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Freshmen Step Up in Red-White Scrimmage

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, October 5, 2008

TROY - Freshmen dominated the action on Saturday as the White squad edged the Red on Alexandre Angers-Goulet's tie-breaking Shootout goal in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's annual Red-White Intrasquad Scrimmage game at the Houston Field House.

The left-handed Angers-Goulet, the brother of RPI's senior captain Matt Angers-Goulet, made a double slu-foot move, went to his backhanded, deked senior goaltender Mathias Lange and slid the puck around him.

"Ah, I don't know what I call that move," Alex Angers-Goulet said. "But I've been practicing it a lot in practice. I was thinking about it in the summer because I know about the Shootout rules (in college tournaments), so I practiced. I tried it tonight and it worked out. I basically just faked it, went to my backhand and back to my forehand. His pad wasn't there."

Prior to Angers-Goulet's goal, Cullen scored on his brilliant snapshot, the White's Jordan Watts had scored on a top-shelf wrister, sandwiched around misses by the Red's Tyler Helfrich and Chase Polacek (who hit the crossbar), RPI's Nos. 1-2 scorers last season.

The Red squad, with a 4-on-3 power play (the third period and 5-minute overtime session were played 4-on-4) and an extra-attacker on the ice, gained a 2-2 tie when sophomore defensemen Bryan Brutlag fired a blast from the mid slot past York's blocker and into the back of the net with 23 seconds remaining.

"There was a little opening to shoot through," Brutlag said. "I was kind of moving them and it opened up."

Freshman Christian Morissette scored the first White goal, just 1:04 into the game, while sophomore right winger Ben Contini gave the White a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal with 4:50 remaining.

"Pretty good game," said RPI head coach Seth Appert. "It was a good first step. The intensity was high, the competitive level was high and the kids skated hard."

"The freshmen showed some of what they can do and why we're so excited to have them here," Appert added.

After a scoreless second period, highly-touted freshman right winger Patrick Cullen rifled a top-shelf blast from near the top of the slot to tie the game, 1-1 at 5:03 of the third.

"I got kind of lucky there," Cullen said. "Polie (Polacek) got a pretty good screen on him, so I was lucky enough to get it past Yorkie (freshman goaltender Allen York)."

Screen or no screen, the shot handcuffed York.

"Polie drove pretty well there, so I tried to wait until he passed by (York) and shot off his back and it worked out."

Engineers fans can look forward to many more of those from him, Cullen was asked.

"I hope so," he said. "Yeah, if I can shoot as much as I did tonight."

Morissette took an across-the-crease pass, perhaps the prettiest pass of the night, from junior center Paul Kerins early in the game and had a tip-in.

"I was just a couple of feet out and he made a real nice pass," Morissette said. "Nobody (could deflect) it and it was real easy to bury."

"It was a good feeling to get off to a quick start."

On a play, Contini got free through the left circle, took a feed from defenseman Peter Merth, made a quick move to the net and beat Lange with a wrist shot.

"I just kind of attacked the net, saw an opening and fired it," he said.

The Red outshot the White by an estimated (stats were not official), 29-21.

The Engineers open the regular season against Vermont at Quebec City next Saturday at 4 p.m.