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Engineers Win at Notre Dame

Alford Makes 30 Saves As RPI Evens Its Record

Albany Times Union, January 2, 2005

Freshman Jordan Alford stopped 30 shots, and RPI evened its record at 9-9-2 by getting goals from three different players in a 3-1 victory over Notre Dame at the Joyce Center in South Bend, Ind.

It was the Engineers' first game since losing to nationally ranked Boston University 4-1 on Dec. 11.

Jonathan Ornelas opened the scoring with less than two minutes remaining in the first period with his second goal of the season. Kevin Broad and Alexander Valentin assisted on the play.

Ornelas' goal came at even strength, after the teams had three power-play opportunities each in the period. The Engineers and Irish combined to go 0-for-18 with a man advantage.

Josh Sciba tied the score early in the second for Notre Dame (4-10-4), his fifth goal of the season.

But Vic Pereira tallied an unassisted goal early in the third to reclaim the lead for the Engineers.

Kirk MacDonald added an empty-netter as time expired for the final margin.

With the victory, Alford improves to 5-2-1 for the year. He stepped up to the challenge in the third period, stopping all 11 shots he faced.

Notre Dame's Morgan Cey made 33 saves before being pulled for the extra attacker with 1:22 to play. His record falls to 2-5-3.

RPI will go for the series sweep when it faces Notre Dame at 5:05 p.m. today in South Bend.

The Engineers resume their ECACHL schedule at home Friday against Dartmouth.