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Engineers, Union Lose in North Country

Troy Record, November 6, 2005

CANTON - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute did not trail until the 113th minute of its two weekend games but is coming home from the first ECAC Hockey League weekend without a victory after a disheartening 3-2 loss to St. Lawrence on Saturday night.

St. Lawrence freshman winger Kevin DiVirgilio took a long headman pass from freshman defenseman Shawn Fensel, tipped the puck ahead to himself as he wheeled around an RPI defender, walked in on RPI freshman goalie Mathias Lange and wrested the game-winning goal over his shoulder with 6:31 remaining.

The Engineers, who led in all three periods of Friday night's 3-3 tie with Clarkson, led in the first two stanzas on Saturday but dropped to 0-1-1 in ECACHL play and 4-4-1 overall. They are winless in their past three games after a four-game winning streak.

The Engineers handled the high-scoring Mike Zbriger line (T.J. Trevalyan), blanking the trio that totaled 15 points against Union on Friday night.

And RPI didn't create many scoring chances on its eight power play chances and totaled just 18 shots on goal.

Kevin Croxton flipped in a rebound of an Alexander Valentin blast to give Rensselaer a 1-0 at 4:37 of the first period and Tommy Green nudged in a rebound of Tyler Eaves' shot put give the Engineers a 2-1 advantage with 4:18 remaining in the second.

Jared Ross scored the game-winner less than two minutes later, one-timing Brock McBride's faceoff feed past Lange.

Kyle Rank scored the other SLU goal as the Saints improved to 2-0-0 in ECACHL play and 6-2-0 overall.

POTSDAM - Special teams are still hurting the Union College hockey team.

The Dutchmen failed to click on any of nine power-play chances Saturday night and allowed a pair of power-play goals to Clarkson that helped enable the Golden Knights to paste a 4-1 defeat on the Dutchmen.

The loss drops Union to 0-2-0 in ECAC Hockey League play, 3-4-1 overall.

Josh Coyle scored his fifth goal for Union, pulling the Dutchmen within 2-1 late in the second period.

And while the Dutchmen held the Knights to four shots on goal in the third period, two of them went in - by freshmen Chris D'Alvise and Shea Guthrie.

Guthrie also assisted on Shawn Weller's first-period goal, as Clarkson improved to 2-0-0, 5-2-1.