No. 2 Union (N.Y.) cruises past Maine


ORONO, Maine — Union (N.Y.) remained perfect on the season with a 5-2 road win against Maine at Alfond Arena on Saturday night. The 4-0 Dutchmen are off to their best start since the 2003-04 season. The victory extended Union’s winning streak to 10 games against Hockey East opponents.

Daniel Ciampini scored twice and Mike Vecchione recorded his fourth consecutive multiple-point game as Union stretched its school-record winning streak to 16 games.

Freshmen Ryan Scarfo and J.C. Brassard also scored their first collegiate goals.

The Dutchmen scored just 51 seconds into the game when Spencer Foo dropped a pass to a trailing Jeff Taylor, who waited patiently before finding Daniel Ciampini alone in the left slot.

Maine tied the contest at 3:57 of the second period on Cam Brown’s power play tally. The goal ended Colin Steven’s shutout streak at 119:42, which spanned the better part of six periods. Union responded with three consecutive goals.

On the power play, Michael Pontarelli shoved in his own rebound through the pads of goaltender Sean Romeo at 5:48. Two minutes later, freshman Ryan Scarfo fired a shot from the right circle that beat Romeo, resulting in a goaltending change. Ciampini then added his second goal of the night with a redirect in front of the net on a centering pass from Mike Vecchione, who extended his points streak to four games.

Freshman J.C. Brassard added a third-period goal on the power play, squaring up just inside the blueline and ripping a slap shot. Cam Brown scored his second goal of the evening with 2:22 left in regulation to close scoring.

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