POTSDAM, N.Y. – The Union College men's hockey team suffered a 5-1 road loss to No. 16 Clarkson at Cheel Arena on Friday night.
The Dutchmen drop to 3-5-1 in ECAC Hockey play, 10-6-4 overall, while the Golden Knights improve to 4-3-0 in league play with an overall record of 13-6-0.
- Clarkson scored two goals in the first two periods to hold a 4-0 lead to start the third period.
- Union was out-shot 9-5 in the first period, but ended the contest out-shooting the Golden Knights 24-23.
- Anthony Rinaldi scored his sixth goal of the season for the lone Union tally, scoring with 7:47 left in the third period.
- Jake Kupsky came in for relief late in the second period and stopped all seven shots he faced in the remainder of the contest.
- Clarkson goaltender Jake Kielly made 23 saves and helped the Golden Knights kill all three of Union's power plays.
How It Happened
Clarkson's Haralds Egle scored the opening goal just five minutes in to give the Golden Knights the early lead. Less than seven minutes later, Michael Underwood scored his first of the season to put Clarkson up 2-0.
In the second period, Devin Brosseau and Anthony Callin both added goals for the Golden Knights, with the ladder coming at the 18:23 mark, at which point Jake Kupsky entered the contest for the Dutchmen.
It would then take over 12 minutes into the third period for the Dutchmen to get one past Kielly. A bad defensive turnover by the Golden Knights out the puck on the stick of Brandon Estes in the slot. With Anthony Rinaldi wide open to the right of the net, Estes unselfishly passed the puck over to Rianldi after Kielly bit on a shot fake, and Rinaldi finished off the play for his sixth goal of the season.
With less five minutes remaining in the third, Clarkson was assessed a five-minute major for elbowing, and after a matching minor penalty, the Dutchmen went on a shortened three-minute major power play. Opting for a two-man advantage with an empty net, Union looked to tie the game up in the final minutes. However, Clarkson's Chris Klack ended up scoring on the empty net with 15 seconds left to give the Golden Knights a 5-1 victory.
Up Next for the Dutchmen
Union finishes off the road trip up north with a contest at St. Lawrence tomorrow, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. (ET).