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Engineers Tie Again

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, February 19, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute did itself one better, one worse on Saturday night.

One night after blowing an early two-goal lead and settling for a tie at Princeton, the Engineers blew a two-goal lead in the third period against Quinnipiac and again had to settle for a 4-4 tie against a team below them in the ECAC Hockey League standings.

Despite the wasted point, seventh-place RPI clinced eighth place in the league and assured itself of being at home during the preliminary round of the playoffs.

The deadlock ended Rensselaer's league road season with just one victory in 11 games (1-5-5). The Engineers will have to win a quarterfinal-round playoff series on the road if they are to earn a berth in the league's semifinal-championship weekend at Pepsi Arena.

And the Engineers, at 13-14-6, missed a chance to even their overall season record.

Andrew Lord scored his seventh goal for the Engineers, Mathieu Angers-Goulet netted his fifth and when defenseman Jake Luthi scored with 4:55 remaining in the second period, RPI had a 3-1 lead and seemed to be in control.

The Engineers, outscored in the third period all season, played one of their poorer final sessions of the disappointing campaign, however.

Even after the Bobcats' Jamie Bates and Matt Sorteberg scored power-goals to tie the game 3-3 with 12:41 remaining, RPI's Oren Eizenman deflected in Brad Farynuk's blast from the point to give the Engineers a 4-3 lead with 6:48 left.

The Engineers couldn't hold the lead, though, as Bates took a perfect feed from Brian Leitch and slipped the equalizer into a half-open net with 5:33 remaining.

For the second straight night, the Engineers had a power-play chance in overtime but couldn't convert.

Quinnipiac (8-12-1, 16-15-1) won the game with superior special-teams play, scoring three power-play goals.