Saturday, December 4, 2021

Murphy, penalty killing lifts Union men’s hockey past Colorado College 2-1

SCHENECTADY – Union College’s men’s hockey team held the lead against Colorado College on Friday night. The Dutch escaped this and came up with their first win of the season.

Union killed six Colorado college power plays, plus an extra attacker position in the final 2:52 of the game, and goalkeeper Conor Murphy helped the Dutch men to a 2–1 non-conference win over the Tigers in Mesa. 34 save. Rink.

A moment of silence was held before the game for Union College employees and super fans Ray Cook and Jim Clark, who died earlier this year. He might have appreciated the efforts of Murphy and the penalty-killing unit.

“It’s huge,” said Hudson Falls-native Murphy. “That’s what eventually won us the game. Most of the matches for us were played at PK. I think our guys did a good job of making an impact in our field and making sure nothing got ahead of me.”

Murphy was at his best when the Tigers got a five-minute power play. Brad Shearer was called in to knock Noah Prokop in the third period at Colorado College Zone 6:35 and Union (1-2) was 2-1. Murphy blocked seven shots. The power play ended when Stanley Cooley of the Tigers was called for high-sticking with 9:47.

“It was tough,” said Murphy, who stopped 17 power-play shots. “There were a lot of screens. Most of the time the puck was not easy to see. I was just trying to fight through it all and with the little visibility I had, I could see the puck as best I could. “

Union head coach Rick Bennett was pleased with Murphy’s effort. But he knows it will take some time for players to get away with bad penalties.

“I would say the biggest contributor was Conor Murphy,” Bennett said. “That’s why we stood on the good side. It’s one of those things, again, where you have two classes that haven’t played hockey. [because of the coronavirus pandemic that shut down Union’s 2020-21 season]. It’s one of those things that we have to clarify, and hopefully it starts tomorrow.”

Freshman right winger Colin Graf got the lead for Union with a time of 13:16 during a two-man power-play advantage. Graf was in the left circle when he once passed Brandon Estes from behind the goal line to Tigers goalkeeper Dominic Basse.

“It felt good,” said Graf. “We spent a lot of time working on Power Play. We got that 5-on-3, and we needed to convert. It was a very good pass from Brandon, and I put it in the net.

After Hunter McCown tied it in the middle of another, Graf and Estes were reunited. This time, it was Graf who sent Estes the puck from behind the goal line into the slot, and was buried by the senior defenseman.

“‘seg’ [Gabriel] Segar keeps the puck in,” Estes said. “‘Graffer’ takes it to the corner. In front was a man without a stick. … Easy to graph.”

Union’s victory spoiled the return of Tigers coach and former Dutchman goalkeeper Chris Mayotte to Mesa.

When asked about getting back to the rink, Mayotte said, “It was really cool.”

unhorned out

Bennett said junior defenseman Dylan Enhorn is week after week with a mid-body injury. Enhorn was injured last Saturday in a match played in New Hampshire.

Colorado College 0 1 0 – 1

union 0 2 0 – 2

First period – none. Penalty — Allen, Union (High-Sticking), 14:04; Phillips, Union (Holding), 19:48.

Second period – 1, union, graph 1 (Estes, Seger), 6:44 (pp.). 2, Colorado College, McCown 1 (Mayor, Hawkinson), 9:56. 3, Union, Estes 1 (Graf, Seger), 13:31. Punishment — Petruolo, Union (Cutting), 2:16; Middleton, CC (slashing), 5:09; Meyer, CC (boarding), 6:04; Murtazin, Union (Hooking), 18:06.

Third period – none. Punishment—Ferguson, Union (Tripping), 3:59; Shearer, Union, Major-Game Misconduct (Kneeling Down), 6:35; Cooley, CC (high-sticking), 10:13.

Shots on Target – Colorado College 11-8-16 – 35. Union 9-4-4 – 17.

