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College Hockey: Stevens stops career-high 40 in 3-1 win

College Hockey: Stevens stops career-high 40 in 3-1 win

After not winning its three previous trips to the Whittemore Center, Union is coming back to Schenec

After not winning its three previous trips to the Whittemore Center, Union is coming back to Schenectady with a two-game sweep of New Hampshire.

Junior goalie Colin Stevens overcame getting knocked into in the second period to make a career-high 40 saves, and Max Novak scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second to lift the sixth-ranked Dutchmen to a 3-1 non-conference win over the No. 17 Wildcats on Saturday.

The Dutchmen (15-4-3) won by that same score Friday. They have won three straight and are 12-1-1 in their last 14 games.

“There are maybe three or four guys on this [coaching] staff that have played in here before and never found a way to win,” said Union coach Rick Bennett, who played at Providence College, a Hockey East rival of the Wildcats, with a chuckle. “It was good that these guys found a way to win. The coaching staff is happy about that. We are proud of their effort.”

Stevens, a Niskayuna native, had a previous high of 38 saves against Dartmouth on Dec. 11, and tied that mark in Friday’s win. In the two-game series against UNH (13-12-1), Stevens made 77 saves.

“I’m just pretty pleased with all the guys right now,” said Stevens, who lowered his goals-against average to 1.98 and increased his save percentage to .927. “Everyone beared down this weekend. It’s great to come away from a road weekend with four points.”

There was a scary moment in the second when UNH forward Kyle Smith slid into Stevens’ right leg. He was down for a few minutes, then slowly skated around before staying the game.

It brought back memories of Union’s season-opening game Oct. 11, when Stevens was knocked out of the contest with a concussion after he was drilled by Bowling Green’s Bryce Williamson midway through the first period.

“It was kind of a weird play,” Stevens said. “There’s nothing to worry about.”

Mark Bennett gave Union a 1-0 lead when, with his back to the net to the left of it, he put a backhander past goalie Casey DeSmith with 4:55 left in the first period. Tyler Kell-eher tied it 2:21 later.

Novak broke the tie with 3:53 left in the second, on assists by Daniel Ciampini and David Roy.

“It was a good chip by Dave to ‘Champ,’ ” Novak said. “He drove wide, and I was driving the net. He made a perfect pass onto my tape, and I was able to put it through [DeSmith’s] legs.”

Mat Bodie sealed the deal on an empty-net goal with 1:03 left in the game.

Union 1 1 1 — 3

New Hampshire 1 0 0 — 1

First Period — 1, Union, Bennett 2 (Ikkala, Coatta), 15:05. 2, New Hampshire, Kelleher 3 (Smith, Trush), 17:26. Penalties — Lichtenwald, Uni (hitting after whistle), 12:35; Downing, UNH (hitting after whistle), 12:35.

Second Period — 3, Union, Novak 5 (Ciampini, Roy), 16:07. Penalties — Lichtenwald, Uni (slashing), 4:28; Ciampini, Uni (tripping), 8:51; Knodel, UNH (tripping), 8:51.

Third Period — 4, Union, Bodie 3, 18:57. Penalty — Cleland, UNH (holding), 1:56.

Shots on Goal — Union 11-13-15 — 39. New Hampshire 18-11-12 — 41.

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

Goalies — Union, Stevens 12-2-1 (41 shots-40 saves). New Hampshire, DeSmith 11-10-0 (39-37).

A — 4,837. T — 2:05.

Referees —Thomas Fryer, David Hansen. Linesmen — Jeremy Lovett, Joe Ross.

Women

rpi 3, union 0

SCHENECTADY — Lauren Wash continued her torrid goal scoring by tallying twice, and the Engineers shut down the nation’s fifth-best power play in beating the Dutchwomen in an ECAC Hockey game at Messa Rink.

The win completed a weekend sweep for RPI (6-5-1 ECACH, 10-11-2 overall). The Engineers won, 4-1, Friday at Houston Field House.

Wash scored both of her goals in the second period. Her first one came on the power play with 8:25 left. She added her 11th goal of the year, an even-strength tally, with 2:34 to go.

Wash has scored seven goals in her last five games.

Meanwhile, RPI killed off all eight Union power-play chances. The Dutchwomen (3-9, 8-15-1) came into the game with a power play that was clicking at 21.7 percent (20-for-92).

RPI goalie Kelly O’Brien stopped 18 shots to earn her third shutout of the season. Jordan Smelker scored an empty-net goal with 30 seconds left in the game.

RPI 0 2 1 — 3

Union 0 0 0 — 0

First Period — None. Penalties — Horwood, RPI (checking), 2:04; McGrath, Uni (hooking), 8:31; Thomson, Uni (checking), 15:52; Mahoney, RPI (roughing), 15:56; Marzario, RPI (checking), 19:27; Thomson, Uni (slashing), 19:52.

Second Period — 1, RPI, Wash 10, 11:35 (pp). 2, RPI, Wash 11, 17:26. Penalties —

Godin, RPI (cross-checking), 2:16; Godin, RPI (roughing), 9:09; Thomson, Uni (roughing), 9:09; Norton, Uni (interference), 9:33; Lundberg, Uni, served by McGrath (tripping), 9:59; Behounek, RPI (checking), 16:34; Thomson, Uni (holding), 17:05; Mankey, RPI (slashing), 19:03.

Third Period — 3, RPI, Smelker 4 (Schilter), 19:30 (en). Penalties — Smelker, RPI (hooking), 3:55; Banks, RPI (interference), 17:12.

Shots on Goal — RPI 5-9-8 — 22. Union 4-7-7 — 18.

Power-play opportunities — RPI 1 of 6; Union 0 of 8.

Goalies — RPI, O’Brien 10-9-1 (18 shots-18 saves). Union, Lundberg 8-15-0 (21-19).

A — 486. T — 2:05.

Referees — Bill Bredin, Andrew Suhovic. Linesmen — Paul Crosta, John Kilmer.

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