Union men’s hockey skates to 4-4 tie at Sacred Heart

Jake Kupsky had a career-high 30 saves
Jake Kupsky had a career-high 30 saves

BRIDGEPORT, Conn.—The Union College men’s hockey team could not hang on to a two-goal third period lead, as it skated to a 4-4 tie against Sacred Heart University on Saturday afternoon at the Webster Bank Area. The Dutchmen go to 2-1-1, while the Pioneers move to 1-2-1.

Anthony Rinaldi, Mike Vecchione, Ryan Scarfo and Cole Maier each scored for Union. Sophomore forward Brett Supinski had his first multi-point game of the season with a pair of assists, first-year defenseman Vas Koliasregistered his first career point with a helper and Matt Krug also added an assist. In goal, Jake Kupsky made a career-high 30 saves, including 19 in the second period.

After Justin Danforth scored on the power play at 6:21 of the first with a wrist shot from the bottom of the left circle, Union bounced back with three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead.

Rinaldi tied the game at 1-1 with his first career goal at 9:08, converting on 2-on-1 with Kolias, and Vecchione put the Dutchmen in front on a power play 2:36 later. Supinski sprung Vecchione on a breakaway and he made no mistake, beating Sacred Heart goaltender Brett Magnus high on the glove side.

Scarfo doubled the lead at 4:20 of the second, finishing off a pass from Supinski at the right side of the net for his first of the season.

The Pioneers cut it to 3-2 at 6:38 when Evan Jasper jammed home a backhand on the short side at 6:38 for Sacred Heart’s second power-play goal of the game.

Maier restored Union’s two-goal advantage at 4:15 of the third, scoring from close range after Krug dug the puck out from behind the net.

Sacred Heart answered again, potting two unanswered goals in a 1:12 span to tie the game at 4-4. Vito Bavaro made it a one-goal game, tallying on a breakaway before Zach Tseskos produced the game-tying goal with a shot through traffic from the top of the right circle, capping the scoring for the game.

Union outshot Sacred Heart 41-34 and finished 1-for-6 on the power play. The Pioneers were 2-for-4 with the man advantage.

Union hosts a pair of Atlantic Hockey opponents in its home-opening weekend Oct. 21-22. The Dutchmen welcome RIT at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22 before facing Niagara at 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22.

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