The men’s hockey team saw success in their home openers during family weekend this past week. The Engineers only managed to tie Niagara University 3-3 on Friday, but steamrolled Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday night with a 6-3 victory.
While both Niagara and Rensselaer took shots in the first period, the nets were well-defended and neither team managed a goal.
The scoring opened with Niagara in the second period. While the Purple Eagles were on a power play, Niagara’s Derian Plouffe fired a shot and beat freshman goalie Chase Perry.
With the ice broken, the Engineers were determined to strike back. It took them only 38 seconds to do so, when sophomore Evan Tironese slipped one into Niagara’s goal.
In an emotional rollercoaster for fans, Niagara went on to score again less than a minute later. This time it was Johnny Curran who beat Perry while the Purple Eagles were on a power play.
Niagara continued to lead 2-1 into the third period. At 1:44 into the period, sophomore Tommy Grant took a point shot, which was redirected by junior Lou Nanne to tie the game for the Engineers.
RPI took the lead for the first time in the game late in the period thanks to a power play goal by junior Jared Wilson. The Engineers were feeling confident with only a little more than five minutes left in the game to hold off the Purple Eagles.
Unfortunately, a misplay allowed Curran to scoop up the puck and obtain his second goal for the evening. Neither team was able to score in the last minutes of the game, which ended in a 3-3 tie.
The Purple Eagles then capitalized on an RPI defensive zone giveaway to knot the score at 3-3 with under four minutes to play. Curran corralled a loose puck in the left circle and beat Perry high blocker side for an unassisted tally.
RIT’s Chase Norrish struck first in Saturday’s game at 9:56, giving the Tigers an early lead in what would become a high-scoring game.
At 14:12 into the first period, despite the fact that junior Mike Prapavessis was sitting in the penalty box, senior Riley Bourbonnais managed to sneak one past the Tiger’s goalie.
RPI charged out of the locker room ready to score going into the second period, extending their lead to 3–1 less than two minutes into the period. Goals came from Prapavessis and sophomore Evan Tironese.
As the period wore on, the Tigers closed on the Engineers’ lead. Gabe Valenzuela scored in the fourth minute, and Erik Brown in the 15th minute to even up the game.
To close out the scoring in the second period, junior Jared Wilson fired one into the net on a power play, putting the Engineers in the lead once again.
The Tigers were unable to put any more shots past sophomore goalie Cam Hackett. This wasn’t the case for the Engineers, who continued to score two more goals during the period, one from Bourbonnais, his second of the game, and one from senior Jake Wood.
Friday, October 28 is the annual Black Friday hockey game against Union College. The Engineers will then travel to Union on Saturday, October 29.