SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Union's nine seniors made sure their final regular-season home game would be one to remember, as they helped the Dutchmen to a 4-3 win over No. 15/16 Harvard on Saturday night at Messa Rink.
With the win, the Dutchmen finish the regular season in seventh place in the ECAC Hockey standings with a record of 17-11-6 and a conference record of 10-10-2. The loss prevented the Crimson from sharing a claim to the ECAC Hockey Cleary Cup, and gives them the four-seed for the quarterfinals.
- Harvard scored in the first three minutes for an early lead, but Union scored twice in the second period to carry a 2-1 lead into the third.
- Both teams scored two goals apiece in the third, but Union never trailed after gaining the lead in the second.
- Sebastian Vidmar recorded his 100th career point, scoring his ninth goal of the season.
- Ryan Walker scored the game-winner at the 14:12 mark of the third period.
- Anthony Rinaldi assisted on the first three Union goals.
- Jake Kupsky made 25 saves in net to earn his 23rd career win.
How It Happened
Harvard's Reilly Walsh scored just 2:44 into the game, giving the Crimson the rearly lead. Harvard also earned two power plays in the first period, but Union successfully killed them off. Union would end up going a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill, which included a five-on-three kill in the third period.
With a one goal deficit to start the second, Union took over the game and ended up out-shooting Harvard in the middle frame, 13-3. Brandon Estes got the Dutchmen on the board at the 6:15 mark of the second, squeaking in a shot from the point through traffic for his fifth of the season.
Sebastian Vidmar then broke the century mark less than three minutes later, banging home a back-door goal to put the Dutchmen on top, 2-1.
In the third period, Union got an early power play and with the advantage winding down, Liam Morgan got a shot through traffic that beat Harvard netminder Cameron Gornet for the 3-1 lead.
However, Harvard continued to battle, and Lewis Zerter-Gossage got the Crimson back within one with a goal at the 6:57 mark.
Ryan Walker then scored his team-best 13th goal of the season, redirecting a shot from Estes to put Union up, 4-2 with less than six minutes to play.
The Crimson made things interesting, scoring an extra-attacker goal with 18 seconds remaining to make it a one-goal game. Fortunately, Union killed off the remaining time to hold for the 4-3 win.
Up Next for the Dutchmen
Union enters the postseason as the seventh seed in the ECAC Hockey playoffs. The Dutchmen will host No. 10-seed Colgate for a best-of-three series next weekend March 8-10 at Messa Rink. All games will begin at 7 p.m. (ET).