SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – In what started looking like it was going to be a blowout for the Dutchmen, Brown ultimately battled back to hand the Union College men's hockey team a 3-2 defeat on Saturday night at Messa Rink.
With the loss, Union falls to 12-7-4 on the season and 5-6-1 in ECAC Hockey play, while Brown improves to 8-9-3 (5-5-3 ECACH).
The game started off with a bang, as Liam Morgan scored just 22 seconds to give the Dutchmen the early lead. Union continued to mount the early pressure, but despite Union having all the momentum, Brown slowly chipped away and eventually found a way to beat Union for the second time this season.
- Union out-shot Brown 28-21, including a 14-4 margin in the third period.
- Liam Morgan's goal 22 seconds in is the fastest goal scored by the Dutchmen this season.
- Brown scored in the second period to claim a 2-1 lead to start the third.
- Jack Adams scored his seventh of the season to tie the game early in the third.
- The Bears weather a six-on-four advantage Union had in the final minute of play.
How it Happened
On the first shift of the game, Morgan intercepted a pass in the offensive zone and had an open look on net to score an unassisted goal at the 22-second mark for the early Union lead.
Despite the early goal, Brown would out-shoot Union, 11-6, in the first and end up tying the game at 1-1 in the 11th minute of the period.
The second period saw the Dutchmen out-shoot the Bears, but Brown's Colin Burston would be the lone scorer of the middle frame.
In the third period, Union upped the pressure on the Brown net and it paid off early. The Bears tried to chip a puck off the glass to get out of their zone, but Brendan Taylor collected it and quickly dished it off to Adams on the left side. Adams one-timed and buried it for his seventh of the season to tie the game up, 2-2, at the 4:13 mark of the third.
Later in the third period, Union was pressuring hard to score a third goal, but after Brown netminder Gavin Nieto stopped an offensive zone possession for the Dutchmen, a rush developed up the ice toward Union's net.
Union netminder Jake Kupsky made the first save on the rush, but Brown's Michael Maloney pounced on an uncleared puck and put it in the net during the scramble in front of Kupsky.
The Dutchmen were given a power-play opportunity in the final two minutes of regulation, and with an empty net outnumbered the Brown skaters six to four. However, Nieto and the defending Bears in front of him kept Union from tying the game and forcing overtime for a second night in a row.
Up Next for the Dutchmen
It's a quick turnaround for Union, as the team plays in the rescheduled Mayor's Cup on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Times Union Center. Face-off in the seventh iteration of the game is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET).