College Hockey Roundup (10/26/18 - 10/27/18): RPI Sweeps #11 Union, Army Sweeps Mercyhurst

by Corey Mansfield, BBM Managing Editor

The RPI Engineers pulled off on early season weekend sweep of #11 Union. 

The Engineers (2-3-0) finally got their offense going, coming from behind in a 5-3 win on Friday night. Union jumped out to a 2-0 lead and were looking to go-head 3-0 when Patrick Polino broke-away and scored a shorthanded goal changing the momentum of the game towards RPI. Polino finished with two and goalie Linden Marshall stopped 32-of-35 shots in the win.  

Jacob Hayhurst was a catalyst in the Engineers weekend sweep over Union (pc: Corey Mansfield)
RPI didn't let the upset win the night before go to their heads and went out for more in a convincing 4-2 win on Saturday in Schenectady. Donovan Ott netted two goals in the win while Marshall continued to be a star in net stopping 36-of-38 shots. 

The Engineers scored nine goals in two games over the weekend. In their previous three games they only scored three goals. Junior forward Jacob Hayhurst was one of the major reasons tallying six assists in the series. 

The Engineers' defense played extremely well and were physical with Union all weekend long. The Engineers didn't allow the Union playmakers to settle in. 

Linden Marshall was solid in net posting a 2.50 GAA and a .931 save percentage over the weekend. 

Union (4-2-1) struggled all weekend to find its offense. They had opportunities but just couldn't convert. They finished the series going 1-for-14 on the power play. Goalies Darion Hanson and Jake Kupsky both struggled in net. Hanson stopped only 75% of the shots he face on Friday, while Kupsky stopped  81% of the shots he faced Saturday.  

The weekend sweep puts RPI in first place in the ECAC and drops Union into last place. 

Army (4-2-1) pulled off a huge weekend sweep against Mercyhurst to move atop Atlantic Hockey. 

On Friday night, the Black Knights allowed an early goal to Mercyhurst but then scored five unanswered goals for the 5-1 win. Army continued their balanced offense attack with five different players scoring goals and nine players totaling a point in the win. Sophomore Trevin Koslowski continued to be dominant in net stopping 28-of-29 shots on the night for Army.

After losing their first two games, Army is 4-0-1 in their last five and in first place in the AHA (pc: Corey Mansfield)
Army completed their sweep of Mercyhurst with a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday night. Michael Wilson was the hero of the game. As time wound down in the game the Black Knights set up shop in the Lakers zone. Dalton MacAfee sailed a pass across to Colin Bilek who slapped a shot which was stopped by Mercyhurst goalie Stefano Cantali. Wilson crashed the net and tapped in the rebound to send the game to overtime. On the play Wilson was hurt after hitting the crossbar with his head but continued to play. In overtime Wilson got the winner when he was fed in front of the net by Domenic Franco and slammed it home to give the Black Knights the win.

Army is 4-0-1 in its last five games and is 3-0 in Atlantic Hockey action. Their streak coincided with the Kovowski being promoted to their starting goalie. On the season Kowslowski has a 1.85 GAA and .928 save percentage. 

The Black Knights will get a major test this upcoming weekend they host rival military academy Air Force. The Falcons have ended Army's season the last two years in the Atlantic Hockey tournament. 

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