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Union loses faceoff battle in setback to Quinnipiac

Union loses faceoff battle in setback to Quinnipiac

Union came up short in winning faceoffs against Quinnipiac on Friday night, and the fourth-ranked Du

Union came up short in winning faceoffs against Quinnipiac on Friday night, and the fourth-ranked Dutchmen paid dearly for it.

The seventh-ranked Bobcats won 48 of 68 faceoffs, and two of those victories led directly to goals as they knocked off the Dutchmen, 2-1, Friday at High Point Solutions at the TD Bank Sports Center to take over first place in ECAC Hockey.

The Dutchmen (8-2 ECACH, 12-4-3 overall), playing in their first game since Dec. 14, had their 10-game unbeaten streak snapped.

Union played the game without their top faceoff man, freshman center Mike Vecchione, who was out with a full-body injury, according to Dutchmen coach Rick Bennett. Vecchione has won nearly 55 percent of his faceoffs this season.

The rest of the Union centers failed to pick up the slack.

“It’s an area of the game in which we’ve got to get better at,” Bennett said. “That’s what happens when you have some time off. Something is going to suffer.”

Quinnipiac (7-2-3, 16-3-5) grabbed a 1-0 lead at 6:48 of the second period. Tim Clifton won a faceoff against Mark Bennett. He drew the puck to Jordan Samuels-Thomas, and he ripped it past goalie Colin Stevens.

The Dutchmen tied it 4:01 into the third period. Bennett was in front of the net when he tipped a Jeff Taylor left-point shot past goalie Michael Garteig.

But 56 seconds later, Samuels-Thomas won a draw against Eli Lichtenwald in the Union right circle. He drew the puck back to Alex Barron at the right point. His shot was deflected into the net by Bryce Van Brabant.

“We focus a lot of time on that,” Bennett said. “It’s a one-on-one battle. You’ve just got to want it.”

Senior left winger Cole Ikkala returned to the lineup after missing the last five games. Junior right winger Sam Coatta didn’t make the trip. Bennett said it was a coach’s decision.

Late in the game, senior right winger Matt Hatch was pushed from behind into the boards in back of the Quinnipiac net and appeared to hurt his left leg. A Union spokesman said Hatch was fine.

Union plays at Princeton at 4 p.m. today.

Union 0 0 1 — 1

Quinnipiac 0 1 1 — 2

First Period — None. Penalty — Van Brabant, Qui (roughing), 13:42.

Second Period — 1, Quinnipiac, Samuels-Thomas 10 (Clifton), 6:48. Penalties — C. Jones, Qui (holding), :51; Krug, Uni (roughing), 3:20; Wilkins, Uni (tripping), 10:34; Clifton, Qui (elbowing), 15:47; Vasaturo, Uni (elbowing), 18:51; Novak, Uni (embellishment), 19:05; Peca, Qui (interference), 19:05.

Third Period — 2, Union, Bennett 2 (Taylor, Pontarelli), 4:01. 3, Quinnipiac, Van Brabant 7 (Barron, Samuels-Thomas), 4:57. Penalties — Bodie, Uni (interference), 13:09; Samuels-Thomas, Qui (hooking), 15:15.

Shots on Goal — Union 10-6-12 — 28. Quinnipiac 10-9-9 — 28.

Power-play opportunities — Union 0 of 4; Quinnipiac 0 of 4.

Goalies — Union, Stevens 9-2-1 (28 shots-26 saves). Quinnipiac, Garteig 16-3-5 (28-27).

A — 3,550. T — 2:10.

Referees — Cameron Lynch, Brian Hicks. Linesmen — Jim Briggs, Richard Patry.

Princeton 2, RPI 1

PRINCETON, N.J. — Mike Ambrosia scored 64 seconds into the third period to snap a 1-1 tie and give the Tigers a win over the slumping Engineers at Hobey Baker Rink.

The victory ended a six-game losing streak for Princeton (3-8, 4-14). RPI (3-4-3, 8-9-4) is 0-4-1 in its last five games.

Defenseman Luke Curadi gave the Engineers a 1-0 lead with 5:11 left in the first period. But the lead last just 1:06 as Tyler Maugeri scored a power-play goal.

Princeton goalie Colton Phinney made 33 saves. Goalie Scott Diebold stopped 25 shots for RPI, which plays at Quinnipiac tonight at 7.

RPI 1 0 0 — 1

Princeton 1 0 1 — 2

First Period — 1, RPI, Curadi 2 (DeVito, Higgs), 14:49. 2, Princeton, Maugeri 4 (Liau, Kroshus), 15:55 (pp). Penalties — Haggerty, RPI (cross-checking), 15:36; Ambrosia, Pri (holding stick), 16:50.

