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No Special Effort for RPI

Special Teams Play Dooms Engineers in Loss to St. Cloud State

Troy Record, November 2, 2002

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute knew special teams would be important in Friday night's game at St. Cloud State.

Actually, extra-man situations were the whole story in the Engineers' 3-0 non-conference defeat.

Rensselaer failed on all seven of its power-play chances - putting little pressure on St. Cloud goaltender Jake Moreland - while RPI penalty-killers surrendered three goals.

Game over.

The setback ended a two-game winning streak for the 3-4-0 Engineers, but against teams from the other three established leagues in Division I college hockey, RPI is 0-3-0 since its season-opening victory at Wisconsin. RPI has been outscored 15-7 in those games.

The Huskies, ranked No. 14 nationally, improved to 3-1-1 overall.

Joe Motzko led the Huskies' attack, scoring the first goal and assisting on the other two.

Jonathan Lehun and Mike Doyle each had two assists.

The Engineers hope to generate a bit more of an attack tonight when the teams again meet at St. Cloud's National Hockey Center.

Friday night, Rensselaer put little pressure on Moreland. Just three Engineers' shots came in the first period and the later 14 were aided by repeated power plays.

The Engineers had few quality chances, though. Moreland stoned Ben Barr in the second period and Mikael Hammarstrom in the third.

That summed up RPI's attack.

Rensselaer junior goalie Kevin Kurk posted shutouts in his previous two outings. He didn't have much of a chance to stop two of the three St. Cloud goals Friday night, though.

With Barr off for holding, Motzko flipped in a Lehun rebound for a 1-0 Huskies lead 14:06 into the game.

Lehun and Motzko each assisted on Matt Hendricks' goal at 3:42 of the second period.

Tim Conboy scored the final St. Cloud goal at 10:47 of the period.