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Engineers travel to Niagara and RIT this weekend

Engineers travel to Niagara and RIT this weekend

ROAD TRIP CONTINUES
Rensselaer continues its five-game road trip this weekend, when it travels to Niagara and RIT on Friday (7:05pm) and Saturday (7:05pm), respectively ... The Engineers conclude the trip on October 27 at Union (7pm), before hosting the Dutchmen the following night for Blackout! at the Houston Field House (7pm).

FIT TO BE TIED
The Engineers picked up a pair of 1-1 ties at Ohio State last weekend to open the season ... Junior netminder Chase Perry stopped 83 of 85 shots over the two games, including 56 of 57 on Friday night ... He made 25 saves in the second period alone ... Senior captain Jared Wilson netted RPI's tally on that night, with assists going to Meirs Moore and Todd Burgess... Evan Tironese gave Rensselaer a 1-0 lead 56 seconds into Saturday afternoon's contest, with the long helper going to Troy York ... Ohio State drew even early in the second on a goal by Christian Lampasso ... Perry finished with 27 saves, including all 15 shots he faced in the third period.

RPI LEADERS
Six different players have recorded points for the Engineers, including senior captain Jared Wilson and junior Evan Tironese, who have the team's two goals.

ENGINEERS GOALTENDING
Junior netminder Chase Perry has started both games for RPI this season, posting a 0-0-2 record with a 0.92 goals against average and a .976 save percentage ... Both of those figures lead the nation.

GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
Junior goalie Chase Perry earned ECAC Hockey's Goaltender of the Week award after posting 83 saves in two games last week, including a career-high 56 on Friday night in a 1-1 tie with Ohio State ... It is the first weekly conference award for Perry, whose previous career-best for saves in a single game was 41 ... He backed up his big night on Friday with stopping 27 shots, including all 15 he faced in the third period, to help the Engineers to another 1-1 draw with the Buckeyes.

SCOUTING NIAGARA
The Purple Eagles come into the weekend at 1-1, falling at Colgate, 5-1, before edging Robert Morris, 4-3, in overtime ... Niagara, which hasn't played since October 6, is led by five players with two points apiece ... Senior Derrian Plouffe has two goals, while junior Johnny Curran has two assists ... In goal, junior Guillaume Therien (1-0) has a 2.88 goals against average and a .912 save percentage, while freshman Brian Wilson (0-1) has a 4.01 goals against average and an .875 save percentage.

FOR RIT
The Tigers tied Northeastern, 3-3, in their season opener last Saturday ... Junior Erik Brown was their only multi-point scorer in the contest, picking up a pair of goals, while senior Myles Powell had the other ... Freshman netminder Logan Drackett registered 41 saves in his collegiate debut.

SPECIAL TEAMS SHINES
The Engineers went 1 for 8 on the power play at Ohio State and 9 for 9 on the penalty kill, including a 6 for 6 effort on opening night.

FIRST POINTS
Sophomore Todd Burgess, who missed all of 2016-17 due to injury, wasted little time in picking up his first point in the Cherry & White, when he assisted on RPI's lone tally on Friday night ... Not to be outdone, freshman Troy York earned the helper on Rensselaer's only goal on Saturday, in his collegiate debut.

ALL-TIME VS. NIAGARA
The Purple Eagles own a 4-2-1 lead in the all-time series, including a 2-0-0 mark in Lewiston ... The two teams tied their most recent meeting, 3-3, in Troy last year.

OCTOBER 21, 2016
RPI and Niagara tied a back-and-forth affair, 3-3, in last season's matchup ... Derian Plouffe gave the visitors a 1-0 lead midway through the second, but Evan Tironese quickly answered for the Engineers ... After Johnny Curran gave Niagara a 2-1 lead, RPI tallied twice in the third to go up 3-2, before Curran tied it late with his second of the game ... Chase Perry made 30 saves.

ALL-TIME VS. RIT
Rensselaer owns a 6-1-0 record in the all-time series with the Tigers, which dates back to November 29, 1985 ... The Engineers won the inaugural meeting, 4-2 in Troy ... Six of the seven games have taken place at the Houston Field House, with the lone RPI road game taking place on November 25, 2011 – a 2-0 shutout victory for Scott Diebold and the Engineers.

2016-17 VS. THE TIGERS
The Engineers jumped out to a 3-1 lead in defeating RIT, 6-3, on October 22, 2016 ... Evan Tironese had a goal and four assists for a career-high five points, while Riley Bourbonnaisnotched two goals and one assist ... Cam Hackett stopped 28 of 31 shots in goal for RPI ... Abbott Girduckis was RIT's lone multi-point scorer, collecting two helpers.

FIRE AWAY
Junior Evan Tironese has a team-high six shots on goal through two games, while three players have five, including senior Viktor Liljegren, sophomore Todd Burgess and freshman Emil Ohrvall.