Union claims back-to-back Mayor’s Cup titles

Union claims back-to-back Mayor’s Cup titles

ALBANY, NY – It was a typical battle on the ice between Union College and Rensselaer, as the Dutchmen claimed their fourth Mayor's Cup with a 4-3 win over the Engineers on Saturday evening at the Times Union Center.
 
Union held a 4-0 lead after 24 minutes of play, but in normal fashion, RPI didn't quit and battled back to make it a one-goal game, keeping the fans on the edge of their seats until the final buzzer. The win is the first time either team has won the Mayor's Cup in back-to-back years.
 
Anthony Rinaldi got the Dutchmen on the board in the opening four minutes, scoring a five-hole goal after receiving a great pass from Sebastian Vidmar.
 
Then with one minute left in the first period, Sean Harrison found the loose puck in front of the net to score his second collegiate goal. Parker Foo had the original shot on net, which was stopped by Linden Marshall, but Luc Brown poked the rebound free and Harrison found it first to put Union up 2-0 with 59 seconds left in the frame.
 
During the start of the second period Guiderland's best Tyler Hynes sniped a shot past Marshall to put Union up 3-0 just two and a half minutes into the period. It was Hynes' first goal of the season and also his season debut.
 
Just over a minute later, Vidmar scored his eighth of the season off a hard-angle rebound, for the Dutchmen's final and eventual game-winner.
 
With a seemingly insurmountable deficit in front of them, the Engineers, to their credit, didn't back down and managed to score twice before the eight-minute mark of the second period. RPI then came out in the third period, scoring in the first 29 seconds to bring itself within a goal from tying the game.
 
RPI ended up out-shooting Union, 16-9, in the final two periods, including a 7-1 advantage in the third period. However, Union managed to weather the storm and keep the Engineers from any further scoring after their early goal in the third period to hold on for another year of Capital City bragging rights.
 
Darion Hanson made a total of 18 saves in net for the Dutchmen, while Marshall stopped 15 of 19 on the night for RPI.
 
Union returns to ECAC Hockey action next weekend, Feb. 2-3, hitting the road for a series against Cornell and Colgate.