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RPI Gets the Goals It Needs in Second

Engineers Score Three Times in Middle Period

By Ken Castro

Albany Times Union, January 21, 2006

PROVIDENCE - Making the most of an efficient second period, RPI opened a four-game road swing with a 3-1 victory over struggling Brown on Friday night at Meehan Auditorium.

"We played a real smart road game," RPI coach Dan Fridgen said. "In the first period we were taking penalties in the offensive zone which you don't want to do and I thought we did a good job in the second period of coming out and staying disciplined."

The game was scoreless going into the second period. But RPI (11-10-3, 5-3-3 in the ECACHL) scored three times in the period, including twice on the power play. The Engineers had 18-3 shot advantage in the second and 36-16 in the game.

Engineers freshman left wing Kurt Colling opened the scoring on a power play at 2:33, his third goal of the season.

Defenseman Keith McWilliams tallied his second goal in as many games just 45 seconds later when he backhanded a loose rebound that was lingering in front of the Brown goal.

"The difference was we started moving our feet, and when you do that it makes it easier to finish checks on them," McWilliams said about the second period's uptempo play. "We got some opportunities, and we were able to put them in the net."

Brown right wing Jeff Prough narrowed it with a power-play goal at 7:39, ending the Engineers' streak of 19 successful penalty kills.

"That was a transition thing that our D-men got caught halfway in no man's land," Fridgen said. "I give a lot of credit to our penalty killers tonight - especially (Matt) Angers-Goulet and Kurtis Colling, who haven't done much of the PK up to this point in the season. But because we're short of bodies they're getting the opportunity, and they're doing a great job with it."

Brown (3-11-4, 2-7-2) was hold to 1-for-6 with the extra skater.

Jonathan Ornelas added the Engineers' final goal on power play at 10:36 of the second. With a scramble in front of the Bears' net, he deflected a shot into the goal.

RPI goaltender Mathias Lange finished with 15 saves for the win. Brown's Adam D'Alba made 33 saves.