Dutchmen fall short against No. 3 Clarkson

Dutchmen fall short against No. 3 Clarkson

SCHENECTADY, NY – The Union College men's hockey team dropped a 4-1 decision to the No. 3 Clarkson Golden Knights on Friday night at Messa Rink.
 
With the loss, the Dutchmen are now 11-12-1 on the season with a 7-4-0 mark in ECAC Hockey competition. Clarkson remains undefeated in league play (9-0-0) and improve to 17-3-1 on the year.
 
Clarkson capitalized on an early Union mistake, scoring a two-on-one goal just 55 seconds into the start of the period. The Golden Knights caught Union on a bad line change and used the chance to take the early 1-0 lead.
 
Later in the period, Sebastian Vidmar got a breakaway and drew a penalty on the play as he seemingly tied the game up too. However, after official review the refs ruled that the puck had been swept in with a hand motion and the goal was disallowed.
 
Despite getting the goal called back, Vidmar scored a clean goal on the ensuing power play to make sure the game would be tied up at 1-1 with less than six minutes to play in the first period.
 
Unfortunately, the Golden Knights scored their second of the period with 1:06 remaining in the period to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
 
Union was fired up for the second period, and outshot Clarkson 15-8 in the frame, but Clarkson's netminder Jake Kielly made all 15 stops to keep the 2-1 lead for his team.
 
In the third period, Clarkson again capitalized on some Union mistakes and increased its lead to 4-1 midway through the third period.
 
The Golden Knights outshot Union in the first and third periods, but overall Union outshot Clarkson by a 33-29 margin after 60 minutes.
 
In the November meeting in Potsdam, Clarkson scored three goals on four power plays, in this go Union held Clarkson scoreless on five power-play chances.
 
The Dutchmen return to Messa Rink tomorrow night, hosting St. Lawrence at 7 p.m.