Power-play opportunities — Colorado College 0 of 6; Union 1 of 3.

Goal – Colorado College, Bassey 0-2-1 (17 shots-15 saves). Union, Murphy 1-2-0 (35-34).

A – 1,435. T – 2:22.

Referees – Jason Williams, Tom Steinle. Linesmen – Michael Wrobel, Patrick Dapuzzo.

union women losers

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In a non-conference game women’s college hockey in Mesa, Vanessa Upson and Alexa Vasco scored twice to put Mercyhurst 5–0 ahead of the union.

It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Dutch women (2–4), who have been eliminated for the second consecutive game, and the third time in their last four encounters. He is dismissed 23-2 during the skid.

Mercyhurst 0 3 2 – 5

union 0 0 0 – 0

First period – none. Punishment — Vasco, Mercyhurst (Examination of the Body), 16:02.

Second period – 1, Mercyhurst, Upson 5 (Boucher), 10:22. 2, Mercyhurst, Boucher 2 (Upson), 13:15. 3, Mercyhurst, Vasco 3 (Perrault), 17:36. Penalty – Boucher, Mercyhurst (Hooking), 4:48; Pedersen, Mercyhurst (Body Check), 9:49; McLeod, Union (cross-checking), 9:49.

3rd period – 4, Mercyhurst, Vasco 4 (Perrault), 8:10. 5, Mercyhurst, Upson 7 (Boucher, Dove), 11:37 (pp.). Punishment—Adams, Union (Slashing), 2:11; Nails, Mercyhurst (Slashing), 5:29; Friday, Union (cross-checking), 8:55; Sutter, Union (Hooking), 10:19

Shots on target — Mercyhurst 8-12-16 — 36. Union 13-16-1 — 30.

Power-play opportunities — Mercyhurst 1 in 3; Union 0 of 3.

Goal – Mercyhurst, Nystrom 3-1-0 (30 shots-30 saves). Union, Matsukasa 0-2-0 (36-31).

A – 135.

Referees – Jason Engelhart, Michael St. Lawrence. Linesmen – Tim Waters, Matthew Potrzeba.

RPI Men beat Canisius

Troy – TJ Walsh, Simin Kjellberg, Laurie Certi and Ottoville Leppenen scored second-period goals and lifted the RPI to a no-score tie for a 6-2 men’s non-conference win over Canisius at Houston Field House.

canisius 0 0 2 – 2

RPi 0 4 2 – 6

First period – none. Penalty — DeGrande, Canisius, Major-game misconduct (elbow), 18:00.

Second period – 1, RPi, Walsh 1 (Hallbauer, Baxter), 4:53. 2, RPi, Kjellberg 1, 12:08. 3, RPi, Certi 1, 12:38. 4, rpi, lepenn 1 (beaton), 16:20. Punishment — Clay, RPi (Intervention), 15:28.

Third period – 5. Canisius, Mastrodonato 3 (Mellaragni, Algeria), 12:22 (pp.). 6, Canisius, Lambert 1 (lapid, mastrodonato), 14:35. 7, rpi, lee 1 (Johnson), 19:32 (n). 8, RPi, Lyndon 1 (Walsh), 19:41. Penalty — Clay, RPi (Whistle), :23; Baxter, RPi (Intervention), 2:02; Holbauer, RPi (Ruffing), 10:25; Decker, Canisius (slashing), 16:37; Vendor, RPi (Intervention), 19:57.

Shot on target — Canisius 6-9-10 — 25. RPI 10-18-11 — 39.

Power-play opportunities — 1 in 4 Canisius; RPi 0 of 2.

Goalkeeper — Canisius, Barzewski 1-1-0 (24 shots-21 saves); Hawthorn (12:38 sec, 14-12). RPi, Marshall 1-1-1 (25-23).

A – 370.

Referees – Anthony Dappuzzo, Joe Carusone. Linesmen – Rick Lambo, Brendan Wormley.

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