Morgan scores winning goals as Union tops Princeton

Morgan scores winning goals as Union tops Princeton

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- For the second night in a row, it appeared as if the Union College men's hockey team would be heading back to overtime. However, sophomore forward Liam Morgan buried a loose puck in the final 15 seconds of play to give Union a 3-2 win over the visiting Princeton Tigers on Friday night at Messa Rink.
 
The win gives the Dutchmen three points on the weekend, the most since defeating Clarkson and St. Lawrence on Nov. 2-3. Union improves to 15-9-6 on the season with an 8-8-2 record in conference play, sitting just two games behind Clarkson and Harvard who share a tie for fourth place in the league standings.

Summary
  • Princeton scored shorthanded to take the 1-0 lead early in the second period, but Union responded with a goal from Liam Morgan to tie the game before the end of the period.
  • Josh Kosack scored his eighth goal of the season midway through the third to give Union a 2-1 lead.
  • Princeton scored just nine seconds into a power play to tie the game at 2-2 with less than four minutes to play in the third..
  • Morgan scored his second of the night with 14.6 seconds remaining to give Union the 3-2 win..
  • Cole Maier had a two-point night, assisting on both of Morgan's goals..
  • Darion Hanson made 19 saves in net for his ninth win of the year.
 

How It Happened
Princeton started off the game out-shooting the Dutchmen, 13-7, in the first period, but neither team found the back of the net in the opening 20 minutes.
 
Union started to exert more pressure in the offensive zone during the second period, but the Tigers would be the first team to score in the contest. Ryan Kuffner took advantage of a turnover during a Union power play to score shorthanded at the 4:47 mark of the second period.
 
The Dutchmen didn't relent and eventually tied the game up seven minutes later with goal from Liam Morgan. Union ended up out-shooting the Tigers 8-3 in the second period.
 
Midway through the third period, Josh Kosack stole the puck away from a Princeton defenseman in the neutral zone to create a breakaway for himself. Kosack drove to the net and fired a shot off the left shoulder of netminder Ryan Ferland to give Union its first lead of the night.
 
However, with under four minutes remaining in the period, Princeton earned its second power play of the night and made short work of it, as Max Veronneau scored nine seconds in to tie the game back up.
 
With the game looking like it was going to be headed for overtime, Union had an offensive-zone face off with 30 seconds left in the third. Cole Maier won the draw to keep the puck in the zone for the Dutchmen, and with the puck up high, Greg Campbell moved the puck down to Ryan Walker on the half wall. Knowing time was about up, Walker threw the puck on net, where Maier and Morgan were both waiting. Maier tipped the puck and pushed it behind Ferland, where Morgan then finished the play and banged home the loose puck for the game winner.
 
Up Next for the Dutchmen
Union heads out on its final road trip of the regular season, taking on Colgate and Cornell over the Feb. 22-23 weekend. Both games are slated for 7 p.m. (ET) starts.