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College Hockey: Colgate slows Union quest for home ice

College Hockey: Colgate slows Union quest for home ice

Dutchmen suffer 5-1 defeat, see magic number remain at 5 points
College Hockey: Colgate slows Union quest for home ice
Jack Adams, seen skating in a game earlier this month, had the only goal for Union against Colgate on Friday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

HAMILTON — With four games left heading into this weekend, the Union men’s hockey team had a magic number of five points for clinching home ice for the first round of the ECAC Hockey playoffs.

The magic number is still five, in large part because the Dutchmen pulled a disappearing act at Colgate’s Class of 1965 Arena Friday night.

Union was blown out 5-1 by the Raiders, and, coupled with a 3-2 overtime win by RPI at Clarkson, eighth-place Union (8-9-2 ECACH, 15-10-6 overall) now has the Engineers and Raiders (6-10-3, 9-19-3) creeping up on them from behind and dangerously close.

With three games left, any combination of five points won by Union or lost by RPI will give Union home ice at Messa Rink for the first round.
But the team seems to have a bigger problem, since the Dutchmen threw in such a clunker at a critical point in the season against a team they had beaten 6-0 just three weeks ago.

“Wasn’t great . . . I don’t know what to say besides that,” Union associate head coach Jason Tapp told announcers Matt Dubrey and Brian Unger on the audio stream after the game.

“It’s like you’re banging your head against a wall as a coach. You think the team is turning the corner, and then they take steps backward.”

Union trailed 2-0 1:02 into the second period as Paul McAvoy and Griffin Lunn each scored his first goal of the season for a Colgate team that came in averaging 1.43 goals per game, 59th of 60 NCAA Division I teams in the country.

The Dutchmen fell behind 3-0 at 17:15 of the second when Josh McKechney took advantage of a turnover in Union’s defensive zone, and it was 4-0 almost midway through the third before the Dutchmen finally got on the scoreboard on Jack Adams’ eighth goal of the season.

Union lost big despite outshooting the Raiders 36-18, as neither starting goalie Darion Hanson, who was pulled after the third Colgate goal, nor Jake Kupsky distinguiched himself.

The Dutchmen’s woeful power play was 0 for 5 and hasn’t scored in 14 straight man-advantages.

“I felt like he [Colgate goalie Mitch Benson] saw every shot,” Tapp said. “We weren’t heavy around the net. We weren’t heavy all night. It’s frustrating. [Assistant] coach [John] Ronan and I will talk about it [power play], so we’ll wrap our heads around it. But it’s costing us hockey games.”

Union    0 0 1 — 1
Colgate    1 2 2 — 5

First period — 1, Colgate, McAvoy 1 (Scharf, Citron), 14:42. Penalties — Stewart, C (tripping), 3:41; Estes, U (tripping), 12:12.

Second period — 2, Colgate, Lunn 1 (Penner, Austin), 1:02. 3, Colgate, McKechney 4 (ua), 17:15. Penalties — Austin, C (hooking), 9:03; Citron, C (interference), 12:04; Meyer, C (cross-checking), 17:53.

Third period — 4, Colgate, Dauda 4 (Cosgrove, Benson), :57. 5, Union, Adams 8 (Emelifeonwu, Estes), 7:32. 6, Colgate, Racine 2 (Dauda, McMann), 15:24. Penalties — Sidorski, U (tripping), 1:41; Jeanson, C (holding), 12:36.

Shots on goal — Union 8-14-14 — 36. Colgate 6-4-8 — 18.

Power-play opportunities — Union 0 of 5. Colgate 0 of 2.

Goaltenders — Union, Hanson 9-7-5 (10 shots-7 saves), Kupsky (8-6). Colgate, Benson W, 8-17-3 (33-32), Farrier (3:06, 3-3).

T — 2:24. A — 1,114.

Referees — Joe Carusone, Matt Wyld. Linesmen — Jason Shattie, Mike Wrobel.

RPI 3, Cornell 2 (OT)

ITHACA — Todd Burgess scored his seventh goal of the season from the high slot with 52 seconds left in overtime to give RPI (7-10-2, 10-18-3) a huge win at Lynah Rink over Cornell (11-5-3, 15-8-3), which dropped out of first place in ECAC Hockey with the loss and now is in second place to Quinnipiac.

The Engineers, who were outshot 37-16, took a 2-0 lead through 12:20 of the first period on goals by Brady Wiffen, his eighth of the season, and Nick Bowman.

RPI appeared to take a 3-1 lead on a goal by Jakub Lacka late in the second period, but it was nullified by a crease violation.

Jeff Malott scored both goals for the Big Red, the second of which tied it at 2-2 at 6:39 of the third period.

Freshman Owen Savory made 35 saves for the Engineers.

RPI    2 0 0 1 — 3
Cornell    1 0 1 0 — 2

First period — 1, RPI, Wiffen 8 (Samec, Gornall), 5:00. 2, RPI, Bowman 3 (Reilly, Linden), 12:20. 3, Cornell, Malott 4 (Starrett, Bauld), 12:50. Penalties — Reilly, RPI (interference), 8:05.

