By Katie Adams
Union Men’s Ice Hockey traveled upstate last weekend to take on both Clarkson and St. Lawrence.
Friday night, the Dutchmen played Clarkson and came out victorious with a 4-1 win.
Union started off strong with two goals in the first period, coming from Daniel Ciampini ’15 and Mike Vecchione ’17.
Matt Wilkins ’16 dropped a backhanded pass to Ciampini after just returning from the penalty box, giving Ciampini the opportunity to put the first goal on the scoreboard with nine minutes left in the period.
This goal was Ciampini’s 23rd of the season, leading in the NCAA. This goal also continued Wilkins’ point streak to five games.
With one minute to go in the period, Vecchione scored on a breakaway, giving the Dutchmen a solid 2-0 lead to go into the second.
This gave the Dutchmen their seventh shorthanded goal of the season, tying the team’s record set back in the 2002-03 season.
Nick DeSimone ’18 got the only goal of the second off a power play, assisted by his fellow underclassmen Ryan Scarfo ’18 and Spencer Foo ’18.
This was Clarkson’s first power play goal scored on them in six games, with the Golden Knights’ defense having stopped 19 straight opportunities before DeSimone’s goal.
Wilkins gave the Dutchmen their fourth goal halfway into the third, with assists coming from DeSimone and J.C. Brassard ’18.
Clarkson finally got on the board with 2:46 left in the game, thanks to Kelly Summers’ power play goal.
Union still came out with the 4-1 win, this being their fourth straight win against Clarkson.
Saturday, the Dutchmen traveled to Canton to take on St. Lawrence. Unfortunately, they did not find the same luck against St. Lawrence on Saturday as they did against Clarkson on Friday night.
St. Lawrence got on the board late in the first, with their goal being the only goal scored in the period.
The second period did not prove to be the same. St. Lawrence scored five goals on the Dutchmen over the course of the period, giving them a 6-0 lead going into the third.
St. Lawrence scored again mid-way through the third, making it 7-0.
Scarfo stole St. Lawrence’s shutout, scoring with 1:01 left on the clock. That goal was Scarfo’s ninth of the year, and he shares the team’s rookie goal-scoring honors with Spencer Foo.
The 7-1 win extended St. Lawrence’s winning streak to seven games.
This weekend brought the Dutchmen’s overall record to 14-12-2.
While Union may not have gotten the results they had hoped for, Daniel Ciampini was named both the ECAC’s and the Hockey Commissioners Association’s Player of the Month, certainly an exciting occurrence for the Dutchmen.
“It is very humbling to be recognized by my peers for those kind awards. There are a lot of great players who are just as deserving and I owe a lot of credit to my teammates for helping me achieve these accomplishments,” Ciampini remarked. Ciampini definitely has something to be proud of.
Union will host Yale this Friday, Feb. 13, on White Out Night in Schenectady at Messa Rink. The team hosts Brown on Saturday.