SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Dominating the first two periods, the Union College men's hockey team defeated Canisius, 5-3, on Saturday evening at Messa Rink.
Union out-shot Canisius by a 32-9 margin through the first 40 minutes of play. Despite holding a 4-1 lead over the Golden Griffins to begin the third period, Canisius battled back with two goals in the first four minutes of the third to cut Union's lead down to one.
Fortunately, Union weathered the late effort by the Griffins and walked away with the victory to close out 2018 and improve to 9-4-4 on the season. Canisius drops to 6-9-2 after the loss.
- Sebastian Vidmar had another two-point night, earning him four points on the weekend.
- In addition to Vidmar, Brendan Taylor and Josh Kosack also had two-point nights.
- Zachary Emelifeonwu scored his first of the season, which stood as the game-winning goal for the Dutchmen.
- Union went 1-for-3 on the power play and scored one shorthanded goal.
- Jake Kupsky earned his fifth victory of the season.
How It Happened
Like the night before, Canisius' Austin Alger opened the scoring in the first period for the Griffins. After conceding the first power play of the game, Union responded with its fourth shorthanded goal of the season to tie the game up. Sebastian Vidmar skated in alone Canisius goaltender Matt Ladd, and made two moves before putting the puck in on his forehand.
Three minutes later, Ryan Walker scored on a shot through traffic to give Union its first lead of the weekend. With Liam Morgan screening Ladd, Walker fired a shot from the half wall that beat Ladd short side for the senior's sixth goal of the season.
In the second period, Union kept up the pressure and found the back of the net two more times. Michael Ryan scored his second of the year with a blast from the point while on the power play, putting the Dutchmen up 3-1 early in the second period.
Zachary Emelifeonwu then scored his first of the season, redirecting a pass from Brendan Taylor in the slot for the eventual game-winner.
The Golden Griffins didn't give up, and in the third period they scored twice within the first four minutes to make it a one-goal game. Alger scored his third of the weekend and Mitchell Martan scored to bring Canisius within one.
However, Union kept Canisius from any further scoring, and in the final minute of play, Taylor scored his first goal of the season on the empty net to secure the 5-3 win for the Dutchmen.
Up Next for the Dutchmen
Union travels to Pittsburgh next weekend to kick off 2019 at the Three Rivers Classic. The Dutchmen play in the first game of the tournament, taking on St. Cloud State at 5 p.m. (ET) at the Lemieux Sports Complex.