Pioneers Rally to Upset #16 RPI, 5-4
Nov. 17, 2006
Troy, NY - Sophomore Kyle Tyll (Sandy Hook, CT) scored the game winning goal 1:24 into the third period and senior Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) added a goal and two assists to help Sacred Heart University come-from-behind and defeat No. 16 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), 5-4, in non-league men's hockey action in front of a crowd of 3,156 at the Houston Field House Friday night. It was the Pioneers sixth straight win and second win over Rensselaer in as many years.
Tyll's game winner was set-up when he took a rebound of a Nick Kary(Wetaskiwin, AB/Lloydminster Blazers) shot and put it past Rensselaer goaltender Mathias Lange.
The Pioneers opened the scoring 1:58 into the first period when junior Alexandre Parent (Boisbrand, PQ/St. Eustache Gladiateurs) redirected shot by O'Brien past a sliding Lange for a shorthanded marker.
The Engineers scored the next three goals of the game - all on the power play. Matt Angers-Goulet picked up a rebound with Jake Luthi and Seth Klerer getting assists at the 7:30 mark of the first period. That was followed by Luthi scoring on a rebound in front after an Oren Eizenman shot. Kirk MacDonald picked up the other assist.
MacDonald then scored on a deflection of a Jake Morissette shot from the point at 6:43 of the second period for a 3-1 lead. Eizenman picked up the second assist on the goal.
Sacred Heart would score the next three goals in a span of 2:49 in the middle frame. Sophomore Eric Giosa (Northville, MI) scored from Parent and Bear Trapp (Regina, SK) with 4:37 left in the second on the power play. O'Brien followed with a rebound goal off a Trapp shot and an Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, PQ) pass just 1:27 later. It took 1:22 for Giosa to score another power-play goal from O'Brien and Trapp.
MacDonald fired a shot that eluded Jason Smith (St. Lambert, QC) to even the score at 4-4 headed into the second intermission. Andrei Uryadov and Eizenman picked up assists on the goal.
MacDonald finished with two goals and an assist while Eizenman had three assists. Giosa tallied two goals for the Pioneers, Trapp had three assists.
Smith made 26 saves for the win while Lange made 17 before being replaced by Jordan Alford after the game-winning goal was scored.
The Pioneers (8-3-1), host Army on Tuesday in a battle for first place in the Atlantic Hockey standings. Game time at the Milford Ice Pavilion is set for 7:00 pm.