Union skates to a tie with No. 5/6 Quinnipiac

Union skates to a tie with No. 5/6 Quinnipiac

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Not much separated the No. 20 Union College men's hockey team and the No. 5/6 Quinnipiac Bobcats on Friday night, as the two teams skated to a 1-1 tie at Messa Rink.
 
Both teams ended the night with one goal, one minor penalty and 28 shots on net, as neither side seemed to get an edge on the other.
 
The game marked the ninth time that the Dutchmen have played in overtime this season, as the tie moves Union to 14-9-6 (7-8-2 ECACH) on the year. Quinnipiac now sits with a 21-6-2 overall record and a 10-5-2 mark in conference play.

Summary
  • Quinnipiac scored at the 8:29 mark of the second period to open the scoring.
  • Brendan Taylor scored six and a half minutes later for his second goal of the season.
  • The tie keeps alive Union's undefeated streak against Quinnipiac, as the Dutchmen are now 5-0-2 in the last seven games against the Bobcats.
  • Darion Hanson made 27 saves and helped Union kill off its lone penalty in the first period.
 

How It Happened
Quinnipiac out-shot Union in the first period, but only by a 7-5 margin. The Dutchmen were assessed the first penalty of the game midway through the first, but successfully killed it off, allowing only one shot on net.
 
The Bobcats' Wyatt Bongiovanni then opened the scoring, netting his 11th of the season off a turnover in the Union zone. However, the Dutchmen responded and less than seven minutes later scored the equalizing goal on a scramble that started behind the Quinnipiac net. Brendan Taylor picked the puck up behind and to the side of the Quinnipiac net, and drove to the front, eventually powering the puck past netminder Andrew Shortridge for his second of the season.
 
Union ended up out-shooting Quinnipiac, 12-7, in the second period, and carried a 17-14 lead in shots into the third. However, a lone penalty on the Bobcats would be the only play of note in the final period of regulation.
 
In overtime, Quinnipiac out-shot the Dutchmen, 4-2, evening the shots for the game at 28 apiece.
 
Up Next for the Dutchmen
Union finishes off the weekend with Princeton tomorrow night back at Messa Rink. Puck drop with the Tigers is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET).