What do you get when you combine a Canadian, an American and a Swede?
If you're the Union Dutchmen, it's one of the highest scoring trios in NCAA Division 1 men's hockey.
The Union line of junior Spencer Foo, who hails from Edmonton, Alta., senior Mike Vecchione from Saugus, Mass. and sophomore Sebastian Vidmar from Malmo, Sweden has been almost impossible to shut down this season, vaulting the Dutchmen into the NCAA tournament playoff picture.
Both Foo (50) and Vecchione (51) have reached the 50-point plateau with four games remaining in the regular season and are in the race for the national scoring title. Foo leads the team in assists with 30 while Vecchione tops the club in scoring with 23.
Vidmar, who missed some action due to injury, holds down third spot in team scoring with 32 points (13G, 19A). Brett Supinski, Vidmar’s replacement while he was out of the lineup, is fourth in team scoring with 26 points (5G, 21A).
With just a handful of games remaining in the 2016-17 campaign, the scoring race in the nation should go right down to the wire with the top five players, including a pair of Canadians, separated by just three points and four of those at the 50-point mark.
Zach Aston-Reese of the Northeastern Huskies leads the way with 52 points (24G, 28A), one ahead of both Vecchione and Tyler Kelleher (18G, 33A) of the New Hampshire Wildcats. Foo is one point back of the lead and one point up on fellow Canuck, Aurora, Ont. native Dylan Sikura (19G, 30A) of Northeastern.
The undrafted Foo has attended a pair of NHL development camps (San Jose Sharks in 2015 and Calgary Flames in 2016) while Sikura was selected in his junior campaign by the Chicago Black Hawks (6th round, 178th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Since arriving at Union three years ago after playing a pair of seasons with Bonnyville Pontiacs in the AJHL, Foo has been an offensive threat. He put up back-to-back 25-point campaigns during his freshman and sophomore seasons with 11 goals and 14 assists in 2014-15 and then tallying 12 goals and adding 13 helpers in 2015-16.
This season, playing on all units including the penalty kill and power play, Foo leads the Dutchmen in plus-minus with a plus-27 and has reached the magical 100-point mark for his career.
His overall stats this season show Foo’s versatility. Among his markers, he has seven power play goals, two shorthanded, three game winners and another game tying counter. He has also blocked 29 shots while picking up just 11 minor penalties to date.
An economics major at Union, Foo was named to the ECAC All-Academic team in his first two seasons. He was also named as the Union rookie-of-the-year in 2014-15 as well as being named to the ECAC All-Rookie team.
Foo and his linemates are hoping to write the final chapter of their outstanding season at the Frozen Four in Chicago this coming April.Back to Top
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