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Hockey: Three-goal third period sparks Union win

Hockey: Three-goal third period sparks Union win

Brett Supinski had two goals and two assists, Mike Vecchione scored twice and assisted on another an

HANOVER, N.H. — Brett Supinski had two goals and two assists, Mike Vecchione scored twice and assisted on another and goalie Alex Sakellaropoulos made 33 saves as Union used a three-goal third period to take a 4-1 ECAC Hockey victory over Dartmouth on Friday at Thompson Arena.

The ninth-place Dutchmen (4-8-5 ECACH, 11-10-8 overall) gained a point on eighth-place Cornell for the final first-round home-ice spot in the ECACH tournament. The Big Red tied Brown 3-3. Union is five points behind Cornell.

Sakellaropoulos kept the Dutchmen in the game in the first period as Dartmouth (9-8, 12-11-1) dominated with a 16-3 shot advantage.

“Coach [Rick] Bennett really wants the team to battle a full 60 minute,” Sakellaropoulos said, “and as a team, we just didn’t really have it for the first 20 minutes, so I just had to make the saves I had to make to give the team a chance to win.”

One of the problems Union has had this season is taking ill-timed penalties. The Dutchmen gave the Big Green a pair of two-man advantages.

The first one came in the second period, when center Ryan Scarfo got a five-minute major for kneeing at 7:50, and Greg Campbell got a tripping penalty at 10:30. Grant Opperman scored during the two-man advantage to give Dartmouth a 1-0 lead.

But later in the period, Mike Vecchione ripped a shot past goalie Charles Grant to tie the score.

Dartmouth got another two-man advantage midway through the third period, thanks to a penalty for too many men on the ice at 8:43 followed by a Connor Light tripping call over a minute later. This time, Union killed off the penalties.

“I thought ‘Sak’ kept us in the game the whole time,” Vecc­hione said. “The first period was pretty tough, but he stood on his head and kept us in it. After that, we kind of rallied around it and started to get better as the game went on. We started to move the puck and stretch out the power play a bit and make some plays. We’ve got to give a lot of credit to Sak. I thought our kill was dynamite tonight.

“I thought we really stuck with it on the penalty kill and it turned out to be a game-changer in the end.”

The Dutchmen got their fifth power play of the game with 5:40 left when Connor Yau was called for holding. Supinski may him pay when he tipped home a Nick DeSimone shot 26 seconds later.

“We tried to just get pucks to the net, and finally it opened up in the end,” Supinski said. “We had a huge penalty kill, and credit to our PKers that just got us going. We drew a couple penalties, and we got one there and just kept going.”

Supinski then set up Vecchione’s second goal of the game with 2:21 remaining. Vecchione returned the favor 1:15 later as he helped Supinski seal the Dutchmen’s win with a power-play goal.

“I like how we responded,” Bennett said. “We had a really tough first period, but I thought Alex kept us in the game in the first period. The guys kind of regrouped after that and had a better second and third. I thought Mike Vecchione, Brett Supinski and Matt Wilkins, along with ‘Sak,’ were the storyline of the game. It was nice to see our big guns going tonight.”

Union 0 1 3 — 4

Dartmouth 0 1 0 — 1

First Period — None. Penalties — Crema, Dart (hooking), 4:17; Pontarelli, Uni (holding), 9:42; J. Taylor, Uni (holding), 16:40.

Second Period — 1, Dartmouth, Opperman 4 (Bullock, Patterson), 11:15 (pp). 2, Union, Vecchione 7 (Wilkins, Supinksi), 16:41. Penalties — Crema, Dart (hooking), 4:42; Scarfo, Uni, major (kneeing), 7:50; Patterson, Dart (slashing), 8:20; Campbell, Uni (tripping), 10:39; Gingras, Uni (embellishment), 18:25; Patterson, Dart (hooking), 18:25.

Third Period — 3, Union, Supinksi 8 (DeSimone, J. Taylor), 14:46 (pp). 4, Union, Vecchione 8 (Supinksi), 17:39. 5, Union, Supinksi 9 (Vecchione), 18:54 (pp). Penalties — Kilistoff, Dart (hitting from behind), 2:05; Union bench, served by Scarfo (too many men), 8:43; Light, Uni (tripping), 9:49; Kalk, Dart (elbowing), 12:19; Yau, Dart (holding), 14:20; Bullock, Dart (boarding), 17:48.

Shots on Goal — Union 3-16-8 — 27. Dartmouth 16-11-7 — 34.

Power-play opportunities — Union 2 of 6; Dartmouth 1 of 6.

Goalies — Union, Sakellaropoulos 9-8-6 (34 shots-33 saves). Dartmouth, Grant 8-7-0 (27-23).

A — 1,913. T — 2:03.

Referees — Chip McDonald, Tory Mazzola. Linesmen — Phil Kitchen, Chris Piti.

No. 18 RPI 2,

No. 9 Harvard 1

BOSTON — Goalie Jason Kasdorf made 49 saves, helping the 18th-ranked Engineers snap a three-game losing streak with a win over the ninth-ranked Crimson at Bright-Landry Center.

