Union fall short in OT to No. 18 Princeton

Union fall short in OT to No. 18 Princeton

PRINCETON, N.J. – In a back-and-forth game, the No. 12 Union College men's hockey team dropped 4-3 decision in overtime to No. 18 Princeton on Friday night at Hobey Baker Rink.
 
The Dutchmen lead, 2-1, after the first, but found themselves trailing with 10 minutes to play in the third period. Despite the late Princeton goal, Union kept pushing and found the equalizer with less four minutes to play, as Liam Morgan banged in his fourth goal of the season to force overtime with the Tigers. Unfortunately, Princeton started the extra period hot and scored the game winner just 1:27 in to defeat Union in New Jersey for the first time since 2009.
 
With the loss, Union drops to 6-3-1 (2-3-0 ECACH), while Princeton improves to 2-1-1 (2-0-1 ECACH).

Summary
  • Three of Princeton's goals were scored in the first three minutes of a period.
  • Union out-shot Princeton 16-6 in the first period, but Princeton out-shot Union in the second by the same margin, 16-6.
  • In the third period, Union went on to out-shoot Princeton 17-9, but did not register a shot on net in overtime.
  • Sean Harrison scored his second goal of the season.
  • Both Harrison and Liam Morgan would end the night with one goal and one assist each.
  • Union went 0-for-2 on the power play, while Princeton was 1-for-2 with the man advantage.
  • Jake Kupsky made 30 stops in net for Union, which included 15 in the second period alone.


How It Happened
Princeton jumped out to an early lead, as Alex Riche scored at the 2:10 mark while on the power play. Union didn't get down and bounced back with a tying goal just four minutes later. Jack Adams won a board battle behind the Princeton net and dished the puck out to Parker Foo in front. Foo's shot was stopped by Tigers' netminder Ryan Ferland, but Sean Harrison pounced on the rebound to get Union on the board.
 
At the 12:06 mark, Union struck again with another rebound goal. This time Liam Morgan had the initial shot and in the ensuing scramble, senior captain Cole Maier tapped in the rebound for the Union lead. Despite giving up the early goal, Union ended the first period with a 16-6 shots-on-goal margin.
 
The period featured the fastest goal of the night, as the Tigers even the game up at 2-2 within the first minute, thanks to a Ryan Kuffner goal. After dominating the first period, Princeton would go on to control the second and even the total shots on net, 24-24, after 40 minutes of play.
 
Princeton then took it second lead of the night in the third period, scoring a four-on-four goal just before the 10-minute mark of the third period. Union kept pressuring and eventually found the tying goal when Liam Morgan scored, yet another, rebound goal. Zachary Emelifeonwu got the puck to Sean Harrison who took the initial shot before Morgan banged home the second effort.
 
Union headed into the overtime period after dominating shots on net in the third period, 17-9. However, Princeton would not concede another shot and end up scoring on their third attempt in the overtime period, thanks to a shot by Derek Topatigh that found its way through traffic.
 
Up Next for the Dutchmen
No. 12 Union heads north tomorrow, Nov. 10, to finish off the conference weekend at No. 13 Quinnipiac. Opening faceoff against the Bobcats is set for 7 p.m. (ET).