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Union ties, earns bye

Union ties, earns bye

Last year, Union waited until the final game of the regular season to clinch an ECAC Hockey tourname

Last year, Union waited until the final game of the regular season to clinch an ECAC Hockey tournament first-round bye.

The third-ranked Dutchmen won’t have to wait that long this season.

Union overcame a pair of two-goal deficits to No. 19 Colgate and earned a 4-4 tie Saturday night at Starr Rink to clinch its fifth straight bye, and sixth in the last seven years.

The first-place Dutchmen (14-3-1 ECACH, 20-6-4 overall), who are unbeaten in five straight, also increased their lead over second-place Quinnipiac to four points after the Bobcats dropped a 4-2 decision to Brown. If things break right next weekend, Union can clinch its third Cleary Cup regular-season title in four years.

The Dutchmen, who can finish no lower than third place, earned the tie and bye despite missing several players. Forward Cole Ikkala was injured in the St. Lawrence game Jan. 31. Forwards Daniel Carr and Max Novak were injured in Friday’s game against Cornell. Forward David Roy sat out with a stomach virus. Union dressed 11 forwards, one less than normal, so defenseman Matt Krug played left wing.

“Any time, a first-round bye is crucial,” said Union forward Kevin Sullivan, who scored the game-tying goal with 4:49 left in the third period. “Last year, we had to battle until the end for the first-round bye, so it’s definitely nice to clinch the first-round bye early and know you have it. For the most part, it lets us rest up our players that need to heal, and it gives us time to watch some other teams.”

Union overcame deficits of 2-0 and 4-2 to get the tie.

After the Raiders (10-5-3, 14-11-5) took a 2-0 lead on first-period goals by Spiro Goulakos and Andrew Black, the Dutchmen made it 2-2 later in the period on goals by Michael Vecchione and Daniel Ciampini. Colgate then took a 4-2 lead on power-play goals by Darcy Murphy late in the first and Joe Wilson midway through the second.

Theo DiPauli pulled the Dutchmen to within one with 5:40 left in the second period, and Sullivan got the equalizer.

“I thought it was an incredible effort by all our guys,” Union coach Rick Bennett said. “Just the way they hung in there and battled back [from} 2-zip and 4-2 . . . it was a great effort.”

Union 2 1 1 0 — 4

Colgate 3 1 0 0 — 4

First Period — 1, Colgate, Goulakos 8 (Tys. Spink, Tyo. Spink), 7:43. 2, Colgate, Black 7 (Harrison, Wilson), 8:56. 3, Union, Vecchione 7 (Taylor, Gostisbehere), 14:51. 4, Union, Ciampini 14 (Bodie, Vecchione), 17:22. 5, Colgate, Murphy 13 (Corkey, Johnston), 19:14 (pp). Penalties — Freeman, Col (boarding), 2:36; Krug, Uni (boarding), 18:30.

Second Period — 6, Colgate, Wilson 5 (Murphy, Johnston), 9:24 (pp). 7, Union, DiPauli 2, 14:20. Penalties — Cruice, Uni (cross-checking), 4:35; Gentzler, Col (roughing), 4:35; Coatta, Uni (roughing), 8:02; Kulevich, Col (interference), 11:41; Wilkins, Uni (hooking), 18:19.

Third Period — 8, Union, Sullivan 6, 15:11. Penalties — Hatch, Uni (interference), :47; Lough, Col (tripping), 3:18.

Overtime — None. Penalties — Gingras, Uni (holding), :57; Baun, Col (roughing), :57.

Shots on Goal — Union 11-10-11-4 — 36. Colgate 7-11-7-3 — 28.

Power-play opportunities — Union 0 of 3; Colgate 2 of 4.

Goalies — Union, Stevens 17-4-2 (28 shots-24 saves). Colgate, Finn 11-5-4 (36-32).

A — 1,810. T — 2:15.

Referees — Bob Ritchie, Brad Leblanc. Linesmen — Dan Taggart, Glen Cooke.

rpi 3, no. 11 cornell 1

ITHACA — First-period goals by Brock Higgs and Mark McGowan sparked the Engineers past the 11th-ranked Big Red at Lynah Rink.

Matt Tinordi also scored for RPI (7-7-4, 13-12-5), which is 2-0-1 in its last three games. Goalie Scott Diebold stopped 31 shots.

RPI 2 1 0 — 3

Cornell 0 0 1 — 1

First Period — 1, RPI, Higgs 14 (Haggerty), 6:52. 2, RPI, McGowan 3 (Dolan, Schroeder), 16:06. Penalties — Leboeuf, RPI (interference), 11:57; Ferlin, Cor (high-sticking), 16:06.

Second Period — 3, RPI, Tinordi 7 (McGowan, Dolan), 16:45 (pp). Penalties — Lowry, Cor (charging), 15:10; Bubela, RPI (cross-checking), 18:36; Ferlin, Cor (slashing), 20:00.

