Union Wins Against RPI in Overtime

Union Wins Against RPI in Overtime

SCHENECTADY, NY—Senior forward Mike Vecchionescored his Division I-leading 10th goal of the season 1:06 into overtime to lift the Union College men's hockey team to a 3-2 win against Rensselaer, Saturday night at Messa Rink. The Dutchmen, who extend their unbeaten streak to six (5-0-1), go to 6-1-1 overall and 2-0-0 in ECAC Hockey, while the Engineers go to 1-5-1 overall and 0-2-0 in the conference.
 
Vecchione (1g) and Spencer Foo (1a) each extended their point streak to six games. Ryan Scarfo and Eli Lichtenwald also scored for Union.  In goal, Alex Sakellaropoulos finished with 23 saves to improve to 5-0-0.
 
After a scoreless first period, Lichtenwald put Union in front at 1:30 of the second, redirecting Nick DeSimone's shot from the point past RPI goaltender Chase Perry. Vas Kolias registered his third assist of the season on the goal.
 
Riley Bourbonnais provided a quick response goal for the Engineers, jamming in his own rebound on a power play 2:20 later for his fourth of the season.
 
The Dutchmen regained their lead before the end of the frame when Scarfo poked home a loose puck after a goalmouth scramble at 19:30 for his second goal in as many games. Michael Pontarelli and Cole Maier each picked up an assist.
 
Again, Bourbonnais produced the tying goal from a power play, converting on a rebound in tight at 5:53 of the third.
 
The two teams traded chances in the opening minute of overtime until Vecchione sealed the win with his sixth goal in the last three games. Vecchione worked a quick give-and-go with Foo at center ice before carrying the puck into the offensive zone and beating a screened Chase Perry high on the glove side.
 
Perry finished with 37 saves for the Engineers. Union outshot RPI 40-25 and went 0-for-8 on the power play, while the Engineers were 2-for-4 with the man advantage.
 
With the win, the Dutchmen capture the Capital Skates Trophy for the first time since 2013-14. The trophy is awarded the team that claims the regular season series. The two teams meet again in the Fifth Annual Capital District Mayor's Cup on Jan. 19 at the Times Union Center.
 
Union, which is off to its best start since the 2012-13 season, faces a quick turnaround, traveling to Holy Cross Tuesday Nov. 1 for a 7 p.m. contest.