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Engineers Rally to Beat Colgate in OT

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, February 10, 2007

TROY - It was a special night at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Any overtime victory is special in college hockey, where there is no third point given to the OT loser, and Matt Angers-Goulet gave the Engineers just such a triumph, a 3-2 decision over Colgate.

Angers-Goulet, who had scored RPI's game-tying goal in the second period, stole the puck from a Colgate player near the RPI blue line, nudged it through the legs of a second, scooted around him and raced in on Raiders goalie Mark Dekanich. His wrist shot over through the goaltender's leg sent a roar through the Houston Field House crowd of 3,226 and eruption on the Engineers' bench.

"The puck went on the boards (from RPI's Reed Kipp) and Jonny (Ornelas) stopped it and made a little chip on the boards," Angers-Goulet said. "I got a good bounce and the puck was right in front of (Colgate defenseman Nick St. Pierre) and I chipped it away. I chipped it again through the legs of Jesse Winchester and I had a lot of speed and I just went in on the goalie 5-hole."

Angers-Goulet, who took over the team lead in goals with his ninth, enjoyed being mobbed by his teammates.

"It was a great feeling," he said. "There was a big pile. It's a big win, obviously. The whole team played well. Langer (goalie Mathias Lange) on that penalty shot, made a huge save and turned the pressure around."

The victory improves the 9-13-7 Engineers to 5-8-4 in the ECAC Hockey League and shoots them from 11th place to ninth.

On a night when the Engineers honored legendary coach Ned Harkness, adding him to the Ring of Honor, the Engineers would not allow themselves to lose, their less than stellar performance in the first period notwithstanding.

"To be honest, I was embarrassed with our first," RPI coach Seth Appert said. "It was not good enough, intensity-wise, especially on a night that means so much to our program, with Ned Harkness being honored and back in the building. Colgate out-competed us in a number of different areas."

"I'm very proud, though, of the way our team responded," Appert said, "but that's not a recipe for success at this time of the season, and we'll make adjustments."

Reporters, down in the clubhouse area for the Harkness ceremony, heard Appert shout "sit down" to the team before he got the door closed.

What else did he tell them?

"Similar things to what (is above) but in a much harsher tone," he said. "That, at this time of the season, we can't come out and play that way. But it was a great response in the second and third periods."

An RPI defensive lack of communication led to Tyler Burton's tip-in goal (from Marc Fulton) to open the scoring at 8:27 and some plain ole tardiness getting back helped the Raiders (6-8-3, 12-15-4) make it 2-0, when David McIntyre deflected Mark Anderson's shot past Lange.

"We just weren't together," said captain Kirk MacDonald, who helped turn the game around with a goal with 1:06 remaining.

"We came out in the second and worked hard and out-competed them," he added.

When Colgate's Jason Williams was awarded a penalty shot at 7:54 of the third period, Appert told his players, "whether Mathias stops him or not, we're going to win this game."

Lange said it wasn't a difficult save.

"The ice was pretty bad by then and the puck rolled on him a bit," he said of Williams. "He took a shot and it just came right to me."

MacDonald said of the save, "that was the turning point. We said at that point, 'we're going to win this game, come hell or high water.'"

Ornelas, in the mid-right slot, found Angers-Goulet cutting down the left slot and fed him perfectly for a power-play goal that tied the game 2-2 at 8:03 of the second period.

"We practice that a lot in practice and this time it worked," Angers-Goulet said. "It was a great pass by Jonny."