Union Loses to Clarkson

SCHENECTADY, NY—The No. 15/16 Union College men's hockey team fell behind early and could not find its way back from a 3-0 deficit, falling 3-1 against Clarkson, Saturday at Messa Rink. The Dutchmen, who suffered their first home and league loss of the season, go to 8-3-2 overall and 4-1-1 in ECAC Hockey, while the Golden Knights move to 6-5-1 overall and 3-1-1 in conference play.
 
Alex Sakellaropoulos (7-1-1) made 26 saves and Brett Supinski scored his first goal of the season for Union. Spencer Foo extended his point streak to 11 games with an assist and Jeff Taylor also added a helper.
 
First-year goaltender Jake Kielly turned away 36 shots, including 17 on the penalty kill, for his fifth win of the season for Clarkson. Nico Sturm, Brett Gervais and A.J. Fossen all scored for the Golden Knights and Sheldon Rampal contributed three assists.
 
Clarkson jumped out to a 1-0 at 1:04 of the first when Nico Sturm guided Devin Brosseau's pass over Sakellaropoulos' blocker. Gervais extended the lead at 7:10, scoring with a wraparound for his second of the season.
 
A.J. Fossen put the Golden Knights ahead 3-0 in the with 47 seconds left in the second, redirecting a James De Haas shot from the point past a screened Sakellaropoulos. The goal was Fossen's third of the year.
 
Union bounced back quickly in the third, pulling back within two with a Supinski power-play goal 27 seconds into the frame. Supinski took a pass from Foo at the bottom of the left circle and snuck a shot through Kielly's legs for his first of the season.
 
The Dutchmen outshot the Golden Knights 13-5 in the third period, but Kielly was up to the task, stopping the final 12 shots of the stanza to secure his fifth win of the season.
 
Union outshot Clarkson 37-29 and went 1-for-9 on the power play, while the Golden Knights finished 0-for-3.

The Dutchmen are off until starting a six game road swing at Princeton on December 2. They return to Messa Rink on Dec. 31, hosting defending national champion North Dakota at 4 p.m.