Friday, November 26, 2021

Union men’s hockey falls to St. Lawrence in shootout

SCHENECTADY — After experiencing two 3-on-3 overtime in Saturday’s ECAC hockey game against St. Lawrence, the union men’s hockey team learned what it was like to decide on a conference game in a shootout for the first time.

The Dutch people enjoyed it very much. However, it was St. Lawrence that celebrated the victory.

Kaden Pickering defeated goalkeeper Garrett Nieto on a backhander in the fourth round of the shootout in the blocker side for the only goal of the shootout, giving the Saints a 3–2 win over the Dutchmen at the Mesa rink.

“It was special [and] Obviously fun,” said union junior forward Gabriel Seger, who has an additional attacking goal of 1:11 left in the third period. “But it would have been more exciting if we had come out on top.”

Despite the shootout loss, Union (1-2-1, 3 points ECACH, 2-6-1 overall) scored one point. The ECACH Games are three-point competitions that began last season. The regulation winner gets three points, the overtime/shootout winner gets two points and the overtime/shootout gets one point. For NCAA purposes, however, the game is considered a tie for the overall record.

Tyler Watkins, Seger and Colin Graf all missed the first three rounds against Saints goalkeeper Emil Zetterquist. But so did Cameron Buhl, Chris Pappas and David Jankowski of St. Lawrence. The firing suddenly turned into death. Brandon Estes missed for the union before Pickering sent the Saints back home to please the canton.

“It was exciting, especially for the players,” said union head coach Rick Bennett, whose team was coming out of a 4-3 overtime win over Clarkson on Friday. “You can tell on the bench there they were having a lot of fun. We put out combos we thought might score. But you see what a .945 [save percentage] The goaltender can, and I thought Garrett did a good job as well.”

Nieto entered the game in the third round after starter Conor Murphy left due to a cramp. The Saints got two quick shots at the junior goalkeeper. Tim Makowski beat Nieto in 4:47 of third to give the Saints (2-0-0, 5 points, 2-2-3 overall) a 2-1 lead.

Nieto’s next shot saved came in overtime, though the Saints hit the post four times. The defensive game of the Dutch was sharp.

This was the second time that Nieto had replaced Murphy. The second time was against Lake Superior State on October 22.

“Honestly, it was a little nerve-wracking,” Nieto said. “It was my only second college hockey game. I just went in with the mindset [of] Have fun with this one. Whatever happens just roll with it. I had no idea or no eye on that [Makowski] aim. But it was still a lot of fun. “

Union took a 1–0 lead on the first goal of freshman forward Andrew Seaman’s career, with 2:45 left in the first period. St. Lawrence tied it in the second period at 11 seconds on an Alexei Pelten goal.

With Nieto on for an extra attacker, Seger was at the bottom of the right circle when he fired a wrist shot into Zetterquist’s left shoulder.

“I was planning on doing it a tease at first,” Seger said. “I didn’t really get into my right stance. Then I took a quick look, and I think [Zetterquist] thought i was going to pass [the puck]. I shot short side high. This time it worked. “

shre out

Union sophomore forward Bram Shearer will be out “month-to-month” after suffering a lower body injury in Friday’s game.

Shearer collapsed awkwardly in front of the union bench. He hit his glove on the ice in pain before crawling through the ice. He was helped in the locker room.

“It’s probably a few months for him,” Bennett said. “He just has to go to rehab and go.”

St. Lawrence 0 1 1 1 – 3

Union 1 0 1 0 — 1

St Lawrence shootout 1-0. won

1st period – 1, Union, Seaman 1 (Smedsrud, Robertson), 17:15. Penalty – White, stl (hooking), 11:39.

Second Period – 2, St. Lawrence, Pelton 2 (Dorrington, Chaploe), :11. Penalty – Macintosh, STL (interference), 3:50; Clark, Stl (Holding), 7:10; Imonen, Uni (Holding), 14:44; Villegas, Uni (tripping), 18:17.

Third period – 3, St. Lawrence, Makovsky 1 (Jankowski, Paul), 4:47. 4, Union, Segar 2 (Estes, Petruolo), 18:49. Penalty — Salem, STL (high-sticking), 5:12; Petruolo, Uni (boarding), 8:22.

Overtime – none. Punishment – none.

Shootout – St. Lawrence 1 (Buhl NG, Pappas NG, Jankowski NG, Pickering G). Union 0 (Watkins NG, Seger NG, Graf NG, Estes NG).

Shots on target – St. Lawrence 9-12-5-2 – 28. Union 5-6-14-0 – 25.

