WEST POINT — After a rough second period against Army in which it trailed by a goal and had to kill off an extended two-man advantage, Union found its game in the third.
Matt Cook and John Simpson scored in the third, rallying the Dutchmen to a 3-2 non-league victory over the Black Knights on Saturday at Tate Arena.
Drew Pierson scored 3:58 into the second, giving Army (6-8-3) a 2-1 lead. The Black Knights dominated the Dutchmen (6-8-3), outshooting them, 15-6. Three straight penalties midway through the period gave Army an opportunity to break the game open. But, like Friday against Connecticut, Union killed it off.
“I thought they had a lot more jump than us, and that they were outworking us in the first two periods,” Union coach Nate Leaman said. “Going into the third, I thought we were fortunate to be in the game. Corey Milan kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win. We came back in the third with two solid goals to get the win.”
Cook tied it for Union 13 seconds into the third. Simpson scored his first career goal with 7:23 left. Army goalie Jay Clark stopped Justin Pallos’ shot from the right circle. Torren Delforte got the rebound and skated behind the net. He centered the puck to Simpson, who fired it home.
“We talked about what we wanted to do in the third, we wanted to keep it simple,” Leaman said. “We were turning so many pucks over against them and causing our own problems. In the third period, we just wanted to keep it up and in. We had good center support on both plays, and we were able to get some rush advantages off that.”
Josh Coyle had a goal and an assist for the Dutchmen, who conclude non-league play 5-5-1. They return to ECAC Hockey action Friday when they host Colgate at Messa Rink at 7 p.m.
Union 1 0 2 — 3
Army 1 1 0 — 2
First Period — 1, Army, Sefchik 1 (Fearing, Rowe), 4:44 (pp). 2, Union, Coyle 3 (Walters), 16:48. Penalties — Coyle, Uni (slashing), 3:13; Ross, Army (cross-checking), 6:44; Pallos, Uni (boarding), 10:42.
Second Period — 3, Army, Pierson 1 (Blair), 3:58. Penalties — Milnamow, Uni (elbowing), :27; Omilusik, Army (roughing), :27; Delforte, Uni (cross-checking), 9:51; Union bench, served by Simpson (too many men), 10:52; Caffaro, Uni (cross-checking), 11:41.
Third Period — 4, Union, Cook 4 (Walters, Coyle), :13. 5, Union, Simpson 1 (Delforte, Pallos), 12:37. Penalties — None.
Shots on Goal — Union 13-6-9 — 28. Army 10-15-5 — 30.
Power-play opportunities — Union 0 of 1; Army 1 of 5.
Goalies — Union, Milan 2-5-3 (30 shots-28 saves). Army, Clark, 1-2-1 (28-25).
A — 2,088. T — 2:05.
Referee — Jim Troup. Assistant referees — John Barnard, Marc Sullivan.
rpi 4, union 4
SCHENECTADY — Marissa Gentile scored her second goal of the game with 3.9 seconds left in regulation, helping the Dutchwomen earn their second ECAC Hockey tie of the season in the finale of the home-and-home series with the Engineers at Messa Rink.
Although Union (0-7-2 ECACH, 1-15-2 overall) stretched its league winless streak to 74 games (0-72-2), it has earned ties in two of its last three contests. The Dutchwomen played to a scoreless tie against Quinnipiac on Dec, 8, which ended a 71-game ECACH losing streak, and dropped a 1-0 decision Friday at RPI.
It didn’t look good for the Dutchwomen in the first half of the game. RPI (3-5-2, 8-8-3) took a 3-0 lead on first-period goals by Whitney Naslund and Kendra Dunlop, and a second-period power-play goal by Allison Wright.
The Dutchwomen, who had been shut out in their last five games, broke out in a big way.
Gentile scored at 9:57 of the second, ending a record-setting scoreless streak of 355 minutes, 25 seconds. Courtney Chais cut the lead to one at 15:48, and Suzy Pocock tied it on a two-man advantage with 39 seconds left in the second.
Naslund got the lead back for RPI 51 seconds into the third period. But, with goalie Lundy Day pulled for an extra skater, Gentile got the tying goal past goalie Ashley Mayr.
“I hope it’s all positive,” Union coach Claudia Asano said. “It was a great game. We scored four goals.”
Day made 48 saves for the Dutchwomen.
RPI 2 1 1 0 — 4
Union 0 3 1 0 — 4
First Period — 1, RPI, Naslund 4 (Guillemette), 4:20. 2, RPI, Dunlop 5 (McNamara), 14:57. Penalties — Wright, RPI (interference), :11; Malnar, Uni (tripping), 6:48.
Second Period — 3, RPI, Wright 6 (Barbera, Guillemette), 8:17 (pp). 4, Union, Gentile 1 (Malnar, Pocock), 9:57. 5, Union, Chais 2 (Kerslake), 15:48. 6, Union, Pocock 2 (Gentile, Malnar), 19:21 (pp). Penalties — Heywood, Uni (hooking), 5:49; Union bench, served by Pocock (too many players), 7:05; Thompson, RPI (hooking), 17:50; Weidner, RPI (boarding), 18:40.
Third Period — 7, RPI, Naslund 5, :51. 8, Union, Gentile 2 (Chais, Pocock), 19:56. Penalties — Naslund, RPI (tripping), 7:35; Perushek, Uni (tripping), 10:05.
Overtime — None. Penalties — None.
Shots on Goal — RPI 14-15-15-8 — 52. Union 5-8-4-0 — 17.
Power-play opportunities — RPI 1 of 4; Union 1 of 4.
Goalies — RPI, Mayr 3-5-2 (17 shots-13 saves). Union, Day (52-48).
A — 234. T — 2:12.
Referee — Bob Ritchie. Assistant referees — Kevin Sullivan, Glenn Cadman.