Last weekend, the Union Men’s Ice Hockey regular season came to a close as they hosted St. Lawrence on Friday night and Clarkson on Saturday night.
The seven members of the senior class who were taking the ice at Messa Rink for the final time in their union careers were honored at Saturday night’s contest against Clarkson.
Forwards Mark Bennett ’15, Sam Coatta ’15, Daniel Ciampini ’15 and Max Novak ’15, along with goaltenders Dillon Pieri and Colin Stevens ’15 and defenseman Charlie Vasaturo ’15 all received recognition for their outstanding efforts representing the garnet and white for their four years here at Union.
Over the past four years, they compiled a 94-43-18 overall record.
They also made two trips to the Frozen Four and captured Union’s first National Championship title in an historic run last spring.
On Friday night, the Dutchmen kicked off their final home stand of the season and snapped a five-game losing streak with a strong come-from-behind 3-2 victory over St. Lawrence.
The Dutchmen scored three power-play goals in a span of 7:16 to erase a 2-0 deficit in the third period.
St. Lawrence jumped to an early two-goal lead and stymied Union’s offense for the first two periods of the game.
Starting the rally in the third period for the Dutchmen was Ciampini, who buried a slap shot from the slot for his NCAA-leading 25th goal of the season.
Mike Vecchione ’17 then evened the score almost a minute and a half later, and then Novak completed the comeback, notching a one-timer past the St. Lawrence goaltender on a beautiful feed from Ciampini.
Stevens was impressive in between the pipes for Union, as he recorded the 49th win of his career and added to his school record.
Fans who attended both games this weekend experienced some deja-vu, as the Dutchmen mounted another come-from-behind victory after being down 2-0 against Clarkson.
Ryan Scarfo ’18 narrowed Clarkson’s lead to 2-1 with his 10th goal of the season just before the second period came to a close.
Scarfo then set up Novak’s game-tying goal 3:49 into the third period before Tyler Hynes ’18 capped off the comeback with a goal midway through the period, at 11:38.
Last weekend’s victories capped off an up-and-down season for the defending National Champs, as they now get set to take on Cornell for the first round of the ECAC playoffs.
Last season, Union defeated Cornell 5-2 at the ECAC Hockey Semifinals in Lake Placid.
Cornell, however, has won both meetings with the Dutchmen this season, winning 2-1 in Ithaca and 5-1 in Schenectady, at Messa Rink on Jan. 16.
Union looks to defeat the Big Red for the first time this season as they head into playoffs.