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Dutchmen claim half-full Cleary Cup

Dutchmen claim half-full Cleary Cup

Dutchmen claim half-full Cleary Cup
The last time Union won the Cleary Cup, the Dutchmen went on to win an even bigger prize.
Photographer: Gazette file photo

ITHACA — Time to split.

The Union College hockey team departed the ECAC Hockey regular season on Saturday night and will move on to the conference tournament in two weeks with a Cleary Cup trophy in tow that the Dutchmen will have to share with Harvard.

Mitch Vanderlaan scored on the power play with 5:01 left to give Cornell a 3-3 tie with Union at Lynah Rink, leaving the Dutchmen (16-4-2 ECACH, 23-8-3 overall) in a tie with Harvard for the regular-season championship, Union’s fourth.

It was the first time two teams had to split the Cleary Cup since 2006.

By virtue of the third tiebreaker, record against the top four teams in the league, Harvard, which beat St. Lawrence 6-3, was awarded the top seed for the ECACH tournament, and Union will be No. 2.

The Dutchmen got goals from Spencer Foo and Brett Supinski in the third period for a 3-2 lead, but couldn’t finish off Cornell despite outshooting the Big Red 6-0 in overtime.

On his 23rd birthday, senior captain Mike Vecchione needed two points for sole possession of the all-time school scoring record, and he got them, with a goal that tied it at 1-1 in the second period, his 26th of the season, and an assist on Supinski’s goal. That gave him 171 points to pass Terry Campbell’s record set in 1991.

Union last won the Cleary Cup in 2014, when the Dutchmen went on to win the national championship.

“Obviously, we were playing for something tonight, and for us to be co-champs, with the battles we’ve had this season, was still rewarding,” Union head coach Rick Bennett said. “It’s not Christmas time, and we don’t want to be sharing trophies, but our staff is incredibly proud of these guys.”

The Big Red (13-4-5, 18-6-5) went ahead 1-0 on Trevor Yates goal at 11:44 of the first period. It was the first power-play goal surrendered by the Dutchmen in seven games, breaking an 18-for-18 streak killing penalties.

After Supinski gave Union a 3-2 lead, bolting through the slot and finishing a feed from Sebastian Vidmar, Vanderlaan sent the game into overtime when goalie Alex Sakellaropoulos made the initial save, but couldn’t stop the puck from trickling over the goalline after it popped up and over him.

“That was just a good hockey game, and it’s definitely one you can grow from,” Bennett said. “I think that’s the message to our guys.”

Now Union will have next weekend off, while eight teams compete in the first round to send four to the best-of-three quarterfinal round, which Union will host.

“We don’t care who we play,” assistant coach Jason Tapp said on the radio broadcast of the game.

Union    0 1 2 0 — 3
Cornell    1 1 1 0 — 3

First period — 1, Cornell, Yates 11 (Weidner, Kubiak), 11:44 (pp). Penalties—Fiegl, Cornell (hooking), 2:07; Dufour, Union (tripping), 10:52; Campbell, Union (holding), 12:21.
Second period — 2, Union, Vecchione 26 (J. Taylor, Supinski), 11:12 (pp). 3, Buckles 9 (Nuttle, Rauter), 11:24. Penalties — Weidner, Cornell (hooking), 2:56; Fiegl, Cornell (hooking), 10:54; Vidmar, Union (hooking), 16:05.
Third period — 4, Union, Foo 22 (J. Taylor, Supinski), 2:04 (pp). 5, Union, Supinski 8 (Vidmar, Vecchione), (pp). 6, Cornell, Vanderlaan 14 (McCrea, Kaldis), 14:59 (pp). Penalties — McCarron, Cornell (interference), :51; Krug, Union (interference), 5:26; Buckles, Cornell (embellishment), 5:29; DeSimone, Union (tripping), 5:29; Anderson, Cornell (holding), 11:16; Rinaldi, Union (slashing), 13:49.
Overtime — None.
Shots on goal — Union 10-9-10-6 — 35. Cornell 14-13-5-0 — 32.
Power-play opportunities — Union 3 of 5. Cornell 2 of 5.
Goaltenders — Union, Sakellaropoulos 20-4-2 (32-29). Cornell, Gillam 18-5-5 (35-32).
A — 4,104. T — 2:29.
Referees — Brad LeBlanc, Cam Lynch. Linesmen — Dmitry Antipin, Jason Shattie.

