College Hockey: RPI Narrowly Defeats UPEI 3-2

by Corey Mansfield, BBM Managing Editor

The RPI Engineers narrowly escaped with a 3-2 win against the University of Prince Edward Island in an exhibition game on Sunday afternoon.

Freshman Daniel DiGrande got the scoring underway when he broke away from the defense and snapped off a shot which was stopped but the rebound was left in the crease and he slammed it home to give the Engineers a 1-0 lead at 13:59 of the 1st period.

The Engineers extended their lead to 2-0 when Todd Burgess tipped in a Billy Jarry pass at 12:51 of the second period.

The Engineers appeared to be in control of the game but then a freak accident occurred when a deflected pass hit the top of the glass, breaking the glass. The game was stopped with 2:02 of the second period in order to replace the glass.

The teams came back out and UPEI scored two goals to tie the game at 2-2.

As the momentum swung towards UPEI, the Engineers came back and pressured the Panthers in the offensive zone. Meirs Moore became the hero on the night when he used a Jacob Lacka screen to snap a shot on net that got by the UPEI goalie to give RPI 3-2 lead, and ultimately the win.

Key Takeaways:

- Linden Marshall looked solid in net for the Engineers but gave way to freshman Owen Savory, who got a chance to play and gain some experience.

- The Engineers got some key contributions from their freshman class who saw a good amount of playing time, including a goal from Daniel DiGrande.

- One spot of concern for the Engineers could be their inability to get the puck out of their defensive zone. On numerous occasions, UPEI was able to set up shop in the offensive zone and get scoring chances. ECAC teams will capitalize on these chances, so it's something the Engineers need to clean up.

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