No. 10 Union crusies past RPI
Five different players score for the Dutchmen in the victory
LAKE PLACID, NY -- Junior forward Jeremy Welsh extended his goal-scoring streak to five games to help No. 10 Union (8-3-5, 3-2-2 ECAC Hockey) earn a 5-2 non-conference win against RPI (3-13-0, 1-6-0 ECAC Hockey) in the Festivus Faceoff at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, NY.
The Dutchmen scored three unanswered goals in the second and third periods to take control of a game that was tied a 2-2 late in the second period.
Junior forward Wayne Simpson broke the tie shortly after RPI 's Alex Angers-Goulet was called for boarding at 14:54 of the second period with Guy Lebouf already in the penalty box serving a double minor for checking from behind and unsportsmanlike conduct.
On the ensuing 5-on-3 Simpson took a pass from Mat Bodie and fired a wrist shot over the glove of RPI goaltender Bryce Merriam (27 saves) to put the Dutchmen up 3-2. Union finished the night 1-for-8 on the power play.
Freshman defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere scored his first collegiate goal just over two minutes later, firing a slap shot through traffic past Merriam at 18:29.
With Union up 4-2 in the third period, the Dutchmen killed off two penalties at the start of the frame to maintain their lead.
Sophomore goaltender Troy Grosenick (23 saves) made perhaps his best stop of the night at 5:57 of the third period with sophomore defenseman Mat Bodie in the penalty box for interference. Grosenick smothered a shot from RPI's Mike Bergin, who cut in from the point for a point-blank opportunity from the slot. RPI finished the night 0-for-5 on the man advantage
Sophomore forward Daniel Carr scored at 11:11 of the third period, firing straight across the goal line from the corner, off RPI's Nick Bailen and into the net to put the Dutchmen up 5-2.
RPI took an early lead in the first period just after their first power play of the game expired. RPI's Jacob Laliberte fired a shot from straightway that CJ Lee tipped past Grosenick, giving the Engineers a 1-0 lead at 8:38.
Union's Matt Hatch evened the game at 15:03 on a breakaway set up by freshman forward Mark Bennett. Bennett passed down the middle of the ice behind the RPI defense to Hatch, who finished with a backhand shot past Merriam.
Welsh gave Union its first lead of the night with his team-leading 12th goal of the season, beating Merriam with a wrist shot at 4:08. RPI's Mark McGowan evened the score at 2-2 with a rebound goal at 6:55.