Rinaldi's OT game winner lifts Union past No. 20 Yale

Rinaldi's OT game winner lifts Union past No. 20 Yale

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Junior forward Anthony Rinaldiscored two goals, including the overtime game-winner, to help lead No. 16 Union to a 4-3 comeback win against No. 20 Yale on Friday night at Messa Rink.
 
Yale took a 3-1 lead in the middle of the third period, but Union responded with two quick goals to force the team's sixth overtime of the season. Union is now 12-6-4 on the season and 5-5-1 in ECAC Hockey play, while the Bulldogs drop to 9-7-3 (7-4-1 ECACH).

Summary
  • Rinaldi scored Union's second and fourth goals.
  • Sebastian Vidmar scored Union's first goal of the game on the power play, and earned an assist on Rinaldi's first goal, and now sits with 99 career points.
  • Lucas Breault scored the tying goal at the 15:25 mark of the third period.
  • Yale's Robbie DeMontis scored twice in the third period to give the Bulldogs their 3-1 lead before the Union comeback.
  • Despite conceding one power-play goal, Union killed off three Yale power-plays which included a five-on-three in the third period.
  • Darion Hanson made 32 saves in net for his sixth win of the season. 

How It Happened
The first period went by without much fanfare as neither team found the back of the net in the 20-minute span. Yale would end up out-shooting Union, 11-7, in the first period.
 
The second period started off looking a lot like the first, but midway through the second Union was given it's first power play of the contest. However, it would be Yale's Joe Snively that would find the back of the net first, scoring off a defensive turnover.
 
Fortunately, Sebastian Vidmar responded less than 40 seconds later to score on the man advantage and to tie the game up at 1-1. Yale netminder Sam Tucker made an initial save, but Vidmar picked up the rebound and netted his eighth goal of the season.
 
With a tie game to start the third, Yale's Robbie DeMontis would score twice in a four-minute span to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead with less than 12 minutes remaining in regulation. On top of the two-goal deficit, Union had to kill off a major penalty which also included a five-on-three penalty kill as well.
 
The success on the PK after the third Yale goal gave the Dutchmen the boost they needed to rally.
 
Union's second goal of the game started when Brett Supinski won a battle along the half boards to keep the puck in the offensive zone. Vidmar picked it up behind the net and dished it off to a wide-open Anthony Rinaldi in the right circle. Rinaldi sniped the puck off the near pipe and over the shoulder of Tucker to bring Union within one at the 13:43 mark.
 
They tying goal was again created from strong board work in the offensive zone. This time Sean Harrisonwon a battle behind the Yale net and got the puck to Jack Adams. Adams curled toward the front of the net and threw the puck across the crease to Lucas Breault who banged in his second of the season to tie the game with less than five minutes to play in the third.
 
Then in overtime, it was a bit of puck luck that gave Rinaldi the chance to go down the ice and end the game.
 
Yale won an offensive-zone face off, but as Ted Hart went to shoot the puck, it hopped over his stick and was easily picked up by Rinaldi who was then off to the races. One-on-one with a defender, Rinaldi took his shot and ended the game with his eighth goal of the season.
 
Up Next for the Dutchmen
Union finishes off the weekend at home tomorrow with a 7 p.m. (ET) game against Brown.