Rensselaer edged in extra session

Rensselaer edged in extra session

LEWISTON, N.Y. – Junior Sean King scored with one second left in overtime to lift the Niagara University men's hockey team to a 4-3 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), on Friday night at Dwyer Arena. With the win, the Purple Eagles improve to 2-1-0, while the Engineers drop to 0-1-2.

Rensselaer fought back from a 3-0 third period deficit to tie the game at 3-3, before the hosts won it as the clock struck zero.

Sophomore Max Reisinger (Walding, Austria/Minot Minotauros) brought the Engineers to within 3-1 at 2:53 of the third, swatting home a rebound after freshman Billy Jerry (River Falls, WI/Madison Capitals) was denied on a breakaway. Senior Mike Prapavessis (Oakville, ON/Toronto Patriots) earned the secondary assist.

The Engineers drew to within 3-2 at 5:02 of the frame, thanks to sophomore Jacob Hayhurst's (Mississauga, ON/Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) first goal of the year. Junior Evan Tironese (Qualicum Beach, BC/Alberni Valley Bulldogs) picked up the lone helper.

RPI tied the game with just 1:45 left in regulation, following their fourth and final power play chance of the night. Sophomore defenseman Will Reilly (Toronto, ON/Nanaimo Clippers) picked out the top left corner of the net from between the circles for his first of the season and third of his career.

A back-and-forth overtime saw both teams generate scoring chance. With the puck seemingly stuck in the right corner of the Rensselaer zone and time winding down, the Purple Eagles were able to work the puck to the front of the net for King (Newmarket, ON/Brockville Braves) to tip in his first on the season.

Niagara opened the scoring at 11:38 of the first period on junior Johnny Curran's (Niagara Falls, ON/Smiths Falls Bears) first of two goals on the night. Senior Larry Smith (Grand Island, NY/Carleton Place Canadians) and junior Niko Kovachis (Mississauga, ON/Toronto Patriots) were credited with the assists.

Curran made it 2-0 at 6:14 of the second, netting the period's on goal for either team. Sophomore Noah Delmas (Schomberg, ON/Aurora Tigers) made it a 3-0 game, just 39 seconds into the third. His first collegiate tally – a power play goal – drew a lone assist from senior Derian Plouffe (Shawville, PQ/Smiths Falls Bears).

RPI junior netminder Chase Perry (Andover, MN/Wenatchee Wild) finished with 27 saves, while Niagara junior Guillaume Therien (Mirabel, PQ/Carleton Place Canadians) had 16 at the other end of the ice.

The Engineers return to the ice tomorrow night, when they visit RIT (7:05pm), while the Purple Eagles host Union tomorrow (7:05pm).