Union men’s hockey rallies to beat St. Lawrence 3-2

Union's Andrew Seaman scored the game-winning goal Friday against St. Lawrence. (Betsy Matthews/Union Athletics

Union's Andrew Seaman scored the game-winning goal Friday against St. Lawrence. (Betsy Matthews/Union Athletics

It would have been easy for the Union College men’s hockey team to get frustrated that they weren’t having much success against St. Lawrence junior goalie Francis Boisvert, who was making his first start of the season, and who was 0-13-2 in his college career.

But the Dutchmen kept plugging away. Eventually, they got to Boisvert.

Third-period goals by Gleb Murtazin and Andrew Seaman helped the Dutchmen to a come-from-behind 3-2 ECAC Hockey victory over the Saints at Appleton Arena in Canton.

The win stopped a four-game winless streak for the Dutchmen (4-5-1 ECACH, 11 points; 6-10-3 overall), who had a season-best 35 shots on goal.

Boisvert was starting in place of No. 1 goalie Emil Zetterquist, who was in COVID-19 health-and-safety protocols. Union trailed 2-1 heading into the third period. Cameron Buhl scored midway through the first period for the Saints (3-4-2, 12 points; 5-10-4). Liam Robertson tied it for Union later in the period, but Justin Paul regained the lead for St. Lawrence in the second.

Despite being down by a goal, Dutchmen head coach Rick Bennett believed his team was in good shape.

“I thought we carried momentum from the last five minutes of the second, and we brought that right into the third period,” Bennett said in a telephone interview. “That was one of the best third periods, if not the best third period, we’ve had this year.”

The Dutchmen peppered Boisvert with 16 shots on goal in the third, a season- high for a period this season. They finally got to him with 6:11 left in the period when Murtazin took a pass from Seamen and scored from five feet out to tie it.

Less than three minutes later, Boisvert stopped a Chaz Smedsud shot. The rebound was bouncing in front of the net when Seaman poked at it and got it past Boisvert.

Seaman, a freshman, entered the game with a goal and an assist in 10 appearances. Bennett was impressed with Seaman’s effort on the goal.

“It’s stuff that you’ve been talking about all year long,” Bennett said. “To see a player rewarded for that is nice to see. Not only for the player who scores, but for his linemates involved within that play and his teammates. The bench was pretty excited after that.”

Of course, nothing ever comes easy. Christian Sanda took an elbowing penalty four seconds after Seaman scored. The Saints tried in vain to get the tying goal past goalie Connor Murphy, but the Hudson Falls native stood tall. He finished with 30 saves.

St. Lawrence pulled Boisvert for an extra attacker late in the power play, but they couldn’t take advantage. Robertson helped seal the deal when he blocked a shot in the high slot with three seconds left.

“The ending was kind of indicative of how the goal was,” Bennett said. “You’re going to end it [by] killing a penalty, blocking shots [and] a lot of sacrifice. That’s what happened. ‘Murph’ came up really big for us tonight.”

Union plays at Clarkson at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Union 1 0 2 — 3

St. Lawrence 1 1 0 — 2

First Period — 1, St. Lawrence, Buhl 2 (Jankowski), 10:09. 2, Union, Robertson 7 (Kosack), 12:45. Penalties — Makowski, StL (hooking), 13:09.

Second Period — 3, St. Lawrence, Paul 3 (MacLeod, Jankowski), 13:33. Penalties — Murtazin, Uni (interference), 2:45; Estes, Uni (hitting after whistle), 4:24; Buhl, StL (hitting after whistle), 4:24; Murphy, Uni (interference), 13:33; McIntosh, StL (interference), 14:46.

Third Period — 4, Union, Murtazin 2 (Seaman, Petruolo), 13:49. 5, Union, Seaman 2 (Smedsrud, Villegas), 16:30. Penalties — Steinmetz, StL (cross-checking), 7:20; Sanda, Uni (elbowing), 16:34.

Shots on Goal — Union 8-11-16 — 36. St. Lawrence 13-10-9 — 32.

Power-play opportunities — Union 0 of 3; St. Lawrence 0 of 3.

Goalies — Union, Murphy 6-9-2 (32 shots-30 saves). St. Lawrence, Boisvert 0-1-0 (36-33).

A — 492.

Referees — Anthony Dapuzzo, Douglas Place Jr. Linesman — Zachary Dupree, JP Waleski.

Categories: College Sports, Sports

Leave a Reply