Stevens, Sullivan lead Union to ECAC Hockey tournament first-round bye
Union can take it easy next weekend. The Dutchmen have it off.
Niskayuna native Colin Stevens stopped 24 shots in an emergency start in goal, and Kevin Sullivan scored twice to help the Dutchmen clinch an ECAC Hockey tournament first-round bye with a 4-0 victory over Clarkson on Saturday at Messa Rink.
The Dutchmen, who started the day in a three-way tie with Dartmouth and St. Lawrence for sixth, ends up with the fourth seed and final bye slot for the tournament. They got some help, too -- RPI beat St. Lawrence, 4-1; and Quinnipiac downed Dartmouth, 4-1.
Stevens got the start because Troy Grosenick wasn't healthy enough to go. Grosenick was injured midway through the third period of Friday's 5-1 win over the Saints.
When the line charts were released Saturday afternoon, Grosenick was listed as the starter. But Stevens led the team on the ice for the pregame warmup.
Wayne Simpson got the scoring started for the Dutchmen, tipping a Shayne Gostisbehere high-slot shot past goalie Greg Lewis on the power play with 2:47 left in the first period.
Sullivan scored his first goal at 5:27 of the second. Taking a pass from Matt Hatch, Sullivan's first shot from the right side of the net was stopped. But Sullivan backhanded the rebound home.
Sullivan made it 3-0 in the third on the power play. After Daniel Carr fanned on a one-timer, Sullivan was at the right spot to put the puck home.
Josh Jooris sealed the deal late in the third, ripping a wrist shot from the left circle over Lewis' glove.
Carr got an assist on the goal, giving him 100 career points. He is the 10th Union Division I player to do that, and just the second to accomplish it in his junior season. Jeremy Welsh did it last year.