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Sacred Heart's Trapp Trips RPI

By Matt Graves

Albany Times Union, December 3, 2005

TROY - RPI students shouted "Bear Trapp" virtually every time the strangely named winger hit the Houston Field House ice Friday night for Sacred Heart. But the freshman from Saskatchewan had the last laugh in his team's overtime victory over the Engineers.

Trapp scored his team's third goal and then was credited with the game winner as the Atlantic Hockey leaders upset the Engineers 4-3 on a bad-bounce goal at 1:01 of the extra session, silencing most of the 2,597 fans.

"He's lived with that name his whole life, so he knows how to handle it," said Sacred Heart coach Shaun Hannah. "He's a good hockey player, and he's going to have to take some ribbing. When you grow up ... and you've lived with that your whole life, then maybe you learn how to do that."

Trapp's first goal on a rebound gave Sacred Heart a 3-1 lead at 10:35 of the second period after the Pioneers scored on consecutive power plays. But RPI made a valiant comeback to tie the game in the third on a pair of power plays of its own.

The Engineers then killed off a late third-period penalty that overlapped into overtime, but nine seconds later it was over. Trapp attempted to send a pass from behind the net to a teammate out front, but the puck hit RPI defenseman Alexander Valentin and went into the net behind a stunned goaltender Mathias Lange.

"That happens," said Lange. "Obviously when you're down two goals and you come back in the third the momentum's on your side. We've just got to be a little smarter -- I don't know if smarter's even the right word."

Sacred Heart (8-3-1) took a 1-0 lead 4:38 into the game on a 2-on-1 break climaxed by Peter Ferraro's high wrister. But RPI tied it at 16:27 of the first when Kevin Croxton returned from a minor injury at 13:58 to set up Oren Eizenman's first of two goals in the game. Eizenman lifted a short blast from the right side off goalie Jason Smith's glove on a similar 2-on-1 break, marking the 14th consecutive game in which he has scored at least one point.

Eizenman struck again at 7:21 of the third when he swept in a loose puck outside the right post and linemate Jonathan Ornelas sent a beautiful rising shot from the left circle high into the right corner of the net at 15:33. Croxton had a brilliant game for RPI (7-6-3), drawing the penalty on the tying goal and assisting on all three scores.

"You get a bounce that goes off of a guy's shin pad into the net," said RPI (7-6-3) coach Dan Fridgen. "It's just a bad bounce in that situation."