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Engineers Rip Ottawa

By Ken Schott

Schenectady Daily Gazette, October 8, 2005

TROY - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's power play looked like it was in midseason form Friday.

The Engineers scored four power-play tallies in five opportunities in the first period, and finished 8-for-15 overall in a 13-3 rout of Ottawa University in an exhibition college hockey game at Houston Field House.

RPI, which opens the regular season Sunday at UMass-Lowell, scored on five straight power plays. The Engineers scored twice with a two-man advantage.

Engineers coach Dan Fridgen would love to have his power play clicking at a 53.3 percent rate every game, but he will settle for consistency with the man advantage.

"I thought we started out a little slow," Fridgen said. "The power play was clicking pretty well. I saw some real good chemistry out there with a couple of those lines that worked real well together. That was encouraging to see."

After not scoring on their first power-play attempt, the Engineers clicked on the next one, and the one after that, and then the next one, and then another one, . . .

You get the idea.

Kevin Croxton opened the power-play floodgates at 6:02, taking an Oren Eizenman feed and beating goalie Martin Bricault from the left circle.

Andrei Uryadov scored the next one just under three minutes later. Matt Angers-Goulet got the third power-play goal of the period with 5:34 left. Jonathan Ornelas scored No. 4 at 17:20.

On all three goals, shots were generated from the point. Bricault couldn't control the rebounds, and that cost him.

"You've got to go to the net to get scoring opportunities," said defenseman Brad Farynuk, who scored a second-period powerplay goal and had three assists. "I think a couple of bang-in goals off rebounds helps everybody. The D-men were getting clear shots from the point, and the forwards were popping in the rebounds. That's a really good sign."