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Hockey: Union ends UNH jinx

Hockey: Union ends UNH jinx

The effort was there at times. But Union coach Rick Bennett believes the Dutchmen need to be smarter

DURHAM, N.H. — The effort was there at times. But Union coach Rick Bennett believes the Dutchmen need to be smarter.

However, Bennett won’t give back a win.

Matt Hatch, Michael Pontarelli and Daniel Carr scored, and goalie Colin Stevens made 38 saves as the sixth-ranked Dutchmen beat No. 17 New Hampshire, 3-1, in a non-conference game Friday at the Whittemore Center.

It was the Dutchmen’s first win over the Wildcats in the Division I era. Union beat UNH, 8-4, Jan. 28, 1977, when the Dutchmen were a Division III program.

While pleased with getting the victory, Bennett thought the effort was good, but could have been better in a rink that is 15 feet wider than Union is used to playing on.

“It wasn’t one of our smartest games,” Bennett said. “I guess it’s [like] the old Herb Brooks saying, ‘Play hard, but you’ve got to play smart.’ It is a tough environment to play in. It took a game to get used to. We’ll get better tomorrow with our execution.

“When we transitioned to defense, we weren’t executing our systems by picking up the proper guys in the defensive zone. We made it easy on their defensemen a lot of the times. And we didn’t box out well.”

Hatch gave the Dutchmen (14-4-3) a 1-0 lead when he jammed the puck past goalie Casey DeSmith at 4:21. Pontarelli, who assisted on that goal, scored 2:45 later, with Hatch getting an assist.

Carr scored a power-play goal 5:49 into the second period. His team-leading 11th goal was his 131st career point, tying him for first place with Adam Presizniuk on the Dutchmen’s all-time Div­ision I scoring list.

Stevens was sharp all game. He made 18 saves in the third period as UNH (13-11-1) tried to rally. The Wildcats got a goal from Nick Sorkin 47 seconds into the third, but that was it.

The two teams play again tonight at 7.

Union 2 1 0 — 3

New Hampshire 0 0 1 — 1

First Period — 1, Union, Hatch 6 (Pontarelli, Bodie), 4:21. 2, Union, Pontarelli 9 (Lichtenwald, Hatch), 7:06. Penalty — Hatch, Uni (roughing), 19:18.

Second Period — 3, Union, Carr 11 (Lichtenwald, Bodie), 5:49 (pp). Penalties — Smith, UNH (goaltender interference), 3:50; Speelman, UNH (tripping), 16:14; Carr, Uni (interference), 16:24.

Third Period — 4, New Hampshire, Sorkin 13 (Willows), :47. Penalty — Sullivan, Uni (boarding), 15:09.

Shots on Goal — Union 11-10-11 — 32. New Hampshire 12-8-19 — 39.

Power-play opportunities — Union 1 of 2; New Hampshire 0 of 3.

Goalies — Union, Stevens 11-2-1 (39 shots-38 saves). New Hampshire, DeSmith 11-9-0 (32-29).

A — 4,045. T — 2:00.

Referees — Chris Federico, Jack Millea. Linesmen — Chris Millea, Pat Turcotte.

Women

rpi 4, union 1

TROY — Ali Svoboda scored twice, and Jordan Smelker had two assists to lead the Engineers to an ECAC Hockey victory over the Dutchwomen at Houston Field House.

Svoboda scored the first and last goals of the game. She gave RPI (5-5-1 ECACH, 9-11-2 overall) a 1-0 lead with 7:28 left in the first period. She notched her second goal 3:31 into the third.

Laura Horwood increased RPI’s lead to 2-0 on a goal with four minutes left in the first. Union (3-8, 8-14-1) cut it to 2-1 on Stefanie Thomson’s power-play goal with 15 seconds left in the first.

The teams meet again at 4 p.m. today at Messa Rink in Union’s annual Pink at the Rink game.

Union 1 0 0 — 1

RPI 2 0 2 — 4

First Period — 1, RPI, Svoboda 4 (Mankey), 12:32. 2, RPI, Horwood 4 (Behounek), 16:00. 3, Union, Thomson 8 (Norton, Tomaselli), 19:45 (pp). Penalties — Svoboda, RPI (hooking), 18:33; Marzario, RPI (slashing), 19:12.

Second Period — None. Penalty — Mahoney, RPI (interference), 14:08.

Third Period — 4, RPI, Marzario 3 (Huhtamaki, Smelker), :46 (pp). 5, RPI, Svoboda 5 (Smelker), 3:31. Penalties — Valente, Uni (tripping), :28; Davis, Uni (tripping), 17:22.

Shots on Goal — Union 3-7-1 — 11. RPI 14-18-9 — 41.

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

Goalies — Union, Lundberg 8-14-0 (14 shots-12 saves), Dahl (0:00 second, 27-25). RPI, O’Brien 9-9-1 (11-10).

A — 146. T — 1:54.

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