RPI edges out St. Lawrence

RPI edges out St. Lawrence

CANTON, N.Y. – Junior Patrick Polino scored two goals and classmate Jacob Hayhurst had two assists to lead the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men's hockey team to a 6-5 victory over St. Lawrence University, on Friday night at Appleton Arena. With the win, the Engineers improve to 6-14-0 overall (4-6-0 ECAC Hockey), while the Saints drop to 3-15-1 (1-5-1 ECAC Hockey).

RPI, which twice led by two goals, opened the scoring at 1:51 of the first period, when junior TJ Samec saw his point shot carom off of a Saints player and into the net for his first goal of the season. Assists went to classmates Todd Burgess and Hayhurst.

St. Lawrence pulled even just over a minute later on Zach Risteau's first goal of the year. Take a cross crease feed from Cade Gleekel, Risteau one-timed a shot past Engineers sophomore goaltender Linden Marshall, knotting the score at 1-1.

Freshman Kyle Hallbauer gave the visitors a 2-1 lead at 12:31 of the first. Hayhurst won a puck battle at the right half wall and tapped a pass back to Hallbauer, who walked and beat St. Lawrence netminder Emil Zetterquist inside the left post for his second goal of the season.

A strong play at the blue line by junior Will Reilly helped set up Rensselaer's third goal, as Polino was able to collect the puck and fire home the first of his two goals on the night. Freshman Ture Linden also drew an assist on the play, which came just 24 seconds into the second.

The hosts drew to within 3-2 at 5:29 of the stanza on Jake Stevens' second goal of the year. Bo Hanson skated the puck around the RPI net, before picking out Stevens in the slot for the one-time finish. A secondary helper went to Ryan Garvey.

Michael Ederer tied the game at 3-3 with a power play tally at 11:17 of the second. A shot from the left point by Stevens was stopped by Marshall, but the rebound fell to Andrew McIntyre, who sent the puck across to Ederer for the tap in.

Polino gave the Engineers the lead for good at 13:16 of the period, walking out of the left corner and ripping a high shot past SLU goaltender Arthur Brey, who came on in relief early in the second period. The unassisted tally was Polino's team-leading seventh of the year.

Senior Brady Wiffen pushed the visitors' lead to 5-3 late in the frame. A hard slap shot from the right point by Reilly hit the end wall and bounced to Wiffen, who potted his second goal in as many games from close range. Junior Mike Gornall also earned an assist on the tally, which came at 18:57 of the period.

Eddie Pavlini cut the deficit to 5-4 at 7:47 of the third, but the Engineers answered off the ensuing faceoff, as junior Jake Marrello broke in behind the Saints defense and finished for a 6-4 lead, 11 seconds later.

A Saints goal by McIntyre brought the hosts within 6-5 at 11:01, but St. Lawrence wasn't able to find the equalizer, despite lifting Brey for an extra skater with just under two minutes left in regulation.

Marshall (5-8-0) finished with 25 saves, including 11 in the second period. Zetterquist did not factor into the decision, stopping 12 of 15 shots in the opening 20:59, while Brey (1-8-0) had 15 saves.

Rensselaer returns to action tomorrow night, when it visits No. 16 Clarkson (7pm). St. Lawrence hosts No. 15 Union tomorrow (7pm).