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Close Games the Norm in RPI-Colgate Series

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, February 28, 2007

TROY - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Colgate could meet three times this weekend - twice at least - for the right to take on one of the top seeds in the ECAC Hockey League playoffs.

The best-of-3 series at Colgate Friday, Saturday and (if necessary) Sunday nights in the preliminary round brings together teams who've already met three times this season - each game being decided by one goal.

The teams each finished ECACHL play with 17 standings points, RPI with a 6-11-5 mark, Colgate at 7-12-3. The Raiders (13-9-4 overall) get the tie-breaker for having more points against the ECACHL's top four finishers than did the 10-16-8 Engineers.

Here's a short recap of each previous RPI-Colgate game:

Sunday, Oct. 29

Governor's Cup Championship

Rensselaer 1, Colgate 1

The two teams and a Pepsi Arena crowd of 3,603 were preparing for overtime when RPI's fourth line of forwards beat Raiders backcheckers up the ice.

Tyler Eaves got off a tough shot from just inside the left circle. Not a booming shot, it handcuffed veteran Colgate goaltender Mark Dekanich somewhat and when he dropped it behind himself, RPI's Dan Peace got his stick on it first and slid it across the goal line for the game-winner with 49 seconds remaining.

The Engineers killed off the remaining time to post their first invitational tournament title since 2001.

Rensselaer also killed 12 of 13 Colgate power plays.

Engineers assistant captain Kevin Broad assisted on both RPI goals and Oren Eizenman scored on a blast off the crossbar early in the second period.

Tom Riley scored Colgate's goal.

The Engineers outshot the Raiders in the defensive struggle, 22-21.

New RPI coach Seth Appert termed the victory a "confidence booster" for the whole Rensselaer program.

Saturday, Dec. 2

Colgate 3, Rensselaer 2, at Colgate

Paul Kerins in the first period and Andrei Uryadov in the second scored power-play goals within the first three minutes to give RPI a 2-0 lead.

It wouldn't last.

Reed Kipp's triple-minor, coincidental with one minor on Colgate's Dustin Gillanders, and some foolish subsequent RPI penalties after that, gave the Raiders a 5-on-3 power play for over four minutes.

Jesse Winchester and Marc Fulton scored 5-on-3 goals at 8:19 and 9:12 to tie the game and Fulton scored the game-winner on a 5-on-4 PP at 13:45, shortly after one RPI penalty had expired.

The Engineers had a 5-on-3 power play for 24 seconds during the scoreless third period but couldn't tie the game.

Again, the Engineers were shorthanded 13 times.

Appert says he was "concerned" with "the way the game was dictated" by officials.

Fulton assisted on Winchester's goal and defenseman Jake Luthi assisted on both Rensselaer goals.

Friday, Feb. 9

Rensselaer 3, Colgate 2, OT at Houston Field House

Rensselaer added legendary coach Ned Harkness to its Hockey Ring of Honor during the game and the Engineers responded with a solid performance.

Sophomore center Matt Angers-Goulet scored two goals for the Engineers, including the game-winner at 3:20 of overtime.

Angers-Goulet wedged by a Colgate defenseman and the boards near the RPI blue line, made a nifty move around another defender, then flipped the puck through the legs of another and streaked in on Dekanich.

He delighted the Houston Field House crowd of 3,226 with a quick snapper through the legs of the CU netminder.

The Engineers turned the tables on the Raiders from the previous meeting, overcoming Colgate's 2-0 lead, built on first-period goals by Tyler Burton and David McIntyre.

Kirk MacDonald scored the other goal for the Engineers and Mathias Lange had 25 saves.