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Hockey: Union, UConn tie, 2-2

Saturday, October 26, 2013
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STORRS, Conn. — Union badly outshot another opponent for the second straight game. However, the Dutchmen ran into another hot goalie.

Matt Grogan made 47 saves, and UConn rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 2-2 tie against the Dutchmen in a non-conference game Friday.

Last Saturday, the Dutchmen (1-2-2) had a 48-17 shot advantage against Lake Superior State. But goalie Kevin Kapalka made 46 saves, including all 19 shots he faced in the third period to give the Lakers a 3-2 win.

Against the Huskies (0-2-1), the Dutchmen won the shot battle, 49-23. Still, it wasn’t enough to produce a win.

“It’s getting frustrating a little bit,” Dutchmen senior defenseman and captain Mat Bodie said. “I thought we outchanced them. It seems like we are having trouble scoring more goals than the other team. As simplistic as that sounds, that’s the problem right now.”

Dutchmen coach Rick Bennett wasn’t pleased with his team’s effort.

“We didn’t deserve to win tonight,” Bennett said. “For the second straight game, we had a lot of shots, but it’s on us [to score]. “Our forwards have to get to the net. It was a tough environment, the place was packed and there was a lot of energy. I thought their goalie played well.”

The Dutchmen jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Mark Bennett scored his first goal of the season at 8:20. Later in the period, Mike Vecchione tipped in a Bodie drive for his second goal of the year.

The Huskies scored twice in the second against Alex Sakellaropoulos, who made his fourth straight start. Billy Latta cut Union’s lead to one before Tyler Bouchard tied it.

It’s the third time this season that Union has failed to protect a lead.

“Maybe the guys got just a little bit complacent, especially [after] scoring two in the first,” Bodie said. “

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Dutchmen goalie and Niskayuna native Colin Stevens made the trip and served as the backup goalie. Stevens suffered an upper-body injury 6:21 into Union’s season-opening game against Bowling Green Oct. 11. Third-string goalie Dillon Pieri, who replaced Sakellaropoulos in the second period of last Saturday’s game, didn’t make the trip. . . .

Dutchmen senior forward Kevin Sullivan got an assist on Bennett’s goal. It was his nation-leading ninth assist of the season. . . .

Freshman defenseman Griffyn Martin made his Union debut in his home state of Connecticut. Martin is from Southport, Conn. . . .

Union opens ECAC Hockey play at Dartmouth on Friday.

Union 2 0 0 0 — 2

UConn 0 2 0 0 — 2

First Period — 1, Union, Bennett 1 (Coatta, Ikkala), 8:20. 2, Union, Vecchione 2 (Bodie, Sullivan), 17:24. Penalties — Bond, UConn (boarding), 8:40; Bennett, Uni (hooking), 11:16.

Second Period — 3, UConn, Latta 1 (Sims, Cooke), 6:17. 4, UConn, Bouchard 1 (Norris), 12:35. Penalties — None.

Third Period — None. Penalties — Sims, UConn (cross-checking), 10:27; Bennett,. Uni (hooking), 12:53.

Overtime — None. Penalties — None.

Shots on Goal — Union 16-19-11-3 — 49. UConn 6-12-5-0 — 23.

Power-play opportunities — Union 0 of 2; UConn 0 of 2.

Goalies — Union, Sakellaropoulos 1-2-2 (23 shots-21 saves). UConn, Grogan 0-2-1 (49-47).

A — 1,048. T — 2:19.

Referees — Jay Dunfee, Chris Leavitt. Linesmen — Matt Colehour, Dan Panciocco

RPI hosts UNH

No. 12 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will host 13th-ranked New Hampshire tonight at 7 at Hosuton Field House.

The Engineers are off to a 3-1 start.

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UConn 3, RPI 2 (ot)

STORRS, Conn. — Kayla Campero scored with 1:16 left in sudden-death overtime to lift the Huskies to a come-from-behind non-conference win over the Engineers.

RPI (1-4-1) jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Ali Svoboda and Kathryn Schilter. UConn (2-4) tied it in the second period on goals by Jessica Scott and Emily Snodgrass.

RPI 2 0 0 0 – 2

UConn 0 2 0 1 - 3

First Period — 1, RPI, Svoboda 2 (Sanders), 11:23. 2, RPI, Schilter 2 (Smelker, Mahoney), 16:17 (pp). Penalties — Letuligasenoa, RPI (cross-checking), 5:26; Svoboda, RPI (interference), 9:15; Hughes, Conn (tripping), 15:56; Gruschow, RPI (hitting from behind), 19:51.

Second Period — 3, UConn, Scott 1 (Cava, Berisoff), :30 (pp). 4, UConn, Snodgrass 1 (MacDonnell), 2:57. Penalties — Buress, Conn (tripping), 2:44; Marzario, RPI (tripping), 3:27.

Third Period — None. Penalty — Campero, Conn (roughing), 4:06.

Overtime — 5, UConn, Campero 2 (MacDonnell), 3:44.

Shots on Goal — RPI 8-15-11-6 — 40. UConn 6-7-6-2 — 21.

Power-play opportunities — RPI 1 of 5; UConn 1 of 4.

Goalies — RPI, Piper 0-1-0 (21 shots-18 saves). UConn, Moses 2-1-0 (40-38).

A — 275. T — 2:09.

Referees — Derek Zuckerman, Jim Mc-Kenna. Linesmen — Adam Stanieich, Jamie Lalos.

 
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