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Union Blows Two Goal Lead in 3rd, Loses to Quinnipiac

Posted at: 01/13/2013 12:37 PM

HAMDEN, CT – Senior forward Wayne Simpson (goal, assist) recorded his 100th and 101st career points, and senior defenseman Greg Coburn added a goal, but No. 16 Union men’s ice hockey (10-7-4, 4-3-3 ECAC Hockey) fell 3-2 at No. 5/5 Quinnipiac (17-3-3, 11-0-1 ECAC Hockey). Union took a 2-0 lead into the third period, but Quinnipiac answered with three goals in the final frame.

Union started the third period with over four minutes of power play time, including 3:00 of 5-on-3 time after two major penalties to Travis St. Denis and Connor Jones late in the second period.

Quinnipiac goaltender Eric Hartzell (15 saves) made a sliding stop on sophomore forward Max Novak during the Union power play, his best save during the penalty kill to keep the Bobcats within striking distance.

Quinnipiac’s Mike Dalhuisen scored on a shot from the left point at 6:23 to pull the Bobcats within a goal. At 11:12, with junior forward Cole Ikkala in the penalty box for interference, Jordan Samuels-Thomas tied the game, jamming in a rebound off a shot by Dalhuisen to knot the game at 2-2.

Kellen Jones scored the game winner on another rebound chance off a defensive zone turnover at 13:06.

Quinnipiac outshot Union 32-17 for the night and went 1-for-7 on the man advantage. Union finished the night 2-for-6 on the power play.

Union special teams play helped the Dutchmen take a two-goal lead heading into the first break, as the Dutchmen scored twice on the power play in the first period and killed off three Quinnipiac power plays.

Union earned its second power play opportunity in the opening five minutes when Loren Barron was sent to the penalty box for cross-checking at 4:15.  Simpson struck for his milestone goal after an errant clear by Quinnipiac found him in the slot all alone with the puck.

Simpson fired over the right shoulder of Hartzell at 5:22 to give the Dutchmen a 1-0 lead.

Union struck again on the man advantage after Russell Goodman was sent off for high sticking at 10:27. Simpson set up the goal, firing a shot off the pad of Hartzell. The rebound fell right to sophomore forward Daniel Ciampini, who found Coburn open on the far side, and the senior found the open net to put Union up 2-0 at 11:33.

The Dutchmen were forced to kill off 1:23 of 5-on-3 power play time for Quinnipiac after junior defenseman Mat Bodie took a tripping penalty at 14:05 with junior forward Matt Hatch already in the penalty box for boarding.

Grosenick made several stops during the man advantage, stopping long drives by Matthew Peca and Kellen Jones, and the Dutchmen defense blocked three shots to help the Dutchmen maintain a two goal lead heading into the break.

The Dutchmen were solid again on the penalty kill in the second period, killing off three Quinnipiac opportunities in the first 10 minutes of the frame.

Grosenick made a great stop on Quinnipiac’s Jeremy Langlois in front of the net with his right shoulder just over two minutes into the period with Ryan Forgaard off for interference. He made another key stop midway through the period, diving on a rebound after Connor Jones jammed at a loose puck as Quinnipiac’s third power play expired at the 10:08 mark.

Play got chippy at the end of the period as Quinnipiac took two major penalties at the end of the frame. Travis St. Denis was sent off for butt-ending Shayne Gostisbehere, who also received a 2:00 penalty on the play. Just 27 seconds later, Connor Jones elbowed Daniel Carr as he skated across the blueline in the offensive zone, giving the Dutchmen extended power play time heading into the final period of play.

Union returns home to face nationally-ranked Cornell next Friday in a contest that starts at 7:00 p.m.