Murphy makes 34 saves, leads Union men’s hockey past Colgate 2-0

Union goalie Connor Murphy recorded his first shutout of the season Saturday, beating Colgate 2-0.
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Union goalie Connor Murphy recorded his first shutout of the season Saturday, beating Colgate 2-0.

The Union College men’s hockey team will head into its first trimester final exam break with a great feeling.

Goalie and Hudson Falls native Connor Murphy made 34 saves, and Michael Hodge and Christian Sanda scored to give the Dutchmen a 2-0 ECAC Hockey victory over Colgate on Saturday at Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton.

“I have to say that it’s our best overall 60-minute effort [of the season], that’s for sure,” Union head coach Rick Bennett said in a telephone interview after the game.

It was Murphy’s first shutout with the Dutchmen (2-3-1 ECACH, 6 points; 3-7-2 overall), and third career shutout. He had two with Northeastern last season. It’s Union second shutout all-time in Hamilton. Trevor Koenig had the other one on Feb. 27, 1998, at Starr Rink.

Murphy got some help from his teammates. The Dutchmen blocked 17 shots. Union also killed off four Colgate power plays.

“I thought the guys did a good job around him,” Bennett said. “But he definitely was on his toes tonight.

Bennett credited his assistant coaches with getting the team to buy into the defensive effort, especially coming off Friday’s 4-1 loss at Cornell.

“John Ronan did an excellent job, and so did TJ [Manastersky], not only with their specialty teams, but we were just more detailed, more focused than we were [Friday] night,” Bennett said. “We didn’t come out and just test the waters to see if the water was hot or not, and we just played.”

Hodge scored a power-play goal 4:25 into the second period to give Union the lead. The score remained 1-0 until Christian Sanda scored with 2:43 left in the game.

Union is off until Nov. 27 when it plays at Merrimack.

“Hopefully, that test [Saturday] will help them going into tests next week. That’s the message,” Bennett said.

Union 0 1 1 — 2
Colgate 0 0 0 — 0
First Period — None. Penalties — Kelly, Uni (holding), 6:51; Belpedio, Col (holding), 13:12.
Second Period — 1, Union, Hodge 5 (Seger, Kosack), 4:25 (pp). Penalties — Stark, Col (hooking), 2:36; Ferguson, Uni (interference), 16:23.
Third Period — 2, Union, Sanda 1 (Ferguson, Immonen), 17:17. Penalties — DiPaolo, Col (slashing), 2:22; Robertson, Uni (unsportsmanlike conduct), 2:22; Villegas, Uni (boarding), 8:02; Seger, Uni (tripping), 13:53; Vachon, Col (tripping), 14:28.
Shots on Goal — Union 9-9-7 — 25. Colgate 11-13-10 — 34.
Power-play opportunities — Union 1 of 3; Colgate 0 of 4.
Goalies — Union, Murphy 3-6-1 (34 shots-34 saves). Colgate, Gylander 5-4-0 (25-23).
A — 528.
Referees — Douglas Place Jr., Anthony Kenney. Linesmen — Ryan Chauvin, Rick Lembo.

CORNELL 11, RPI 3
In Ithaca, Max Andreev scored four goals and added an assist as the 13th-ranked Big Red routed the Engineers at Lynah Rink.

It’s the most goals RPI allowed in a game since dropping an 11-0 decision to Clarkson on Nov. 22, 1997.

Women
COLGATE 7, UNION 1
In Schenectady, Daria Greig had two goals and two assists, and Darcie Lappan scored twice Saturday to carry fifth-ranked Colgate to a 7-1 women’s ECAC Hockey victory over Union at Messa Rink.

Lappan started a four-goal first period for the Raiders (5-1 ECACH, 13 points; 12-3 overall) when she scored 5:32 into the game, and then capped it with 1:05 left. In between, Danielle Serdachny and Kaitlyn O’Donohoe scored.

Greig got her goals with 14.1 seconds left in the second period and 5:59 remaining in the third.

Grace Heiting scored for Union (0-8, 0 points; 2-12 overall) with 3:27 left in the game.

Colgate 4 1 2 — 7
Union 0 0 1 — 1
First Period — 1, Colgate, Lappan (Demers), 5:32. 2, Colgate, Serdachny (Gates, Greig), 11:08. 3, Colgate, O’Donohoe (MacKay, Brick), 14:06. 4, Colgate, Lappan (Chan, Gates), 18:55 (pp). Penalties — MacKay, Col (holding), 11:46; Heiting, Uni (interference), 18:48.
Second Period — 5, Colgate, Greig (Kaltounkova, Serdachcny), 19:45. Penalties — Lappan, Col (holding), 5:59; Jones, Uni (hooking), 5:59; Hebert, Uni (interference), 8:10; Kaltounkova, Col (elbowing), 14:06; Serdachny, Col (cross-checking), 14:43; McLeod, Uni (slashing), 15:24.
Third Period — 6, Colgate, Greig (Serdachny, Bard), 14:01 (pp). 7, Colgate, Kaltounkova (Greig, Eichfeld), 14:36. 8, Union, Heiting (Beaudoin, King), 16:33 (pp). Penalties — Friday, Uni (high-sticking), 13:48; Simpson, Col (body checking), 15:53.
Shots on Goal — Colgate 18-21-17 — 56. Union 4-5-4 — 13.
Power-play opportunities — Colgate 2 of 4; Union 1 of 3.
Goalies — Colgate, Osborne (13 shots-12 saves). Union, Rinzel (56-49).
A — 188.
Referees — Matthew McNulty, Peirce Marston. Linesmen — Lawrence Kruglyak, Alex Walsh.

CORNELL 3, RPI 2
In Troy, Lily Delianedis scored with four minutes left in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and five the Big Red a win over the Engineers at Houston Field House.

Lauren Severson and Julia Blitz scored for RPI.

Cornell 1 1 1 — 3
RPI 1 0 1 — 2
First Period — 1, RPI, Severson (Wagner, Larsen), :42. 2, Cornell, Jockims (MacSween, Rud), 15:00. Penalties — Philip, RPI (body checking), 2:47.
Second Period — 3, Cornell, Messier (Frechette, Guilday), :28. Penalties — Alexander, RPI (interference), 6:22; Frechette, Cor (slashing), 10;25; Guilday, Cor (tripping), 10:54.
Third Period — 4, RPI, Blitz (Wagner, Erbenova), 7:01 (pp). 5, Cornell, Deliandeis (Frechette), 16:00. Penalties — Chokelal, Cor (interference), 6:26; Kenyon, Cor (slashing), 11:44.
Shots on Goal — Cornell 14-8-12 — 34. RPI 7-10-4 — 21.
Power-play opportunities — Cornell 0 of 2; RPI 1 of 3.
Goalies — Cornell, Browning (21 shots-19 saves). RPI, Rampado (34-31).
A — 47.
Referees — Daniel Gosselin, Will O’Malley. Linesmen — Mike Verminski, Matthew White.

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