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Engineers Fall to No. 2 Miami

After Rallying to Force OT, RPI Loses with 10.8 to Go

Albany Times Union, December 30, 2005

Two fluke goals sent RPI into overtime against the nation's No. 2 team, Miami of Ohio.

But the Engineers' luck ran out with 10.8 seconds remaining in the extra period.

Miami junior Geoff Smith's second goal of the season gave the RedHawks a 3-2 win in the Ohio Hockey Classic's first game Thursday night in Columbus, Ohio. It also extended Miami's unbeaten streak to nine games.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, RPI (8-7-3) cut Miami's lead in half with a power-play goal at 8:04 of the third.

RedHawks goaltender Charlie Effinger made the initial stop on a shot from the point. But after the puck was swatted at, it trickled through Effinger's legs and across the goal line.

The goal was credited to Jonathan Ornelas, with assists going to Brad Farynuk and Kevin Croxton.

The Engineers tied it with 6:00 remaining in regulation when Miami put the puck in its own net.

Mitch Ganzak stepped out from behind the Miami net and looked to pass the puck through the slot. Meanwhile, RedHawks freshman Alexandre Lacombe was circling in front of the net. Ganzak's pass deflected off Lacombe, and the puck rolled behind Effinger. The goal was credited to Keith McWilliams.

With time winding down in overtime, Nino Musitelli picked up the puck just inside the RPI blue line and left it for Ganzak at the left point.

Ganzak walked the puck down the wall before sliding a pass into the high slot, where Smith unleashed a blast that beat Mathias Lange on the glove side and emptied the RedHawks' bench.

Miami (13-2-2) took a 1-0 lead at the 4:40 mark of the first period on freshman Bill Loupee's first career goal. With his first goal of the season, Brad Robbins made it 2-0 at 13:27 of the first.

Miami and RPI each had 25 shots on goal. Effinger extended his personal unbeaten streak to 12 games by making 23 saves for Miami; Lange turned away 22 shots for the Engineers.

In the consolation game at 5 p.m. today, RPI will play Holy Cross, which lost 4-0 to host Ohio State in Thursday night's late game. Miami will face Ohio State for the championship.