It was a historic night at Colgate’s Starr Rink. For Union, it was for all the wrong reasons.
Senior goalie Mark Dekanich set several records, senior forward
Tyler Burton continued to dominate the Dutchmen and Colgate coach Don Vaughan became the school’s all-time winningest coach Saturday as the Raiders continued their mastery of Union at Starr, posting an 8-0 ECAC Hockey win.
With four games remaining, Union (8-6-4 ECACH, 13-11-5 overall) fell out of the final ECACH tournament first-round bye berth. Cornell moved ahead of the Dutchmen with its 7-1 win over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, leaving them in a three-way tie with Harvard and Yale, which both won Saturday. Colgate is two points back.
Dekanich, who made 33 saves, set a league and school record by extending his shutout streak to 212 minutes, 14 seconds. The old ECACH mark of 198:44 was held by Union’s Trevor Koenig in 1996-97, while Kurt Brown had the Colgate record of 196:05 in 1961-62. Dekanich tied Brown for the team record with his third straight shutout.
“It’s great,” Dekanich said. “More importantly, we got the win.”
Burton had two goals and an assist. He has 11 goals and seven assists against Union.
Vaughan earned his 252nd
career win at Colgate. He passed the late Terry Slater, who coached the Raiders from 1977-92.
All of that added up to the Raiders (7-7-4, 13-12-5) improving to 16-1 against the Dutchmen at Starr since Union’s program elevated to Division I in 1991. Colgate handed Union its worst loss at Starr since a 9-3 victory Feb. 19, 2000. In 17 years at Starr, the Dutchmen have been outscored, 78-31.
Union’s only victory at Starr came Feb. 27, 1998, a 6-0 triumph.
“Sometimes, there are things like that in sports,” Union co-captain Matt Cook said. “It’s behind us now. We have to move forward.”
The game was decided during a 50-second span midway through the first period.
Tom Riley skated the length of the ice with the puck, and fired a harmless shot from the right circle. Dutchmen goalie Corey Milan made a stabbing motion in attempting to catch the puck. But the puck hit the top of his glove and went into the net.
On the next goal, the Dutchmen had trouble getting a bouncing puck out of their zone. It ended on Ethan Cox’s stick in the slot, and he fired it past Milan’s left pad.
Dekanich showed why he is the hottest goalie in the league with two incredible saves in a five-second stretch late in the first.
He was down and appeared out of position when Stephane Boileau fired a wrist shot from 15 feet out in the slot. Somehow, Dekanich got his pads on the shot. Adam Presizniuk got the rebound and fired, but Dekanich, still on the ice, made a glove save.
“Those were unreal saves,” Vaughan said. “If they get one there, it becomes a completely different game.”
Burton scored with 58 seconds left in the first. Justin Mrazek replaced Milan to start the second, but the Raiders got five pucks past him. Colgate scored three power-play goals, the most Union has allowed since giving up three to Massachusetts on Nov. 23.
Union 0 0 0 — 0
Colgate 3 2 3 — 8
First Period — 1, Colgate, Riley 8, 10:09. 2, Colgate, Cox 5 (Briesbois, Williams), 10:59. 3, Colgate, Burton 16 (Winchester, Anderson), 19:02. Penalties — None.
Second Period — 4, Colgate, Burton 17 (Fredricks, Winchester), 5:21. 5, Colgate, St. Pierre 1 (McIntyre, Riley), 16:26 (pp). Penalties — Shaffer, Uni (hooking), 13:24; Caffaro, Uni (roughing), 15:38; Brisebois, Col (roughing), 15:38; Coyle, Uni (slashing), 16:44; Schreiber, Uni (roughing), 19:21; Cox, Col (roughing), 19:21; Brisebois, Col (roughing), 19:21.
Third Period — 6, Colgate, McIntyre 9 (McNamara, Poplawski), 10:44 (pp). 7, Colgate, Torti 1 (Winchester, Burton), 15:40 (pp). 8, Colgate, Anderson 5 (Werner, DeBello), 16:25. Penalties — Winchester, Uni (tripping), :44; Shaffer, Uni (slashing), 8:06; Milnamow, Uni (slashing), 8:06; Winchester, Col (hitting after whistle), 8:06; Poplawski, Col (roughing), 8:06; Boileau, Uni (slashing), 9:48; Pallos, Uni (slashing), 10:28; Colgate bench, served by Werner (too many men), 12:23; Milnamow, Uni (tripping), 15:06.
Shots on Goal — Union 13-8-12 — 33. Colgate 8-12-6 — 26.
Power-play opportunities — Union 0 of 3; Colgate 3 of 5.
Goalies — Union, Milan 5-7-5 (8 shots-5 saves), Mrazek (0:00 second, 18-13). Colgate, Dekanich 13-10-5 (33-33).
A — 1,893. T — 2:18.
Referee — Andy O’Brien. Assistant referees — Bill Bredin, Dan Taggart.