The Union College men’s hockey team isn’t going to overwhelm teams with its offensive attack. So, it’s important for the Dutchmen to take advantage of their opportunities to score.
They did just that early in the third period Wednesday night against Dartmouth. Defenseman Dylan Anhorn and forward Owen Farris scored 1:16 apart to snap a 1-1 tie and help the Dutchmen to a 3-2 ECAC Hockey victory over the Big Green at Thompson Arena in Hanover, New Hampshire.
It’s the second win in three games for the Dutchmen (6-7-1 ECACH, 18 points; 8-12-3 overall) under acting head coach John Ronan. The Union assistant coach is running the team while head coach Rick Bennett is on paid administrative leave after an accusation was made against him last Wednesday. The investigation is ongoing, and Ronan said he hasn’t heard any updates.
“It was a good third period,” Ronan said in a telephone interview. “We took our foot off the gas a little bit in the second period. … We wanted some road warriors for that third period. We were fortunate to get two [goals] early.”
Anhorn, who assisted on Liam Robertson’s power-play goal late in the first period to give the Dutchmen a 1-0 lead, came down from the right point and picked up the puck near the Dartmouth net after a shot by Brandon Estes. Anhorn skated around to the left side, where he beat goalie Justin Ferguson on a wraparound 3:27 into the third.
“We’ve been working on our offensive zone a lot,” Ronan said. “It’s no secret to us that we’re not an offensive juggernaut. We’re working on ways to sustain more offensive zone time. We have our ‘D’ a little more active than they have been. It’s not unusual to find Dylan down low, and he skates well and a smart enough hockey player and knows where to go. He was rewarded for it tonight.”
Farris got some help on his goal from Dartmouth defenseman Jack Cameron. Farris’ shot hit Ferguson and went up in the air. Cameron knocked it down with his glove, but it went into the net at 4:43.
“I thought that line [Farris, Caden Villegas and Andrew Seaman] did a good job moving their feet and creating the forecheck,” Ronan said. “The charge, too, for our group is getting to the net. We have to get back to the pack of wolves mentality, some of those hard-nosed goals. I give those guys credit for getting there, stopping at the net and paying a price.”
Tanner Palocskik pulled Dartmouth (2-8-1, 8 points; 3-12-2) within one midway through the third. After that, though, the Dutchmen tightened up their defensive play and didn’t give the Big Green another good scoring chance, especially when they pulled Ferguson for an extra attacker late in the game.
“We just wanted to stay at them,” Ronan said. “A lot of that is getting your nose over a puck and being hard. If they’re going to beat us, they’re going to have to come 200 feet.”
Goalie and Hudson Falls native Connor Murphy made 25 saves.
The Dutchmen are tied for fifth place with RPI. The teams will meet in non-conference action Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Capital District Mayor’s Cup game at MVP Arena.
Union 1 0 2 — 3
Dartmouth 0 1 1 — 2
First Period — 1, Union, Robertson 9 (Anhorn, Estes), 17:08 (pp). Penalties — Chisholm, Dar (hooking), 4:17; Seger, Uni (boarding), 9:20; Hesler, Dar (high-sticking), 11:26; Keohan, Dar (holding), 15:15; Sanda, Uni (interference), 18:48; Losurdo, Dar (interference), 19:42.
Second Period — 2, Dartmouth, Losurdo (Hesler, Dorfman), 16:14. Penalties — None.
Third Period — 3, Union, Anhorn 2 (Estes), 3:27, 4, Union, Farris 1 (C. Ferguson, Sidorski), 4:43. 5, Dartmouth, Palocsik 2 (Unruh, Townley), 9:35. Penalties — Farris, Uni (goalie interference), 16:01; Cameron, Dar (cross-checking), 16:01.
Shots on Goal — Union 6-6-13 — 25. Dartmouth 9-6-12 — 27.
Power-play opportunities — Union 1 of 4; Dartmouth 0 of 2.
Goalies — Union, Murphy 8-11-2 (27 shots-25 saves). Dartmouth, J. Ferguson 1-7-1 (25-22).
A — 118.
Referees — Douglas Place Jr., Kevin Graber. Linesmen — Rick Urnek, Brendon Wormley.