Union beats Cornell, loses Carr to injury
Union got a big ECAC Hockey win Friday at Cornell, but it may have come at a price as forward Daniel Carr was injured. Here’s a recap of the Dutchmen’s 4-1 win at Lynah Rink.
— Union got goals from Kevin Sullivan, Matt Wilkins, Sam Coatta and Daniel Ciampini scored. David Roy almost got his first career goal, but Coatta tipped his shot home late in the second period. And Theo DiPauli got an assist on the goal, the first of his college career. He has a two-game point-scoring streak. DiPauli scored his first career goal last Saturday against Yale.
— The Wilkins goal was important. It not only snapped a 1-1 tie with 5:35 left in the first period, but it settled the team down. Just under a minute earlier, Jake Weidner tied the score for Cornell on a breakaway that was set up when Dutchmen defenseman Jeff Taylor got tangled up with a linesmen.
“To get one right away and take back the momentum is huge,” Wilkins said.
— Goalie and Niskayuna native Colin Stevens made 23 saves. His two biggest ones came at the end of the second period when he robbed Weidner on a back-door play.
“I try to keep my focus for the whole 60 minutes of the game,” Stevens said. “At the end of the period, that’s when a lot of chances come around, so you’ve got to be ready.”
— The big moment of the game came midway through the second period when Cornell got a two-man advantage for 45 seconds. The Dutchmen not only killed off the penalties to Wilkins and Roy, they didn’t even allow a shot on goal.
“I thought Max Novak did an incredible job on that,” Union coach Rick Bennett said. “He gets it out of the zone. They have two minutes of a full power play and 45 seconds on another, so there’s a lot of time there. But when Max gets it out, I thought that killed a lot of time. They, basically, never regrouped after that.”
— The first-place Dutchmen maintain their three-point lead over second-place Quinnipiac, which beat Yale, 3-1.
— Union posted its fifth straight 20-win season. It also swept the season series from Cornell for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
Carr’s injury could be a cause for concern.
The team’s leading scorer was checked into the glass by Cornell’s Joel Lowry early in the first period. During the broadcast, Union radio announcers Matt DuBrey and Brian Unger said it appeared that Carr was favoring his left arm. I received a couple of messages from people at the game that Carr’s left arm was in a sling.
Bennett would only say that Carr is day-to-day.
Carr, Union’s all-time Division I leading scorer, has missed only two games in his Union career, both coming this season. The Dutchmen won both of those games at Penn State Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Union has enough scoring depth to overcome Carr’s injury. But the Dutchmen don’t want to lose Carr for a significant amount of time, especially with the postseason just around the corner.