Second period — None. Penalties — Bowman, RPI (slashing), 6:27; Barron, C (boarding), 18:06.

Third period — 4, Cornell, Malott 5 (Vanderlaan, Kaldis), 6:39. Penalties — Bauld, C (tripping), 1:47; Moore, RPI (holding), 6:58.

Overtime — 5, RPI, Burgess 7 (ua), 4:08.

Shots on goal — RPI 9-2-3-2 — 16. Cornell 12-7-16-2 — 37.

Power-play opportunities — RPI 0 of 2. Cornell 0 of 3.

Goaltenders — RPI, Savory W, 5-10-3 (37 shots-35 saves). Cornell, Galajda L, 11-7-2 (16-13).

T — 2:48. A — 2,986. Referees — Brad LeBlanc, Cam Lynch. Linesmen — Jim Briggs, Phil Kitchen.

WOMEN

Colgate 5, Union 2

SCHENECTADY — Megan Ryan scored 1:40 into the game for Union, but Colgate scored two goals 42 seconds apart late in the period, and Jessie Eldridge added her 26th and 27th goals of the season as the Raiders defeated the Dutchwomen.

Katelyn Russ cut it to 4-2 at 4:59 of the third period for Union (2-18-1, 4-27-2) before Eldridge put the game away with a short-handed empty-net goal with 1:23 to play.

Colgate improved to 14-4-3 in ECAC Hockey and 20-8-5 overall.

Colgate    2 2 1 — 5
Union    1 0 1 — 2

First period —1, Union, Ryan 2 (de Perio, Mori), 1:40. 2, Colgate, Gates 6 (Eldridge, Labbe), 18:11. 3, Colgate, Labbe 16 (Eldridge), 18:53. Penalties — Wood, C (roughing), 13:48; Sonntag, U (hooking), 13:58.

Second period — 4, Colgate, Demers 7 (ua), 3:13. 5, Colgate, Eldridge 26 (Labbe, Schneider), 18:37. Penalties — Schultz, U (checking), 4:41; Zafuto, C (holding), 9:18; Larson, C (tripping), 19:25.

Third period — 6, Union, Russ 5 (Markovic, Michalicka), 4:59. 7, Colgate, Eldridge 27 (ua), 18:37 (sh, en). Penalties — Eldridge, C (hooking), 9:12; Larson, C (slashing), 18:25.

Shots on goal — Colgate 12-13-8 — 33. Union 9-11-10 — 30.

Power-play opportunities — Colgate 0 of 2. Union 0 of 5.

Goaltenders — Colgate, Auby W, 17-8-5 (30 shots-28 saves). Union, Murray L, 3-14-2 (59:54, 32-28).

T — 2:14. A — 115. Referees — Scott Prim, Zachary Dupree. Linesmen — Casey Gerrish, Peter Olson.

Cornell 8, RPI 2

TROY — No. 5 Cornell outscored RPI 4-0 in the second period to take a 7-1 lead on the way to a lopsided victory.

Aimee Raithby scored her second goal of the season for the Engineers (10-10-1 ECAC Hockey, 13-15-5 overall) to tie it at 1-1 at 9:24 of the first period before the Big Red (16-3-2, 19-3-2) scored the next seven goals.

Cornell    3 4 1 — 8
RPI    1 0 1 — 2

First period — 1, Cornell, O’Neill 20 (Curlew, Slobodzian), :14. 2, RPI, Raithby 2 (Ondrick), 9:24. 3, Cornell, Zandee-Hart 3 (O’Neill, Mills), 13:59. 4, Cornell, Gerace 7 (Nealy, Serdar), 18:08. Penalties — Orosz, RPI (hooking), 9:36.

Second period — 5, Cornell, Curlew 3 (O’Neill, Mills), 6:40. 6, Cornell, Bourbonnais 9 (Gerace, Lewis), 7:13. 7, Cornell, Frechette 9 (Buckley), 10:03. 8, Cornell, Serdar 11 (Burke), 11:29. Penalties — Serdar, C (checking), 1:42.

Third period — 9, Cornell, Frechette 2 (Facchinato, Graham), 6:20. 10, RPI, Grigsby 6 (Hayes), 16:48. Penalties — Gerace, C (slashing), 7:04; Orosz, RPI (checking), 9:48; Burke, C (hooking), 18:37.

Shots on goal — Cornell 15-11-10 — 36. RPI 3-9-5 — 17.

Power-play opportunities — Cornell 0 of 2. RPI 0 of 3.

Goaltenders — Cornell, Boissonnault W, 16-3-4 (59:59, 17 shots-15 saves). RPI, Selander L, 11-14-5 (27:13, 21-16), Bombay (32:47, 15-12).

T — 2:00. A — 172. Referees — Chris Caruso, Derek Zuckerman. Linesmen — Matt Luther, Ryan Turner.

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