10.19.14 - Rensselaer Holds NYU to Close Game

TROY, NY— Following a day of rest, Rensselaer hosted NYU on campus Sunday afternoon. The previous encounter between these two teams had not turned out the way RPI had hoped. As well, the Violets were off to a 5-0 start; the Engineers were prepared for their most difficult matchup of the season to date.


RPI pressured the Violets from the drop of the puck. Seconds into the game, junior Sam Mannion intercepted an NYU pass high in the slot. Senior Kevin Sheridan corralled the puck and tried to return it backdoor to the assistant captain, but the Violet defender was only just able to tip the pass away. The Engineers continued to battle, matching the Violets in shots throughout the first period.


However, just over five minutes later, a Violet bid from the point would be redirected by an RPI defenseman directly to the stick of NYU’s Dakota Richardson alone in the slot, who would record his fourth of the year to take the lead.


Just minutes later, Mannion would see linemate Sheridan streaking up the right side of the ice and lead him with a pass. Collecting the puck, Sheridan sped past an NYU defender before firing a low, hard shot on net. The Violet goaltender, Jack Nebe, kicked the rebound straight to the slot where junior Mike McGivney was waiting to tie the game and record his first goal of the season.  The Engineers kept up the intensity and nearly took the lead when junior Teo Camadella intercepted a pass high in the NYU slot with no one in front of him, but Nebe was barely able to make the glove save.


Play continued back and forth until coincidental minors resulted in 4-on-4 play. The Violets were able to control the mutual man-down situation and take the lead with fewer than nine minutes in the first. Just minutes later, NYU got on the board again with a point blank shot from just to the right of the slot.


The Engineers tightened up on defense and were able to shut out the Violets for the remaining two periods, much to the credit of junior Spencer Whitehead who made multiple stops that seemed to be surefire NYU tallies. However, despite a defensive effort that killed off several Violet powerplays, including a 5-on-3, RPI was not able to chip away at the two-goal NYU lead. Whitehead prevented 35 attempts on goal as the Engineers put up a solid effort against a perennial top-5 NYU hockey team, only losing by a score of 3-1.

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