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College hockey: Union wastes opportunity, 3-2

College hockey: Union wastes opportunity, 3-2

It seemed like everything was going right for Union against ECAC Hockey-leading Quinnipiac on Saturd

It seemed like everything was going right for Union against ECAC Hockey-leading Quinnipiac on Saturday at the High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.

The 16th-ranked Dutchmen had a 2-0 lead. Wayne Simpson got his 100th career point. The Dutchmen had killed off seven Quinnipiac power plays through two periods. And they had a pair of major power plays to start the third period.

Instead, the Dutchmen fell apart.

The fifth-ranked Bobcats killed off the major power plays, and then scored three times in a 6:43 stretch to pull out a stunning 3-2 win, improving their unbeaten streak to 16 games (15-0-1).

And the news isn’t better for the Dutchmen (4-3-3 ECACH, 10-7-4 overall). Senior defenseman Shawn Stuart suffered an upper-body injury in the first period and didn’t return. Union coach Rick Bennett said Stuart will be evaluated today, but Bennett expects Stuart to miss some games.

The Dutchmen scored their goals in the first period. Simpson, a senior right winger scored a power-play goal at 5:22 to become the ninth Dutchmen Division I player to reach the 100 career points. For good measure, Simpson got career point No. 101 when he assisted on Greg Coburn’s power-play tally.

With 38 seconds left in the second period, Quinnipiac’s Travis St. Denis butt-ended Shayne Gostisbehere. St. Denis was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct, while Gostisbehere got a two-minute minor for unsportsmanlike conduct. The teams skated four-on-four, and the Dutchmen had a three-minute power play when Gostisbehere’s penalty expired in the third period.

But before that could happen, the Bobcats’ Connor Jones elbowed Daniel Carr in the head with 11 seconds left. Jones got a five-minute major and a game misconduct. Union had a four-on-three power play, and it became a five-on-three when Gostisbehere’s penalty ended.

The Dutchmen could do nothing with the power plays, getting just two shots on goal. That gave the Bobcats (11-0-1, 17-3-3) all the momentum.

“One of our power-play guys was in the box for blatant stupidity, so we had to make some adjustments,” Bennett said. “We weren’t able to adjust to it, and that was the story of the game. There wasn’t a sense of energy on it.

“With all the penalties in the game [there were 19], fatigue was starting to set in. For whatever reason, we broke down. It’s extremely disappointing.”

Mike Dalhuisen started the rally when he scored at 6:23. Jordan Samuels-Thomas tied it on the power play at 11:12. Kellen Jones gave Quinnipiac the lead with 6:54 to go.

Union couldn’t get goalie Troy Grosenick out of the net for an extra attacker until there was six seconds left. The Bobcats did an excellent job of bottling up the Dutchmen in their own zone.

The loss probably ends any hopes of the Dutchmen winning a third straight ECACH regular-season title. They will now have to focus on securing an ECACH tournament first-round bye.

The Dutchmen begin a three-game homestand Friday at Messa Rink, hosting Cornell at 7 p.m.

Union 2 0 0 — 2

Quinnipiac 0 0 3 — 3

First Period — 1, Union, Simpson 10, 5:22 (pp). 2, Union, Coburn 7 (Ciampini, Simpson), 11:33 (pp). Penalties — Ciampini, Uni (tripping), :45; K. Jones, Qui (tripping), 2:49; Barron, Qui (cross-checking), 4:15; Novak, Uni (interference), 6:54; Goodman, Qui (high-sticking), 10:27; Hatch, Uni (boarding), 13:27; M. Bodie, Uni (tripping), 14:05.

Second Period — None. Penalties — Forgaard, Uni (interference), :38; Forgaard, Uni (roughing), 5:47; Barron, Qui (cross-checking), 6:15; Wilkins, Uni (interference), 8:01; Samuels-Thomas, Qui (holding), 15:33; Gostisbehere, Uni (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:22; St. Denis, Qui, major-game misconduct (butt-ending), 19:22; C. Jones, Qui, major-game misconduct (elbowing), 19:49.

Third Period — 3, Quinnipiac, Dalhuisen 7 (Peca, Luczyk), 6:23. 4, Quinnipiac, Samuels-Thomas 7 (Dalhuisen, Goodman), 11:12 (pp). 5, Quinnipiac, K. Jones 3 (Hibbeler), 13:06. Penalties — Ikkala, Uni (interference), 11:04; Luczyk, Qui (high-sticking), 13:31.

Shots on Goal — Union 7-6-4 — 17. Quinnipiac 9-13-10 — 32.

Power-play opportunities — Union 2 of 8; Quinnipiac 1 of 8.

Goalies — Union, Grosenick 6-5-4 (32 shots-29 saves). Quinnipiac, Hartzell 17-2-3 (17-15).

A — 3,430. T — 2:10.

Referees — Brad Leblanc, Mike Baker. Linesmen — Richard Patry, Jim Briggs.

princeton 4, rpi 1

PRINCETON, N.J. — Andre Calof had a goal and two assists to help the Tigers down the Engineers at Hobey Baker Rink.

Calof assisted on first-period goals by Mike Ambrosia and Tom Kroshus. Ryan Haggerty pulled RPI (1-6-3, 6-10-5) to within one when he scored a power-play goal 1:48 into the second period.

