters, goal differential would be the tiebreaker. If that doesn't break the deadlock, then the team that won the trophy the previous season would retain it.

"In order to utilize that trophy, you would have to create a criteria for it," RPI coach Dan Fridgen said.

The other idea involves the RPI and Union women's programs.

With the ECAC attempting to have a 12-team women's league to mirror the men's league, RPI and Union could play a double-header in their two regular-season meetings. The women's game would be played in the afternoon, with the men's game at night.

The school with the most points (two points for a win, one for a tie), takes the Capital Skates trophy.

"I think it's a great idea," Union coach Kevin Sneddon said. "I think 'Fridgie' and I are willing to keep that ugly trophy going."

Union penalty shot

Dutchmen forward Glenn Sanders became the second player in the team's Division I history to be awarded a penalty shot. Sanders was successful, beating Harvard goalie Dov Grumet-Morris at 15:25 of the third period in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Crimson.

Union's only other penalty shot was taken by Troy Stevens against Concordia on Dec. 29, 1993, in the Concordia Tournament in Montreal. Stevens didn't score.

Croxton honored

RPI freshman forward Kevin Croxton was named ECAC rookie of the week on Monday for his two-goal, one-assist performance in the Engineers' 5-2 win Friday over Minnesota-Duluth.

It was the second time Croxton has won the award. He joins Dartmouth's Hugh Jessiman as the only two-time winners this season.

The faithful 464

Friday's major snowstorm kept most Capital Region residents home. But a few hardy souls managed to brave the nasty conditions to come out to Houston Field House and watch the game between RPI and Minnesota-Duluth.

A total of 464 fans saw the Engineers pull out the win over the Bulldogs. A total of 2,544 tickets were sold for the game.

"God bless them," said forward Nolan Graham, who had a goal and four assists. "I know coming to the rink at 5:15, it was pretty ugly. We didn't expect to see anybody here."

One-goal losses

The Engineers' 3-2 loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday was their fourth straight one-goal defeat.

RPI is 1-6 in one-goal games this season. Its only one-goal triumph was a 2-1 decision against St. Lawrence on Nov. 9.

Four of RPI's one-goal games have come at Houston Field House.

Around the ECAC

  • Stephen Baby had two goals and one assist in Cornell's 3-2 win over Clarkson on Sunday. The loss dropped Clarkson five games under .500 (6-11-1). ...
  • Sanders wasn't the only ECAC player to score on a penalty shot Saturday night. Clarkson's Randy Jones did it in a 6-0 win over Colgate. ...
  • Clarkson forward and Saratoga Springs native Jay LaTulippe had two goals and an assist in the Colgate game. ...
  • J.R. Bria's goal with 2.3 seconds left in regulation Sunday enabled Colgate to earn a 3-3 tie with St. Lawrence. ...
  • Colgate is 0-4-1 in its last five games. ...
  • St. Lawrence promoted assistant coach Chris Wells to associate head coach.