RPI men’s hockey beats Harvard in double overtime to tie ECACH quarterfinal series

Head coach Dave Smith's RPI men's hockey team defeated Harvard 4-3 in double overtime on Saturday.

Head coach Dave Smith's RPI men's hockey team defeated Harvard 4-3 in double overtime on Saturday.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — This time, it was RPI’s turn to make a big comeback and win it in overtime.

One night after wasting a 3-0 lead, the Engineers shook off a 2-0 deficit to Harvard on Saturday and won 4-3 in double overtime when John Beaton easily finished a 2-on-1 with Justin Addamo to tie their best-of-3 ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

Game 3 is 4 p.m. Sunday at Bright-Landry.

After Harvard (18-10-3) went up 2-0 in the first period, Addamo got one back before intermission.

The Engineers (18-22-3) took a 3-2 lead on goals in the third period by Jakub Lacka and Zach Dubinsky, but the Crimson’s Nick Abruzzese tied it at 3-3 with 2:13 left in regulation.

RPI failed to take advantage of a five-minute major penalty to Harvard’s Sean Farrell in the first overtime, then got the game-winner in double overtime with a counter-punch rush off a good Harvard scoring chance. Addamo skated into the right circle and passed cross-ice to Beaton for a one-timer over the sprawling goalie Mitchell Gibson.

RPI goalie Jack Watson finished with 47 saves.

RPI 1 0 2 0 1 – 4

Harvard 2 0 1 0 0 – 3 

First period – 1, Harvard, Farinacci 9 (Gaffney, Siedem), 4:30. 2, Harvard, Thrun 7 (Dornbach), 9:41. 3, RPI, Addamo 14 (Sellar, Beaton), 12:59. Penalties – Addamo, RPI (holding), 16:02.

Second period – None. Penalties – Laferriere, HARV (slashing), 5:14; Lacka, RPI (interference), 16:16.

Third period – 4, RPI, Lacka 8 (Leppanen), 7:44. 5, RPI, Dubinsky 10 (Walsh), 11:18. 6, Harvard, Abruzzese 7 (Coronato, Farrell), 17:46.

Overtime – None. Penalties – Moore, HARV (tripping), 4:51; Farrell, HARV (major-interference), 12:53.

Double overtime – 7, RPI, Beaton 4 (Addamo), 1:21.

Shots on goal – RPI 9-7-9-12-1 – 38. Harvard 10-17-11-11-1 – 50.

Power-play opportunities – RPI 0 of 3. Harvard 0 of 2.

Goalies – RPI Watson 9-8-0 (50 shots-47 saves). Harvard, Gibson 15-9-1 (38-34).

A – 765.

Referees – Tom Dellafranco, Chip McDonald. Linesmen – John Rey, Adam Wood.

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