On Friday, February 6, RPI men’s hockey traveled to Canton, N.Y. to take on the St. Lawrence Saints. Junior goalie Jason Kasdorf started in net for Rensselaer. The Engineers had a good start, winning the initial faceoff and getting two quick shots on St. Lawrence but ultimately lost the contest 1-3.
Junior forward Milos Bubela received a penalty for cross-checking giving St. Lawrence a one-player advantage early in the first period. The Saints only managed one shot, which was saved by Kasdorf to keep the score at zero.
Alexander Dahl scored the Saints’ first goal of three goals at 5:54. Nolan Gluchowski’s shot attempt was deflected to teammate Dahl who tapped it into the RPI net to put St. Lawrence up 1-0. An unassisted goal at 11:17 by Christian Horn further increased the home team’s lead to 2-0.
The RPI defense faced an onslaught of shots during a St. Lawrence power play after sophomore forward Riley Bourbonnais was charged with hooking. The Engineers managed to fend off the aggressive St. Lawrence offense with one block by sophomore forward Jimmy DeVito and four saves by Kasdorf.
RPI started the second period down 0-2. Rensselaer’s first and only goal of the night came 1:25 into the second. Senior forward Matt Neal slipped the puck past St. Lawrence goaltender Kyle Hayton to put RPI on the scoreboard. Junior forward Mark Miller assisted the goal. Although the Engineers outshot St. Lawrence 13-5 during the second period, their shots failed to meet their mark and the score remained 1-2 going into the final period of play.
Joe Sullivan set up teammate Mike Marnell in front of RPI’s net for the Saints’ final goal of the night halfway through the third period. The RPI defense held off St. Lawrence for the remainder of the game and kept the score at 1-3. Kasdorf saved 23 of the 26 shots he faced to end the night with a save percentage of .88.
RPI men’s hockey traveled again on Saturday, February 7 to face off against the Golden Knights of Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. The Engineers dropped Saturday’s contest 2-5, extending their current losing streak to four games.
Rensselaer gave Clarkson an early power play after senior defender Luke Curadi was called for hooking 30 seconds into the game. However, Clarkson failed to capitalize on the one-man advantage and the score remained 0-0.
Senior forward Jacob Laliberte, assisted by Bourbonnais and freshman forward Drew Melanson, scored at 8:21 to give RPI a 1-0 lead. The Golden Knights answered nine seconds later with a power play goal by Jeff DiNallo to tie the game up at 1-1. The remainder of the period was scoreless despite Clarkson outshooting RPI 2:1.
Clarkson began to pull ahead early in the second with a shot up and over Kasdorf by A.J. Fossen 25 seconds into the period. The Engineers allowed another goal at 5:13 to give the Golden Knights a 3-1 lead. The goal was scored by Kelly Summers and assisted by DiNallo. RPI responded with five unanswered shots on Clarkson’s goal but failed to find the back of the net. Senior forward Mark McGowan brought the score to 2-3 with a goal for the Engineers at 15:30. McGowan was assisted by senior forward Zach Schroeder. Before the period ended, RPI allowed two more goals to put Clarkson up 2-5.
Senior goaltender Scott Diebold started the third period in net for the Engineers. Diebold stopped the nine shots he faced but the RPI offense was unable to close the gap and the game ended at 2-5.
With this past weekend’s losses, the Engineers fall to 9-20-1 overall and ninth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. RPI will host Brown University on Friday, February 13 and Yale University on Saturday, February 14 for the annual Big Red Freakout! game at the Houston Field House.