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Pulling Goalie, Brown Ties RPI

Two Deadlocks in Two Nights for Engineers

By Matt Graves

Albany Times Union, November 4, 2007

TROY - For RPI, Saturday night's game against Brown was deja vu all over again ... in reverse.

The Engineers, who pulled their goaltender and tied Yale 24 hours earlier on a last-minute goal with the extra skater, were victimized by the same strategy when Brown's Jeff Prough scored at 19:18 of the third period to produce a 2-2 tie in front of 4,783 stunned fans at Houston Field House.

"We came out with a tie last night, and we definitely wanted to come away with a three-point weekend," said forward Jonathan Ornelas, whose third goal of the season gave RPI a seemingly safe 2-0 lead entering the third period. "We came out in the third period a little lackadaisical, and Brown took advantage of it. They've got some skilled players, and they took advantage."

The Bears (0-1-2, 0-0-2 ECAC Hockey League) cut the deficit in half on Matt Vokes' nifty one-timer from the right circle that found the far corner of the net at 8:49 of the third -- the first goal allowed by Jordan Alford in three games.

Then, after RPI failed to convert on a power play for the 33rd consecutive time, Brown coach Roger Grillo called a timeout with 52.4 seconds remaining.

Within 15 seconds, the visitors had the equalizer. Prough took a pass outside the left post from Ryan Garbutt and slipped it past Alford at 19:18. Neither team was able to earn a decision in the five-minute overtime.

"In the first two periods, I thought the pace and the game was totally controlled by us," RPI coach Seth Appert said. "We had numerous chances at 2-0 to break them. We didn't execute -- some of it due to (Brown goalie Dan) Rosen making some very good saves, some of it due to lack of crispness offensively. We played tired, but our intensity and effort were there all weekend."

Following a scoreless first period, RPI's fourth in the past five games, the Engineers outhustled the Bears and broke loose for a pair of goals. Defenseman Christian Jensen broke down right wing and found forward Andrew Lord open in front of the net for the first one at 6:19.

The Engineers (5-2-2, 0-0-2) took a 2-0 lead at 14:18 of the second period when defenseman Bryan Brutlag put a long outlet pass on Ornelas' stick and he made a terrific move to his left to leave the defenseman reeling before sending a wrist shot past Rosen from just below the left circle.

"We came out with two points fortunately," said Ornelas, a special teams member on the troubled RPI power play that has produced one goal in 39 attempts this season (0-for-4 vs. Brown). "I don't know. We all know what we're doing. We all gel pretty good together."

"Sometimes we're not looking to take shots and trying to make it look too pretty. We're definitely going to have to work on that during the week. Soon enough, it'll come around."