College Hockey: RPI Stuns #11 Union 5-3

by Corey Mansfield, BBM Managing Editor

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TROY, NY - The RPI Engineers (1-3-0) got there first win of the season and was it a big one - stunning rival and #11 ranked Union 5-3 on Friday night.

The Engineers celebrate a goal in their 5-3 over Union on Friday (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Things didn't look good for the Engineers in the first period as they were completely dominated by Union. Union got on the board at 5:25 when the Dutchmen came down center ice and Cole Maier slipped a pass to Sam Morton on the door step who beat RPI goalie Linden Marshall to make the score 1-0.

The Dutchmen (4-1-1) extended their lead to 2-0 on shorthanded goal when Brandon Taylor won the face-off back to Sean Harrison who snapped it home to extend the Dutchmen lead.

The biggest play of the game may have come at at the 4:05 mark when RPI goalie Linden Marshall made a huge toe save on Ryan Walker at the end of a Union power play to keep the score at 2-0.

Union outshot RPI 13-1 in the first period.

The Engineers got their biggest goal of the season when Patrick Polino scored a shorthanded-breakaway goal at 0:37 of the second period to cut the Dutchmen lead 2-1 and swing the momentum of the game to RPI.

RPI continued to play a physical game, not allowing the Union playmakers space to make chances and stay in the game. They got the equalizer at 11:39 of the second period when Meirs Moore got a pass at the blue line and skated up the right wing, shooting it past Union goalie Darion Hanson to tie the game at 2-2.

The Engineers took their first lead of the game at 5:14 of the third period when Polino brought the puck in front of the net and snapped the shot home for his second goal of the game and gave RPI a 3-2 lead.

The Engineers got an insurance goal when Ottoville Lappanen scored 6:57 to extend the RPI lead to 4-2.

The Dutchmen continued their offensive attack and moved within one goal at 4-3 when Jack Adams wristed home a goal at 8:38 of the third period.

The Dutchmen pressure constant pressure on Marshall, trying to get the tying goal but RPI netminder was up to the challenge making big save after big save to keep the Engineers ahead.

The Engineers put the game away when True Linden put scored an empty net goal at 19:15.

The five goals on the night by the Engineers more double the goal totals they scored in their previous three contests. Polino lead the way with two goals while Moore, Lappanen, and Linden tallied one. Jacob Hayhurst chipped in with three assists.

Linden Marshall made 32 saves on the night for the Engineers.

Sam Morton had a goal and assist while Darion Hanson stopped 10 shots in the loss for the Dutchmen.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday night in Schenectady.

Key Stat:

RPI was solid on the power play kill only allowing Union to convert 1-of-9 play opportunities. The one PP goal they allowed was the first goal of the game. The rest of the game Union was 0-for-8 on the PP.

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