Listless Dutchmen ruin Carr's milestone night
The fourth-ranked Union hockey team should have been celebrating Daniel Carr's milestone point.
Instead, it was ruined by another so-so effort.
Carr became the Dutchmen's all-time Division I leading scorer, but he wasn't in the mood to celebrate after they were upset by St. Lawrence, 2-1, Friday at Appleton Arena.
It was Union's second straight loss, and fell into second place after Quinnipiac trounced Dartmouth, 8-1. The Dutchmen didn't play well in the Mayors' Cup game against RPI last Saturday, but that was overshadowed by the postgame brawl. And the night before in their 4-3 win over Harvard, the Dutchmen were very careless with the puck in the third period.
Carr scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season 61 seconds into the third period to tie the score, 1-1. It was his 132nd career point, breaking a tie with Adam Presizniuk for the top spot.
But for the third straight game, the Dutchmen didn't have a great effort. Between listening to the radio call and sneaking a look at the game on the computer (it was a high school basketball night, so I was also answering calls), there were too many turnovers and odd-man rushes. Union was outshot, 35-22. It had just three shots on goal in the third period.
While honored to be Union's Division I all-time leading scorer, Carr wasn't happy. And he wouldn't blame the suspensions of head coach Rick Bennett, defenseman Mat Bodie, center Eli Lichtenwald and left winger Daniel Ciampini as a factor in the loss.
"...The more important thing is, as a team, we’ve got to be better as a group," Carr said. "There’s 20 players in the locker room and three coaches, and it’s not on the coaches because they did a great job. They had us prepared."
Assistant coach Joe Dumais is the acting head coach during Bennett’s absence. Dumais believed that not everyone played with passion.
"St. Lawrence came out hard, and they won a lot of one-on-one battles," Dumais said. "We had some of our guys that were playing hard, and some guys that were just passengers tonight."
The Saints (3-7-3, 9-13-3), who snapped a nine-game winless streak, took a 1-0 lead in the second period on Drew Smolcynski’s goal.
Freshman defenseman Mike Graham's first collegiate goal snapped the 1-1 tie at 8:40 of the third period.
Dutchmen goalie and Niskayuna native Colin Stevens made 33 saves.
The Dutchmen play No. 15 Clarkson at 7 p.m. Saturday. Ciampini and Lichtenwald are eligible to return to the lineup.