CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. – For the second time in program history, the Union College men's hockey team has defeated a No. 1-ranked St. Cloud State team, this time by a season-best 7-2 score over the Huskies in the opening game of the Three Rivers Classic.
The Huskies entered the contest conceding an average of just 1.82 goals against, but the Dutchmen would almost quadruple that, scoring a season-high seven goals on St. Cloud State, six against David Hrenak and one against Jeff Smith. Despite the onslaught of goals, Union was out-shot, 38-25, by St. Cloud State, and relied heavily on the great play by Darion Hanson in net.
The last time Union scored seven or more goals was on Feb. 11, 2017 in an 8-3 win at Dartmouth. The last time St. Cloud State conceded seven or more goals was on Jan. 12, 2017 in a 7-5 loss to Western Michigan.
- Cole Maier had a four-point outing, a career-high for the senior, recording four assists on the night.
- Both Liam Morgan and Brandon Estes also both had career-best three-point nights. Estes scored two goals and assisted on one, while Morgan picked up three assists.
- Sebastian Vidmar and Ryan Walker both had two-point nights, as Walker scored twice and Vidmar scored one and earned one assist.
- Union scored two goals in both the first and second periods, then scored three in the third.
- The Dutchmen were unable to convert on two power-play chances in the game, which included a five-minute major.
- Sophomore Darion Hanson made 36 saves in net for Union, and only conceded one even-strength goal to the Huskies. Of his 36 saves, 17 came in the third period alone.
How It Happened
The game started off as an even battle between the No. 14-ranked Dutchmen and the No.1-ranked Huskies, as neither team was able to get an advantage over each other. However, in the 16th minute of the first period, Ryan Walker scored his seventh goal of the season to put Union on the board first. Less than two-minutes later, Brandon Estes scored his third of the season for a 2-0 Union lead.
With a two-goal lead to enter the second period, things started off similar in the second as they did in the first. It wasn't until the 11:14 mark of the period that Parker Foo scored his fourth of the season to put Union up by three.
With less than four minutes to play in the second period, Union was assessed the game's first penalty, and St. Cloud State would go on to score its first goal on that man advantage. However, despite giving up the goal to the Huskies, Union responded just over a minute later with a goal from Sebastian Vidmar to gain back the three-goal lead.
After the second intermission, Union started the third period still holding onto that momentum from the late Vidmar goal. Estes scored his second of the game just 30 seconds into the third period to put Union up 5-1. A minute later, Brett Supinski scored his fifth of the season for a 6-1 lead, marking the end of SCSU's goaltender David Hrenak's time in net.
St. Cloud State did score its lone even-strength goal of the game at the 2:48 mark of the period, to make the score 6-2, but Darion Hanson would stop the rest of the shots he would face in the contest.
Walker then scored his second of the game at the 5:41 mark of the third period, which would end up being the last goal scored in the contest.
Up Next for the Dutchmen
Union will now face the winner between Brown and Robert Morris in the championship game of the Three Rivers Classic. The game will be played at PPG Paints Arena in downtown Pittsburgh tomorrow, Jan. 5, at 8 p.m. (ET).