SCHENECTADY – After Friday night’s 1-0 overtime win against Princeton, union head coach Rick Bennett was asked about facing Saturday’s rival Quinnipiac.
“They can play any style you like,” Bennett said.
The fourth-placed Bobcats showed why they are contenders for not only the ECAC hockey title, but the NCAA championship.
The Bobcats utterly dominated the Dutch from start to finish, winning 4–0 at the Mesa Rink.
Extending their unbeaten streak to 11 games, it appeared as if the Bobcats (5-0-1 ECACH, 17 points, 12-1-3 overall) were competing with the Dutch (3-4-1, 8 points). ; 5) 8-2 in total.
He strangled the Dutch people defensively. And then in the third period, he turned up the heat by scoring three goals against a tired Dutchman squad.
“I thought they changed it throughout the game,” Bennett said. ,[They’re] Everything looks like the top five team in the country. Tonight, I thought he was excellent, and his coaching staff had him ready to go. i credit [Quinnipiac head coach] Rand Pecknold. That’s why he is one of the best coaches in the entire country.”
The Union had little offensive momentum. The Netherlands had only 13 shots on goal. He had nine shots on goal and only 10 minutes left in the game. He had to try only 28 shots. The Dutch had just two shots on goal in five power-play attempts.
Meanwhile, Quinnipiac overtook Union with 37 shots on goal, 36 of which were on starting goalkeeper Conor Murphy. The Bobcats had 63 shot attempts. They had two fewer power plays than the Dutch, but they had seven more shots on goal in those three man-advantage situations.
“They are excellent,” Bennett said. “Coming in, you knew they were good defensively. But you don’t know until you play against them. Again, they totally outclassed us tonight. Score of the 4-zip game tonight. Every bit was there.”
Union senior forward and team captain Josh Cossack said the team had not been in the game from the start.
“Obviously, they are a very good team,” said the Cossack. “I thought we beat ourselves. I don’t think we’ve brought our ‘A’ game in any way. We were slow. I thought we looked tired. We didn’t really get any constant pressure.” ‘Murph’ held us up for eight minutes into the third, when we really didn’t have much.
The Dutchmen were only 1–0 down after two periods, thanks to Murphy’s efforts. The only goal he scored in the first 40 minutes allowed Desi Bergart to get away with a union turnover, with 7:06 remaining in the second period.
“Obviously, it was good for a while,” Murphy said of keeping the Dutch guys in the game. “But I think our ultimate goal as a team, which includes me, is to win a hockey game. We just couldn’t do that tonight. We have to go back to that and try to get better next weekend in Maine.” Have to do it.”
But in the third period it all collapsed. Gus Van Ness carried Gabriel Segar as he came out from the back of the net to backhand Murphy at 8:56. Less than two minutes later, Van Ness ran past defenseman Brandon Estes as he took a pass from Griffin Mandel and scored at the breakaway.
Murphy’s night came to an end when Ty Smilnick scored 5:10 to play. Freshman Joe Scharib replaced Murphy and made his union debut. Bennett, who was pleased with Murphy’s effort, said he should have pulled the Hudson Falls native out sooner.
“it’s useless [getting pulled], I want to finish every game,” Murphy said. “But that was Rick’s decision, and that’s okay. That’s how the game was going at the time. I think he made the right decision. I’m glad to see Joe do some action. I think he did well.” “
Players will keep watching the tapes of this game for some time. Bennett hopes they learn the lesson.
“You don’t throw that video out,” Bennett said. “They’re going to see every second of that. You only use it for the future and show how hard you have to work and show what an old team like Quinnipiac can do for you, especially when you’re not working hard.” So, and that’s what you get, 4-zip loss. If we show Quinnipiac’s positivity against us, maybe we can implement that in the next match.
quinnipiac 0 1 3 – 4
union 0 0 0 – 0
First period – none. Punishment — Smilnik, Qi (tripping), 10:11; Ferguson, Uni (cross-checking), 15:02, Quinnipiac Bench, served by Van Ness (faceoff violation), 18:50.
Second period – 1, Quinnipiac, Burgart 2 (de Jong, Bongiovanni), 12:54. Penalty — Robertson, Uni (Hooking), 5:48; Cohen, Uni (Holding), 8:51; Quillon, Qi (tripping), 16:06.
Third period – 2, Quinnipiac, Van Ness 2 (low, cha), 8:56. 3, Quinnipiac, Van Ness 3 (Mendel), 10:46. 4, Quinnipiac, Smilnik 8 (Billion, Brind’Amor), 14:50. Punishment – chorny, qi (tripping), 10:57.
Shots on target – Quinnipiac 11-15-11 – 37. Union 4-4-5 – 13.
Power-play opportunities — Quinnipiac 0 of 3; Union 0 of 5.
Goal: Quinnipiac, Parvats 8-0-2 (13 shots-13 saves). Union, Murphy 5-7-1 (36-34), Sharib (14:50 third, 1-1).
A – 1,723. T – 2:05.
Referees – Matt Wilde, Cameron Lynch. Linesmen – Adam Wood, Patrick Woodward.
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