Union men’s hockey gets swept by Lake Superior State

Union College men's hockey head coach Rick Bennett saw his team lose two games at Lake Superior State over the weekend.

Union College men's hockey head coach Rick Bennett saw his team lose two games at Lake Superior State over the weekend.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Unlike Friday night, the Union College men’s hockey team got off to a great start against Lake Superior State in Saturday’s rematch. The Dutchmen had a 2-0 lead.

But their inability to stay out of the penalty box cost them against the Lakers.

Timo Bakos scored two of his three goals on the power play as Lake Superior State rallied for a 5-2 non-conference victory at Taffy Abel Arena.

The Dutchmen (1-4-1) allowed two power-play goals in Friday’s 7-4 loss, a game in which they trailed 5-2 after the first period. Union has given up seven power-play goals in their last three games since going 6 for 6 on the penalty kill last Friday against Colorado College.

“The old penalty bug got us,” Union head coach Rick Bennett said in a telephone interview. “It wasn’t too kind to us. Until we figure that out, we’re going to get the same results. This will be curbed this week in practice.”

Michael Hodge gave Union a 1-0 lead 47 seconds into the game. It was the second straight game that the freshman forward scored a goal.

Sophomore forward Tyler Watkins gave Union a 2-0 lead on the power play at 4:44 of the second period. Then things fell apart for Union.

Jacob Nordqvist started the Lake Superior State comeback with a goal just over seven minutes into the second. Late in the period, Bakos got his first power-play goal.

Bakos snapped the tie with 7:02 to go in the third with his second power-play tally. Empty-net goals by Josh Nixon and Bakos sealed the win for the Lakers (5-3).

Union goalie Connor Murphy, who was pulled from Friday’s game after allowing four first-period goals, started Saturday’s game. The Hudson Falls native made 26 saves.

Bennett said Murphy played better and could not be blamed for the goals.

“He was rested,” Bennett said. “Garrett [Nieto] did a good job the night before. I wanted to go with Connor just to see what push back he had. He proved us right that he’s a game.”

Union begins ECAC Hockey play on Friday when it hosts Capital Region-rival RPI at 7 p.m. at Messa Rink.

Union 1 1 0 — 2
Lake Superior State 0 2 3 — 5
First Period — 1, Union, Hodge 2 (Seamna, Robertson), :47. Penalties — Ferguson, Uni (holding), 4:51; DenBeste, LSS (slashing), 8:22; Immonen, Uni (slashing), 18:55.
Second Period — 2, Union, Watkins 1 (Robertson, Allen), 4:44 (pp). 3, Lake Superior State, Nordqvist 2 (Nixon, Mucha), 7:07. 4, Lake Superior State, Bankos 2 (Nixon, Nordqvist), 18:06 (pp). Penalties — Manz, LSS (slashing), 2:08; Bengtsson, LSS (holding), 2:58; Petruolo, Uni (cross-checking), 4:59; Kosack, Uni (cross-checking), 7:07; Mucha, LSS (holding), 11:45; Allen, Uni (holding), 16:59.
Third Period — 5, Lake Superior State, Bankos 3 (Nixon, Much), 12:58 (pp). 6, Lake Superior State, Nixon 1 (Roloson, Borshyov), 18:02 (en). 7, Lake Superior State, Bankos 4 (Boudon, Mucha), 19:36 (en). Penalties — Scheerer, Uni (high-sticking), 11:18.
Shots on Goal — Union 9-6-8 — 23. Lake Superior State 10-14-5 — 29.
Power-play opportunities — Union 1 of 4; Lake Superior State 2 of 6.
Goalies — Union, Murphy 1-4-1 (27 shots-24 saves). Lake Superior State, Eisele 3-1-0 (23-21).
A — 965.
Referees — Brad Albers, Shane Paskey. Linesmen — Franklin Hempel, Andrew Hempel.

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Goalie Linden Marshall came with 28.9 seconds of a shutout as the Engineers defeated the Catamounts in a non-conference game at Gutterson Field House.

Marshall stopped 28 shots, including 14 in the first period.

Jake Johnson and Ture Linden scored for RPI (2-2-1).

RPI 1 1 0 — 2
Vermont 0 0 1 — 1
First Period — 1, RPI, Johnson 1 (Lacka, Herrman), 13:02. Penalties — Linden, RPI (hooking), 7:22.
Second Period — 2, RPI, Linden 2 (Klee), 8:37. Penalties — Vermont bench (too many men), 4:52; Linden, RPI (tripping), 15:05.
Third Period — 3, Vermont, Bouquot 1 (Zapernick, Stucker), 19:31. Penalties — RPI bench (delay of game), 8:18; Vermont bench (too many men), 13:40.
Shots on Goal — RPI 5-15-8 — 28. Vermont 14-5-10 — 29.
Power-play opportunities — RPI 0 of 2; Vermont 0 of 4.
Goalies — RPIe, Marshall 2-1-1 (29 shots-28 saves). Vermont, Harmon 0-3-0 (28-46).
A — 2,882.
Referees — Tim Benedetto, Ryan Sweeney. Linesmen — Jason Shattie, Trevor Disbennett.

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