New Hampshire scores late to beat Union men’s hockey 3-2

Union College defenseman Dylan Anhorn scored a goal in the Dutchmen’s 3-2 loss to New Hampshire on Saturday. 

Union College defenseman Dylan Anhorn scored a goal in the Dutchmen’s 3-2 loss to New Hampshire on Saturday. 

The Union College men’s hockey team was about a minute away from heading to overtime against New Hampshire on Saturday night.

Instead, the Dutchmen suffered a heartbreaking defeat.

Joseph Cipollone scored with 56.5 seconds left in the third period, capping a two-goal comeback that helped the Wildcats beat the Dutchmen 3-2 at Whittemore Center Arena in Durham, New Hampshire.

The victory completed a two-game sweep of the Dutchmen by the Wildcats in the opening weekend of the season for both teams. UNH took a 4-1 win on Friday night.

On the game-winning goal, Luke Reid skated past Union junior left winger Christian Sanda at the Dutchmen blue line. Reid skated to the right circle and fired a shot that goalie Connor Murphy stopped. As Murphy was going down trying to freeze the puck, Cipolloni poked it into the net.

“Unfortunate at the net front,” Union head coach Rick Bennett said. “I think it started high. We took an unnecessary chance, and now you’re chasing the guy. That’s some of the stuff we have to clear up.”

Murphy was pulled for an extra attacker, but the Dutchmen couldn’t get the tying goal.

Union had taken a 2-1 lead earlier in the third on a nice coast-to-coast rush by junior defenseman Dylan Anhorn, who beat UNH goalie Mike Robinson at 3:07. The Dutchmen then killed a two-man UNH power play for 1:24 midway through the third.

But Filip Engaras tied it on an even-strength goal with 8:11 left in regulation.

For the second straight night, Union scored the game’s first goal. Sophomore center Liam Robertson got it at 2:01. On Friday, Gleb Murtazin scored two minutes into the game.

Reid tied Saturday’s score on a power-play goal with 1.4 seconds left in the second period.

Bennett thought the Dutchmen’s effort Saturday was better than Friday.

“It was a really solid effort,” Bennett said. “I thought we could have played a little smarter in the third. . . . Tonight, we gave ourselves a chance.”

Union will host Colorado College next weekend for a two-game series. It mark’s the return of former Dutchmen goalie Kris Mayotte, who is in his first season as Colorado College’s head coach.

Union 1 0 1 — 2
New Hampshire 0 1 2 — 3

First Period — 1, Union, Robertson 1 (Hodge, Watkins), 2:01. Penalties — Gendron, UNH (holding), 9:29; Petruolo, Uni (slashing), 12:01.

Second Period — 2, New Hampshire, Reid 1 (Blaisdell), 19:58 (pp). Penalties — Stevenson, UNH (interference), :49; Cafarelli, UNH (holding), 3:40; Scheerer, Uni (cross-checking), 3:56; Esposito, UNH (interference), 11:17; Villegas, Uni (slashing), 18:31.

Third Period — 3, Union, Anhorn 1, 3:07. 4, New Hampshire, Engaras 2 (Ward, Gagne), 11:49. 5, New Hampshire, Cipollone 1 (Reid, Eriksson), 19:03. Penalties — MacAdams, Uni (charging), 4:23; Villegas, Uni (interference), 6:06; Robertson, Uni (roughing), 6:42; Scheerer, Uni (embellishment), 10:27; MacKinnon, UNH (hooking), 10:27.

Shots on Goal — Union 9-15-9 — 33. New Hampshire 6-8-4 — 18

Power-play Opportunities — Union 0 of 5; New Hampshire 1 of 4.

Goalies — Union, Murphy 0-2-0 (33 shots-30 saves). New Hampshire, Robinson 2-0-0 (18-16).

A — 3,273.

Referees — Michael St. Lawrence, Robert Cerilli. Linesmen — Jaime Germaine, Matthew Potrzeba.

At Houston Field House in Troy, Nathan Burke scored his second goal of the game 1:40 into overtime, giving the Falcons a non-conference win over the Engineers.

Burke scored late in the second period to give Bowling Green (1-0-1) a 1-0 lead. Ethan Scardina also scored for Bowling Green.

Shane Sellar and Ryan Mahshie tallied for RPI (0-1-1).

Bowling Green 1 1 0 1 — 3
RPI 1 0 1 0 — 2

First Period — 1, Bowling Green, Scardina 1 (Chicoine, Parker), 5:33. 2, RPI, Sellar 1 (Kjellberg, Walsh), 10:23 (pp). Penalties — Craggs, BG (slashing), 8:45; Davies, RPI (holding), 16:03; Schneider, BG (holding), 19:48.

Second Period — 3, Bowling Green, Burke 2 (Barber, Swankler), 18:57. Penalties — Sertti, RPI (tripping), 6:20; Conquest, BG (hooking), 10:21; Schneider, BG (slashing), 17:01; Addamo, RPI (interference), 18:50.

Third Period — 4, RPI, Mahshie 1, 13:15. Penalties — Barber, BG (interference), 9:08; Bowman, RPI (slashing), 11:06.

Overtime — 5, Bowling Green, Burke 3 (Parker), 1:40. Penalties — None.

Shots on Goal — Bowling Green 6-6-8-2 — 22. RPI 7-7-8-0 — 22.

Power-play opportunities — Bowling Green 0 of 4; RPI 1 of 5.

Goalies — Bowling Green, Rose 1-0-1 (22 shots-20 saves). RPI, Marshall 0-1-1 (22-19).

A — 361.

Referees — Kevin Graber, CJ Hanafin. Linesmen — Adam Wood, Michael Noeth.

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