Engineers Tame Bulldogs
TROY, N.Y. - Five players recorded multiple points for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men's hockey team, which defeated sixth-ranked Yale University, 5-2, this evening, in the seventh-annual Black Friday at the Houston Field House. With the win the Engineers improve to 5-3-1 overall and 1-0-0 in ECAC Hockey, while the Bulldogs fall to 1-1-0 and 0-1-0 in ECACH.
Freshman Jerry D'Amigo (Binghamton, NY/U.S. National Under-18 Team) broke a 2-2 tie at the 3:16 mark of the second period, when he took a rebound off the back boards and stuck it inside the post ahead of Yale goaltender Ryan Rondeau (Carvel, AB/Waterloo). Classmate Marty O'Grady (London, ON/Wellington Dukes) fired the initial shot from the left circle, which caromed behind net to D'Amigo, who was waiting at the far post to stick home the eventual game-winner. Fellow freshman Brandon Pirri (Toronto, ON/Georgetown Raiders) earned the second assist.
Junior Chase Polacek (Edina, MN/Academy of Holy Angels) skated in the zone and wristed a shot that was deflected by sophomore Patrick Cullen (Washington, DC/Indiana Ice) and under the right arm of Rondeau, to give the hosts a 4-2 at 1:21 of the third period. Senior captain John Kennedy (Saginaw, MI/St. Louis Bandits) earned the second assist.
Pirri then finished a centering pass from sophomore Alex Angers-Goulet (St. Augustin, QC/Langley Chiefs) to give RPI a three-goal (5-2) cushion at 12:04 of the third. Angers-Goulet carried the puck in deep into the offensive zone, before sliding it across to Pirri for the on-timer tally.
Polacek opened the scoring, when he ripped a shot from the left circle off the crossbar and in to give the Engineers a 1-0 lead at 7:42 of the first period. D'Amigo fed the puck to Polacek for his team-leading sixth goal of the season and fourth in three games.
19 Seconds later Renssealer pushed its lead to 2-0, when junior Scott Halpern (Boca Raton, FL/Bay State Breakers) stuffed in rebound off a Polacek shot. Cullen picked up the second assist on Halpern's first of the year.
The Bulldogs pulled to within one, when freshman Andrew Miller (Bloomfield Hills, MI/Chicago Steel) sent a cross-ice pass to junior Broc Little (Rindge, NH/Cushing Academy), who buried the puck into an open goal frame at 19:25 of the first. A second helper was credited to freshman Antoine Laganiere (Ile Cadieux, QC/Deerfield Academy).
Little netted his second of the night to knot the score at 2-2, just 1:37 into the second period. Skating in from the behind the net, Little jammed a shot through the five-hole of RPI sophomore netminder Allen York (Wetaskiwin, AB/Camrose Kodiaks).
York (4-2-1), who made a number of lead-sustaining saves in the second and third periods, earned the victory, finishing with 34 stops. Rondeau (1-1-0) had 20 saves at the other end of the ice.
The Engineers are back on the ice tomorrow night, when they host Brown at the Houston Field House (7pm). The Bulldogs visit Union (7pm).