Power-play opportunities — St. Lawrence 0 of 3; Union 0 of 4.

Goal – St. Lawrence, Zetterquist 2-1-3 (25 shots – 23 saves). Union, Murphy (23-22), Nieto 0-1-1 (4:00 third, 5-4).

A – 1,594. T – 2:32.

Referees – CJ Hanafin, William Brennan III. Linesmen – Rick Lambo, Jordan Patarino.

RPi win

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Troy – Justin Adamo and Zach Dubinsky put together 1:53 in the middle of the third period to give RPI a 3-1 win over Clarkson at Houston Field House.

Clarkson 1 0 0 – 1

RPi 0 1 2 – 3

1st period – 1, Clarkson, Richardson (Jacom), 14:20. Penalty — Addamo, RPI (Slashing), 14:50.

2nd period – 2, rpi, mahashi (linden, cellar), 12:03 (pp.). Penalty – Richardson, Kla. (Hooking), 11:56; Dubinsky, RPi (Holding), 16:43.

Third period – 3, RPI, Addamo (Agnew, Walsh), 9:29. 4, RPi, Dubinsky (Walsh, Adamo), 11:22. Penalty — Underwood, Cla. (Holding), 12:32; Leppenen, RPi (Tripping), 14:46.

Shot on target – Clarkson 5-9-8 – 22. RPI 4-6-9 – 19.

Power-play opportunities — Clarkson 0 out of 3; 1 of RPi 2.

Goal – Clarkson, Haider (19 shots-16 saves). RPi, Marshall (22-21).

A – 261. T – NA.

Referees – Chris Pitocia, Tom Steinle. Linesmen – Brendan Wormley, Matt Wylde.

union women losers

Princeton NJ – Grace Heiting’s two goals were not for the union as it dropped the women’s ECAC hockey game to 10th-ranked Princeton at the Hobby Baker Rink.

union 1 0 1 – 2

Princeton 2 1 1 – 4

1st period – 1, Union, Hetting (Martinez, Hebert), 5:00. 2 , Princeton, Kuehl (Paul, Cormier), 12:58 (pp.). 3, Princeton, Nunzart (Griffin, Coyne), 17:26. Penalty — Martinez, Uni (slashing), 10:17; Jones, Uni (cross-checking), 12:24; Calabrese, Pri (Examination of the Body), 13:18; Key, Pre (tripping), 18:18.

Second Period – 4, Princeton, Connors (Newsert, Kuehl), 6:44 (pp.). Penalty — Connors, Pre (Hooking), 3:08; Michaelica, Uni (Body Check), 6:37; Smith, Uni (intervention), 8:05; Jones, Uni (Hooking), 11:04; Jones, Uni (Body Checking), 15:22..

Third Period – 5, Princeton, Frankel (Paul, Connors), 15:29 (pp.). 6, Union, Hetting (Merlo), 19:32 (pp.). Punishment — Merlo, Uni (Hooking), 14:29; Fillier, Pre (Body Checking), 16:07; Griffin, Pre (Body Checking), 19:26; Key, Pre (ruffing), 19:48.

Shots on target – Union 4-8-9 – 21. Princeton 13-14-12 – 39.

Power-play opportunities — 1 out of 6 associations; Princeton 3 of 7.

Goal – Union, Rinzel (39 shots – 35 saves). Princeton, Riley (21-19).

A – 378. T – NA.

Referees – Laura White, Matthew McNulty. Linesmen – Scott Steinl, Evan Kehoe.

RPi loses

Hamden, Conn. – Eighth-placed Quinnipiac defeated RPI after Taylor House scored a late goal in the first round.

RPi 0 0 0 – 0

quinnipiac 1 0 0 – 1

1st period – 1, Quinnipiac, House (Stegauf, Saltness), 15:26. Punishment – none.

Second period – none. Punishment — Salinity, Qi (tripping), 13:06; Larson, RPi (Hooking), 18:54.

Third period – none. Penalty — Larson, RPi (elbow), 4:51; Weiss, RPi, Major-Game Misconduct, 5:00; Wagner, RPi (tripping), 7:45; Samoskevich, Qi (tripping), 14:47.

Shots on target – RPI 1-7-8 – 16. Quinnipiac 13-5-14 – 32.

Power-play opportunities — RPI 0 of 2; Quinnipiac 0 of 3.

Goal – RPI, Rampado (32 shots – 31 saves). Quinnipiac, Schroeder (16-16).

A – 429. T – NA.

Referees – Michael St. Lawrence, Pierce Marston. Linesmen – Lawrence Kruglick, Matt Lowe.

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