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RPI Blanks Army

By Ken Schott

Schenectady Daily Gazette, October 26, 2003

TROY - It took four games, but the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute men's hockey team finally got it right.

Freshman forward Tommy Green scored his first two collegiate goals sparking a balanced offensive attack, and the defense held Army to 12 shots on goal to give goalie Nathan Marsters his sixth career shutout in a 6-0 rout of the Black Knights Saturday at Houston Field House.

The first win of the season for RPI (1-2-1) gave the Engineers their third straight shutout over Army (2-1).

The Engineers had 13 players record at least one point. The line of center Green, left wing Cody Wojdyla and right wing Chris Hussey combined for three goals and three assists.

"I thought our forwards did a great job creating some offense and creating space for themselves," RPI coach Dan Fridgen said. "I thought our defense did a real good job after the first period moving the puck and making smart plays on the breakout, which we hadn't been doing the previous three games. And Nate was strong between the pipes for us."

Green opened the scoring at 13:40 of the first period, converting a Hussey pass on a three-onone break. Green's other goal came on a breakaway midway through the third period when was sent in by Hussey.

"The whole team was rolling today, so it made it a little easier for me," Green said. "Everyone else was skating hard, so it opened up some space for me. Hussey slid it over to me on two good ones, and it made it easy for me to put it into an empty net."

Kirk MacDonald scored a power-play goal in the first. Wojdyla and Brad Farynuk had shorthanded tallies in the second period. Blake Pickett scored RPI's final goal in the third period.

Union 1, Bowling Green 1

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Dutchmen's perfect penalty killing streak came to an end, but their unbeaten remains intact after skating to a tie.

Jason Visser gave Union (4-0-1) a 1-0 lead with a goal in the second period. The Dutchmen killed off four Bowling Green power plays to extend their streak without allowing a power-play goal to 29 attempts.

But streak ended when Mark Wires second a power-play goal in the second.

"We played a good game tonight," Union coach Nate Leaman said. "We played a complete game. We competed. We faced a lot of adversity on the road. I'm happy with that. We had to kill a lot of penalties."


Union 4, RPI 4 (OT)

SCHENECTADY - The Engineers played the Dutchwomen to a draw in John Burke's debut behind the RPI bench.

Union outshot RPI, 32-28, with Union goalie Dana Smullyan making 24 saves. RPI goalie Julie Vallarelli made 28 saves.