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College hockey: Union can't overcome Cornell's quick start

College hockey: Union can't overcome Cornell's quick start

Union coach Rick Bennett promised lineup changes after Friday’s 4-1 loss to Colgate. But the effort

Union coach Rick Bennett promised lineup changes after Friday’s 4-1 loss to Colgate.

But the effort to inject some life into the Dutchmen came too late.

Senior forward Wayne Simpson, Union’s leading scorer, was a healthy scratch, along with forward Daniel Ciampini and defenseman Sebastien Gingras, Saturday against Cornell. The Big Red scored three first-period goals and held on for a 4-2 ECAC Hockey victory over the Dutchmen at Lynah Rink.

The loss dropped the 20th-ranked Dutchmen (8-8-2 ECACH, 15-12-5 overall) from fourth to sixth place. They are one point behind Yale and Dartmouth for the final first-round bye spot. The regular season ends next weekend with Union hosting St. Lawrence and Clarkson.

Simpson, who has 13 goals and 16 assists, was a minus-2 in the Colgate game. Saturday’s game was the first one he missed in his Union career. Simpson has 53 goals and 55 assists in 151 career games.

“I want guys on the team that are going to play absolutely as hard as they can play,” Bennett said. “They did for about 45 minutes tonight. If we get that, then the guys will be in the lineup.”

It was the opening 20 minutes that doomed the Dutchmen.

Tim Boyle, who took Gingras’ spot, turned the puck over to John Knisley, who beat goalie Troy Grosenick at 6:21.

Just over two minutes later, Joakim Ryan made it 2-0 for Cornell (7-10-3, 11-13-3). Greg Miller’s power-play goal at 10:13 increased the lead to 3-0.

“An unfortunate turnover started it off,” Bennett said. “We just weren’t there.”

Union fired 32 shots over the final two periods on goalie Andy Iles. The Dutchmen cut the Big Red’s lead to 3-2 on third-period goals by Cole Ikkala and Daniel Carr.

But Miller’s empty-net goal with 31 seconds left sealed the deal for Cornell.

Union 0 0 2 — 2

Cornell 3 0 1 — 4

First Period — 1, Cornell, Knisley 2, 6:21. 2, Cornell, Ryan 2 (Miller, Ferlin), 8:25. 3, Cornell, Miller 13 (D’Agostino, Ferlin), 10:13 (pp). Penalties — Gostisbehere, Uni (hooking), 9:31; MacDonald, Cor (hooking), 11:29; Knisley, Cor (slashing), 18:17.

Second Period — None. Penalties — Hilbrich, Cor (hooking), 1:22; Dias, Cor (roughing), 9:11; Forgaard, Uni (hooking), 14:00; MacDonald, Cor (interference), 14:45; Union bench, served by Cruice (too many men), 16:05.

Third Period — 4, Union, Ikkala 2 (Roy, Coburn), 5:40. 5, Union, Carr 12 (Gostisbehere), 14:12 (pp). 6, Cornell, Miller 14 (Ferlin), 19:29 (en). Penalties — Mowery, Cor (slashing), 9:09; D’Agostino, Cor (boarding), 11:42.

Shots on Goal — Union 6-16-16 — 38. Cornell 11-10-6 — 27.

Power-play opportunities — Union 1 of 7; Cornell 1 of 3.

Goalies — Union, Grosenick 11-9-5 (26 shots-23 saves). Cornell, Iles 11-13-3 (38-36).

A — 4,267. T — 2:13.

Referees — Mike Baker, Chris Ciamaga. Linesmen — Michael Emanatian, Ryan Knapp.

RPI 3, Colgate 2 (OT)

HAMILTON — Matt Neal scored with 10 seconds left in overtime, giving the Engineers a come-from-behind win that clinched home ice for at least the first round of the ECACH tournament.

The Engineers (10-7-3, 15-12-5) moved into second place when St. Lawrence lost to Dartmouth, 3-2. RPI next weekend can clinch a first-round bye, its first under coach Seth Appert.

Second-period power-play goals by Kyle Baun and Mike Borkowski gave the Raiders (6-11-3, 14-14-4) a 2-0 lead. Mark Miller ignited the comeback when he scored with 7:25 left in the second. Nick Bailen tied it on a power-play goal with 1:17 left in the second.

Neal put in the rebound of a Chris Bradley shot to complete the comeback.

RPI 0 2 0 1 — 3

Colgate 0 2 0 0 — 2

First Period — None. Penalty — Leonard, RPI (roughing), 15:04.