RPI 3, COLGATE 2
HAMILTON — Goals by Jimmy DeVito and Parker Reno 27 seconds apart midway through the third period lifted the Engineers past the Raiders at Class of 1965 Arena.

RPI (6-16, 8-26-1) finished in 11th place. It will face sixth-seeded Clarkson in the ECACH tournament best-of-three first-round series next weekend at Cheel Arena.

DeVito’s goal with 9:13 left tied it. Reno snapped the tie with 8:46 left.

Evan Tironese also scored for RPI.

RPI    0 1 2 — 3
Colgate    1 0 1 — 2

First Period — 1, Colgate, Panowyk 3 (Sanniti, Citron), 15:33. Penalties — None.
Second Period — 2, RPI, Tironese 7 (Samec), 8:32. Penalties — Panowyk, Col (hooking), :23; Snodgrass, Col (boarding), 4:48; Peterson, Col (interference), 18:07.
Third Period — 3, Colgate, Freeman 6 (Harrison, Brooks), 6:04 (pp). 4, RPI, DeVito 3 (Hayhurst), 10:47. 5, RPI, Reno 1 (Hayhurst, Melanson), 11:14. Penalties — Wiffen, RPI (hooking), 5:47; Wilson, RPI (elbowing), 7:20; Prapavessis, RPI (hooking), 18:20; Tironese, RPI, najor-game misconduct (spearing), 20:00.
Shots on Goal — RPI 5-12-4 — 21. Colgate 9-3-17 — 29.
Power-play opportunities — RPI 0 of 3; Col 1 of 3.
Goalies — RPI, Perry 6-18-1 (29 shots-27 saves). Colgate, Finn 6-14-4 (21-18).
A — 2,005. T — 2:10.
Referees — Scott Wheeler, Chris Pitoscia. Linesmen — James Shea, Stephen Drain.

Women
NO. 3 CLARKSON 5, RPI 2

POTSDAM — Genevieve Bannon scored twice, and the top-seeded Golden Knights beat the Engineers to sweep their ECACH tournament best-of-three quarterfinal series at Cheel Arena.

Third-ranked Clarkson (27-4-5) will host the conference’s final four next weekend.

Laura Horwood and Mrisa Raspa scored for RPI, which finishes the season 10-24-2.

RPI    0 2 0 — 2
Clarkson    2 1 2 — 5

First Period — 1, Clarkson, Gabel 16 (Pozzebon, Shelton), 9:17 (pp). 2, Clarkson, Jacobson 7 (Gabel, Gillham), 19:46. Penalties — Hayes, RPI (slashing), 7:58; RPI bench, served by Farole (too many players), 12:20; Vinkle, Cla (interference), 15:32; Repaci, RPI (roughing), 17:01; Pejzlová, Cla (hooking), 17:22.
Second Period — 3, RPI, Horwood 6 (Grigsby, Tomlinson), :15. 4, Clarkson, Bannon 13 (Mercer), 11:27. 5, RPI, Raspa 3 (Hayes), 15:15. Penalties — Vinkle, Cla (slashing), 1:03; Orosz, RPI (cross-checking), 8:39; Behounek, RPI (roughing), 11:44; Turnquist, Cla (interference), 15:56.
Third Period — 6, Clarkson, Pejzlova 11 (Jacobson, Pozzebon), 12:54. 7, Clarkson, Bannon 14, 19:11 (sh-en). Penalties — Repaci, RPI (checking), 6:00; Vinkle, Cla (interference), 6:03; Horwood, RPI (hooking), 14:04; Vinkle, Cla (cross-checking), 17:48.
Shots on Goal — RPI 5-11-6 — 22. Cla 9-9-10 — 28.
Power-play opportunities — RPI 0 of 6; Cla 1 of 6.
Goalies — RPI, Selander 10-22-2 (27 shots-23 saves). Clarkson, Tiley 23-4-5 (22-20).
A — 332. T — 2:04.
Referees — Chris Mastrangelo, Dina Allen. Linesmen — Zachary Dupree, Matt Luther.

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