Last weekend, the Union Men’s Hockey team embarked on their final road trip of the regular season, as they traveled to Hamilton, N.Y., on Friday to take on No. 6 ranked Colgate and then to Ithaca, N.Y., on Saturday to play No. 7 Cornell.
Heading into the weekend, the Dutchmen ranked 10th in the ECAC standings, and five points behind the final home playoff spot, with eight points still up for grabs.
Despite hard-fought efforts against the Colgate Raiders and Cornell “Big Red,” the Dutchmen unfortunately failed to gain any ground in the ECAC standings.
On Friday night, the Raiders won by a score of 2-0, handing the Dutchmen their third consecutive shutout loss.
After scoring two early goals in the first period, Colgate was able to stymy Union’s offense the rest of the way.
Although they couldn’t get any shots past Colgate goaltender Charlie Finn, the Dutchmen managed to outshoot the Raiders at 35-28, which is a positive sign for them moving forward.
On Saturday, the Dutchmen were able to snap their lengthy scoreless streak against one of the top-ranked defenses in the country — Cornell — but unfortunately couldn’t break their winless streak, as they lost by a score of 2-1, which ended their chances of securing home ice for the postseason.
After falling to a 2-0 deficit to the Big Red, Daniel Ciampini ’15 cut Cornell’s lead in half, burying home a rebound in front of the Cornell crease for a power play goal.
Mike Vecchione ’17 and Max Novak ’15 also tallied assists on the play.
Ciampini’s goal was his 24th of the year, and it moved him into second place on Union’s single-season goal-scoring list.
The Dutchmen will host St. Lawrence this Friday, Feb. 27, and Clarkson on Saturday, Feb. 28, here at Messa Rink, for their final weekend of the regular season.