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Engineers' OT Win Is 'Special'

By Phil Janack

Schenectady Daily Gazette, January 17, 2009

TROY - As Friday's game unfolded, with its power play sputtering and penalty kill struggling, the last thing RPI wanted was to see it decided on special teams.

Funny how things work, sometimes.

The Engineers killed a major penalty to defenseman Eric Burgdoerfer in the final 4:48 of regulĀ­ation, then got a power-play goal from senior Seth Klerer 42 seconds into overtime to beat Colgate, 3-2, at Houston Field House.

The goal was the second of the night and third in three games for Klerer, who scored just once in his first 20 games this season. He was able to poke in a loose puck during a scramble in front of Raiders goaltender Charles Long.

"Obviously, I'd like to contribute offensively like this. It's nice to get those goals, for sure," Klerer said. "We said on the bench we've just got to get pucks to the net, and we did that. I got a whack at it and, fortunately, it went in."

RPI (4-5-1, 5-15-2) extended its unbeaten streak to three games, and is now 3-0-1 in its last four against ECAC foes.

"We saw a lot of good things," head coach Seth Appert said. "A lot of the things we saw last weekend, we saw again tonight.

"I thought we outplayed them five-on-five, and I thought they outplayed us on special teams until the last five minutes of the game, where we came up with a really gutsy kill. Then to respond and get that power-play goal was huge."

Senior goalie Mathias Lange stopped 20 of 22 shots, making at least four saves after Burgdoerfer was ejected for his hit from behind on Colgate's Mark Anderson.

The Raiders (1-5-3, 6-10-5) got caught with too many men on the ice with 33.7 seconds left, ending the advantage, and eventually giving RPI a 74-second power play in overtime.

"That was huge. That was the game right there," said Klerer, who was out for much of the late kill along with forwards Matt and Alex Anders-Goulet and Jordan Watts. "We shut them down and took the momentum, and that's the reason we scored."

RPI had several scoring chances in the first period, but was unable to convert until Angers-Goulet got free on a breakaway from the neutral zone and buried a forehander with 2:32 left.

Colgate answered on a power-play goal by Jason Williams from the left circle with 53.7 seconds remaining to make it a 1-1 game.

The Engineers failed to cash in on a two-man advantage early in the second period, but Klerer restored their lead at 12:11, cranking in a one-timer off the post from the slot.

Two more RPI power plays went unrewarded before Kurt Colling was called for tripping at 6:56. With 10 seconds left on the advantage, Raiders forward David McIntyre stickhandled into the right circle and snapped a shot through traffic that eluded Lange.