Union ties RPI, captures Mayor's Cup in shootout

Union ties RPI, captures Mayor's Cup in shootout

ALBANY, N.Y. – Neither side wanted to give an inch, and it took an extra round of a shootout to crown a champion in the 2019 Capital District Mayor's Cup contest, as the Union men's hockey team topped RPI 3-2 in six rounds of a shootout on Tuesday night at the Times Union Center.
 
The game officially ended in a 0-0 tie after neither netminder relinquished a goal after 65 minutes of competition.
 
It was also a historic game as Union claimed the Mayor's Cup for a record third-straight year, and it was the first time that a shootout was used to decide the winner. 

Summary
  • Union out-shot RPI 43-20, including a 22-2 margin in the third period.
  • Darion Hanson made 20 saves, including a game-high 12 in the second period, for his first shutout of the season.
  • RPI netminder Owen Savory made all 43 stops he faced to record his first shutout of the season as well.
  • Union was 0-for-2 on the power play, but went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill. 

How it Happened
After suffering two loses to RPI in October, Union came out looking for revenge. The Dutchmen started off strong, earning a 12-5 advantage in shots during the first period.
 
The ice slanted toward RPI in the second period, as the Engineers out-shot the Dutchmen 12-7 in the frame.
 
In the third it was all Union. Hanson only had to make two saves in the contest, as the majority of skating took place on the RPI end of the rink. Despite numerous grade-A scoring chances, Owen Savory denied Union on every attempt to force a scoreless overtime.
 
In the extra five-minute frame, neither team was able to generate much offense and a five-round shootout was needed to determine which city would be taking home the Mayor's Cup.
 
Jack Adams scored the first goal of the shootout, putting Union up 1-0 in the second round. However, Kyle Hallbauer scored for the Engineers to even things up in the third. Both Liam Morgan and RPI's Shane Bear scored in the fourth round, and after stops by the netminders in the fifth, an overtime round was needed in the shootout.
 
Captain Cole Maier came through huge, scoring on his attempt in the sixth, before Hanson denied Jakub Lacka to secure the third-straight Mayor's Cup title for the Dutchmen.
 
Up Next for the Dutchmen
Union has a quick turnaround, as the Dutchmen host No. 13 Cornell on Friday, Feb. 1, and Colgate on Saturday, Feb. 2. Both games are slated to begin at 7 p.m. (ET).