TROY, N.Y. – Despite dominating the first period and scoring the first two goals, Union was unable to answer a resurgent RPI squad as the Engineers battled back to Union a 5-3 loss on Friday night at the Houston Field House.
The loss is the first of the season for No. 11 Union as the Dutchmen drop to 4-1-1 (0-1-0 ECACH), while the Engineers pick up their first win of the season and improve to 1-3-0 (1-0-0 ECACH).
In the first period, Union out-shot RPI 15-1 and took a 2-0 lead with a power-play goal and shorthanded goal. However, RPI rebounded in the second period, scoring its own shorthanded goal to get on the board, before tying the game up midway through the second. The Engineers outs-shot Union 10-5 in the second period, and went on to score two more goals to start the third period en route to the 5-3 win.
- Union was given nine power-play opportunities in the contest, scoring on one
- RPI was held scoreless on four power-play opportunities.
- Sam Morton scored his first collegiate goal to get Union on the board in the first period.
- Sean Harrison scored his first of the season and his first career shorthanded goal.
- The Dutchmen out-shot the Engineers 35-15.
- Linden Marshall made 32 saves in net for the Engineers.
- RPI blocked a total of 15 shots.
How It Happened
The Dutchmen opened the scoring early as Sam Morton scored his first career goal on Union's first power play of the game, just 5:25 into the first period. Sean Harrison later added his first of the season less than six minutes later, netting a one-timer off an offensive-zone face off during the PK for Union's second shorthanded goal of the season.
After the hot start, however, the first bump in the road came in a bad bounce during a power play in the first minute of the second period. On a zone clearance, RPI's Patrick Polino found himself all alone up ice and scored on the shorthanded breakaway to cut Union's lead in half.
The wheels then fell off midway through the second period after hitting another bump in the road. This time, a breakdown in the defensive zone resulted in RPI's Meirs Moore tying the game up at the 11:39 mark.
RPI carried its momentum into the third period, and scored two goals within the span of two minutes to jump out to a 4-2 lead with 13 minutes left to play in the third.
The Dutchmen started to battle back, and Jack Adams scored his third of the season at the 8:38 mark to get Union back within one. However, the Engineers held on for the remainder of the period, surviving another 15 shots from Union, and scoring an empty-net goal, for the 5-3 win.
Up Next for the Dutchmen
Union and RPI will finish off the weekend series back in Schenectady tomorrow night at Messa Rink. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. (ET).