BURLINGTON, Vt.— The No. 12/13 Union College men's hockey team exploded for three goals in the final 6:35 of the second period en route to 7-3 win against No. 10/11 Vermont, Saturday night at the Gutterson Fieldhouse. The Dutchmen, who extend their winning streak to five, go to 13-3-2, while the Catamounts move to 10-5-2.
Spencer Foo extended his point streak to 16 games with two goals and an assist (11g-19a). Mike Vecchione pushed his point streak to five games with a goal and an assist (4g-7a), Cole Maier scored his second goal in as many games and added an assist and Brett Supinski added a pair of helpers. Ryan Burton, Michael Pontarelli and Luc Brown rounded out the scoring. In goal, Alex Sakellaropoulos made 31 saves to improve to 11-1-1.
Union jumped in front with a lead at 1:03 of the first when Pontarelli scored on a rebound for his second of the season. Vermont goaltender Steffan Lakkas kicked away Nick DeSimone's one-timer from the point with the right pad, but Pontarelli pounced on the loose puck, flipping in a backhand from a tight angle.
Brown doubled the lead 3:34 later, stripping a Vermont defenseman behind the Catamounts' net before jamming home his second career tally.
Vermont responded late in the period, battling back with two goals in the final 3:32 of the frame. Shaw put the Catamounts on the board with a wrist shot from the slot at 16:38 and Privitera scored on a 2-on-1 at 18:51, tying the game at 2-2.
The Dutchmen fought off early pressure by Vermont in the second period before erupting for three goals to take a 5-2 lead into the third.
Burton put Union in front 3-2 at 13:25, burying a rebound after Lekkas stopped Matt Krug's wraparound attempt, and 13 seconds later Vecchione made it 4-2. Foo collected the puck in the neutral zone before threading a pass to a streaking Vecchione, who snapped a shot past Lekkas high on the glove side.
Maier extended the lead to 5-2 with 59 seconds remaining in the period, burying his own rebound for his fourth point in the last two games (2g-2a).
Foo put the game out of reach at 10:36 of the third, finishing off a perfectly worked 2-on-1 with Supinski.
Vecchione (18-19--37) and Foo (13-20--33) now 1-2 in scoring in Division I. Good night.#GoU pic.twitter.com/GwXJszEc5s— Union Hockey (@Unionmhockey) December 18, 2016
Shaw cut Vermont's deficit to 6-3 with a power-play goal at 14:15, but Foo sealed the win with his fifth goal in the last two games, scoring an empty-net goal at 17:52.
Lekkas made 21 saves over 40:00, while Mike Santaguida stopped seven shots in relief. Union outshot Vermont 35-34 and went 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Catamounts finished 1-for-4.
The Dutchmen take on Vermont again tomorrow evening at 4 p.m. to close their six-game road swing.