Amazing rally for Dutchmen

Down by 4-0 in the first 7:20 of the game, Union stages an amazing rally to defeat Dartmouth, 5-4.

It wasn’t looking good early for the Union hockey team Friday night.

The 16th-ranked Dutchmen trailed Dartmouth, 4-0, in the first 7:20 of the game. It appeared it was going to be a long night, and an even longer bus ride to Harvard for tonight’s game there.

But the Dutchmen kept plugging away, and the result was truly amazing.

The Dutchmen rallied for three goals in the second period, and then got tallies from Luke Cain and Kyle Bodie in the third to pull out an incredible 5-4 ECAC Hockey triumph over the Big Green at Thompson Arena.

Union (10-3-4 ECACH, 16-7-6 overall) remains in a three-way tie for first place with Cornell and Yale. Cornell beat Brown, 5-3, and Yale topped Colgate, 6-3.

It’s Union’s biggest comeback win since beating Quinnipiac, 6-5, on Oct. 17 of last season. The Dutchmen trailed, 4-0, in the first period of that game.

“It’s a very big win,” Dutchmen co-captain Brock Matheson said. “For us to come back after a start like that says a lot about the character on our team.”

For the second straight Friday, it looked like Union was going to be involved in another blowout. But unlike the 11-2 pasting of Clarkson, the Dutchmen were the ones getting blasted.

Adam Estoclet scored a power-play goal 53 seconds into the game. That was followed by a Paul Lee even-strength goal at 5:37, a power-play tally by Scott Fleming 30 seconds later that chased goalie Keith Kinkaid and an even-strength tally by Andrew Owsiak on the first shot seen by Corey Milan 1:13 later.

“In all actuality, we weren’t playing awful during that stretch,” Union coach Nate Leaman said. “Three of their first four shots went in. We weren’t executing well, though. It was just one guy breaking down. And I didn’t think we were finishing hits real well in the first period.”

The Dutchmen didn’t panic. In fact, they outshot the Big Green (4-12-1, 6-17-1), 9-7, in the first. They knew that if they kept to their systems, they could chip away at the lead.

Jeremy Welsh started the comeback on a power-play goal just over six minutes into the second period. Shawn Stuart made it 4-2 with 3:37 left, and Jason Walters made it a one-goal game when he tallied on the power play with 37.4 seconds left.

“I thought [in] the second period, we started finishing hits,” Leaman said, “we started getting energy going and I thought we started to control the game a bit more.”

Cain, who suffered a broken right fibula here two seasons ago, tied it with 6:13 left when he got his stick on a Mike Schreiber dump from the right circle.

“I knew ‘Schreibs’ can make good plays, so I just tried to drive the net,” Cain said. “I did my best to get a stick on it.”

Bodie was the recipient of a fortunate carom on the game-winner. Adam Presizniuk fired a shot from the slot over the net. The puck came off the glass to the right of net. Bodie was there, and jammed it home.

“I found ‘Preszie’ open in the slot,” Bodie said. “He just missed the net. I was going to the net, and the puck happened to bounce on my stick and I put it in.”

Union 0 3 2 — 5

Dartmouth 4 0 0 — 4

First Period — 1, Dartmouth, Estoclet 11 (Jones, Reber), :53 (pp). 2, Dartmouth, Lee 2 (Goodship, Bourgea), 5:37. 3, Dartmouth, Fleming 13 (Estoclet), 6:07 (pp). 4, Dartmouth, Owsiak 1 (Stejskal, Stephens), 7:20. Penalties — Presizniuk, Uni (boarding), :34; Presizniuk, Uni (interference), 6:01; Jones, Dar (hooking), 12:32; Boileau, Uni (tripping), 14:24.

Second Period — 5, Union, Welsh 7 (Coburn, J. Simpson), 6:04 (pp). 6, Union, Stuart 2 (W. Simpson, Buote), 16:21. 7, Union, Walters 15 (Valery-Trabucco, Presizniuk), 19:22 (pp). Penalties — Reber, Dar (hooking), 4:03; J. Gaudet, Dar (slashing), 5:49; Coburn, Uni (interference), 12:06; Stephens, Dar (holding), 17:32.

Third Period — 8, Union, Cain 5 (Schreiber, W. Simpson), 13:47. 9, Union, Bodie 5 (Presizniuk, Schreiber), 17:15. Penalties — C. Goggin, Dar (cross-checking), 9:51; Estoclet, Dar (holding), 17:32.

Shots on Goal — Union 9-18-16 — 43. Dartmouth 7-10-2 — 19.

Power-play opportunities — Union 2 of 6; Dartmouth 2 of 4.

Goalies — Union, Kinkaid (4 shots-1 save), Milan 7-3-3 (6:07 first, 15-14). Dartmouth, Mello 1-4-1 (43-38).

A — 2,533. T — 2:00.

Referees — Chip McDonald, Bob Ritchie. Linesmen — Rich Patry, Joe Testa.

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