There were aspects of Saturday’s exhibition hockey game against the U.S. National Under-18 team that Union coach Nate Leaman liked about his team — 52 shots on goal and two goals each from junior Mario Valery-Trabucco and freshman Brian Yanovitch.
But there were other situations that Leaman wasn’t pleased with, like taking too many penalties. And that took a toll on the Dutchmen over the final two periods.
Drew Shore scored 1:23 into the third period, snapping a 4-4 tie and giving the Under-18 team a 5-4 victory over Union at Messa Rink.
The Dutchmen, who squandered leads of 2-0 and 3-2, were called for 12 penalties. Ten of those came over the final 40 minutes. The Under-18 team had 11 power plays.
“We had some great flashes,” Leaman said. “I thought we did a lot of very good things, but then we turn around and do a lot of bonehead things. It’s obviously one weekend of the season. I’m glad it wasn’t a real game, that’s for sure. We have to learn to play within ourselves.”
The way the game started, it looked like the Dutchmen were going to skate the Under-18 team out of the rink. Yanovitch scored 1:37 into the game, and Valery-Trabucco tallied a power-play goal just over four minutes later. At one point, the Dutchmen had a 21-7 shot advantage.
Jeremy Morin’s goal with 7:22 left in the first period pulled the Under-18 team within a goal. Then things started to fall apart for the Dutchmen in the second.
Penalties early in the period by Brendan Milnamow and Andrew Buote gave the Under-18 team a two-man advantage 1:26. It capitalized when Chris Brown put a rebound of a shot by Jerry D’Amigo, who has committed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for next season, past goalie Corey Milan at 2:20.
Valery-Trabucco, who has started strong but faded late in the year during his first two seasons, gave Union the lead at 7:27 when he ripped a shot from the right circle off the crossbar and past goalie Adam Murray.
“It felt good,” Valery-Trabucco said. “I was a little bit nervous before the game. I got some good passes from my teammates.”
The Under-18 team came back and got the next two goals from John Henrion and Kyle Palmieri, the latter coming on a two-on-none breakaway. But Yanovitch tied it late in the second, putting home the rebound of a Lane Caffaro drive.
“Brian Yanovitch had two goals in very limited ice time,” Leaman said. “That’s a great sign.”
The game-winner wasn’t a great goal. Milan made a stop of a Kenny Ryan right-wing drive. He didn’t control the rebound well, and Shore took advantage.
“That’s fatigue,” Leaman said. “It’s early in the year, and that’s something that we’re working on. When you start to get a little tired, then, all of a sudden, you stop with the good habits and the bad habits come back.”
““I’m a realist as a coach,” Under-18 coach Ron Rolston said. "When you give up 52 shots on net and a lot of good opportunities, we basically stole a game.”
U.S. Under-18 131 — 5
Union 220 — 4
First Period — 1, Union, Yanovitch, 1:37. 2, Union, Valery-Trabucco (Presizniuk, Walters), 5:04 (pp). 3, U.S. Under-18, Morin, 12:38. Penalties — D’Amigo, U18 (tripping), 4:56; Boileau, Uni (hooking), 6:17; Calabrese, U18 (hooking), 10:05; Fowler, U18 (hooking), 13:03; Milnamow, Uni (high-sticking), 17:52.
Second Period — 4, U.S. Under-18, Brown (D’Amigo, Fowler), 2:20. 5, Union, Valery-Trabucco (Caffaro), 7:27. 6, U.S. Under-18, Henrion (Ryan, Crowley), 12:55. 7, U.S. Under-18, Palmieri, 14:24. 8, Union, Yanovitch (Caffaro, Pallos), 17:43. Penalties — Milnamow, Uni (cross-checking), 1:17; Buote, Uni (hooking), 1:52; Caffaro, Uni (interference), 3:51; Schreiber, Uni (interference), 10:31; Morin, U18 (high-sticking), 14:30; Rempel, U18 (holding), 18:15; Milnamow, Uni (tripping), 18:57.
Third Period — 9, U.S. Under-18, Shore (Ryan), 1:23. Penalties — Yanovitch, Uni (hooking), 4:29; Treais, U18 (hooking), 5:20; Milnamow, Uni (slashing), 7:28; U.S. Under-18 bench, served by (Brown), 8:30; Potts, Uni (interference), 11:33; Wrenn, U18 (slashing), 14:08; Rempel, U18 (cross-checking), 16:18; Valery-Trabucco, Uni (holding), 17:50; Fowler, U18 (delay of game), 18:25; Simpson, Uni (delay of game), 18:25; Ramage, U18 (interference), 19:31.
Shots on Goal — U.S. Under-18 11-14-10 — 35. Union 21-12-19 — 52.
Power-play opportunities — U.S. Under-18 1 of 11; Union 1 of 10.
Goalies — U.S. Under-18, Murray (52 shots-48 saves). Union, Milan (35-30).
A — 1,245. T — 2:07.
Referee — Eric Ernst, Derek Wahl. Linsemen — Brian Caie, Bill Lyons.