The Engineers got a power play with 1:35 left when Michael Sdao was called for charging. But Andrew Ammon and Calof scored short-handed, empty-net goals to seal the win for the Tigers (5-4-3, 6-8-4). Those were Princeton’s only shots of the third.

RPI outshot Princeton, 25-13.

RPI 0 1 0 — 1

Princeton 2 0 2 — 4

First Period — 1, Princeton, Ambrosia 3 (Rush, Calof), 13:59 (pp). 2, Princeton, Kroshus 2 (Calof, Berger), 16:03. Penalties — Zalewski, RPI (hooking), 9:23; Haggerty, RPI (boarding), 13:09; Ave, Pri (contact to head/high-sticking), 20:00.

Second Period — 3, RPI, Haggerty 8 (Neal, Dolan), 1:48 (pp). Penalties — Ambrosia, Pri (cross-checking), 5:13; Zalewski, RPI (slashing), 6:20; Rankin, Pri (holding), 8:57; Bubela, RPI (slashing), 18:04; Zajac, Pri (cross-checking), 18:04.

Third Period — 4, Princeton, Ammon 6, 18:55 (sh-en). 5, Princeton, Calof 9 (Ammon), 19:46 (sh-en). Penalty — Sdao, Pri (charging), 18:25.

Shots on Goal — RPI 5-15-5 — 25. Princeton 9-2-2 — 13.

Power-play opportunities — RPI 1 of 4; Princeton 1 of 3.

Goalies — RPI, Merriam 2-5-2 (11 shots-9 saves), Princeton, Condon 5-6-3 (25-24).

A — 2,274. T — 2:07.

Referees — Harry Dumas, Tim Kotyra. Linesmen — David Brown, Leo Boylan.

Women

union 2, penn state 1

SCHENECTADY — Jessica Kaminsky and Bryanne Panchuk had a goal and assist each to help the Dutchwomen complete a weekend sweep of the Nittany Lions at Messa Rink.

Union (7-11-3) won, 1-0, Friday.

Panchuk set up Kaminsky’s fourth goal of the season with 6:21 left in the first period. Kaminsky returned the favor 3:53 into the third period, sending the puck to Panchuk for her first goal of the season.

Goalie Shenae Lundberg made 25 saves.

Jess Desorcie scored for Penn State (7-14-1).

Penn State 0 0 1 — 1

Union 1 0 1 — 2

First Period — 1, Union, Kaminsky 4 (Panchuk), 13:39. Penalties — Johnston, Uni (hooking), 10:11; McGee, PSU (interference), 17:30.

Second Period — None. Penalties — None.

Third Period — 2, Union, Panchuk 1 (Kaminsky), 3:53. 3, Penn State, Desorcie 5 (Gross, Yoxheimer), 5:39. Penalties — None.

Shots on Goal — Penn State 11-8-7 — 26. Union 12-8-16 — 36.

Power-play opportunities — Penn State 0 of 1; Union 0 of 1.

Goalies — Penn State, Paniccia 6-10-1 (36 shots-34 saves). Union, Lundberg 6-8-3 (26-25).

A — 131. T — 1:46.

Referees — Brian Hicks, Marty Demers. Linesmen — Matt Brady, Jamie Colacino.

providence 3, rpi 2

TROY — Jessica Vella’s 10th goal of the season snapped a 2-2 tie late in the second period and lifted the Friars past the Engineers at Houston Field House.

Providence (11-9-4) swept the weekend series. The Friars won, 2-1, Friday.

Haley Frade gave the Friars a 1-0 lead 1:35 into the game. Taylor Horton tied it for RPI (6-14-2) 1:24 later.

The Friars regained the lead midway through the first on a Courtney Kukowski goal.

Jordan Smelker’s power-play goal just over five minutes into the second period helped RPI tie the score, 2-2.

But Vella got the game-winner with 3:06 left in the second.

Providence 2 1 0 — 3

RPI 1 1 0 — 2

First Period — 1, Providence, Frade 9 (Slattery, Illikainen), 1:35. 2, RPI, Horton 8 (Svoboda), 2:59. 3, Providence, Kukowski 2 (Frade, Pendleton), 9:57. Penalties — RPI bench, served by Mi. Mankey (too many players), 4:06; Mahoney, RPI (tripping), 15:29.

Second Period — 4, RPI, Smelker 8 (Gruschow), 5:06 (pp). 5, Providence, Vella 10 (Anderson, Morse), 16:54. Penalties — Groth, Pro (hooking), 3:12; Illikainen, Pro (high-sticking), 3:47; Ma. Mankey, RPI (checking), 18:11; Virtue, Pro (hooking), 19:19.

Third Period — None. Penalties — Mahoney, RPI (holding), 12:49; Buie, Pro (interference), 15:53.

Shots on Goal — Providence 14-10-8 — 32. RPI 5-12-11 — 28.

Power-play opportunities — Providence 0 of 4; RPI 1 of 4.

Goalies — Providence, Bryant 7-6-3 (28 shots-26 saves). RPI, O’Brien 5-12-1 (32-29).

A — 57. T — 2:00.

Referees — Dina Allen, Christopher Piti. Linesmen — Keith Fallon, John Stack.

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