Union falls short, loses to No. 9 Cornell

Union falls short, loses to No. 9 Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. – Despite out-shooting Cornell 31-20, the Union College men's hockey team suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the No. 8/9 Big Red on Saturday night at Lynah Rink.
 
The Dutchmen drop to 15-11-6 on the season and remain in eighth place in ECAC Hockey with a conference record of 8-10-2. Cornell claims the lead back over Quinnipiac in the league standings after improving to 16-8-3 (12-5-3 ECACH).
 
Union gave up the first goal of the game on a power play to Cornell in the first period, but responded with a shorthanded goal to even the game back up before the end of the frame. However, Cornell would go on to score in the second, despite being out-shot 14-3 in the period, and add an empty-net goal in the final minute of play for the win over the Dutchmen.

Summary
  • Cole Maier scored an unassisted shorthanded goal, a league-leading fifth shorthanded goal this season for the Dutchmen.
  • Matthew Galajda made 30 stops in net and helped the Big Red kill off all four penalties they were assessed.
  • There were a total of 13 minor penalties assessed in the game, but only five power plays earned, four for Union and five for Cornell. 

How It Happened
Cornell scored on its first power play of the game, as Michael Regush netted his eighth of the season less than a minute into the man advantage at the 2:19 mark of the first period.
 
Union earned two power plays after conceding the early goal, but the Dutchmen wouldn't score until down a player later in the period. As Union was killing off its second penalty of the game, Cole Maier intercepted a pass and created a fast break for himself up the ice. Maier took a shot that beat Cornell netminder Matthew Galajda low blocker side to even the score at 1-1. It was Maier's first shorthanded goal of the season, but the fifth for the Dutchmen, which leads all teams in ECAC Hockey.
 
With the score knotted up at 1-1 to start the second period, Union came out looking to take the lead. The Dutchmen were all over the Cornell net, but Galajda turned away all 14 shots he faced in the middle fame. In the final five minutes of the period, Cornell took back the lead thanks to a goal from Mitch Vanderlaan off a scramble in front of the Union net.
 
Galajda continued to be a thorn in the side of the Dutchmen into the third period, as he turned away another nine shots to keep his side ahead. With an empty Union net, Cornell put the final nail in the coffin with as goal from Morgan Barron to seal the 3-1 win.
 
Up Next for the Dutchmen
Union returns home for the final two games of the regular season next weekend, March 1-2. The Dutchmen host Dartmouth on Friday, and Harvard for Senior Day on Saturday. Both games are slated to begin at 7 p.m. (ET).