By Dan Greene
This past weekend the Dutchmen opened up the most important part of their schedule: sixteen straight ECAC games to wrap up the regular season. They started off on the right foot as they took care of St. Lawrence 3-1 on Friday night and demolished Clarkson 8-1 the following night, both at Messa Rink. The hard-nosed victory over the Saints and convincing win over the Golden Knights has lifted the Dutchmen up in the rankings to 14th in the USCHO.com poll and more importantly, to 13th (a tie with Western Michigan) in the PairWise Rankings (PWR).
The last time Clarkson won a regular season game in Schenectady was on Jan. 13, 2001, when they won 5–0.
The Dutchmen skated all over the Golden Knights in the opening period as they peppered Clarkson goaltender Paul Karpowich with 22 shots, while Kinkaid only had to face three shots. Clarkson’s first shot came with 3:12 left in the period, which was right after Union’s 18th shot. Fortunately for the Golden Knights, they were able to head into the locker room with the game scoreless thanks to the outstanding performance of Karpowich.
However, Karpowich’s fortune changed in the second period as the Union offense exploded for five goals, including three goals on five shots in a 2:45 span. Freshman forward Daniel Carr scored his 12th goal of the season 5:12 into the period, which was then followed by the Bodie Brothers Show.
Just 1:01 after Carr’s goal, Kyle Bodie fired a shot from the slot into the net, and 1:44 after that his younger brother Mat ‘14 ripped a one-timer past Karpowich.
After the elder Bodie put the Dutchmen up four goals, Clarkson’s Nick Tremblay finally got his team on the scoreboard. Sophomore forward Jeremy Welsh answered right back with a goal of his own 19 seconds later, killing any momentum the Golden Knights had. After the game, Coach Leaman called Welsh’s goal “the biggest goal of the game.”
Union kept it rolling in the final frame as they capped off the scoring with goals from freshman forward Josh Jooris, Pallos, and freshman forward Kevin Sullivan. Sullivan’s goal was the first of his Union career.
Freshman defenseman Mike Ingoldsby assisted on Pallos’ goal, which was the first point of his collegiate career.
“We don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the pack. We want to keep climbing,” said Kyle Bodie after the game. “It just shows ourselves that when we stick to that game plan and we keep coming and don’t get frustrated, things are bound to go our way.”
This weekend the Dutchmen travel to Colgate and Cornell for more ECAC action, and will return home next weekend when they welcome Dartmouth and Harvard.