10.12.14 - Siena Narrowly Takes Two from RPI

Troy, NY – It was just a short drive for the Saints of Siena to arrive at the Houston Fieldhouse for the mid-Sunday puck drop. There seemed to be a lack of energy right out of the gate as the Saints maintained a strong presence in the Engineers’ defensive end. It was only a matter of time before Siena capitalized on a fortuitous rebound, followed by a second tally seven minutes later. However, with just over a fourth of the period remaining, Rensselaer would answer with a smooth offensive play of their own. Freshman Kevin Yun would find linemate Mike McGivney below the Saints’ goal line. As the junior avoided a Siena forward, he looked up and found fellow classmate Sam Mannion wide open in the Siena slot. McGivney would thread the puck between two Saints and onto the alternate captain’s tape and consequently underneath the left pad of the opposing goaltender. The Engineers remained one behind as they headed upstairs for the first intermission.

With newfound energy, RPI battled back, setting the tone early in the second. The intensity resulted in a tie game with 12 minutes to play in the second stanza. Junior Adam Hennick would put home a well-placed shot with the help of freshman Louie Olivieri and classmate Patrick Quarry. However, Siena would charge back with an even-strength goal three minutes later, followed by a powerplay tally just minutes prior to the end of the second.

Rensselaer attempted to battle back in the third, yet ten minutes in the Saints would net their fifth of the day to go up 5—2. An Engineer timeout would ensue, followed by the most energy to emerge from the home bench all game. Just a minute later with the Saints on the powerplay, Mannion daftly intercepted a Siena pass and took off all alone down the ice towards the opposing net, again sliding the puck just underneath the pads of the Saints’ netminder. Having capitalized while short-handed, the Engineers took advantage of a subsequent man-up opportunity when, from the blue line, freshman Tanner Richardson would fire home his first goal of the year, assists credited to junior Teo Camadella and sophomore Kyle DeVault. Despite several more nail-biting chances, Rensselaer was unable to knot the score at five. Spencer Whitehead kept the Engineers in the game, making multiple crucial saves to keep the score close. However, Siena would take the first of two games this season, 5—4.

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