Maloney's late goal lifts Brown past No. 16 Union

Maloney's late goal lifts Brown past No. 16 Union

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Rookie Michael Maloney(McHenry, Ill.) scored the game-winning goal late in the third period as the Brown men's hockey team topped No. 16 Union, 3-2, in Saturday's ECAC contest at Messa Rink.
 
Brown (8-9-3, 5-5-3) earned a four-point weekend after Friday night's win at RPI and improved to 7-3-2 over the last 12 games. Union dropped to 12-7-4, 5-6-1. Brown improved to 2-0-1 against the Dutchmen this season.
 
In addition to Maloney, Jake Harris (Toronto, Ontario) and Colin Burston (Winnipeg, Manitoba) also scored for the Bears, while Harris added an assist for the two-point night. Gavin Nieto (Yorba Linda, Calif.) made 26 saves in net for the Bears. Jake Kupsky had 18 stops for the Dutchmen.
 
"I thought we outplayed them for two periods, they had a push back in the third, but we weathered it and found a way to score the game winner," said head coach Brendan Whittet. "I give our guys a lot of credit. We're a team that's young, but definitely growing as the season progresses. We're learning how to win."
 
Liam Morgan gave Union an early lead as he scored just 22 seconds into the contest on a backhanded shot in between the circles.
 
Brown tied the game midway through the period, when Will Scherer (St. Charles, Mo.) took a shot from the point that was deflected into the net by Harris, as the rookie notched his second goal of the season. Brown outshot Union by an 11-6 margin in the first period.
 
The Bears gained the lead at 15:11 in the second period. Jack Gessert (Novi, Mich.) took advantage of a turnover behind the Union net and quickly found Burston in front, who buried the shot for his second tally of the season. Ben Taylor (Falmouth, Mass.) picked up the secondary assist on the play for his first career point.
 
Jack Adams evened the score for the Dutchmen when he blasted a one timer past Nieto at 4:13 in the third period.
 
Maloney scored the game winner with 3:32 left in the period, as he came off the bench for a loose puck in the left circle, and snapped a shot past Kupsky for the go-ahead tally.
 
Union drew a penalty late in the period and then pulled Kupsky for the extra skater, but the Bears weathered the pressure for the final minute to secure the victory.
 
Brown will visit Yale next Saturday at 7 PM.