Collective effort propels Union to win over Saints

Collective effort propels Union to win over Saints

SCHENECTADY, NY – A total of 11 skaters recorded points for the Union College men's hockey team as the Dutchmen defeated St. Lawrence 5-4 on Saturday night at Messa Rink.
 
After dropping the game against Clarkson the night before, Union (12-12-1, 8-4-0 ECAC) found itself in a similar predicament as St. Lawrence (4-16-2, 0-9-1 ECAC) took a 2-0 lead midway through the first period. However, the Dutchmen didn't waiver in their resolve and battled back to score a pair of goals within 13 seconds of each other before then end of the period.
 
Union earned its first power play of the game at the 14:22 mark of the period and made quick work with the advantage. Liam Morgan won a battle in the corner and found Vas Kolias crashing to the far side of the net. Morgan made the pass to Kolias who buried the one timer for his third goal of the season.
 
Just 13 seconds later, Union tied the game up after pressing hard in front of the net. Sebastian Vidmar put the puck on net and Anthony Rinaldi picked up the rebound to knot the game up at 2-2.
 
The Dutchmen then took the lead early in the first period while on their second power play of the contest. A shot by J.C. Brassard at the point was redirected by Cole Maier in front of the net to score his eighth of the season.
 
Despite taking the lead, St. Lawrence tied the game back up just two minutes later. Both teams then settled into a stalemate for the remainder of the period, as both sides had 14 shots on net in the frame.
 
Union then used a five-on-three power play to take a 4-3 lead in the third period. Moving the puck around atop the zone and with traffic in front of the net, Brandon Estes saw an open lane and fired a shot that went off the post and in for his first collegiate goal.
 
After the power play, Union then took a two-goal lead with its final goal of the contest. The Dutchmen won a battle in the corner and Parker Foo got the puck to the front of the net to Luc Brown who scored the would-be game winner at the 6:59 mark.
 
St. Lawrence ended up scoring its fourth goal of the game a minute and a half later to cut its deficit back to one, but the Dutchmen and goaltender Jake Kupsky weathered a late push by the Saints to hold on for the team's eighth conference win of the season.
 
Union went 3-for-6 on the power play, while St. Lawrence went 1-for-2 with the man advantage.
 
The Dutchmen will return to the ice next weekend, Jan. 19-20, for games against Yale and Brown. Both games will begin at 7 p.m. (ET).