Union opens second half with a tie against Canisius

Union opens second half with a tie against Canisius

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – For the third time in the past five games, the Union College men's hockey team played an extra period of hockey and were unable to break the tie, as the Dutchmen skated to a 2-2 tie against Canisius on Friday night at Messa Rink.
 
Union is now 8-4-4 on the season, as three of those four ties have come in the last three weekends that the Dutchmen have been on the ice. Canisius recorded its second tie and moves to 6-8-2 on the year.
 

Summary

  • After a six-game scoreless drought on the power play, Union scored twice on the man advantage.
  • Sebastian Vidmar and Brandon Estes both recorded two-point nights, each scoring once and assisting on each other's goals.
  • Union out-shot the Golden Griffins, 44-26, in the contest, which included a 20-5 advantage in the third period.
  • Darion Hanson made his sixth-straight appearance in net and made 24 saves.
 

How It Happened
Despite starting off the game with a 7-1 advantage in shots, Union conceded the first goal when Canisius' Austin Alger scored at the 9:10 mark of the first period.
 
The Dutchmen continued to battle back and scored an equalizer on the power play before the end of the period. After working the puck around in the zone, Sebastian Vidmar received the puck in the slot and fired a shot over the shoulder of Griffins' keeper Blake Weyrick.
 
The score would remain tied up 1-1 for the majority of the second period, until Jimmy Mazza scored with less than four seconds left in the middle frame to put Canisius up 2-1.
 
In the third period, Union earned two back-to-back power plays and during the second man advantage, Brandon Estes fired a blast from the point that beat Weyrick for the tying goal.
 
Despite Union out-shooting Canisius 20-5 in the third period, and 4-2 in overtime, the tally by Estes would be the final goal of the game.
 
Up Next for the Dutchmen
Union and Canisius close out 2018 with a rubber match tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 29, back at Messa Rink. Game time is set for 4 p.m. (ET).