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College Hockey: Strong power play lifts Union over RPI

Sunday, November 17, 2013
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— Union’s slumping power play got going Saturday, and it helped complete a weekend sweep of Route 7 rival Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The Dutchmen went 3-for-4 with the man advantage and cruised to a penalty-filled 4-1 ECAC Hockey victory over the 10th-ranked Engineers at Houston Field House.

Coupled with Friday’s 4-3 win at Messa Rink, the Dutchmen (5-1 ECACH, 6-3-2 overall) extended their winning streak over the Engineers (2-3-2, 6-4-2) to 10 games. Union retains the Capital Skates Trophy for winning the season series, which has one more game to go when the teams meet in the Mayor’s Cup game Jan. 25 at the Times Union Center.

Union, which has had one of the nation’s top power plays the last few years, was in a 2-for-23 slump. But the Dutchmen got power-play goals from Eli Lichtenwald and Daniel Carr 2:03 apart early in the second to take a 2-0 lead.

“I thought, overall, we were OK,” Union coach Rick Bennett said. “We feed off the power play.”

Brock Higgs cut into Union’s lead on a goal with 5:51 left in the second.

But Shayne Gostisbehere and the stingy Dutchmen defense put the game away in the third. Gostis­behere scored twice in a 1:10 span late in the period, with one of the goals on the power play.

The Dutchmen held the Engin­eers to one shot on goal in the third.

Union is off for final exams, and will return to action Nov. 30 at Penn State.

“Going into a little break, and going home with two wins, espec­ially against your rival, it’s a good feeling right there,” Gostisbehere said.

The game turned ugly at the end. A total of 151 penalty minutes were handed out in the final 3:13 of the game. There were four game misconducts handed out, including two to RPI left winger Jake Wood, who also received majors for contact to the head and spearing.

“That’s hockey,” Bennett said. “We’re here to get wins. That’s why we came here.”

For the game, there were 36 penalties for 177 minutes.

Union 0 2 2 — 4

RPI 0 1 0 — 1

First Period — None. Penalties —Miller, RPI (cross-checking), 2:50; Leboeuf, RPI (hooking), 7:36; Hatch, Uni (holding), 12:02; Novak, Uni (hitting from behind), 14:39.

Second Period — 1, Union, Lichtenwald 3 (Bodie, Sullivan), 3:34 (pp). 2, Union, Carr 7 (Bodie, Sullivan), 5:37 (pp). 3, RPI, Higgs 9 (Neal, Dolan), 14:49. Penalties — Reno, RPI (holding), 1:37; Bubela, RPI (interference), 5:29; Leboeuf, RPI (high-sticking), 8:25; Carr, Uni (hooking), 12:29; Miller, RPI (tripping), 16:39.

Third Period — 4, Union, Gostisbehere 3 (Ciampini, Novak), 15:15. 5, Union, Gostisbehere 4 (Taylor, Bennett), 16:25 (pp). Penalties — Lichtenwald, Uni (slashing); :18; Taylor, Uni (holding), 7:27; Leboeuf, RPI (holding), 11:10; Leboeuf, RPI (holding), 15:36; Coatta, Uni, minor-misconduct (roughing), 16:47; Bodie, Uni, minor-misconduct (roughing), 16:47; Higgs, RPI, minor-misconduct (roughing), 16:47; Haggerty, RPI, double minor-misconduct (charging, roughing), 16:47; Krug, Uni, major-game misconduct (contact to head), 19:10; Wilkins, Uni, minor-misconduct (holding), 19:10; Wood, RPI, double major-double game (contact to head, spearing), 19:10; Vasaturo, Uni, minor-misconduct-game misconduct (slashing), 19:52; Bubela, RPI, misconduct, 19:52; Zalewski, RPI, misconduct, 19:52; Miller, RPI (cross-checking), 20:00.

Shots on Goal — Union 8-9-9 — 26. RPI — 8-9-1 — 18.

Power-play opportunities — Union

3 of 9; RPI 0 of 6.

Goalies — Union, Stevens 5-1-0 (18 shots-17 saves). RPI, Diebold 5-3-2 (26-22).

A — 4,105. T — 2:18.

Referees — Alex Dell, Chip McDonald. Linesmen — Glen Cooke, Joe Testa.

Women

yale 6, union 4

SCHENECTADY — Jamie Haddad had two goals and an assist, and Kate Martini scored twice as the Bulldogs overcame Jessica Kaminsky’s hat trick to defeat the Dutchwomen in an ECACH matchup at Messa Rink.

