Union Beats RPI in ECAC Hockey Opener

Union Beats RPI in ECAC Hockey Opener

TROY, NY—The Union College men's hockey team scored four unanswered goals to clinch a 4-1 win against crosstown rival Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the ECAC Hockey opener for both teams, Friday night in front of 4,074 fans at Houston Field House. The win was Union's first at RPI since a 4-1 win on Nov. 16, 2013.

The Dutchmen, who snap a three-game losing skid against RPI, extend their unbeaten streak to five and improve to 5-1-1 (1-0-0 ECACH), while the Engineers go to 1-4-1 (0-1-0 ECACH).

Union senior goaltender Alex Sakellaropoulos made a season-high 32 saves for his fourth consecutive win. Senior captain Mike Vecchione produced his third consecutive multi-point game with a goal and an assist, pushing his point streak to five. Spencer Foo (2a) and Sebastian Vidmar (1a) also extended their point streaks to five games. Ryan ScarfoJeff Taylor and Cole Maier rounded out the scoring for the Dutchmen.

Scarfo put Union on the board with a power-play goal at 8:48 of the first, taking a cross-ice pass from Kolias and beating Cam Hackett high on the glove side.

The Dutchmen doubled their lead at 12:50 when Taylor's centering pass from the bottom of the left circle caromed off the stick of an RPI defenseman and over Hackett's shoulder.

Vecchione's fifth goal in the last two games made it 3-0 at 16:40 of the second. Foo worked his way around an Engineers defenseman before sliding a pass to a wide-open Vecchione, who buried a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle for his Division I-leading ninth goal of the year.

Maier extended the lead to 4-0 with a shorthanded tally at 1:02 of the third, converting on a breakaway after intercepting a pass in Union's defensive zone.

RPI's lone goal came at 13:44 when Jared Wilson's shot from the point found its way past a screened Sakellaropoulos.

Engineers netminder Cam Hackett finished with a season-high 35 saves. Union was 1-for-10 on the power play, while RPI went 0-for-6 with the man advantage.

The teams meet again at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Messa Rink.