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RPI Victory Ends Long Losing Streak at Dartmouth

Troy Record, November 11, 2007

HANOVER, N.H. - An eruption.

That's what the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's offense did on Saturday night and the Engineers filled the Dartmouth net and ended two long, aggravating streaks.

Andrei Uryadov, freshman Chase Polacek and Jake Morissette each scored two goals as the Engineers won a regular-season game at Dartmouth for the first time since Nov. 13, 1998, a span of eight games. Polacek also charted two assists for a four-point night, while Morissette and Uryadov added one assist and Tyler Helfrich assisted three times, Kurt Colling twice.

Overall, the Engineers had lost eight straight games to the Big Green and gone 2-14-2 over the past 18 meetings.

Rensselaer totaled only four regulation-time goals in their previous four games, including a 3-0 loss on Friday night at Harvard.

All that changed Saturday night after J.T. Wyman had given Dartmouth a 1-0 lead just 21 seconds into the game.

"We played pretty well (Friday) night and had nothing to show for it," RPI coach Seth Appert said. "Give our guys a lot of credit for sticking to it and playing a real strong, offensive-minded game."

"I was very pleased with how well we transitioned our offense and executed our line rushes," Appert added. "We had some highlight reel goals tonight."

The victory was the Engineers' first league triumph of the season, improving them to 1-1-2, 6-3-1 overall.

Five minutes after Wyman's goal, Helfrich took the puck behind the net and fired it in front by a tap-in goal by Uryadov.

Polacek deflected a shot by Matt Angers-Goulet to give RPI a 2-1 lead later in the period, Uryadov banged in a rebound for his sixth goal midway through the second period.

Later, Appert said, "Jake and Jon (Ornelas) executed a perfect shorthanded two-on-two. Jon made a nice backhand pass for a one-timer."

After Scott Fleming pulled the Big Green (2-2-0, 3-2-0) within 4-2, Chase, Tyler and Matt executed the beautiful tic, tac, toe play."

Angers-Goulet finished the play off with a tap-in.

"It would have been easy, after (Friday) night, and with the lack of scoring we've had, and with Dartmouth scoring (so early) for the guys to remain frustrated but they did a super job of staying positive," Appert said.

Wyman scored a second goal later and has nine points (5-4-9) in just five games.