Third Period Comeback Helps RPI Tie Princeton
The Rensselaer men's hockey team stormed back with two goals in the last 12 minutes of the third period to tie Princeton 4-4 last night at Baker Rink. Both teams played well throughout the game, although the momentum clearly swung from RPI to Princeton and back to RPI over the course of regulation time.
The Engineers took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Oren Eizenman and Chris Hussey. Patrick Neunborfer scored for Princeton with 2:53 left in the first to narrow the Tigers deficit to one goal. Princeton increasingly had the momentum in the second period, with goals by Kevin Westgarth and Darroll Powe-- both in the last three minutes of the period.
It looked bad for RPI when Sebastian Borza scored his first goal of the season with 17:57 left in regulation to make the score 4-2 Princeton. But Keith MCWilliams scored a power play goal about six minutes later to make it close.
With about six minutes left in the third period, Kurt Colling picked up the puck off a turnover, and fed it to Kevin Croxton who sped in on a semi-breakaway. Croxton's shot rebounded off of Princeton goalie Eric Leroux and went high in the air before landing in the crease area behind the goalie. The puck trickled over the goal line after it hit Leroux a second or third time. The linesman actually made the call that the puck had entered the goal, because the referee had been caught behind the play due to the Princeton turnover.
The remaining six minutes of regulation time and five minutes of overtime were scoreless. The teams played even hockey and aggressively tried to score on each other. Rensselaer arguably had the best chance in overtime when it was down a man due to a penalty late in the third period that carried over. A Princeton defenseman picked up the puck behind his own net and rushed a pass intended for a teammate that went off an agressive Engineer forechecker and nearly went into Princeton's goal.
Both goalies played very good games. Eric Leroux made 25 saves for Princeton. Mattias Lange saved 33 for RPI.
The Engineers remain in seventh place in the ECACHL, one point behind Union and one point ahead of Clarkson. They move on to play Quinnipiac tonight at 7pm