Six-goal third period propels Union College women’s hockey to 7-4 win over RIT

Union College women’s hockey head coach Josh Sciba saw his team score six third-period goals Friday to beat RIT 7-4 in the Dutchwomen’s season-opener in Rochester.
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Union College women’s hockey head coach Josh Sciba saw his team score six third-period goals Friday to beat RIT 7-4 in the Dutchwomen’s season-opener in Rochester.

ROCHESTER — In its first game since Feb. 22, 2020, the Union College women’s hockey team had an offensive explosion in the third period Friday night against RIT.

The Dutchwomen scored six times in the final 20 minutes to overcome a 3-1 second-period deficit to beat the Tigers 7-4 in a non-conference game at Gene Polisseni Center.

It’s Union’s first season-opening victory since a 3-2 triumph at UConn on Sept. 28, 2013. It’s the most goals the Dutchwomen have scored in a regular-season game since tallying nine against Sacred Heart on Oct. 8, 2011.

Celeste Beaudoin gave Union a 1-0 lead 5:38 into the game. The Dutchwomen had ample opportunities to score in the first, outshooting RIT (0-4) 19-5.

The Tigers scored three times in the second period. Lindsey Maloney scored on the power play 1:22 into the period to tie it. Abby Davies gave RIT the lead just past the halfway mark of the period. Emma Roland made it 3-1 with a power-play goal at 6:36 left in the second.

“Honestly, it was more about their character and their heart,” Union head coach Josh Sciba said in a text. “We hit reset, took a breath and made the decision to sell out for one another. We’ve been talking about how to win and our transition from the second to the third, we felt, was a moment to grow and build that winning mindset. Really proud of the girls and their togetherness today.”

Josie McLeod ignited Union’s comeback with a power-play goal at 4:22 of the third. Grace Heiting tied it 35 seconds later.

The Dutchwomen struck for two goals in eight seconds to take the lead. Maddie Suitor snapped the tie at 9:43. McLeod made it 5-3 at 9:51.
Meredith Killian added Union’s second power-play tally with 3:51 to go. Megan McCormick scored for RIT with 2:12 left, but Maren Friday sealed Union’s win on an empty-bet goal with 8.9 seconds left.

“[The six-goal third was] so critical,” Sciba said. “Not just to get us back in the game, but how they were scored injected so much confidence in our group, it gave us so much belief.”

The teams play again Saturday at 2 p.m.

Union 1 0 6 — 7
RIT 0 3 1 — 4
First Period — 1, Union, Beaudoin 1 (McLeod), 5:38. Penalties — Marchese, RIT (interference), 7:03.
Second Period — 2, RIT, Maloney 2 (McCormick, Kehl), 1:22 (pp). 3, RIT, Davies 1 (Aquaro), 10:19. 4, RIT, Roland 2 (Solinger, Maloney), 13:24 (pp). Penalties — Michalicka, Uni (tripping), 1:14; Tsilemos, RIT (hooking), 3:32; Greco, Uni (cross-checking), 12:01.
Third Period — 5, Union, McLeod 1 (Adams, Friday), 4:22 (pp). 6, Union, Heiting 1 (Michalicka), 4:57. 7, Union, Suitor 1 (Merlo, Greco), 9:43. 8, Union, McLeod 2, 9:51. 9, Union, Killian 1 (Martinez), 16:09 (pp). 10, RIT, McCormick 2, 17:48 (sh). 11, Union, Friday 1 (Groulx, Beaudoin), 19:51 (en). Penalties — Aquaro, RIT (hooking), 3:11; Marchese, RIT (roughing), 14:34; Sims, RIT (cross-checking), 15:52; Heiting, Uni (roughing), 16:51; Kehl, RIT (roughing), 16:51.
Shots on Goal — Union 19-10-15 — 44. RIT 5-10-5 — 20.
Power-play opportunities — Union 2 of 4; RIT 2 of 2.
Goalies — Union, Rinzel 1-0-0 (20 shots-16 saves). RIT, Coe 0-3-0 (42-36).
A — 358.
Referees — Tim Holtz, Chris Foote. Linesman — Evan Kehoe, Craig Brzyski.

VERMONT 3, RPI 2 (OT)
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Bella Parento scored 1:56 into sudden-death overtime to give the Catamounts a non-conference win over the Engineers at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

The loss extended RPI’s winless streak to 38 games (0-37-1). It was also the Engineers’ second overtime loss of the season. They dropped a 2-1 OT decision at Mercyhurst last Friday.

Vermont (1-0) took a 1-0 lead on a Tynka Patkova goal with 6:08 left in the first period.

The Engineers (0-3) took a 2-1 lead in the second on goals by Audrey McCutcheon and Riena Jahnke. Theresa Schafzahl tied it for Vermont later in the second.

The teams play again Saturday at 3 p.m.

RPI 0 2 0 0 — 2
Vermont 1 1 0 1 — 3
First Period — 1, Vermont, Patkova 1 (Mlynkova, Skelton), 13:52. Penalties — Blitz, RPI (tripping), 14:22.
Second Period — 2, RPI, McCutcheon 1 (Wagner, Rampado), 2:12. 3, RPI, Jahnke 1 (Price, Dalby), 9:54. 4, Vermont, Schafzahl 1 (Holmes, Matzka), 10:16. Penalties — Peterson, RPI (tripping), 6:41; Severson, RPI (cross-checking), 10:49.
Third Period — None. Penalties — McCutcheon, RPI (tripping), 3:48; Matzka, Ver (interference), 14:15.
Overtime — 5, Vermont, Parento 1 (Skelton, McCool), 1:56. Penalties — None.
Shots on Goal — RPI 3-4-4-0 — 11. Vermont 14-11-5-2 — 32.
Power-play opportunities — RPI 0 of 1; Vermont 0 of 4.
Goalies — RPI, Rampado (32 shots-29 saves). Vermont, McPherson (7-5), Skodova 1-0-0 (4-4).
A — 206. T — 2:09.
Referees — Jeremy Letourneau, Scott Prim. Linesmen — Jason Therrien, Alex Bergeron.

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