|Alex Sakellaropoulous (photo by Peter K. Barber/Daily Gazette)|
The Dutchmen came into the game 9-3-2 but had yet to beat anyone of consequence outside of an opening win on the road at Michigan. They turned some heads last night in the ECAC with their win over the Bobcats where they now are a serious challenge to Quinnipiac, Saint Lawrence, Harvard and Clarkson as a team that can definitely win this conference.
Quinnipiac got on the board first on the power play when Kevin Duane redirected a Connor Clifton shot past Union goaltender Alex Sakellaropoulos at the 16:44 of the period. Derek Smith also got an assist on the goal. The Bobcats out shot Union 19 to 4 in that opening period.
Union tied the score 4:25 into the second period on a power play goal by Nick DeSimone on assists from Ryan Walker and Ryan Scarfo. A little under eight minutes later Union found the back of the net yet again on the power play when Jeff Taylor made it 2-1 on his goal from Spencer Foo and Mike Vecchione. Almost five minutes later it was Nick DeSimone again with the goal from Spencer Foo and Matt Krug to give the Dutchmen a 3-1 lead heading into the third period. Union scored three goals on that period on five shots while the Bobcats had another 14 shots on goal that period.
|Mike Vecchione (photo by Peter K. Barber/Daily Gazette)|
This is Quinnipiac's first home ECAC loss since December of 2014 when they lost to Harvard. You have to give Union a lot of credit for finishing the limited opportunities they had and for Sakellaropoulos coming up big for the Dutchmen all night. With the loss the Bobcats fall back into a second place tie with Union only one point behind Saint Lawrence for the ECAC lead. The loss also dropped Quinnipiac from 9th to 15th in the pairwise rankings.
Jonathan Singer is a 2004 Quinnipiac alum. You can follow him on Twitter @jonathan_singer.