UNION RAL­LIES FOR TIE

Dutch­men, Mavericks con­clude two-game set on Satur­day at Messa

Albany Times Union - - FRONT PAGE - By Tim Wilkin Sch­enec­tady

Cole Maier gets third-pe­riod goal to help Dutch­men re­cover from 2-0 deficit to tie Omaha 3-3.

Af­ter 65 min­utes of hockey at Messa Rink Fri­day night, noth­ing was de­cided be­tween Union Col­lege and Ne­braska-omaha.

The teams skated to a 3-3 tie in front of 1,796.

Even though it was just the sec­ond game of the sea­son for Union and the first for Omaha, which plays in the Na­tional Col­le­giate Hockey Con­fer­ence, get­ting a tie is as about as bland as it gets.

“It’s not what we showed up for,” said Union cap­tain Cole Maier, who con­tin­ued his fast start to the sea­son as he got his third goal. “Our ef­fort was not quite enough to get it done.”

“When­ever you go out on the ice, you are try­ing for the win,” said sopho­more de­fense­man Tay­lor Bri­er­ley, who scored his first ca­reer goal. “When you don’t get it, it doesn’t sit well.”

The Dutch­men did play well in spurts. They showed their re­solve by bat­tling back from a 2-0 deficit and then again from be­ing down 3-2.

Union coach Rick Ben­nett ap­pre­ci­ated that ef­fort and hopes it will spill over Satur­day night when the teams play the sec­ond of their two-night se­ries.

“We are not go­ing to dwell on this game,” Ben­nett said. “We will learn from it.

“Games like this make you a bet­ter hockey team. That is a very good hockey team over there. We have to match their in­ten­sity and bring it even more (Satur­day).”

Omaha played host to the Dutch­men last sea­son and beat Union twice by a com­bined score of 10-4. The Mavericks were picked to fin­ish sev­enth in the pre­sea­son poll of the eight-team NCHC.

Maier’s goal at 9:47 of the third pe­riod tied the game at 3. He got po­si­tion to the side of Omaha goalie Evan Weninger and took a cen­ter­ing pass from Vas Ko­lias and got it through.

Maier now has 32 goals for

his ca­reer. He added an as­sist on the night and his line­mates didn’t do so bad ei­ther. Ryan Walker as­sisted on all three Union goals and Liam Mor­gan also had a goal.

“I have no prob­lems say­ing this,” Ben­nett said. “Cole’s line has been our best line, hands down.”

Fri­day was the first game of the sea­son for se­nior for­ward Brett Supin­ski, who has 85 ca­reer points. He missed the sea­son-open­ing game with Army West Point. He, along with line­mates Se­bas­tian Vid­mar and An­thony Ri­naldi, were not a fac­tor on Fri­day.

“It was Brett’s first game,” Ben­nett said. “It takes time. Some of his line­mates ... they need to pick it up.”

Omaha lived up to its rep­u­ta­tion as a fast-skat­ing, forecheck pres­sure team and took a 2-0 lead on the Dutch­men on goals by Dean Ste­wart at 10:57 of the first and Ma­son Morelli at 4:33 of the sec­ond.

Mor­gan got Union on the board at 10:11 of the sec­ond and then Bri­er­ley got his 3:14 later.

Ryan Galt beat Union goalie Jake Kup­sky at 4:39 of the third and then Maier tied it to end the scor­ing.

Omaha out­shot Union 3-2 in the over­time. The Dutch­men had a power play for the fi­nal 18.1 sec­onds of the five-minute

over­time but the best they could get was a slap shot from Ko­lias that was wide to the left of Weninger.

“(Union) is a good team,” Omaha coach Mike Gabi­net said. “They played ex­tremely hard and re­ally took it to us in the sec­ond pe­riod. It’s go­ing to be a good bat­tle (Satur­day).”

Ben­nett was happy with his team’s play in the sec­ond pe­riod but there were pock­ets of play that may have kept the Dutch­men from a win. Those are things that have to be cor­rected.

“As a staff, we liked the ef­fort,” Ben­nett said. “But we feel there are some guys that were on the bus, but didn’t want to drive. You can’t try to stuff five to 10 min­utes of av­er­age hockey in there against a team like that be­cause they are go­ing to make you pay.”

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