Second Period — None. Penalties — Ave, Pri (interference), 3:45; Princeton bench, served by Kesselman (too many men), 18:44.

Third Period — 3, Princeton, Ambrosia 4 (Siiro, Kesselman), 1:04. Penalty — Kesselman, Pri (holding), 19:21.

Shots on Goal — RPI 13-12-9 — 34. Princeton — 8-5-14 — 27.

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

Goalies — RPI, Diebold 7-8-4 (27 shots-25 saves). Princeton, Phinney 2-7-0 (34-33).

A — 2,069. T — 2:08.

Referees — Tom Steinel Jr., Harry Dumas. Linesmen — Leo Boyland, David Brown.

Women

Union 2, Princeton 1

SCHENECTADY — The Dutchwomen set program records for wins in a season in ECACH play and overall, and Kathryn Tom-aselli scored a milestone goal in the ECACH victory over the Tigers at Messa Rink.

Union improved to 3-6 in the ECACH and 8-12-1 overall. The three league wins surpassed the record of two set in 2011-12. The eight overall wins broke the record of seven, set last year.

Stefanie Thomson gave Union a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal 2:26 into the second period.

Less than two minutes later, Tomaselli scored her 10th goal of the season. The sophomore forward became the first Union player to score 10 or more goals in a season since 2006-07, when Elise Nichols had 12 and Suzy Pocock tallied 10.

Cassidy Tucker ruined goalie Shenae Lundberg’s shutout bid when she scored with 4:54 left in the third period. Lundberg finished with 28 saves.

Princeton 0 0 1 — 1

Union 0 2 0 — 2

First Period — None. Penalties — Koelzer, Pri (hooking), 3:39; Davis, Uni (checking), 4:34; Koelzer, Pri (tripping), 10:09.

Second Period — 1, Union, Thomson 7 (Valente, Norton), 2:26 (pp). 2, Union, Tomaselli 10, 4:06. Penalties — Pankowski, Pri (slashing), :43; Strabley, Pri (interference), 13:23; Tomaselli, Uni (interference), 13:34.

Third Period — 3, Princeton, Tucker 4 (Lloyd, McDonnell), 15:06. Penalties — None.

Shots on Goal — Princeton 8-13-8 — 29. Union 4-8-11 — 23.

Power-play opportunities — Princeton 0 of 2; Union 1 of 4.

Goalies — Princeton, Newell 7-8-2 (23 shots-21 saves). Union, Lundberg 8-12-0 (29-28).

A — 103. T — 1:50.

Referees — Dina Allen, Patrick Callan. Linesmen — Anthony Kenney, Matt Luther.

RPI 3, No. 10 Quinnipiac 2

TROY — Alex Gruschow scored two second-period goals to help the Engineers upset the 10th-ranked Bobcats at Houston Field House.

After a scoreless first period, Lauren Wash gave RPI (4-5, 8-11-1) a 1-0 lead with 7:45 left in the second. It was the fourth straight goal she scored for the Engineers. Wash had all three goals in last Sunday’s 4-3 overtime loss to Providence.

Gruschow made it 2-0 with 4:19 left in the second, and collected her second one 1:41 later to chase starting goalie Chelsea Laden from the game.

Shiann Darkangelo scored twice in the third period for Quinnipiac (6-3-4, 15-3-5).

Quinnipiac 0 0 2 — 2

RPI 0 3 0 — 3

First Period — None. Penalty — Godin, RPI (holding), 8:02.

Second Period — 1, RPI, Wash 8 (Svoboda, Huhtamaki), 12:15. 2, RPI, Gruschow 5 (Svoboda, Wash), 15:41. 3, RPI, Gruschow 6 (Mahoney, Rooney), 17:22. Penalties — Colin, Qui (tripping), 1:02; Marzario, RPI (tripping), 19:29; Connery, Qui (embellishment), 19:47; Godin, RPI (high-sticking), 19:47; Fitz-Ward, Qui (slashing), 19:51.

Third Period — 4, Quinnipiac, Darkangelo 15 (Colin, Tamberg), :52. 5, Quinnipiac, Darkangelo 16 (Roesler, Baumgardt), 16:31 (pp). Penalty — Godin, RPI (interference), 15:39.

Shots on Goal — Quinnipiac 4-5-12 — 21. RPI 2-10-4 — 16.

Power-play opportunities — Quinnipiac 1 of 3; RPI 0 of 2.

Goalies — Quinnipiac, Laden 13-3-5 (12 shots-9 saves), Rossman (17:22 second, 4-4). RPI, O’Brien 8-9-1 (21-19).

A — 72. T — 1:52.

Referees — Derek Zuckerman, Will Harrop. Linesmen — John Kilmer, Mike Sym-ula.

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