The trip to Schenectady, NY has turned into a dreadful visit for the Clarkson University Hockey team which suffered its second consecutive shutout at Messa Rink, falling to the Dutchmen 5-0 on Friday night.
The Golden Knights, who have lost three straight games and five of their last six, fall to 17-14-2 overall and to 10-9 in the conference. The Knights, who are in sixth place in the standings, battle long-time rival Rensselaer at Houston Field House in Troy on Saturday. The Engineers were blanked at home by St. Lawrence on Friday 4-0.
Union, which clinched the Cleary Cup as ECAC Hockey regular season champion with the victory, improves its record to 21-6-4 overall and to 15-3 in the league.
The Dutchmen used a three-goal second period to hand Clarkson its eighth straight loss at Messa Rink. The Knights, who were shut out on Union's home ice 4-0 last season, have not won in Schenectady since a 4-3 overtime victory in the 2005 playoffs.
Union got on the scoreboard midway through the first period as Clarkson surrender its third shorthanded goal in the past five games. Skating a man down, the Dutchmen picked up a loose puck at center ice and broke in on a 2-on-1. Daniel Ciampini flipped in a shot from the slot at 13:25 as a Clarkson defender was sliding into freshman goaltender Steve Perry (Ligonier, PA).
Ciampini, Union's leading scorer, made it 2-0 with his second goal of the night and 16th of the year at 8:17 when his pass across the crease deflected in off a Clarkson defender in front. The Dutchmen continue to build upon their lead with a tip-in goal by Jeff Taylor at 12:04 and a power-play marker by Shayne Gostisbehere at 15:22 to make it 4-0.
The Dutchmen, who are unbeaten in their last six games (5-0-1), closed out their 10th home win of the season with an unassisted goal by Mike Vecchione at 15:41 of the third.
Union outshot Clarkson 27-20. Perry finished with 22 saves. Colin Stevens made 20 stops for the shutout win.
The Dutchmen were 1-of-3 on the power play, while Clarkson was 0-of-2 with the man-advantage.