RPI ties No. 13 Cornell

RPI ties No. 13 Cornell

TROY, N.Y. – Freshman Owen Savory made 40 saves to help the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men's hockey team to a 1-1 tie with 13th-ranked Cornell University, on Saturday night at the Houston Field House. With the draw, the Engineers are 8-17-2 overall (5-9-1 ECAC Hockey), while the Big Red move to 13-6-2 (9-3-2 ECAC Hockey).

After two scoreless frames, it was the visitors who broke onto scoreboard first, when senior Mitch Vanderlaan (Hanwick, NB/Fort McMurray Oil Barons) stuck home a rebound at 7:10 of the third. An initial shot by sophomore Tristan Mullin (Cartwright, MB/Powell River Kings) was turned away by Savory (Cambridge, ON/St. Catharines Falcons), but the carom fell to the left side of the crease for Vanderlaan to tap in his fifth goal of the season. Sophomore Morgan Barron (Halifax, NS/St. Andrew's College) picked up the secondary helper on the power play goal.

RPI drew even at 9:48 of the period, thanks to a senior Meirs Moore's (Duluth, MN/Victoria Grizzlies) second goal of the season. Freshman Nick Bowman (Shelby, MI/Coulee Region Chill) worked the puck to the net from the left wing boards and Moore was able to stuff it past Cornell sophomore netminder Matthew Galajda (Aurora, ON/Victoria Grizzlies), knotting the game at 1-1.

Freshman Ture Linden (Great Falls, VA/Lone Star Brahmas) had a chance to give the Engineers a lead late in regulation time, but a strong back check from Big Red senior Matt Nuttle (Marilla, NY/Sioux Falls Stampede) thwarted the chance with a poke check in the low slot.

With the game tied after 60 minutes, the two teams played an up-and-down overtime session, with Cornell outshooting the Engineers 3-1. Sophomore Cam Donaldson (Pittsboro, NC/Powell River Kings) nearly won with a shot from the left circle, but Savory kept it out and swatted the puck to safety with his glove.

Cornell finished 1 for 4 on the power play, while the Engineers were 0 for 1. Savory (3-9-2) made at least 12 saves in each period, while Galajda (9-5-1) had 14 stops at the other end of the ice.

The Engineers return to action next Friday, when they visit Dartmouth (7pm). Cornell hosts Clarkson and St. Lawrence on Friday (7pm) and Saturday (7pm), respectively.