RPI wins for first time this season

Power-play slump ends

The streaks are over for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The Engineers ended a long power-play goal drought, and snapped their five-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over Robert Morris in the Governor’s Cup consolation game Saturday at the Times Union Center.

Chase Polacek scored the Engineers’ first power-play goal of the season, ending an 0-for-41 slump that dated back to last season. RPI’s last power-play goal was scored by Jonathan Ornelas against Clarkson Feb. 23.

“It was nice to get a power-play goal,” RPI coach Seth Appert said. “There was a little bit of relief there on the bench getting that.”

Polacek was standing in the left circle when he one-timed a Tyler Helfrich’s cross-ice past goalie Wes Russell at 12:17 of the second period, giving RPI a 2-0 lead. That goal proved to be the game-winner when the Colonials’ Trevor Lewis scored late in the second.

RPI goalie Allen York made 40 saves.

Erik Burgdoerfer scored his first goal of the season late in the first period for RPI.

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