Men’s hockey has mixed weekend with one win, one loss

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By Katie Adams

The Union Men’s Ice Hockey team hit the road last weekend, taking on both Princeton and Quinnipiac and returning with a win and a loss. Friday night, the Dutchmen faced Princeton, coming out with a 5-2 victory over the Tigers.

This game was Union’s fourth-straight in-league win, allowing the Dutchmen to improve their overall record to 11-7-2. The first period of the game stayed neutral, and it wasn’t until the second period that the Dutchmen got on the board.  Mike Vecchione ’17 started things off with two quick goals in the second.

Shortly after, Daniel Ciampini ’15 scored on a power play, giving the Dutchmen a 3-0 lead. The scoring continued early in the third with  Matt Wilkins ’16 on a short-handed goal, 21 seconds in to the period. Ciampini followed with a one-timer, his team-leading 14th goal of the season, giving the Dutchmen a 4-0 lead.

Princeton fought back with two quick goals from Ryan Berlin and Tucker Brockett,  scored less than two minutes apart.

Ryan Scarfo ’18, who recently earned ECACH Rookie of the month, finished things off with a quick one-timer with 3:16 left in the game. This wrapped things up for the Dutchmen, giving them the 5-2 win over Princeton.

Saturday night, the Dutchmen traveled to Hamden to take on the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Unfortunately, they did not have the same turnout as the night before. Union came out with a 4-3 loss to 15th-ranked Quinnipiac.

Travis St. Denis started off the scoring for the Bobcats with a goal early on in the first. Shortly after, Tanner McMaster made it 2-0 for Quinnipiac with a backhanded sweep off of a loose puck. Quinnipiac continued the pressure in the second period, with a 13-6 shot advantage over the Dutchmen. Bo Pieper made it 3-0 off a turnover in front of the net, and St. Denis got his second of the game shortly after on a one-timer.

The score was 4-0 going into the third period, but the Dutchmen began to make a comeback. Ciampini continued his goal-scoring streak to an impressive seven games with his 15th goal of the season.

J.C. Brassard ’18 scored shortly after with a slapshot from the blueline. Vecchione made it 4-3 late in the third, giving Union a bit of hope, but unfortunately that was it for the Dutchmen.

While they may have had quite the comeback, there was simply not enough time in their favor. Quinnipiac took the win at the High Point Solutions Arena, after quite the scare from Union.

Head coach Rick Bennett commented on the weekend: “As we go forward in the heart of our ECAC schedule, we will need to be more consistent with the remaining games. This is on all coaches and players.”

The Dutchmen take on Cornell and Colgate next weekend here in Schenectady at Messa Rink, looking to improve their conference record of 4-5-1 on their home ice.

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