Union hockey advances to Friendship Four title game

Dutchmen need shootout to beat Yale
Union goalie Darion Hanson stops Yale's Jack St. Ivany in the shootout at the Friendship Four semifinal Friday.
Union goalie Darion Hanson stops Yale's Jack St. Ivany in the shootout at the Friendship Four semifinal Friday.

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Union goalie Darion Hanson was unfriendly to Yale at the Friendship Four on Friday.

After having made 32 saves in a 1-1 tie through regulation and five minutes of overtime, Hanson slammed the door on a shootout attempt by Joe Snively to help the Dutchmen beat the Bulldogs at the fourth annual tournament bringing college teams from the U.S. to the capital of Northern Ireland.

Jack Adams was named Man of the Match with Union’s goal in regulation and what proved to be the winning shootout goal, snapping a low shot under the left pad of Bulldogs goalie Corbin Kaczperski in the third round.

Snively needed to score to keep the shootout going into extra rounds, but Hanson kicked away his left-handed snap shot from between the circles with his right pad, sending the Union bench onto the SSE Arena ice to swarm him with hugs.

The Dutchmen (7-3-2) will face Boston University in the championship game for the Belpot Trophy at 2 p.m. ET Saturday, after the Terriers beat Connecticut 3-2 in the second semifinal. Yale and UConn will play for third place at 10 a.m.

“It always feels good when you know you can play for a trophy,” Union head coach Rick Bennett said during the post-game broadcast. “We’re fortunate. I give Yale a lot of credit. They played a great game tonight, and it was just a great college hockey game.”

Yale (2-2-2) outshot Union 32-23 and outplayed the Dutchmen in the second and third periods, but Adams’ fifth goal of the season 1:48 into the game was enough to get Union into overtime.

After a turnover inside the Union defensive blueline, Parker Foo pushed the puck ahead to a spot where Adams could gather it and streak in on right wing with no defenders in front of him.

Bulldogs defenseman Billy Sweezey tried to recover from Adams’ left and was able to dump him hard, sending Adams into the endboards in a sitting position, but not before Adams had ripped a high shot inside the left post.

That’s how it stood for almost 50 minutes, until Yale defenseman Charlie Curti tied it 1-1 at 11 :32 of the third on a direction past Hanson while Union’s Vas Kolias was in the penalty box.

After Yale outshot Union by a combined 23-9 over the second and third periods, both teams had good chances in overtime.

In the shootout, Brendan Taylor scored for the Dutchmen, and Evan Smith tied it in the first round.

Union’s Brett Supinski stickhandled deep but couldn’t get a good shot on Kaczperski, then Hanson stopped Jack St. Ivany to set up Adams’ heroics.

“I guess there’s two ways to look at it . . . You played well defensively, but I think we have to pick it up offensively tomorrow [Saturday],” Bennett said.

The Dutchmen lost to Boston University 4-1 in last year’s season opener, with Jake Kupsky, now a senior, in net.

“We’re going to prepare the same way [as usual],” Bennett said. “You have to get plenty of fluids in you, get back, just kind of stay under control.

“Stay off the Internet,” he added with a chuckle, “and just get home and think about tomorrow.”

Yale    0 0 1 0—1
Union    1 0 0 0—1

Union wins shootout 2-1
First period — 1, Union, Adams 5 (Foo), 1:48. Penalties — Kemp, Y (tripping), 7:44; O’Neil, Y (hooking), 17:27.
Second period — None. Penalties — Snively, Y (slashing), 4:33; Campbell, U (slashing), 16:25.
Third period — 2, Yale, Curti 1 (Lillibridge, Welsh), 11:32 (pp). Penalties — Maier, U (interference), 4:34; Maier, U (hooking), 8:44; Kolias, U (hooking), 10:34.
Overtime — None.
Shootout — Union 2 (Taylor G, Supinski NG, Adams G), Yale (Smith G, St. Ivany NG, Snively NG).
Shots on goal — Yale 6-12-11-3—32. Union 11-5-4-3—23.
Power-play opportunities — Yale 1 of 4. Union 0 of 3.
Goaltenders — Yale, Kaczperski T,1-1-2 (23 shots-22 saves). Union, Hanson T,3-1-1 (32-31).
T — 2:47. A — 5,812.
Referees — Cameron Lynch, Robert St. Lawrence. Linesmen — Matt Brady, James Shea.

RPI 2, UMass Lowell 1
LOWELL, Mass. — RPI head coach Dave Smith gave freshman goalie Owen Savory his first career start, and it paid off, as Savory made 26 saves to help the Engineers defeat UMass Lowell.

Jakub Lacka broke a 1-1 tie at 8:33 of the third period on the power play, and Savory did the rest, as Lowell outshot the Engineers (3-3-0, 4-6-0) 10-5 in the period.
Will Reilly gave RPI a 1-0 lead at 10:52 of the first period, and Jon McDonald tied it 1:59 into the third.

Linden Marshall had played most of the minutes in goal for RPI this season, but he was pulled after the first period in RPI’s previous game, a 4-1 loss to Princeton in which the Tigers led 3-0 at the first intermission.

RPI    1 0 1—2
UMass Lowell    0 0 1—1

First period — 1, RPI, Reilly 2 (Leppanen, Hayhurst), 10:52. Penalties — Sodergren, Lowell (unsportsmanlike conduct), 16:17.
Second period — None. Penalties — TJ Samec, RPI (holding), 6:54; Johnson, RPI (cross-checking), 11:19; Marrello, RPI (interference), 15:27.
Third period — 2, UMass Lowell, McDonald 1 (Levesque, Lohin), 1:59. 3, RPI, Lacka 3 (Reilly, Polino), 8:33 (pp). Penalties — Polino, RPI (interference), 2:09; Wiffen, RPI (hitting after whistle), 4:13; Stefanson, Lowell (major-charging, game misconduct), 4:13.
Shots on goal — RPI 7-11-5—23. Lowell 8-9-10—27.
Power-play opportunities — RPI 1 of 3. Lowell 0 of 4.
Goaltenders — RPI, Savory W, 1-0-0 (27 shots-26 saves). Lowell, Wall L, 4-4-1 (23-21).
T — 2:22. A — 3,451.
Referees — Chris Federico, Tom Fyrer. Linesmen — Kevin Briganti, Nick Briganti.

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