Union-Dartmouth Game 2 postgame report (with 3 videos)
A recap of Union’s 4-2 win over Dartmouth that clinched the the ECAC Hockey tournament best-of-three quarterfinal series for the Dutchmen on Saturday at Messa Rink.
Before we get into the victory, the Dutchmen’s lack of discipline needs to be addressed.
It seemed like Union was playing with an edge. Unfortunately for the Dutchmen, they went over the edge a lot in the first two periods. They gave the Big Green seven power plays. They hadn’t allowed that many since giving Lake Superior State eight in an Oct. 18 game earlier this season.
Were some of the calls justified? Yes. Were some of the calls questionable? Yes.
But whether or not you agreed or disagreed with the penalties called by Robert St. Lawrence and Cameron Lynch, the Dutchmen should not have put themselves in a position to be called for the penalties.
Union saw its 1-0 lead turn into a 2-1 deficit on first-period power-play goals by Brandon McNally and Tim O’Brien.
“They were calling penalties. I’ll just leave it at that,” said defenseman Mat Bodie, who took a charging penalty right after Daniel Carr’s goal tied the score, 2-2, late in the third period.
In the locker room after the second period, Union coach Rick Bennett asked his team simple question.
“How important is it to you? That’s the message,” Union coach Rick Bennett said. “I thought our leaders did a good job. I thought, just in general, everybody bought in. It was important, and it has to be important if you want to keep playing on.”
The Dutchmen stayed out of the penalty box in the third period. They got the tiebreaking goal from Max Novak at 9:09, and Daniel Ciampini added an empty-netter with 51.1 seconds left to send the Dutchmen to Lake Placid.
After allowing the two power-play goals, the Dutchmen killed off the remaining five chances.
“Our penalty kill did a great job tonight after the first two penalty kills,” said Carr, who recorded his third 20-goal season. “Those two were just part of the learning curve. We’re going to learn from those and move forward. After that, we did a great job. [Assistant] coach [Joe] Dumais coming in after the first period and making a few adjustments [helped]. Hats off to him, he did a great job all weekend with that. Guys stepped up — Mat Bodie, Charlie Vasaturo, Shayne [Gostisbehere], Max, Sam Coatta and Cole Ikkala — they did a great job killing all weekend for us.”
Lake Placid bound (with ticket information)
Now the Dutchmen are headed to Lake Placid for Friday’s semifinal. It’s their fourth trip to the final four in five years.
“It never gets old,” Bodie said. “This was a goal we set up for ourselves. Step one is complete.”
The Dutchmen are seeking a third straight Whitelaw Cup. Only two other schools have won at least three in a row. Cornell won four straight from 1967 to 1970. Boston University also won four in a row, doing it from 1974 to 1977.
Union won’t know it’s opponent until Sunday night. It will either be Cornell or Clarkson. That series is tied at a game apiece after Clarkson won, 4-1, Saturday.
The Dutchmen will play in the first semifinal at 4 p.m.
Union is putting together a ticket and bus package. The cost is $90 for adults (13-64), $80 for juniors (12-and-under) and seniors (65-and-over) and $60 for students. Lodging is not included in the package. You must make your own reservations.
If you just want the tickets, full-session passes for the semifinals and championship game are $50 for adults, $40 for juniors and seniors and $20 for students.
All reservations must be made by Wednesday at noon. Call 388-6020.
Game 3 refunds
Since the Dutchmen swept the Big Green, fans have three options for their refunds.
— Apply to the 2014-15 season tickets.
— Donate to The Garnet Blades
— Monetary refund.
The deadline for refunds is March 28.
Streaks and records
— Union extended its overall unbeaten streak to 11 games (10-0-1). It’s the longest in the nation.
— The Dutchmen finish the season with a 12-game winning streak a Messa, also tops in the country.
— Carr is the first Dutchmen to have three 20-goal seasons.
— Union set a team record for a shutout streak at 200:45. The old mark was 198:44, set in 1996-97. That was all done by Trevor Koenig.
Colin Stevens saw his shutout streak end at 140:45.
— Union tied a program record with its 26th win. The Dutchmen won 26 games in 2011-12, their Frozen Four season.
The other semifinal is set, and it appears there will be a new NCAA champion.
No. 3 seed Quinnipiac exacted revenge against Yale, the team that beat the Bobcats in last year’s NCAA title game. The Bobcats completed a sweep of the Bulldogs with a 5-3 win. Sam Anas scored twice for Quinnipiac.
The Bobcats will face Colgate at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Darcy Murphy had a hat trick as the Raiders ousted St. Lawrence, 4-3.
I have three postgame videos.
To see Bennett’s press conference, click here.
To see the press conference with Bodie, Carr , and Novak, click here.
To see Dartmouth coach Bob Gaudet’s press conference, click here.
My three stars of the game:
1) Max Novak, Union center — Scored game-winning goal.
2) Daniel Carr, Union left winger — Scored 20th goal of season.
3) Colin Stevens, Union goalie — Stopped 33 shots.
For the final time this season, that is all from Messa Rink. I’ll be back with you Monday with my Daily Gazette ECAC Hockey Awards.
Good Night! Good Hockey! See you in Lake Placid!