Union men’s hockey’s offense struggles in season-opening 4-1 loss to New Hampshire

Union junior goalie Connor Murphy stopped 37 shots in the Dutchmen's 4-1 loss to New Hampshire on Friday in Durham, N.H.
PHOTOGRAPHER:

Union junior goalie Connor Murphy stopped 37 shots in the Dutchmen's 4-1 loss to New Hampshire on Friday in Durham, N.H.

It looked like the Union College men’s hockey team was going to have a good game against the University of New Hampshire when sophomore Gleb Murtazin scored two minutes into the game Friday night at Whittemore Center Arena in Durham, New Hampshire.

But that would be the only goal the Dutchmen would get.

The Dutchmen’s offense struggled to generate many scoring opportunities and dropped a 4-1 non-conference decision to the Wildcats in their first game that counted since March 8, 2020, against Yale in the first round of the ECAC Hockey tournament. They didn’t play last season because of the coronavirus pandemic,

Union managed just 11 shots on goal in the game. It had five in the first period, and three each the second and third periods.

The Dutchmen were 0 for 4 on the power play. The Wildcats had nearly as many shorthanded shots on goal (two) as Union had power play shots on goal (three).

Naturally, Union head coach Rick Bennett was less than pleased about the offensive woes.

“We got stuck in the defensive zone a little bit too much,” Bennett said. “We’re just chasing the game all night from there. It was one of those things. It was a real kind of a growing game. Hopefully, we learn a lot from it for tomorrow.”

The Wildcats (1-0) tied the score on Robert Cronin’s power-play goal midway through the first period. They took the lead late in the second period on an Eric MacAdams even-strength goal.

UNH put the game away in the third period. Liam Devlin scored an even-strength goal 2:21 into the period. Less than six minutes later, Filip Engaras connected on the power play.

Making his Union debut after transferring from Northeastern, junior goalie Connor Murphy of Hudson Falls made 37 saves and was the lone shining Dutchmen.

“He played well tonight,” Bennett said. “He definitely gave us a chance. We just weren’t able to capitalize on it.”

Union had a difficult time on faceoffs, losing 42 of 60.

The Dutchmen and Wildcats meet again in Durham Saturday at 7 p.m.

Union 1 0 0 — 1

New Hampshire 1 1 2 — 4

First Period — 1, Union, Murtazin 1 (Seger, Scheerer), 2:00. 2, New Hampshire, Cronin 1 (Pierson, Ward), 9:15 (pp). Penalties — Murtazin, Uni (hooking), 7:50; Jenson, UNH (boarding), 14:13; Jenson, UNH (tripping), 17:07.

Second Period — 3, New Hampshire, MacAdams 1 (Engaras), 17:42. Penalties — Devlin, UNH (interference), 4:43; Graf, Uni (tripping), 11:44; Stevenson, UNH (tripping), 18:19.

Third Period — 4, New Hampshire, Devlin 1 (Jenson), 2:21. 5, New Hampshire, Engaras 1 (Ward, Eriksson), 8:14. Penalties — Kosack, Uni (boarding), 7:45; Scheerer, Uni (interference), 17:24.

Shots on Goal — Union 5-3-3 — 10. New Hampshire 14-10-17 — 41.

Power-play opportunities — Union 0 of 4; New Hampshire 2 of 4.

Goalies — Union, Murphy 0-1-0 (41 shots-37 saves). New Hampshire, Robinson 1-0-0 (11-10).

A — 3,409.

Referees — Geoffrey Miller, Steven Rouillard. Linesmen — Jeff McCorkle, Shane Kanaly.

BOWLING GREEN 2, RPI 2

In Troy, Adam Conquest’s goal with 12:20 left in the third period enabled the Falcons to earn a non-conference tie against the Engineers at Houston Field House.

It was RPI’s first game that counted since Feb. 29, 2020, against Dartmouth. RPI didn’t play last season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nathan Burke gave Bowling Green (0-0-1) the lead on a power-play goal with 6:36 left in the first period.

After a scoreless second period, RPI (0-0-1) took a 2-1 lead on goals by Jakub Lacka and Rory Herrman 3:44 apart early in the third period.

The two teams meet again at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Bowling Green 1 0 1 0 — 2

RPI 0 0 2 0 — 2

First Period — 1, Bowling Green, Burke 1 (Swankler, Chicoine), 13:24. Penalties — Barber, BG (hooking), 4:23; Klee, RPI (hooking), 11:51; Agnew, RPI (tripping), 15:51.

Second Period — None. Penalties — Chicoine, BG (holding), 1:19; Johnson, RPI (tripping), 12:18.

Third Period — 2, RPI, Lacka 1 (Johnson, Agnew), 2:04. 3, RPI, Herrman 1 (Leppanen, Lacka), 5:48. 4, Bowling Green, Conquest 1 (Pitters, Chicoine), 7:40. Penalties — Johnson, RPI (slashing), 14:23.

Overtime — None. Penalties — None.

Shots on Goal — Bowling Green 6-5-4-3 — 18. RPI 8-6-11-3 — 28.

Power-play opportunities — Bowling Green 1 of 4; RPI 0 of 2.

Goalies — Bowling Green, Rose 0-0-1 (28 shots-26 saves). RPI, Marshall 0-0-1 (18-16).

Referees — Matt Wyld, CJ Hanafin. Linesmen — Adam Wood, Michael Noeth.

Categories: College Sports, Sports

Leave a Reply