Haddad and Martini took advantage of a five-minute major boarding call against Union’s Taylor Purvis with 58 seconds left in the second period by scoring power-play goals to give Yale (2-3-1 ECACH, 2-5-1 overall) a 5-2 lead.

Haddad got the first one with 26 seconds left. Thirteen seconds later, Martini scored. Martini got the final power-play goal 2:08 into the third.

All three of Kaminsky’s goals came on the power play. She got her first one with 4:44 left in the first period. Kaminsky got her other two power-play goals in the third to pull Union (2-4, 5-9) within 5-4.

But Haddad’s empty-net goal with 57 seconds left sealed the Yale win.

Yale 1 3 2 — 6

Union 1 1 2 — 4

First Period — 1, Yale, Ferrara 1 (Marchin, Haddad), 5:40. 2, Union, Kaminsky 3 (Valente, Norton), 15:16 (pp). Penalties — Mock, Yale (holding), 3:02; Staenz, Yale (roughing), 6:11; Marchin, Yale (delay of game), 7:11; Gahm, major-game misconduct (checking from behind), 11:29.

Second Period — 3, Union, Thomson 2 (Tancrell-Fontaine, McGrath), 6:25. 4, Yale, Astrom 1 (Staenz, Tomimoto), 6:38. 5, Yale, Haddad 2 (Staenz, Tomimoto), 19:34 (pp). 6, Yale, Martini 2 (Kennedy, Mock), 19:47 (pp). Penalties — Thomson, Uni (slashing, roughing), 11:02; Purvis, Uni, major-game misconduct (boarding), 19:02.

Third Period — 7, Yale, Martini 3 (Kennedy, Astrom), 2:08 (pp). 8, Union, Kaminsky 4 (Norton, Tancrell-Fontaine), 4:23 (pp). 9, Union, Kaminsky 5 (Norton, Thomson), 5:29 (pp). 10, Yale, Haddad 3 (Staenz), 19:03 (en). Penalties — Dunbar, Yale (roughing), 4:17; Austin, Yale (interference), 5:14.

Missed Penalty Shot — Union, Turner, 7:11 first.

Shots on Goal — Yale 5-6-11 — 22. Union 7-10-4 — 21.

Power-play opportunities — Yale 3 of 6; Union 3 of 6.

Goalies — Yale, Leonoff 2-5-1 (21 shots-17 saves). Union, Lundberg 5-9-0 (21-16).

A — 73. T — 2:00.

Referees — Ryan Monahan, James Frommer. Linesmen — John Kilmer, Nick Demarte Jr.

RPI 4, BROWN 1

TROY — Taylor Mahoney scored two of the Engineers’ three power-play goals in a win over the Bears.

Mahoney scored her first one 7:17 into the game, and got the other with 4:32 left in the second period.

Jordan Smelker had the other power-play goal for RPI (3-3, 4-8-1). Alex Gruschow had an even-strength goal for RPI.

Brown 0 1 0 — 1

RPI 3 1 0 — 4

First Period — 1, RPI, Mahoney 3 (Svoboda, Smelker), 7:17 (pp). 2, RPI, Gruschow 2 (Rooney), 8:12. 3, RPI, Smelker 1 (Banks, Huhtamaki), 15:34 (pp). Penalties — Vella, Bro (holding), 6:19; Mankey, RPI (high-sticking), 11:08; Kittredge, Bro (hooking), 14:19; Mahoney, RPI (tripping), 17:34.

Second Period — 4, Brown, Robson 2 (Conway, Vella), 2:47. 5, RPI, Mahoney 4 (Svoboda, Marzario), 15:28 (pp). Penalty — Welten, Bro (holding), 14:26.

Third Period — None. Penalties — Walsh, RPI (tripping), 4:00; Mankey, RPI (hooking), 6:39; Woodward, Bro (body checking), 9:21; Hoyle, Bro (interference), 11:45; Mankey, RPI (body checking), 14:21; Gruschow, RPI (holding), 14:58; Robson, Bro (slashing), 15:32.

Shots on Goal — Brown 6-4-6 — 16. RPI 10-9-5 — 24.

Power-play opportunities — Brown

0 of 6; RPI 3 of 6.

Goalies — Brown, Moore 1-6-1 (24 shots-20 saves). RPI, O’Brien 4-7-1 (16-15).

A — 85. T — 1:48.

Referees — Matt Brady, Patrick Callan. Linesmen — Jeremy Lemoine, Daniel Mahoney.

 
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