ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Union College men's hockey team will enjoy the sights and sounds of Ithaca for one more day, as No. 10 Cornell defeated Union, 4-0, to force a decisive game three in the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals on Saturday night at Lynah Rink.
The loss snaps a season-best five-game winning streak for the Dutchmen, who are now 20-12-6 on the year. The quarterfinal series with Cornell is the only one to need a game three, as Harvard, Clarkson and Brown all won their respective series for the chance to play for the ECAC Hockey championship in Lake Placid.
- Cornell scored two goals in the first 2:02 of the game to set the tone early.
- The Big Red would end up out-shooting Union 33-15.
- A combined total of 72 penalty minutes was assessed in the game, but neither team could convert on the power play.
- Darion Hanson made 29 saves in net for Union, while Matthew Galajda stopped all 15 shots he faced.
How It Happened
The Big Red responded after losing the night before with two quick goals. Brendan Locked scored first for Cornell just 1:21 in, while Mitch Vabderlaan added a second just 41 seconds later to put the Big Red on top 2-0 before Union had a shot on net.
In the second period, Noah Bauld scored to give Cornell a 3-0 edged. Alex Green then added the fourth Cornell goal midway through the third period.
The third period saw a total of 50 penalty minutes doled out, as Union and Cornell were given two 10-minute misconducts each. Despite giving up a five-on-three chance late in the third period, Union killed off the chance to keep Cornell scoreless on the power play.
Up Next for the Dutchmen
Union and Cornell finish of the series tomorrow evening at 4 p.m. back at Lynah Rink. The winner will advance to Lake Placid for the semifinals of the ECAC Hockey tournament.