The victory moves RPI (7-4-6, 15-10-6) into a three-way tie for third place with St. Lawrence and Yale. The trio trailed second-place Harvard (9-5-3, 13-8-3) by one point. The top four teams receive a first-round bye in the ECACH tournament.

Kasdorf stopped 18 shots he faced in the first period. Brayden Jaw scored for Harvard midway through the first, but that was all Kasdorf would surrender.

Jake Wood tied it for RPI with 8:19 left in the first. Kenny Gillespie scored the game-winner under seven minutes into the second period.

RPI 1 1 0 — 2

Harvard 1 0 0 — 1

First Period — 1, Harvard, Jaw 1 (Esposito, Sherman), 9:22. 2, RPI, Wood 8 (Hampton, Miller), 11:41. Penalties — Wood, RPI (interference), 15:31.

Second Period — 3, RPI, Gillespie 4 (Rodriguez, Wilson), 6:57. Penalties — Wilson, RPI (hooking), :57; Donato, Har (hooking), 16:38.

Third Period — None. Penalties — None.

Shots on Goal — RPI 8-8-6 — 22. Harvard 19-15-16 — 50.

Power-play opportunities — RPI 0 of 1; Harvard 0 of 2.

Goalies — RPI, Kasdorf 9-8-4 (50 shots-49 saves). Harvard, Madsen 12-4-2 (22-20).

A — 2,1,72. T — 2:14.

Referees — Robert St. Lawrence, Will Harrop. Linesmen — Jim Briggs, Glen Cooke.

Women

Dartmouth 3, Union 1

SCHENECTADY — The Dutchwomen’s NCAA record winless streak was extended to 48 games as they fell to the Big Green at Messa Rink.

With the score tied 1-1, Dartmouth, Kennedy Ottenbreit scored twice in a 1:45 span early in the second period.

Caroline Shaunessy gave the Big Green (6-10-3, 6-16-3) a 1-0 lead 57 seconds into the game. Union (0-16-3, 0-25-6) tied it on Jacyn Reeves’ goal with 6:41 left in the first period.

Goalie Melissa Black made 32 saves for the Dutchwomen, giving her 1,008 for the season.

Union plays its final home game of the season at 4 p.m. today against Harvard.

Dartmouth 1 2 0 — 3

Union 1 0 0 — 1

First Period — 1, Dartmouth, Shaunessy 1 (Allen), :57. 2, Union, Reeves 5 (Streeter), 13:19. Penalties — Ahbe, Dart (hooking), 3:44; Allen, Dart (tripping), 18:20.

Second Period — 3, Dartmouth, Ottenbreit 10 (Allen), 2:13. 4, Dartmouth, Ottenbreit 11 (Baker, Allen), 3:58. Penalties — Forfar, Dart (interference), 9:03; Laughlin, Uni (cross-checking), 10:11; Noronha, Dart (checking). 14:27.

Third Period — None. Penalties — Landers, Dart (tripping), 11:58.

Shots on Goal — Dartmouth 7-13-15 — 35. Union 6-11-3 — 20.

Power-play opportunities — Dartmouth 0 of 1; Union 0 of 5.

Goalies — Dartmouth, Chemago 6-14-3 (20 shots-19 saves). Union, Black 0-21-6 (35-32).

A — 71. T — 2:00.

Referees — Matt Brady, Matt Lowe. Linesmen — Peter Olson, Evan Knox.

Harvard 1, RPI 1

TROY — Goalie Lovisa Selander stopped 42 shots as the Engineers earned a tie against the Crimson at Houston Field House.

After a scoreless first period, Shayna Tomlinson gave RPI (7-8-4, 9-14-6) a 1-0 lead 5:04 into the second. But Harvard (10-6-3, 14-9-3) tied it just over 15 minutes later on a Grace Zarzecki goal.

With three games to go, RPI has a one-point lead over Cornell for the eighth and final playoff spot.

Harvard 0 1 0 0 — 1

RPI 0 1 0 0 — 1

First Period — None. Penalties — Friesen, Har (hooking), 14:54.

Second Period — 1, RPI, Tomlinson 4 (Horwood, Gruschow), 5:04. 2, Harvard, Zarzecki 8, 15:06. Penalties — None.

Third Period — None. Penalties — Behounek, RPI (checking), 13:35; Renn, RPI (ob.-hooking), 19:49.

Overtime — None. Penalties — None.

Shots on Goal — Harvard 10-15-14-4 — 43. RPI 4-10-11-1 — 26.

Power-play opportunities — Harvard 0 of 2; RPI 0 of 1.

Goalies — Harvard, Maschmeyer 10-9-1 (26 shots-25 saves). RPI, Selander 8-13-6 (43-42).

A – 212. T — 2:10.

Referees — Nick Demarte Jr., Willy O’Malley. Linesmen — Adam Tobias, James Tobias.

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