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Union beats Penn State, 2-0

Wayne Simpson's goal midway through the second period proved to be the game-winner as eighth-ranked Union held off Penn State, 2-0, Saturday at Messa Rink.

Kyle Bodie spotted an open Simpson alone on the right wing. Bodie sent a diagonal pass from the left wing. Simpson corralled the puck, skated to the right circle and fired a shot past goalie Matthew Skoff at 9:35.

Skoff was outstanding for Penn State, which is in its first NCAA hockey Division I season. He had made 42 saves.

Cole Ikkala sealed the deal for Union on an empty-net goal with 14 seconds left.

Union goalie and Niskayuna native Colin Stevens has made 22 saves for his second shutout of the season. His two biggest ones came with 4:20 left in the second. He sprawled to make a stop on a Michael McDonagh shot from the the low slot. Nate Jensen got the rebound and almost got it in, but Stevens swept it away before it crossed the goal line.

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November 24, 2012
10:38 p.m.

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Ken - another great story and right after the final horn sounds! Continued great work! Boy, have we got an embarrassment of riches in goal. Colin Stevens pitches two shutouts while we wait for Troy Grosenick, the ECAC's top goalie last year (and a Hobey Baker Finalist), come back from his injury. Are we going to have a starting goalie controversy? Hope not. The entire Union Coaching staff is first rate but Jason Tapp -- the nation's top goal tender two seasons back (Keith Kincade), the nation's 2nd or 3rd best last year (Troy Grosenick) and now another star in the wings in Colin Stevens. Soon Union will be known as the cradle of goalies! Kudos all around.

Give Penn State credit. For a first year program, they played us tough. And they seem to have a star in goal as well - stopped 40 of 41 shots. That comes out as a 0.976 save percentage. That's good enough to lead the nation if the young man can do it over the course of a season. The ECAC season is upon us and it looks like Dartmouth and Quinnipac are early season surprises and Cornell is not as good as expected (Who the heck voted them #4 in the nation two weeks ago, anyway. What were they smoking?). Yale won a big one in Denver 2-1 and they are up there in the pairwise. We get to take them on in New Haven Dec. 8 - a good test for us. Will you be down in New Haven?

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