No. 6/7 Union Begins Playoff Push

#6/7 Union (23-8-3) vs. Princeton (15-14-3)

Dates/Times: March 10/7 p.m | March 11/7 p.m. | March 12/7 p.m. (if necessary)
Location/Venue: Schenectady, N.Y./Messa Rink
Division I Series Record: Union leads, 30-19-8
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y.--Union hosts Princeton in a best-of-three ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal series. The Dutchmen secured a bye to the quarterfinals for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

Union is partnering with fans Robby Carr and Ashlyn Hill in the collection of new and gently used brimmed hats and sunglasses as part of their "Hats for Haiti" initiative during Saturday's game.Fans are encouraged to bring ball caps and wide-brimmed hats, as well as sunglasses to the front lobby of Messa Rink on Saturday, March 11 during game two of the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal series between Union and Princeton. These items will be taken to Haiti by Robby's aunt during an upcoming Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) mission trip. If you have new and gently used hats and sunglasses stowed away at home, Robby and Ashlyn are hoping you'll consider donating them to their "Hats for Haiti" project.

#6/7 Union 3, #9/9 Cornell 3 (OT) - Feb. 25 - Lynah Rink
Union Goals: Vecchione, Foo, Supinski
Multiple Points: Supinski (1G-2A), Vecchione (1G-1A), J. Taylor (2A)
Cornell Goalie: Mitch Gillam (T) - 32 saves, 35 shots
Union Goalie: Alex Sakellaropoulos (T) - 29 saves, 32 shots
Power Play: Union 3-5, Cornell 2-5
Noteworthy: Vecchione became the all-time leading scorer in program history (171 points) with his two-point night … The tie clinched Union a share of its fourth ECAC Hockey regular season title in the last seven seasons ... The Dutchmen extended their unbeaten streak to five (4-0-1) … Supinski's three-point game was his first of the season … Taylor produced his ninth multi-point game of the season … Union scored two or more power-play goals for the fourth time in its last five games … The Dutchmen outshot the Big Red 6-0 in the overtime period.

Union is 30-19-8 against Princeton in its Division I era and is unbeaten in the last 16 meetings (13-0-3). The Dutchmen rolled to a 7-3 win at Hobey Baker Rink on Dec. 2 with twelve Union skaters combining for 19 points in the win. The last postseason meeting between the two teams was in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals in the 2008-09 season, with the Tigers taking the series in three games.  

Princeton defeated Colgate in three games in the ECAC Hockey First Round, notching its first ECAC Hockey playoff series win since the 2008-2009 season, to advance to the quarterfinals. All three of the games were decided by one goal and two were settled in overtime. The Tigers rebounded from a 3-2 overtime loss in game one with a 4-3 overtime victory in game two. Eric Robinson tallied the game-tying goal with one second remaining in regulation, forcing the extra frame. Senior goaltender Colton Phinney made 35 saves in game three, including 27 over the final two periods, backstopping Princeton to a 2-1 win. Robinson led the Tigers with four points in the first round on one goal and three assists. Sophomore forwards Ryan Kuffner (2G-1A) and Max contributed (1G-2A) each contributed three points (2G-1A) and freshman defenseman Derek Topatigh produced a goal and an assist. Phinney stopped 81 of 88 shots over the three games, posting a 2.08 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. 

- Union improved to 14-1-0 when scoring first. 
Brett Supinski became the fifth Dutchman to register three points in a game this season (Vecchione, Foo, Vidmar, Taylor)
Mike Vecchione became the first Dutchman to score two overtime winners in a season since 2009-10 (Jason Walters '10) 
- Union's 4-3 overtime win at Colgate was its 12th come-from-behind win of the season.
- Union is 11-0-0 when being outshot.