Posted at: 12/07/2012 10:41 PM
By: Rodger Wyland
The Bulldogs ran into a hot goalie and a team determined to get its first conference win. Six different players scored and Jason Kasdorf stopped 36 of 37 shots as the Rensselaer men's hockey team skated past No. 15 Yale 6-1 before 3,137 at Ingalls Rink in ECAC play.
Kasdorf, a freshman playing his fourth game, earned his second victory by not giving the Bulldogs (6-3-1, 3-3-0) anything to shoot at and blanking (on 6 attempts) a Yale power play that scored four goals in its last game.
"We didn't play well. We didn't deserve to win the hockey game," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey. "We didn't execute offensively and we had a lot of point-blank shots and hit him (Kasdorf) right in the belly."
The Blue had a slight edge in shots in the first frame and worked for 14 minutes to get the only tally of the period. RPI defenseman Luke Curadi tried to send a long pass out of his zone but Tommy Fallen stepped in front of the RPI winger. He got off a snap shot from the high slot that whizzed inside the left post just off the ice at 14:00. It was Fallen's second goal of the season and the only highlight of the night for the Bulldogs, who saw their win streak end at four games.
A pair of Engineer goals 68 seconds apart turned the game around early in the second. Mike Zalewski (2nd goal) fired a shot off the right post and into the back of the net at 7:57 to even things, and the visitors continued with the pressure.
Matt Tinordi sent a crossing pass to the left circle with his team on the advantage. Milos Bubela (3rd) wound up in the circle and sent a shot off Jeff Malcolm's shoulder and into the upper part of the net at 9:05 to make it 2-1.
Brock Higgs did all the work on the third RPI tally. He worked the puck behind the net skated out a few steps before sending the puck across for an easy one-timer by Jacob Laliberte (5th) to make it 3-1 at 15:46. Laliberte was a few feet from the crease on the opposite side.
The Elis put 16 shots on net in the second but Kasdorf stopped everything that came his way, including a number of grade-A chances and two power plays.
"We had some chances to get up by a couple of goals in the first period and we didn't score. They finished their chances and seemed to get momentum from that, and we couldn't recover," said Allain, whose squad next faces No. 12 Union, which had a 3-3 OT draw at Brown tonight.
The Engineers got two more quick ones 41 seconds apart to put it out of reach, based on the way their goalie was playing. Mark Miller got one past Malcolm at 2:11 and then Johnny Rogic scored from 10 feet out with his back to the goal.
Shortly after the score became 5-1, sophomore Connor Wilson came on for Malcolm, who had 19 saves. Wilson (7 saves) made a few good stops prior to the visitor's sixth tally. Travis Fulton, almost five minutes later, stole the puck in the Yale end and set up Ryan Haggerty for a short one-timer in the low slot.
RPI (4-6-3, 1-5-1) had a one shot edge in the third and finished with 32, five short of the home team. The Engineers only scored one goal on seven advantages but capitalized on quality chances.