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Engineers Prevail, Take Third Place

By Jayson Moy

Schenectady Daily Gazette, November 26, 2006

TROY - Up by three goals at the end of the second period, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute had to score with 1:08 remaining to tie the game, 5-5, and then went to a shootout to defeat Ohio State in the consolation game of the 56th Rensselaer/Bank of America Holiday Hockey Tournament.

Paul Kerins saved the day for the Engineers, scoring late in the game to force overtime and then a subsequent shootout to determine third place.

In the shootout, it went 10 rounds before Oren Eizenman broke the sudden-death deadlock, 5-4.

"It will go down officially as a tie, but it feels like a win," said Engineer coach Seth Appert. "Even though it was a shootout, itÂ’s still an opportunity to beat a Big Ten school. There are very few huge power schools in college hockey and Ohio State is one of them."

The heroics for the Engineers in the first two periods came from Andrei Uryadov, who netted his first collegiate hat trick.

It started with a beautiful pass from behind the net. Kevin Broad found Uraydov camped in front and without coverage for the quick pass and the one-timer between the legs of Nick Filion.

The Buckeyes (4-8-2) tied the game on the power play in the second period when Sean Collins blasted one from the point that lasered past Mathias Lange.

The tie was quickly broken by the Engineers with a three-goal flurry.

The first came off of a scrum in front where Uryadov potted his second of the game and then Jake Morissette scored his second of the tournament off of another scrum in front.

With just five seconds left in the second period, after Ohio State iced the puck, MacDonald cleanly won a faceoff to Uryadov who blasted a one-timer past Filion for the 4-1 lead heading into the final period.

But a flurry by Ohio State to open the third period saw the Buckeyes take the lead.

Niagara won the tournament championship, 3-1, over Colgate.