BOSTON – The Union College men's hockey team is on a roll, as the No. 20 Dutchmen knocked off the No. 12 Northeastern Huskies for a weekend sweep with a 3-1 win on Saturday night at Matthews Arena.
The win gives moves Union to 4-0-1, marking its second-best start to a season in its Division I era since starting 5-0-0 in the 2014-15 season.
Unlike the night before, Union was the team to jump out to a 2-0 lead, and the Dutchmen were able to successfully keep that lead into the first intermission. The Huskies got a power-play goal in the second period, but that would be all that the Dutchmen and netminder Darion Hanson would concede. In the third period Sebastian Vidmar scored his second of the contest to give Union back its two-goal lead for the eventual 3-1 win.
- Senior Sebastian Vidmar led the Dutchmen with two goals on the night, including one on the power play.
- Brett Supinski recorded his third-straight game with a point, tallying an assist on the final goal.
- Sophomore Jack Adams scored the game winner which also stood as the game winner.
- D-pair Vas Kolias and Brandon Estes both recorded an assist, ending the weekend with an assist each in both games.
- Darion Hanson posted 31 saves to help Union to the weekend sweep.
- Hanson only conceded once even-strength goal all weekend.
How It Happened
After a slow start the night before, Union came out looking to make an impact right away. The Dutchmen got their chance after Northeastern was assessed the first penalty of the game at the 5:41 mark of the first period. Vidmar scored less than a minute into the man advantage, scoring his second PP goal of the weekend, to give Union the early 1-0 lead.
Later midway through the period, Union doubled its lead off a Jack Adams goal. Vas Kolias carried the puck in along the half boards and dished the puck off to Adams who was all alone in front of the NU net. Adams simply redirected the puck past Huskies' netminder Cayden Primeau for his second of the year.
In the second period, Northeastern was able to get on the board after scoring on a five-minute major power play. However, it would be the only scoring that the Huskies would do for the rest of the game.
As the two teams settled into back-and-forth defensive play, it looked like the game might end in a 2-1 score. But with less than six minutes remaining in the third period, Vidmar scored his second of the night, and third of the weekend, quickly off an offensive-zone face off. Brett Supinski won the draw and tapped it back to Vidmar, who was skating toward the net. In stride, Vidmar slipped the puck pas Primeau for the 3-1 lead and eventual win.
Up Next for the Dutchmen
Union returns to the Capital Region to take on rival RPI this next weekend, Oct. 26-27. The Engineers will host Friday's game at the Houston Field House in Troy, while Saturday's contest will be held at Messa Rink. Both games are slated for 7 p.m. (ET) start times.