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College hockey: Union blanks Yale

College hockey: Union blanks Yale

On Friday afternoon, Union junior netminder and Niskayuna native Colin Stevens was named a nominee f

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — On Friday afternoon, Union junior netminder and Niskayuna native Colin Stevens was named a nominee for the inaugural Mike Richter Award as the nation’s top goalie.

Stevens followed it up by having one of the best games of his career, stopping a career-high 39 shots to earn his fifth shutout of the season as the ECAC Hockey Cleary Cup-champion and third-ranked Dutchmen beat defending NCAA champion and 15th-ranked Yale, 2-0, at Ingalls Rink.

Union (17-3-1 ECACH, 23-6-4 overall), which got goals from Sam Coatta in the first period and Daniel Carr in the third, extended its unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1). The 17 league wins ties a team record, first set in 2010-11.

Stevens’ previous career high for saves was 40 against New Hampshire on Jan. 18. He tied the team record for shutouts in a season, joining Kris Mayotte (2005-06) and Troy Grosenick (2011-12).

“I thought he was excellent tonight,” Union coach Rick Bennett said. “It was one of those games where your goaltender bailed you out. I thought that’s what he did tonight for us. I don’t think we played all that bad at times, but it was too far and in between our effort tonight.”

Stevens had 13 saves in the first period, 20 in the second and 16 in the third.

“The boys did a good job of keeping them to the outside,” said Stevens, who improved to 20-4-2, lowered his goals-against average to 2.02 and increased his save percentage to .927. “They let me see a ton of pucks.”

On being one of 18 goalies nominated for the Richter Award, Stevens said, “I didn’t even know about the award, but it’s obviously a big honor to be nominated. I’m in a good group with a ton of goalies.”

Union closes out the reg­ular season today at Brown at 4 p.m.

Union 1 0 1 — 2

Yale 0 0 0 — 0

First Period — 1, Union, Coatta 5 (Hatch), 1:55. Penalties — Gingras, Uni (tripping), 10:45; Root, Yale (slashing), 19:00.

Second Period — None. Penalties — Sullivan, Uni (hooking), 17:20; S. Wilson, Yale (embellishment), 17:20.

Third Period — 2, Union, Carr 16 (Gingras), :39. Penalties — Izmirlian, Yale (hooking), 16:33; Vecchione, Uni (slashing), 16:33.

Shots on Goal — Union 12-14-10 — 36. Yale 13-20-16 — 49.

Power-play opportunities — Union 0 of 2; Yale 0 of 2.

Goalies — Stevens, Uni 20-4-2 (49 shots-49 saves), Yale, Lyon 11-9-5 (36-34).

A — 3,500. T — 2:13.

Referees — Kevin Curtis, Bob Ritchie. Linesmen — Jim Briggs, Bill Bredin.

RPI 3, Brown 0

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Jacob Laliberte snapped a scoreless tie 5:45 into the third period, and the Engineers clinched home ice for the first round of the ECACH tournament by beating the Bears at Meehan Auditorium.

RPI (8-8-5, 14-13-6) is in seventh place. A win over Yale tonight could vault them into sixth.

Mark Miller made it 2-0 midway through the third. Zach Schroeder added an empty-net goal with 1:24 left.

RPI goalie Scott Diebold made 34 saves.

RPI 0 0 3 — 3

Brown 0 0 0 — 0

First Period — None. Penalties — None.

Second Period — None. Penalties — McGowan, RPI (tripping), 1:43; de Concilys, Bro (hooking), 15:25; RPI bench, served by Haggerty (too may men), 17:22.

Third Period — 1, RPI, Laliberte 6 (Leonard, Leboeuf), 5:45. 2, RPI, Miller 3 (Dolan), 10:58. 3, RPI, Schroeder 1, 18:36 (en). Penalties — Lorito, Bro (hooking), 12:03; Lorito, Bro (cross-checking), 16:11.

Shots on Goal — RPI 11-7-9 — 27. Brown 7-10-17 — 34.

Power-play opportunities — RPI 0 of 3; Brown 0 of 3.

Goalies — RPI, Diebold 13-12-6 (34 shots-34 saves). Brown, Steel 8-8-3 (26-24).

A — 1,122. T — 1:55.

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