Union Double-Ups No. 9/10 Yale

SCHENECTADY, NY – Senior forward Wayne Simpson scored his team-leading 13th goal, junior forward Josh Jooris had two assists, and junior goaltender Troy Grosenick made 37 stops to lead Union (14-10-5, 7-6-4 ECAC Hockey) to a 4-1 win over No. 9/10 Yale (13-8-3, 9-7-1 ECAC Hockey) in front of 2,085 fans at Messa Rink.

Sophomore forward Max Novak scored shorthanded, and Matt Hatch added a second period goal at even strength to help the Dutchmen rally from an early 1-0 deficit. Simpson and junior forward Daniel Carr (even strength) scored in the third period to push Union's lead to 4-1 midway through the third period.

Yale forward Andrew Miller scored a power play goal at 11:09 of the third to cut Union's lead to 4-2, but Grosenick was solid in the closing minutes of the contest, which included two additional Yale power play chances.

With the win, Union snapped a three-game winless streak (0-2-1) and moved into a tie for fourth in the ECAC Hockey standings.

Yale, which finished the night 2-for-8 on the man advantage, including four first period power plays, took advantage of its third man-up opportunity of the night, with Union freshman Sebastien Gingras in the penalty box for holding at 16:42.

Union's Hatch won the puck behind Grosenick, but his failed clear attempt found Yale's Tommy Fallen at the circle. Fallen fired over the glove of Grosenick at 17:36 to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead after one period of play.

With Yale on its fifth power play opportunity on the night early in the second period, Union evened the score with its sixth shorthanded goal of the season. Novak blocked a Yale shot from the point and skated down the left wing with the puck. Novak fired a soft backhander that beat Yale goaltender Nick Maricic (21 saves) at 8:25 to tie the game at 1-1.

The Dutchmen would strike again with another unlikely goal after a good cycle in Yale's zone later in the period. Junior forward Kevin Sullivan took a pass from Jooris and fed Hatch down low, and Hatch skated into the corner before firing a shot on net from below the goal line. The puck caromed off of Maricic and into the net at 16:00 to put the Dutchmen up 2-1. Shortly thereafter, Yale's Connor Wilson (17 saves) replaced Maricic in net for the remainder of the contest.

Late in the second period, with Yale's Gus Young already in the penalty box for roughing, Rob O'Gara took a boarding penalty at 19:21, giving the Dutchmen a lengthy 2-man advantage heading into the final period of play.

Union capitalized early in the third period, as junior defenseman Mat Bodie fed senior forward Kyle Bodie in the slot. Kyle Bodie fired a low shot that Wilson kicked right to Simpson, and Simpson found an open net at :31 to put Union up 3-1. Union finished the night 1-for-5 on the power play.

With the assist on the play, Mat Bodie passed Lane Caffaro '09 for the school points record by a defenseman in the DI era with 80 career points (18 goals, 62 assists).

Later in the period, Jooris picked up his second assist of the night, finding Carr all alone in the slot from behind the Union net. Carr beat Wilson low on a one-timer at 9:00 to give Union a 4-1 advantage.

Union will take on Brown (9-10-5, 5-7-5 ECAC Hockey) tomorrow night at Messa Rink in a 7:00 p.m. contest.