Third Period — 4, Cornell, McCarron 5 (Lowry, MacDonald), 3:32. Penalties — Freschi, Cor (boarding), 16:13; Leboeuf, RPI, major-game misconduct (kneeing), 19:46.

Shots on Goal — RPI 10-10-5 — 25. Cornell 14-10-8 — 32.

Power-play opportunities — RPI 1 of 4; Cornell 0 of 3.

Goalies — RPI, Diebold 12-11-5 (32 shots-31 saves). Cornell, Iles 11-7-5 (25-22).

A — 4,267. T — 2:15.

Referees — Harry Dumas, Scott Whittemore. Linesmen — Bill Bredin, Michael Emanatian.

Women

colgate 4, union 1

SCHENECTADY — Miriam Drubel scored two power-play goals to lead the Raiders to a win over the Dutchwomen.

Colgate 1 1 2 — 4

Union 0 0 1 — 1

First Period — 1, Colgate, Drubel 9 (Simpson, Walsh), 12:31 (pp). Penalties — Craig, Col (hooking), 7:56; Norton, Uni (hooking), 8:40; Johnston, Uni (interference), 11:36; Purvis, Uni (tripping), 12:31; Welch, Uni (tripping), 13:07; Trautz, Col (slashing), 18:46.

Second Period — 2, Colgate, Walsh 5 (Gass, Drubel), 9:25 (pp). Penalties — Walsh, Col (cross-checking), 3:40; Davis, Uni (checking), 8:57; Haus, Col (interference), 9:51; Purvis, Uni (checking), 13:37; Drubel, Col (tripping), 14:20; Thomson, Uni (hooking), 15:45; Volpe, Col (roughing), 17:36.

Third Period — 3, Colgate, Case 2 (Kueber), 10:52 (pp). 4, Union, Tancrell-Fontaine 2 (Valente, Norton), 15:01 (pp). 5, Colgate, Drubel 10 (Simpson, Gass), 18:59 (pp-en). Penalties — Johnston, Uni (tripping), 9:19; Panchuk, Uni (hooking), 10:38; Walsh, Col (checking), 14:49; Johnston, Uni (tripping), 17:51.

Shots on Goal — Colgate 14-7-14 — 35. Union 2-5-6 — 13.

Power-play opportunities — Colgate 4 of 9; Union 1 of 7.

Goalies — Colgate, Rando 5-9-1 (13 shots-12 saves). Union, Lundberg 9-21-0 (34-31).

A — 251. T — 1:55.

Referees — Kyle Allen, Dina Allen. Linesmen — Casey Terreri, Chad Gouin.

no. 3 cornell 6,

rpi 5 (ot)

TROY — Hanna Bunton scored 1:19 into sudden-death overtime to lift the third-ranked Big Red past the Engineers.

Cornell 2 3 0 1 — 6

RPI 2 2 1 0 — 5

First Period — 1, Cornell, Poudrier 7, 12:09 (sh). 2, RPI, Sanders 6 (Huhtamaki, Godin), 12::09 (pp). 3, Cornell, Saulnier 20 (Campbell, Fulton), 15:38. 4, RPI, Wash 12 (Smelker, Svoboda), 17:21. Penalties — Svoboda, RPI (tripping), 1:58; Gruschow, RPI (tripping), 4:38; Richardson, Cor (interference), 7:17; Murray, Cor (hooking), 10:46; Saulnier, Cor (hooking), 10:46; Cudmore, Cor (interference), 19:59.

Second Period — 5, Cornell, Saulnier 21 (Richardson), 3:57. 6, Cornell, Fulton 16 (Saulnier, Poudrier), 6:49 (pp). 7, RPI, Horwood 6 (Wash, Gruschow), 9:39. 8, RPI, Mahoney 7 (Godin), 14:21. 9, Cornell, Bunton 6 (Leck, Woods), 19:48. Penalties — Mahoney, RPI (body checking), 4:42; Smelker, RPI (cross-checking), 5:58.

Third Period — 10, RPI, Svoboda 7 (Gruschow, Mankey), 19:35. Penalties — Campbell, Cor (tripping), 13:13; Marzario, RPI (interference), 13:44; Poudrier, Cor (holding), 15:09.

Overtime — 11, Cornell, Bunton 7 (Cudmore), 1:19.

Shots on Goal — Cornell 14-12-9-2 — 37. RPI 9-7-11-0 — 27.

Power-play opportunities — Cornell 1 of 4; RPI 1 of 6.

Goalies — Cornell, Slebodnick 15-1-3 (27 shots-22 saves), RPI, O’Brien (16-13), Piper 0-4-1 (21-18).

A — 487. T — 2:05.

Referees — Jack Dunn, Matt Brady. Linesmen — Joshua Wang, Michael St. Lawrence.

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