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White Wins in RPI Sneak Peak Performance

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, October 7, 2007

TROY - The 200 fans who showed up for Rensselaer Polytechic Institute's annual Red-White Intrasquad Scrimmage on Saturday were there mainly to get a sneak preview of the Engineers' talented crop of freshmen.

While they weren't disappointed, it was junior center Matt Angers-Goulet who stole the show, scoring a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime, and assisting on the other goal, to lift the White to a 3-2 victory.

Seniors Seth Klerer and captain Jake Morissette scored goals for the Red, who built a 2-0 lead at 9:19 of the second period.

The first three periods were each 15 minutes long and minor penalties were shortened to 1:30.

Rensselaer opens the regular season on Tuesday night, hosting Bentley.

The teams played 3-on-3 during the 5-minute, sudden-death overtime period and Angers-Goulet lifted a back-hander over Red goalie Jordan Alford with 2:33 remaining to give the White the triumph after they had trailed 2-0 in the second period.

Much-heralded freshman defenseman Bryan Brutlag slid the puck down to Angers-Goulet in the low slot and the Quebec native had Alford at his mercy.

"Brutlag made an amazing pass," Angers-Goulet said. "He drew two guys to him and slid a little saucer pass to me. I was alone in front of the net."

The extra session was the first time Angers-Goulet had played 3-on-3 for an extended time.

"It was pretty fun actually," he said. "There's a lot of room and the guys enjoyed it."

Five minutes into the third period, during which the teams played 4-on-4 hockey, Angers-Goulet took a perfect down-the-slot feed from Garett Vassel and beat Red goalie Mathias Lange to tie the score 2-2.

Lange switched to the White team for the third period and Angers-Goulet made him a winner.

During the game, RPI head coach Seth Appert, observing from the pressbox, said, "there are some real nice offensive plays being made out there."

"We're happy to see the amount of good offensive plays that were made in the game," Appert said. "I think 3-2 (the five-goal total) was probably the score because of good goaltending. All three goaltenders played well. Defensively, we did a good job not giving up too many odd-man rushes but (there were) too many rebounds around the net, tips around the net and too many easy plays around the net."

"Offensively - on the positive side - since it is an intrasquad game, almost every bad play, there's usually a good play that goes with it. We made a lot of plays, we made plays with our feet movintg on the rush which ended up with (at least) scoring chances or in the back of the net."

One of those deflections was by freshman right winger Tyler Helfrich, who nudged Angers-Goulet's blast from the right circle into the net from near the left side of the crease on a power play to slice Red's lead to 2-1 with 3:39 left in the second period.

Assistant captain Andrew Lord was pleased with the "competitive game (with) a lot of energy considering there were basically just two lines out there. We're looking forward to the real thing."

"The guys brought some intensity ... it was good," Morissette said.

Appert, when asked whether he or the players were more anxious for Tuesday's opener, indicated that he's a bit apprehensive.

"I could use a few more days of preparation," he said.