Engineers Tops St. Lawrence in Overtime

Engineers Tops St. Lawrence in Overtime

TROY, N.Y. – Senior Viktor Liljegren scored at 3:21 of overtime to send the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men's hockey team past St. Lawrence University, 2-1, on Friday night in the Sixth Annual Autism Awareness Game at the Houston Field House. With the win, the Engineers improve to 4-15-4 overall (3-7-2 ECAC Hockey), while the Saints drop to 4-15-2 (0-8-1 ECAC Hockey).

Liljegren (Stockholm, Sweden/Fairbanks Ice Dogs) redirected a shot from the top of the right circle over the shoulder of St. Lawrence junior netminder Arthur Brey (Yorba Linda, CA/Sioux Falls Stampede) for his team-leading ninth goal of the season and third game-winner. Helpers on the power play tally went to sophomores Jacob Hayhurst (Missassauga, ON/Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) – whose shot was tipped home by Liljegren – and Will Reilly (Toronto, ON/Nanaimo Clippers).

Rensselaer was stymied on a handful of early chances, including two glove saves from St. Lawrence sophomore goaltender Daniel Mannella (Woodbridge, ON/Whitby Fury) on Liljegren, who finished with a game-high five shots.

SLU senior Joe Sullivan (Las Vegas, NV/Indiana Ice) then hit the post with a shot at 11:45 of the period, after curling in the left circle and cutting across the middle of the slot.

The Engineers broke onto the board late in the opening frame, when junior Evan Tironese (Qualicum Beach, BC/Alberni Valley Bulldogs) found freshman Billy Jerry (River Falls, WI/Madison Capitals) for the tap-in finish at the right edge of the crease. Reilly started the play when he intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and found Tironese streaking across the left circle. The goal was Jerry's sixth on the year.

RPI continued to generate scoring opportunities in the second period, including a breakaway by freshman Jaren Burke (Ottawa, ON/Ottawa Jr. Senators), but Brey, who came on for Mannella due to injury, made the blocker save.

Later in the frame, sophomore Max Reisinger (Walding, Austria/Minot Minotaurs) saw his partial break stopped by Brey, after receiving a two-line pass from senior Mike Prapavessis (Oakville, ON/Toronto Patriots). The Engineers finished the period with an 18-5 shot advantage.

The Saints pulled even (1-1) just 1:08 into the third period on junior Michael Ederer's (Lancaster, NY/Merritt Centennials) first goal of the season. Sophomore Carson Gicewicz (Orchard Park, NY/Sioux Falls Stampede) found Ederer at the left wall, before he cut towards the net and rifled a shot past RPI freshman netminder Linden Marshall (Victoria, BC/Trail Smoke Eaters).

Rensselaer finished with a 44-20 advantage in shots – its most since December 11, 2015 against Arizona State. The Engineers went 1 for 4 on the power play, while SLU finished 0 for 3.

The Engineers are back in action tomorrow night, when they host No. 3 Clarkson (7pm). St. Lawrence visits Union tomorrow (7pm).