Union Wins Third Straight ECAC Championship

Posted at: 03/22/2014 11:46 PM
By: Union Athletics & WNYT Sports

LAKE PLACID, NY -- In a building full of history thanks to the "Miracle on Ice," the Union College men's ice hockey team made history of its own Saturday night.

Union defeated Colgate, 5-2 in the ECAC Hockey Championship Game at 1980 Rink in Herb Brooks Arena, becoming only the third team in league history to win three straight Whitelaw Cups. The last was Boston University in 1977, and Cornell was the other to do it in 1970.

Colin Stevens made 31 saves and Daniel Carr had a goal and two assists for the Dutchmen, who improved to 28-6-4 and await a possible #1 seed in the NCAA Championship Tournament to be announced Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m. Eastern on ESPNU. Colgate also awaits news if the Raiders' season will continue, as they now stand 20-13-5.

In addition, five Dutchmen were named to the All-Tournament Team -- Daniel Carr (Tourney MVP), Mike Vecchione, Mat Bodie, Shayne Gostisbehere and Colin Stevens.

Matt Hatch, Daniel Ciampini, Mike Vecchione and Max Novak also scored for the Dutchmen, who are now 12-0-1 in the last 13 games.

The first real scoring threat came from Colgate center Andrew Black. He came from behind the net and tried to tuck it past Stevens then got the rebound right in the slot but was also stopped at 4:47. The Red Raiders' pressure continued and Darcy Murphy's drive from outside the crease was denied. In fact Colgate had the first eight shots of the game, as Daniel Carr's drive from the left circle at 9:08 was the Dutchman's first shot on net.

Colgate got the first power play at 10:18. The Red Raiders got two shots on net including one from the slot by Tylor Spink that featured a high left shoulder save by Stevens. After a left pad save by Finn off a wrister from Matt Hatch, the Dutchmen got their first power play at 15:13. Shane Gostisbehere had a one timer from the middle point stopped as the best opportunity on the man up. Colgate's Murphy broke in and his high left shot from between the circles was stopped.

Colgate ended the first period with a 16-5 shot advantage. It was the most shots by an opponent in a period since New Hampshire had 18 in the first of the January 18 game (that Union won, 3-1).

Max Novak was in close at 1:14 of the second but his backhander was high. Colgate got a power play at 6:04. There were constant flurries by the Red Raiders, with a glistening chance by Kyle Baun, who had a point drive deflected late through traffic.
Union got pressure going in the midway part of the period and it paid off at 11:17. Gostisbehere shot from the right point and Kevin Sullivan got the rebound. Sullivan then dished to the right post where Matt Hatch was there to tuck it in an open net on that side. It was the 10th tally of the season for Novak.

Colgate put Union on the power play at 13:42, and just nine seconds later, it was 2-0. Daniel Carr notched #22 from a right point shot with assists from Novak and Bodie. It was Carr's 10th goal during a now seven game goal scoring streak. Union's explosiveness in the period continued with the third goal at 15:40. Constant pressure in the Colgate zone led to a Daniel Ciampini banging home a pretty centering pass from Carr (along with an assist from Jeff Taylor). For Ciampini it was his 19th of the winter.Shots in the second were 15-8 Union.

In the third just under two minutes in Carr had a close shot saved on the right of the net. Just over four minutes into the period, the Red Raiders had a power play but was kept at bay. The Dutchmen then added a fourth on the night to open up the contest. Mike Vecchione went to the net and pushed the puck in through Finn after a centering pass from Carr at 7:30. Ciampini also assisted on the goal by Vecchione, his 12th of the season.

Colgate broke the shutout bid for Stevens at 12:49 of the third. Spiro Goulakos scored from a shot from just outside the left boards, with an assist to Ryan Johnston. Colgate's Murphy scored at 17:16 but Union closed it out on an empty net goal by Novak at 17:47 iwth an assist by Hatch.