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Engineers Blast Outnumbered Ottawa in Exhibition

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, October 8, 2005

TROY - Too bad it didn't count. Then again, ...

And it wasn't exactly unexpected but Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute absolutely filled the net Friday night in a 13-3 exhibition game victory over horribly outmanned University of Ottawa.

Prior to Sunday's season opener, coach Dan Fridgen and the Engineers looked for a game to get a look at six freshmen - and several sophomores, too - who will be counted on heavily to improve last season's 11th-place finish in the ECAC Hockey League.

How much a true barometer it was is open to debate.

The slower Gee Gees simply couldn't handle the RPI power play. They gave the Engineers much too much space, allowing a shooting gallery at goaltenders Martin Bricault and James Moskos. Then they were not in position to check or tie up sticks of RPI forwards, who gleefully swooped down on the net to bang in rebounds that Bricault and Moskos couldn't help but allow.

In all, the Engineers scored on eight of 15 power-play chances, including five straight during the first and second periods.

Veteran Kevin Croxton and freshman Andrei Uryadov each scored two goals and nine other Engineers found the lopsided game, which was made worse by the fact that the Gee Gees traveled here prior to the game, instead of on Thursday.

"They came a long way today, so I'm sure they had some bus legs," Fridgen said. "That's a pretty good team in their league and you don't know if they had an off night or what have you. And you have a team here (RPI) that was itching to get on the ice and have a game instead of playing against one another (in practice). That's what we responded to."

"I thought we did a real good job of getting in front of the goaltender once we did generate those shots from the point and put home some rebound goals," Fridgen said. "It wasn't just a situation where the 'D' (defensemen) were trying to score from back there."

Rensselaer defensemen Brad Farynuk, Keith MCWilliams and Scott Romfo each had three assists, while Jake Luthi added two.

The Engineers, leading 4-1 after one, scored five times in the second period but got a little sloppy in their own end and permitted two goals.

"We set a goal in the third period to have nothing against (goal allowed) and we accomplished that," said tri-captain Farynuk.

Croxton flipped in a rebound under the crossbar from just inside the left faceoff circle at 6:02 of the first period and the flood gates opened.

Uryadov smacked a hip-high rebound off a Kevin Broad shot past Bricault at 8:58 and later in the period, freshman Mathieu Angers-Goulet and sophomore Jonathan Ornelas added power-play goals.

Uryadov also scored in the second, banging one out of the air and into the net in the second after it ricocheted off the shin pad of linemate Kevin Broad.

"I sure didn't expect that," the Russia native said. "I never scored (two) goals like that in my life."

Sophomore Jake MOrissette rifled in a blast on a shorthanded breakaway late in the second period.

"I saw a little bit of room on the glove hand side and just wanted to get it over his shoulder," Morissette said.

Farynuk sent Croxton in on a breakaway as the second period was winding down and the senior right winger deked Bricault, and swept the puck past him as the horn sounded.

Broad, Farynuk, freshman Seth Klerer, Mark Yurkewecz, Andrew Lord and Chris Hussey scored the other RPI goals