As the season begins to wind down, the Engineers split this past weekend 1-1, defeating Harvard in Cambridge, MA on Friday, but losing to Dartmouth in Hanover, NH the following evening.
Harvard came out in a blaze during the first period, firing shot after shot at senior goaltender Jason Kasdorf. Their offensive onslaught paid off at 9:22 when Luke Espositio took the puck around the goal and passed to Brayden Jaw, who was able to rip a shot past Kasdorf.
Two minutes later, senior defenseman Phil Hampton shot toward Harvard’s goal, bouncing the puck off the goalie’s pads. Junior forward Jake Wood was there to scoop up the puck and finish what Hampton had started, tying it up for the Engineers.
Despite more shots from Harvard, RPI was able to add another goal. Sophomore defenseman Jared Wilson shot the puck towards the goal, where it was tangled up in a Harvard player’s uniform. Sophomore forward Kenny Gillespie was able to score after the puck dropped to the ice.
Through the remainder of the game, Harvard continued to push, but Kasdorf and the defense were able to hold them back. Kasdorf made 49 saves by the time the game was over and was able to hold the score at 2-1, adding one to the “W” column for the Engineers.
RPI struck early against Dartmouth last Saturday, scoring just 6:23 into the first period. Sophomore forward Mike Prapavessis was assisted by senior forward Travis Fulton to put the Engineers on the board early.
It wasn’t until the third period and Dartmouth’s fourth power play that another goal was scored. Ryan Bullock netted a goal at 11:17, assisted by Brett Patterson and Grant Opperman, putting the score at an even 1-1.
The game went into overtime with both teams still at one apiece; but unfortunately, it was Dartmouth, who would close out the game. A shot and goal from Troy Crema with 1:08 left in overtime ended it for the evening, with Dartmouth up 2-1 over RPI.
The Engineers return home this coming weekend to face top-ranked Quinnipiac University on Friday, followed by Princeton University and senior night on Saturday. Both games have a 7 pm start time.