The 2011-2012 Union College hockey team had a 26-8-7 record in coach Dick Bennett’s first year as the Dutchmen mentor. They also made a trip to the Frozen Four. Not bad for a school with only 2,200 students. Union beat Michigan State and UMass-Lowell in late March in Bridgeport, Conn. and moved on to Tampa, Florida to compete in the Frozen Four. The couple of weeks before competing in Tampa, the Dutchmen received a great deal of media attention (Sports Illustrated was among them). Union lost to Ferris State in the Semi-final game. Ferris scored twice with less than six minutes left in the contest to win, 3-1. For the year, Union led the nation in scoring defense (1.83 goals allowed per game) and in scoring offense (3.49 goals per game), Going into the 2012-2013 season, Union had 22 lettermen returning. The key players returning were goalie Troy Grosenick, All-American defenseman Mat Brodie, and forwards Wayne Simpson & Daniel Carr. Simpson had 18 goals and Carr 20 last year.