11.22.14 - Rensselaer Takes #1 Ranked WPU to Overtime

TROY, NY – Rensselaer hosted the regionally ranked #1 Pioneers of William Paterson University at the Houston Field House for a matchup broadcasted by RPITV.

Similar to Montclair, whom the Engineers faced the previous evening, William Paterson entered the night averaging 5.4 goals per game. However, the Pioneers would not find the back of the net until the second period.

The intensity level was high from the first drop of the puck, both teams earning a combined total of 14 penalty minutes in the first period. However, only the Engineers were able to take advantage of the man-up situation. Freshman Louie Olivieri would record his second goal of the weekend, burying a rebound in front on a shot from sophomore Kyle DeVault. Olivieri’s powerplay goal would put RPI ahead going into the locker room for the first intermission.

From the start of the second, both teams had their fair share of chances, yet William Paterson’s Richie Pallai would pull the Pioneers even with 14 minutes remaining in the period. Ten minutes later Matt Whitford would add a goal of his own to give WPU the lead heading into the third.

However, less than four minutes into the third period DeVault, on a feed from Olivieri, beat a Pioneer defender and ripped a wrist shot past the WPU netminder, Gary Schoeppler. With the game all square at two, the final 16 minutes were a battle, yet neither side could find the back of the net.

Switching ends, the teams had to go to extra time to determine a winner. Back-and-forth action began the period. However, just a minute and a half into overtime, the puck would deflect off a Pioneer shin pad and into the back of the net. The goal was unlucky for the Engineers to say the least, as junior Spencer Whitehead further proved his abilities in net, turning away 46 of 49 WPU attempts on goal. Schoeppler stopped 21 of 23 RPI shots. Final score: RPI 2, WPU 3, in overtime.

Rensselaer will have over a month before facing off against the Pioneers again in Wayne, NJ. The Engineers travel to Burlington, Vermont next Saturday to skate against the University of Vermont Catamounts for the second time this season. Puck drops at 8:00pm.

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