02.07.2016 - Engineers earn victory over 2nd-ranked William Paterson

TROY, NY – Within 24 hours of a disappointing 6 – 5 loss to 11th-ranked Central Connecticut State University, the Engineers took the ice with 2nd-ranked William Paterson University. Having suffered a tough 7 – 2 loss to the Pioneers in early October, and 20 goals against in their past four contests, RPI looked to improve upon their team defense in order to subdue the Pioneers’ high-powered offense.

From the drop of the puck, pressure alternated between both ends of the ice; both teams earning their share of chances. But, just under six minutes into the game, sophomore James Karp of WPU took advantage of a failed clear by the Engineers and roofed a shot past freshman netminder Liam McBain. Focused on committing fewer defensive errors, Rennselaer continued to battle, and headed into the locker room leading 15 – 10 in shots.

The Engineers needed just three minutes of 2nd period ice to tie the game. Junior Kyle DeVault found sophomore Tanner Richardson open on the blue line for a quick shot on net. Fellow sophomore Louie Olivieri put home the rebound for his first tally of the night. Just 20 seconds later, another Richardson shot would generate a rebound in front for Olivieri to record his second of the game. Rennselaer was not satisfied with their one-goal lead, as senior Sean Sanford would find the back of the net from in close, with help from linemates Teo Camadella and Sam Mannion. Four minutes later, the same line would reconnect to give the Engineers a 3-goal lead over the Pioneers. This time, it was Camadella finishing off a passing play from Mannion and Sanford. The two teams continued to battle for the remaining nine minutes of the second period, and, after 40 minutes, the shots were 27 – 25 in favor of Rennselaer.

With just a period remaining, the Engineers attempted to focus on solid team defense in order to hang on to their lead. A defensive breakdown and a failure to clear the puck from the defensive zone allowed the Pioneers to strike twice during the final period, but the Engineers held on to earn a crucial 4 -3 victory over the 2nd-place team in the SECHL. McBain stopped 34 of 37 shots while earning his 8th win of the season. Rensselaer looks forward to a three-game weekend at the Houston Field House, starting next Saturday, February 13th,­ at 7:00PM. They face off against the Wildcats of the University of New Hampshire, currently the 1st-ranked team in the ACHA Northeast region.

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