Murphy, penalty killing lifts Union men’s hockey past Colorado College 2-1

Union's Cullen Ferguson makes a rink-wide pass next to Colorado College's Stanley Cooley during  an Oct. 15 game at Messa Rink.

Union's Cullen Ferguson makes a rink-wide pass next to Colorado College's Stanley Cooley during  an Oct. 15 game at Messa Rink.

SCHENECTADY — The Union College men’s hockey team lived on the edge against Colorado College Friday night. The Dutchmen survived it and came away with their first victory of the season.

Union killed off six Colorado College power plays, plus an extra-attacker situation in the final 2:52 of the game, and goalie Connor Murphy made 34 saves to help the Dutchmen to a 2-1 non-conference victory over the Tigers at Messa Rink.

A moment of silence was held before the game for Union College employees and super fans Ray Cook and Jim Clark, who both died earlier this year. They probably would have applauded the efforts of Murphy and the penalty-killing unit.

“That’s huge,” said the Hudson Falls-native Murphy. “That’s what won us the game ultimately. Most of the game was played on the PK for us. I think our guys did a good job of bearing down in our zone and making sure that nothing got past me.”

Murphy was at his best when the Tigers received a five-minute power play. Brad Scheerer was called for kneeing Noah Prokop in the Colorado College zone 6:35 into the third period and Union (1-2) leading 2-1. Murphy stopped seven shots. The power play ended when the Tigers’ Stanley Cooley was called for high-sticking with 9:47 left.

“It was tough,” said Murphy, who stopped 17 power-play shots. “There were a lot of screens. It wasn’t easy to see the puck most of the time. I was just trying to battle through it all and see the puck as best I could with the little visibility that I had.”

Union head coach Rick Bennett was pleased with Murphy’s effort. But he knows it’s going to take some time for the players to stay away from bad penalties.

“I would say the biggest contributor was Connor Murphy,” Bennett said. “That’s why we stood on the good side. It’s just one of those things, again, where you have two classes that haven’t played hockey [because of the coronavirus pandemic that shut down Union’s 2020-21 season]. This is one of the things that we’re going to have to clear up, and hopefully it starts tomorrow.”

Freshman right winger Collin Graf got the lead for Union during a two-man power-play advantage with 13:16 left in the period. Graf was in the left circle when he one-timed a Brandon Estes pass from behind the goal line past Tigers goalie Dominic Basse.

“It felt good,” Graf said. “We spent a lot of time working on the power play. We got that 5-on-3, and we needed to convert. It was a very nice pass by Brandon, and I just put it in the net.”

After Hunter McKown tied it midway through the second, Graf and Estes hooked up again. This time, it was Graf who sent the puck from behind the goal line to Estes in the slot, and the senior defenseman buried it.

“‘Segs’ [Gabriel] Seger keeps the puck in,” Estes said. “‘Graffer’ takes it around in the corner. There was a guy without a stick out front. … Easy for Graf.”

Union’s win spoiled the return of Tigers coach and former Dutchmen goalie Kris Mayotte to Messa.

Asked about being back in the rink, Mayotte said, “It was really cool.”


Bennett said junior defenseman Dylan Anhorn is week-to-week with a middle-body injury. Anhorn was injured in last Saturday’s game at New Hampshire.

Colorado College 0 1 0 — 1

Union 0 2 0 — 2

First Period — None. Penalties — Allen, Union (high-sticking), 14:04; Phillips, Union (holding), 19:48.

Second Period — 1, Union, Graf 1 (Estes, Seger), 6:44 (pp). 2, Colorado College, McKown 1 (Mayer, Hawkinson), 9:56. 3, Union, Estes 1 (Graf, Seger), 13:31. Penalties — Petruolo, Union (slashing), 2:16; Middleton, CC (slashing), 5:09; Mayer, CC (boarding), 6:04; Murtazin, Union (hooking), 18:06.

Third Period — None. Penalties — Ferguson, Union (tripping), 3:59; Scheerer, Union, major-game misconduct (kneeing), 6:35; Cooley, CC (high-sticking), 10:13.

