Brown’s two goals leads Union past Bobcats

Photo: Matt Milless/MahiMattPhoto
Photo: Matt Milless/MahiMattPhoto

SCHENECTADY, NY – Sophomore Luc Brown scored his first two goals of the season, both on the power play, to help propel Union to a weekend sweep with a 4-1 win over No. 16 Quinnipiac on Saturday night at Messa Rink.
 
The Dutchmen have now won seven of their last eight games and sit with a 7-6-0 record on the year with a 5-1-0 mark in ECAC Hockey. Quinnipiac is now 3-5-1 with a 0-4-0 start to league play.
 
After the previous night against Princeton, head coach Rick Bennett talked about how his team needed to show up better in the first period. The Dutchmen did just that against the nationally-ranked Bobcats, as Ryan Scarfo and Anthony Rinaldi each scored in the first period to put Union up 2-0 in the first 17 minutes.
 
Scarfo got Union on the board first at the 5:17 mark, putting home a rebound off a Cole Maier shot. Rinaldi scored his team-best eighth of the season after Brett Supinski fed him a fantastic backdoor pass. Both Rinaldi and Supinski have now recorded a point in each of the last six contests.
 
In the second period Brown tallied his first of the season off a snipe over the shoulder of Bobcats' goaltender Andrew Shortridge. Despite a slew of penalties in the period, Brown's goal would be the only tally of the frame.
 
Quinnipiac rebounded in the third period, out-shooting the Dutchmen 13-6, and eventually broke through the stellar play in net by Darion Hanson. On the Bobcats' fourth power play of the game, Chase Priske got a puck past Hanson to get Quinnipiac on the board and cut into Union's lead.
 
However, Brown responded on Union's fifth and final power play. Brown took a hard wrist shot from the point that made its way through traffic and past the glove of backup netminder Keith Petruzzelli to put Union back up by three with just over two minutes to play.
 
Hanson earned his sixth win of the season, making 28 saves on the night, including 12 during the third period alone.
 
Union went 2-for-5 on the power play, while the Bobcats were 1-for-4 on the man advantage.
 
The Dutchmen have next weekend off from competition for final exams, and will return to the ice over the Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 24-25, for a pair of road games at North Dakota.