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RPI Engineers – Men’s Hockey Closes Out First Half at Yale & Brown

BACK TO LEAGUE PLAY 
Rensselaer closes out the fall semester with an ECAC Hockey weekend road trip to Yale and Brown … The Engineers visit the Bulldogs on Friday (7pm) and the Bears on Saturday (7pm).

NO. 8 NOTRE DAME SWEEPS

The Fighting Irish took a two-game set with the Engineers last weekend, winning by scores of 5-1 and 3-0 … Alex Steeves led the way in the opener with two goals, while RPI freshman Kyle Hallbauer netted the lone tally for the visitors … Chase Perry made 17 saves on 18 shots in relief of Linden Marshall between the pipes … In the series finale, Dylan St. Cyr stopped all 33 shots he faced to earn the shutout for Notre Dame … RPI freshman goaltender Owen Savory made a career-high 38 saves at the other end of the ice.

RPI LEADERS

Junior Jacob Hayhurst (2 goal, 11 assists) has a team-best 13 points through 11 games this season … Classmate Will Reilly (2 goals, 4 assists) and freshman Ottoville Leppanen (2 goals, 4 assists) have six points apiece, while juniors Patrick Polino (3 goals, 2 assists) and Todd Burgess (2 goals, 3 assists) have five points apiece.

BETWEEN THE PIPES

Sophomore Linden Marshall (3-7-0) has a 3.97 goals against average and a .889 save percentage as the starter 10 games this season … Freshman Owen Savory made his collegiate debut in the season opener at UMass, stopping 8 of 9 shots in the third period … He then earned the win in his first collegiate start on Friday at UMass Lowell, saving 26 … For the season, Savory is 1-2-0, with a 2.28 goals against average and a .931 save percentage in five appearances … Senior Chase Perry made his season debut against Notre Dame on December 1 and has a 1.58 goals against average and a .944 save percentage in 37:59 of ice time.

ALL-TIME VS. YALE

Rensselaer owns a 57-48-6 lead in the all-time series, which dates back to January 22, 1909 – a 3-0 Bulldogs victory in Albany … Yale won the first four meetings, before the Engineers were able to come away victorious on December 10, 1953 – 4-2 in New Haven.

RECENTLY

The Bulldogs are 3-2-0 in the last five meetings, including split of the season series in 2017-18 … Yale has won five straight at Ingalls Rink, with RPI’s last road victory coming on December 7, 2012 – 6-1 at the Whale … The Bulldogs have outscored the Engineers, 25-6, during the five-game stretch.

2017-18 VS. BULLDOGS

RPI won the first matchup of last season’s series, 2-1, at the Houston Field House, thanks to a late third period goal by Viktor LiljegrenLinden Marshall made 32 saves for the win, while Corbin Kaczperski had 34 at the other end of the ice … In the matchup in New Haven, Yale broke things open in the second period, scoring four times … Meirs Moore netted the lone RPI tally in the contest, while Marshall turned away 32. 

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS

Unbeaten over its last four games (3-0-1) Yale is paced by senior Joe Snively, who has six goals and seven assists for 13 points … Sophomore Kevin O’Neil (3 goals, 7 assists) has 10 points, while freshman Jack St. Ivany (1 goal, 5 assists) has six.

YALE GOALTENDING

Junior Corbin Kaczperski (2-1-2) has a 2.34 goals against average and a .909 save percentage as the starter in five games this season, while senior Sam Tucker (3-1-0) has a 1.75 goals against average and a .938 save percentage in four games.

FIRST GOALS

Freshman Jakub Lacka netted his first collegiate goal just 15 minutes into his first game, scoring on the power play in the first period at UMass on October 12 … He added his second goal the following evening at the Houston Field House … Freshman Ottoville Leppanen and Ture Linden each potted their first collegiate goals against No. 11 Union on October 26 – a 5-3 victory at the Houston Field House … Rookie blueliner Kyle Hallbauer scored his first goal in the Cherry & White on November 30 at then-No. 8 Notre Dame.

FIRST POINTS

Rookie defenseman Kyle Hallbauer earned his first collegiate point – an assist – against the Minutemen on October 12 in Amherst … Classmates Brady Ferner and Jake Johnson each picked up their first collegiate assists against Union on October 27.

ALL-TIME VS. BROWN

RPI’s 63-29-8 record against the Bears including the program’s most wins against any opponent … Brown, however, did win the inaugural meeting, 5-0, on December 28, 1951 in Troy … The Engineers did win six of the next seven in the series and had a 19-game winning streak from 1982 to 1991, eventually falling to Brown, 5-3, on December 3, 1993.

RECENTLY

Brown is currently riding a three-game winning streak against the Engineers, which matches the longest string in series history … The Bears won three straight on two previous occasions (1975-76) and 1980-81) … RPI won the four contests prior, and were unbeaten in the last five (4-0-1) … Six of the last eight meetings have been decided by one goal or fewer.

SCOUTING THE BEARS

Brown carries a four-game winless streak (0-3-1) into the weekend’s action … The Bears are paced offensively by freshman Tristan Crozier, who has three goals and three assists for six points in nine games … Classmate Justin Jallen (3 goals, 2 assists) has five points, while four others have four, including senior Brady Schoo (2 goals, 2 assists).

BROWN IN NET

Junior Gavin Neito (1-4-1) has a 3.00 goals against average and a .902 save percentage in six starts … Sophomore Luke Kania (0-2-1) has a 2.32 goals against average and a .905 save percentage in three appearances. 

PENALTY KILL IMPROVEMENT

After going 3 for 7 in the season-opener at UMass, the Engineers have killed off 43 of 49 chances shorthanded, including 13 of 14 against the Union Dutchmen on October 26 and 27 … RPI’s 87.8% on the kill over that stretch is second in ECAC Hockey and eighth nationally.

HELPING HAND

Junior Jacob Hayhurst’s 11 assists rank 12th in the nation … He is third among ECAC Hockey skaters, trailing Adam Fox (13 assists) and Brandon Fortunato (13) … Hayhurst’s 13 points are good for seventh in the conference.

TOP FACE-OFF MEN

The Engineers have won 47.4% of their faceoffs this season, led by junior Jacob Hayhurst and senior Brady Wiffin who are both at 50.0% … Freshman Ture Linden rounds out the top three at 47.8%.

MISCELLANEOUS LEADERS

Freshman Jakub Lacka leads the Engineers with three power play goals, while junior Patrick Polino has the club’s lone shorthanded tally … Lacka is scoring on 18.8% of his shots, which is tops on the team and 13th in ECAC Hockey … Junior blueliner TJ Samec is a club-best -1 for the season, while classmates Jake Marrello and Todd Burgess have each taken a team-high six penalties for 12 minutes.

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