Shots on Goal — Colorado College 11-8-16 — 35. Union 9-4-4 — 17.

Power-play opportunities — Colorado College 0 of 6; Union 1 of 3.

Goalies — Colorado College, Basse 0-2-1 (17 shots-15 saves). Union, Murphy 1-2-0 (35-34).

A — 1,435. T — 2:22.

Referees — Jason Williams, Tom Steinel. Linesmen — Michael Wrobel, Patrick Dapuzzo.


Vanessa Upson and Alexa Vasko each scored twice to lead Mercyhurst past Union 5-0 in a non-conference game women’s college hockey at Messa.

It was the fourth straight loss for the Dutchwomen (2-4), the second consecutive game they have been shut out, and the third time in the last four contests. They have been outscored 23-2 during the skid.

Mercyhurst 0 3 2 — 5

Union 0 0 0 — 0

First Period — None. Penalties — Vasko, Mercyhurst (body checking), 16:02.

Second Period — 1, Mercyhurst, Upson 5 (Boucher), 10:22. 2, Mercyhurst, Boucher 2 (Upson), 13:15. 3, Mercyhurst, Vasko 3 (Perreault), 17:36. Penalties — Boucher, Mercyhurst (hooking), 4:48; Pedersen, Mercyhurst (body checking), 9:49; McLeod, Union (cross-checking), 9:49.

Third Period — 4, Mercyhurst, Vasko 4 (Perreault), 8:10. 5, Mercyhurst, Upson 7 (Boucher, Pigeon), 11:37 (pp). Penalties — Adams, Union (slashing), 2:11; Nelles, Mercyhurst (slashing), 5:29; Friday, Union (cross-checking), 8:55; Suitor, Union (hooking), 10:19

Shots on Goal — Mercyhurst 8-12-16 — 36. Union 13-16-1 — 30.

Power-play opportunities — Mercyhurst 1 of 3; Union 0 of 3.

Goalies — Mercyhurst, Nystrom 3-1-0 (30 shots-30 saves). Union, Matsoukas 0-2-0 (36-31).

A — 135.

Referees — Jason Engelhart, Michael St. Lawrence. Linesmen — Tim Waters, Matthew Potrzeba.


TROY — TJ Walsh, Simin Kjellberg, Lauri Sertti and Ottoville Leppanen scored second-period goals to snap a scoreless tie and lift RPI to a 6-2 men’s non-conference win over Canisius at Houston Field House.

Canisius 0 0 2 — 2

RPI 0 4 2 — 6

First Period — None. Penalties — DiGrande, Canisius, major-game misconduct (elbowing), 18:00.

Second Period — 1, RPI, Walsh 1 (Hallbauer, Baxter), 4:53. 2, RPI, Kjellberg 1, 12:08. 3, RPI, Sertti 1, 12:38. 4, RPI, Leppanen 1 (Beaton), 16:20. Penalties — Klee, RPI (interference), 15:28.

Third Period — 5. Canisius, Mastrodonato 3 (Melaragni, Alger), 12:22 (pp). 6, Canisius, Lambert 1 (Lapid, Mastrodonato), 14:35. 7, RPI, Lee 1 (Johnson), 19:32 (en). 8, RPI, Linden 1 (Walsh), 19:41. Penalties — Klee, RPI (hitting after the whistle), :23; Baxter, RPI (interference), 2:02; Hallbauer, RPI (roughing), 10:25; Decker, Canisius (slashing), 16:37; Sellar, RPI (interference), 19:57.

Shots on Goal — Canisius 6-9-10 — 25. RPI 10-18-11 — 39.

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

Goalies — Canisius, Barczewski 1-1-0 (24 shots-21 saves); Hawthorne (12:38 second, 14-12). RPI, Marshall 1-1-1 (25-23).

A — 370.

Referees — Anthony Dapuzzo, Joe Carusone. Linesmen — Rick Lembo, Brendan Wormley.

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