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Goals Hard to Come By in RPI Scrimmage

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, October 2, 2005

TROY - If Saturday night's annual Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Red & White Scrimmage Game is any example, the Engineers may struggle to score goals again this season.

On a power play, senior right winger Kevin Croxton took a long, two-line headman pass from senior defenseman Brad Farynuk with less than four minutes remaining, skated in alone on freshman goaltender Mathias Lange and flipped the puck over him to give the Red a 2-1 victory.

Croxton, who led RPI in both goals and scoring in both his freshman and sophomore seasons, assisted on sophomore left winger Jonathan Ornelas' goal earlier in the second half as the Red rallied back after sophomore winger Jake Morissette gave the White a 1-0 lead at 6:23 of the second 25-minute half.

While goals weren't as plentiful as nearly every previous Red-White Game, it was apparent that the Engineers will be a quicker team this year, with most notably speedy freshman center Mathieu Angers-Goulet but also with wingers Kurt Colling and Andrei Uryadov and defenseman Reed Kipp.

Goaltender Jordan Alford, who suffered through a disappointing freshman season, charted 19 saves for the win. He made tough, close-range saves on juniors Oren Eizenman and Tommy Green with about five and one-half minutes remaining in the first half and denied Uryadov 50 seconds later. He never saw the puck until it was too late on Morissette's goal.

Freshman goalie Mathias Lange was sharp for the White, too.

"Actually, I thought they played pretty well," Rensselaer head coach Dan Fridgen said of the team's newcomers. "Just about everybody did well. It was up-tempo, high-intensity and I thought the first 25 minutes they looked real sharp and it got sloppy in the second (half), and understandably so, because it looked like they were running out of gas."

"But overall, I was pleased. It was well-played, clean and I thought both goaltenders played well."

After last year's 6-15-1 league record and 11th-place finish, Fridgen and the Engineers are excited to prove themselves better.

"This was a nice start," said tri-captain Farynuk.

The Engineers host the University of Ottawa in a total game-conditions exhibition game on Friday night, then open the regular-season at UMass-Lowell in a 2 p.m. game one week from today.

Ornelas was behind the net after taking a pass from Angers-Goulet, sneaked around front on Lange and slid the puck under him.

"I think I did (sneak in)," Ornelas said. "I found myself (alone) and took it to the net, kept it on the ice and I don't think Mathias was expecting it."

Morissette said his first shot "went up in the air and I managed to get a stick on it (in the crease) and it somehow got past Jordan."

Box Score

Red 3, White 2

Red.............0 2 - 2

White...........0 1 - 1

(25-minute halves)

First half - None. Penalty - Andrei Uryadov, White (tripping), 16:31.

Second half - White, Jake Morissette (Ryan Swanson), 6:23; 2. Red, Jonathan Ornelas (Mathieu Angers-Goulet, Kevin Croxton), 9:59; 3. Red, Croxton (Brad Farynuk), pp, 21:16. Penalties - Kurt Colling, White (cross-checking), 13:15; Reed Kipp, White (interference), 14:53; Dan Peace, White (tripping), 20:48; Andrew Lord, Red (tripping), 23:29.

Shots on goal - Red 7-11--18, White 12-8--20.

Power-play opportunities - Red 1-of-4, White 0-of-1.

Goaltenders - Red, Jordan Alford, W (20 shots-19 saves). White, Mathias Lange, L (18-16).