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College Hockey: Union blanks Brown

College Hockey: Union blanks Brown

he Cleary Cup-champion Union Dutchmen closed out the ECAC Hockey regular season in style Saturday. F

The Cleary Cup-champion Union Dutchmen closed out the ECAC Hockey regular season in style Saturday.

Freshman goalie Alex Sakellaropoulos, who hadn’t played since December, stopped 26 shots to earn his first shutout of the season, and Daniel Ciampini snapped a scoreless tie with his 17th goal of the season with 7:09 left in the third period, giving the third-ranked Dutchmen a 3-0 win over Brown at Meehan Auditorium.

“It was a team effort,” Union coach Rick Bennett said after the team won for the first time at Meehan since Dec. 3, 2010. “I think our guys, at the halfway point, really started to turn it up. There were some nice plays in the third. We brought it when we needed it.”

The Dutchmen (18-3-1 ECACH, 24-6-4 overall) set a team record for league wins, breaking the mark of 17 set in 2010-11, when they won their first Cleary Cup. It was the second straight shutout for the Dutchmen, the first time they have done that since Trevor Koenig blanked Colgate and Cornell on the road Feb. 26-27.


Niskayuna native Colin Stevens made 49 saves in Friday’s 2-0 win at Yale. With Saturday’s game a late-afternoon start, Bennett decided to give him the game off and give Sakellaropoulos his first ECACH start. Sakellaropoulos last played Dec. 13, when he made 34 saves in a 4-1 win at then No. 1-ranked St. Cloud State.

“In talking with [assistant coaches] Jason Tapp and Joe Dumais, we just felt it was the right decision to make, especially with the quick turnaround,” Bennett said. “With Colin facing so many shots last night, and Alex has been really good in his goalie ice in practice, when his number was called, he was ready to go. He made the staff look pretty good with that one.”

Sakellaropoulos stopped Matt Lorito on a breakaway in the first period.

“The guy made a great play,” Sakellaropoulos said. “He came down, and he fumbled it at the end. He just caught me on the toe.”

After Ciampini gave Union the lead, Daniel Carr got his 17th goal of the season with 3:43 to go. Kevin Sullivan added an empty-netter.

The Dutchmen have next weekend off. They will host the ECACH tournament best-of-three quarterfinal series March 14-16 at Messa Rink.

Union 0 0 3 — 3

Brown 0 0 0 — 0

First Period — None. Penalty — Robertson, Bro (hitting from behind), 9:09.

Second Period — None. Penalties — Vecchione, Uni (hooking), 4:16; Brown bench, served by Lamacchia (too many men), 9:18.

Third Period — 1, Union, Ciampini 17 (Sullivan, Vecchione), 12:51. 2, Union, Carr 17 (Wilkins), 16:17. 3, Union, Sullivan 7, 19:52 (en). Penalties — Lorito, Bro (high-sticking), 13:35; Bodie, Uni (hooking), 13:59; Wahl, Bro (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:52.

Shots on Goal — Union 13-12-8 — 33. Brown 11-9-6 — 26.

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

Goalies — Union, Sakellaropoulos 4-2-2 (26 shots-26 saves). Brown, DeFilippo 3-7-0 (32-30).

A — 1,290. T — 2:05.

Referees — Scott Whittemore, Chip McDonald. Linesmen — Nate Turner, Joe Testa.

no. 15 yale 5, rpi 0

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Anthony Day’s goal 2:25 into the third triggered a four-goal period to lift the Bulldogs past the Engineers at Ingalls Rink.

The Engineers (8-9-5, 14-14-6)

are the seventh seed in the ECACH tournament. They will host 10th-seeded Dartmouth in the best-of-three first-round series starting Friday at Houston Field House.

RPI 0 0 0 — 0

Yale 0 1 4 — 5

First Period — None. Penalties — Leboeuf, RPI (boarding), 5:11; Neal, RPI (high-sticking), 7:21.

Second Period — 1, Yale, Root 13 (Hayden, Fallen), 9:12. Penalties — Day, Yale (hooking), 14:42; Miller, RPI (boarding), 18:34.

Third Period — 2, Yale, Day 6 (Doherty), 2:25. 3, Yale, DiChiara 4 (Killian), 12:20. 4, Yale, Doherty 8 (DiChiara, Young), 18:08 (pp). 5, Yale, Obuchowski 5 (Ruffolo), 18:42. Penalty — Bubela, RPI (elbowing), 16:37.

Shots on Goal — RPI 8-3-7 — 18. Yale 9-18-14 — 41.

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

Goalies — RPI, Diebold 13-13-6 (41 shots-36 saves). Yale, Lyon 12-9-5 (18-18).

A — 3,500. T — 2:06.

Referees — Kevin Curtis, Tom Steinel. Linesmen — David Brown, Bill Bredin.

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