Second Period — 1, Colgate, Baun 12 (Tys. Spink, Borkowski), 1:10. 2, Colgate, Borkowski 3 (Tys. Spink, Tyl. Spink), 10:26 (pp). 3, RPI, Miller 7 (Curadi, Fulton), 12:35. 4, RPI, Bailen 11 (Haggerty, Meal), 18:43 (pp). Penalties — Leonard, RPI (cross-checking), :32; Tyl. Spink, Colg (hooking), 7:43; Burgdoerfer, RPI (holding), 9:48; Baun, Colg (slashing), 17:18.

Third Period — None. Penalty — Rivellini, Colg (indirect contact to head-roughing), 6:08.

Overtime — 5, RPI, Neal 8 (Bradley, Bailen), 4:50. Penalties — None.

Shots on Goal — RPI 8-15-10-4 — 37. Colgate 9-9-7-2 — 27.

Power-play opportunities — RPI 1 of 3; Colgate 2 of 3.

Goalies — RPI, Kasdorf 11-3-2 (27 shots-25 saves). Colgate, Mihalik 6-5-1 (37-34).

A — 1,713. T — 2:10.

Referees — Tom Steinel Jr., Joe Carusone. Linesmen — Dan Taggart, Leo Boylan.

Women

No. 3 Cornell 4, Union 0

SCHENECTADY — Defenseman Laura Fortino scored twice as the Big Red clinched the ECACH regular-season title with a win over the Dutchwomen.

The loss marked the sixth time in 10 years that the Dutchwomen (0-18-4, 7-23-4) have gone winless in league play.

Lauriane Rougeau and Olivia Cook also scored for Cornell (18-3-1, 23-5-1).

Cornell’s Lauren Slebodnick made 18 saves. Union goalie Alana Marcinko stopped 32 shots.

Cornell 2 0 2 — 4

Union 0 0 0 — 0

First Period — 1, Cornell, Rougeau 6 (Campbell), 8:42. 2, Cornell, Fortino 4 (Rougeau, Zorn), 11:50. Penalties — Campbell, Cor (slashing), :50; Woods, Cor (roughing), 7:07; Welch, Uni (roughing), 7:07; Jenner, Cor (tripping), 18:54.

Second Period — None. Penalty — Woods, Cor (tripping), 3:54.

Third Period — 3, Cornell, Fortino 5 (Jenner), 4:18. 4, Cornell, Cook 1 (Jenner, Cudmore), 17:56. Penalties — Sabourin, Uni (interference), 1:48; Welch, Uni (holding), 14:04.

Shots on Goal — Cornell 11-7-18 — 36. Union 4-10-4 — 18.

Power-play opportunities — Cornell 0 of 2; Union 0 of 3.

Goalies — Cornell, Slebodnick 20-5-1 (18 shots-18 saves). Union, Marcinko 1-4-0 (36-32).

A — 192. T — 1:44.

Referees — Kyle Allen, Dina Allen. Linesmen — John Kilmer, Matt Brady.

Colgate 2, RPI 1

TROY — Brittany Phillips scored both goals, and goalie Ashlynne Rando came within 19 seconds of a shutout as the Raiders clinched the final ECACH tournament spot with a win over the Engineers.

Colgate (6-13-3, 11-19-3) is the eighth seed and will face top-seeded Cornell in the best-of-three quarterfinals next weekend. RPI (8-12-2, 10-20-4) is the seventh seed. The Engineers will travel to second-seeded Clarkson next weekend.

Rando’s shutout bid was ruined when Jordan Smelker scored.

Colgate 1 1 0 — 2

RPI 0 0 1 — 1

First Period — 1, Colgate, Phillips 15, 13:35. Penalties — Godin, RPI (hooking), 2:18; Le Donne, RPI (interference), 3:02; Colgate bench, served by Craig (too many players), 5:42.

Second Period — 2, Colgate, Phillips 16 (Drubel, Gass), 15:57 (pp). Penalties — Klynstra, Colg (tripping), 3:07; Klynstra, Colg (holding), 9:43; Le Donne, RPI (body checking), 15:36; Smelker, RPI (hitting from behind), 19:28.

Third Period — 3, RPI, Smelker 9, 19:41. Penalty — Horton, RPI (body checking), 12:49.

Shots on Goal — Colgate 11-7-7 - 25. RPI 4-5-11 — 20.

Power-play opportunities — Colgate 1 of 5; RPI 0 of 3.

Goalies — Colgate, Rando 9-13-3 (20 shots-19 saves). RPI, O’Brien 9-18-3 (25-23).

A — 89. T — 1:52.

Referees — Scott Prim, Will Harrop. Linesmen — Michael Cook, Jamie Colacino.

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