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RPI Falls to Dartmouth; Union Prevails

Troy Record, January 29, 2006

HANOVER, N.H. - Victories over Dartmouth College have been quite rare for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in recent years and with all their current injuries, the Engineers simply can't handle the Big Green right now.

The streaking Big Green took control early in the second period and handed the injury-riddled Engineers a 6-3 setback, RPI's third straight loss.

Dartmouth freshman Kevin Swallow scored his first two collegiate goals, Mike Ouellette had a goal and an assist and David Jones charted three assists to spark the Big Green who took firm control of the game early in the second period.

Dartmouth, improving to 8-5-1, 10-10-1 after opening the season with four straight ECAC Hockey League losses, is 12-2-2 in the past 16 meetings with RPI, outscoring the Engineers, 66-27.

With the defeat, the 11-13-3 Engineers drop to 5-6-3 in the ECACHL, and tumble into a tie for seventh place with Union.

Keith MCWilliams scored his seventh goal of the season for RPI, Scott Romfo and Jake Morissette also scored goals, and Jake Luthi assisted twice.

The Engineers played well most of the way but once again - with their many injuries and just five defensemen dressed - were worn down after two periods.

Since the injuries have mounted, the Engineers have been outscored 13-5 during the third periods of their seven games.

Dartmouth, improved to 8-5-1, 10-10-1 after opening the season with four straight league losses, is 12-2-2 in the past 16 meetings with RPI, outscoring the Engineers, 66-27.

After MCWilliams' goal pulled the Engineers within 2-1 with 2:24 remaining in the first period, the game's turning points unfolded.

Dartmouth left winger Tanner Glass took a major penalty for checking from behind, giving the Engineers a power play for the final two minutes of the first period and first three minutes of the second.

The Engineers could manage no real scoring chance and just three shots on goal for the entire duration of the power play.

The Big Green grabbed the momentum fully.

Angers-Goulet was called for tripping at 4:12 and just 24 seconds later, Sampson popped in a rebound to restore the Big Green's lead to two goals.

Defenseman Scott Romfo again cut the Dartmouth lead to one goal with his second of the season at 1:35 of the third but the Engineers hit the wall at that point and the Big Green filled the net.

Morissette's goal came with 1:52 remaining in the game, his third of the season.

Union 2, Harvard 1: Torren Delforte scored the game-winner and assisted on Chris Potts' earlier goal as the Dutchmen bounced back from Friday night's drubbing at Dartmouth and upset the 15th-ranked Crimson.

The victory ended a four-game non-winning streak for the Dutchmen, who had won just one of their previous seven games (1-3-3).

And was just their second triumph in eight ECACHL road games.

Union improves to 12-11-5 overall.

Kris Mayotte stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced to post his 12th win of the season.

Just 29 seconds after Delforte gave the Dutchmen a 2-0 lead at 9:18 of the second period, Steve Mandes scored to pull Harvard to within 2-1. But the Dutchmen didn't let the Crimson (8-7-1, 11-8-2) build any momentum.

The Dutchmen and Engineers collide next week, Friday night at Messa Rink, Saturday night at Houston Field House.