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RPI Upsets Boston College

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, October 12, 2015

TROY – Huge upset. Shocker. Monumental victory. All clichés could apply to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s 2-1 victory on Sunday, as the Engineers rode two goals by junior Riley Bourbonnais and Jason Kasdorf’s stellar goaltending to knock off No. 1-ranked Boston College.

Kasdorf made six saves during a 15-econd sequence during a BC power play in the second period and totaled 36 saves overall, along with his teammates blocking 45 BC shots.

It marked the second time in six seasons RPI beat the nation’s No. 1 team at Houston Field House, as the Engineers beat No. 1 Yale in the 2011 Big Red Freakout.

Rensselaer coach Seth Appert was asked if Sunday’s triumph was the biggest of his 10 years in Troy.

“No, it’s October,” he said.

Biggest October-November victory?

“I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t keep track of those things.”

In any event, it was a great rebound from Friday night’s 3-0 season-opening defeat at UMass-Lowell and prevented what most RPI fans felt (after Friday night) would be an 0-2-0 start.

Kasdorf said the “number of shots that were blocked by my teammates was absurd. It was everybody pulling his weight. There were times when I wasn’t sure I was going to make a save and one of my defensemen would come up and make a huge ‘save’.”

Chief among them was a goal-saving steer-away by junior Parker Reno about 30 seconds after BU’s relentless power play late in the second period when the game was still scoreless.

“Reno stacking the pads,” Kasdorf said. “I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to be the ‘D’-man and he was the goalie or what but it was definitely a huge team win.”

Appert wasn’t playing down the victory with his comments. He was thrilled but tries to not over-emphasize any success.

“Just a good win,” he said. “We talked about (Friday) night that we had a good (final) 26, 27 minutes and we wanted to build on that and keep doing things the right way. That’s important early on.”

“You’re not playing the schedule that we have in front of us because you expect to go undefeated,” Appert said. “You play it to test yourself against the best teams in the country and apply those lessons. Good teams don’t have to keep learning the same lessons over and over and I was happy that we came out with the will to play the right way after having a real sluggish first 30 minutes on Friday.”

Long-awaited freshman forward Evan Tironese assisted on both goals in his first college game.

The Engineers will travel to Alaska at midweek and will face Alaska-Anchorage on Friday night and Alaska-Fairbanks on Saturday night.

They return home on Oct. 24 to host Michigan.