11.07.14 - A Strong Third Period Comes Up Just Short Against NYU

NEW YORK, NY – A strong 3rd period effort from the Engineers would come up just short of defeating regionally ranked #2 New York University.

Rensselaer traveled south and through the Lincoln Tunnel amidst New York City commuters to arrive at the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers for the 8:30PM faceoff. From the drop off the puck, play moved at a high-speed pace. The Violets would get on the board four minutes into the period on a blue-line shot from defenseman Arthur Griem, the puck finding its way through a multitude of skates and past a screened Engineer netminder, junior Spencer Whitehead.

RPI ramped up their intensity and battled back with several chances of their own. The remainder of the first and majority of the second period saw several penalties and scoring chances in both directions, yet New York would take a two-goal lead off of a short-handed 2-on-1 opportunity, Dakota Richardson putting one short-side with just over three minutes to play in the second.

Regrouping, the Engineers responded just one minute into the third period when junior Sam Mannion cheekily deflected fellow assistant captain Zach White’s shot between the legs on NYU netminder Jack Nebe. The Violets would answer back not more than a minute later, putting home a rebound in front. Rensselaer would decrease the deficit to one with just fewer than seven minutes to play in regulation; freshman Louie Olivieri banging home a rebound on a shot from sophomore Kyle DeVault.

Rensselaer had several more chances to knot the game at three, yet couldn’t seem to find the back of the net. Whitehead made several highlight reel saves in order to keep the Engineers competitive, eventually stopping 35 of 38 NYU attempts on goal. Final score: RPI 2, NYU 3.

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