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College Hockey: Engineers sweep Mercyhurst, 4-1

College Hockey: Engineers sweep Mercyhurst, 4-1

Jacob Laliberte ignited a three-goal third period, and goalie Jason Kasdorf was outstanding in his f

Jacob Laliberte ignited a three-goal third period, and goalie Jason Kasdorf was outstanding in his first collegiate start as Rens­selaer Polytechnic Institute beat Mercyhurst, 4-1, in a non-conference hockey game Saturday at Houston Field House.

The victory completed a two-game sweep of the Lakers. The Engineers (3-5-2) won Friday’s game, 4-2.

Laliberte, RPI’s leading scorer, got his fifth goal of the season 2:26 into the third, giving the Engineers a 2-1 lead. Laliberte returned to the RPI lineup Friday after missing last weekend’s games at Dartmouth and Harvard because of concussion-like symptoms.

Greg Burgdoerfer made it 3-1 with 12:27 left in the third. Marty O’Grady completed the scoring on an empty-net goal with 1:10 to go.

Mark Miller tied it for the Engineers with 4:47 remaining in the second.

Engineers defenseman Nick Bailen had two assists.

Kasdorf, a freshman who is a Winnipeg Jets draft pick, stopped 30 shots to earn his first victory. The only goal he allowed was by Chris Bodo, a power-play tally at 7:25 of the second period that gave the Lakers (3-4-1) a 1-0 lead.

While this was Kasdorf’s first start for RPI, it wasn’t his first appearance. He played the third period of the Engineers’ 7-3 loss to Union on Nov. 3 at Messa Rink. Replacing starter Bryce Merriam at the start of the third, Kasdorf made eight saves.

Engineers captain CJ Lee missed Saturday’s game because of injury. Lee was hurt at the end of the second period of Friday’s game.

RPI is off next weekend. It returns to action Nov. 30 when Princeton visits the field house.

Mercyhurst 0 1 0 — 1

RPI 0 1 3 — 4

First Period — None. Penalties — Bahntge, Mer (holding), 11:04; Bodo, Mer (tripping), 13:42.

Second Period — 1, Mercyhusrt, Bodo 1 (Blakey), 7:25 (pp). 2, RPI, Miller 1 (Bailen), 15:13. Penalties — Bubela, RPI (boarding), 6:01; Bahntge, Mer (interference), 11:13; Haggerty, RPI (charging), 20:00.

Third Period — 3, RPI, Laliberte 5 (Bailen, Haggerty), 2:26. 4, RPI, Burgdoerfer 1 (O’Grady), 7:33. 5, RPI, O’Grady 1 (Miller), 18:50 (en). Penalties — Zalewski, RPI (holding), 8:08; Curadi, RPI (checking from behind), 10:09; Shiplo, Mer (tripping), 17:20; Higgs, RPI (elbowing), 18:12.

Shots on Goal — Mercyhurst 3-15-13 — 31. RPI 12-8-9 — 29.

Power-play opportunities — Mercyhurst 1 of 5; RPI 0 of 4.

Goalies — Mercyhurst, Tibbett 1-1-0

(28 shots-25 saves). RPI, Kasdorf 1-0-0 (31-30).

A — 2,631. T — 1:58.

Referees — Bryan Hicks, Jean-Yves Roy. Linesmen — Glen Cooke, Richard Patry.

Skidmore 4,

umass-boston 4

BOSTON — Zach Menard scored his second goal of the game with 3:43 left in the third period, capping a four-goal rally that helped the Thoroughbreds earn an ECAC East tie.

Goals by Travis Daniel, Frankie DeAugustine, Mike DeGrazia and Peter MacIntyre in a 6:46 stretch of the first period gave UMass Boston (1-2-1 ECAC East, 2-2-1 overall) a 4-0 lead.

Brian McQuillan started the comeback for Skidmore (3-2-1,

3-2-1) when he scored with 46 seconds left in the first. Brendan Cottam made it 4-2 with 43 seconds left in the second. With just a second left in the second, Menard got his first goal of the game.

Goalie Spencer Sodokoff, who replaced starter Ben Freiberg at the start of the second period, made 17 saves.

Skidmore 1 2 1 0 — 4

UMass-Boston 4 0 0 0 — 4

First Period — 1, UMass-Boston, Daniel 3 (Miller), 8:36. 2, UMass-Boston, DeAugustine 2 (Sitterley, MacIntyre), 9:45. 3, UMass-Boston, DeGrazia 4 (Reavis, Florentino), 12:53 (pp). 4, UMass-Boston, MacIntyre 2 (DeAugustine), 15:22 (pp). 5, Skidmore, McQuillan 1 (Nilsson), 19;14.

Second Period — 6, Skidmore, Cottam 4 (Giacin), 19:07. 7, Skidmore, Menard 1 (Schuler), 19:59 (pp).

Third Period — 8, Skidmore, Menard 2 (Giacin, Schuler), 16:17.

Overtime — None.

Shots on Goal — Skidmore 4-12-11-1 — 28. UMass-Boston 8-3-9-5 — 25.

Power-play opportunities — Skidmore 1 of 3; UMass-Boston 2 of 4.

Goalies — Skidmore, Freiberg (8 shots-4 saves), Sodokoff 1-1-1 (0:00 second, 17-17). UMass-Boston, Andrews 2-2-1 (28-24).

Women

robert morris 1, rpi 1

TROY — Kelsey Thomas’ goal with 4:43 left in the third period helped the Colonials earn a non-conference tie with the Engineers at Houston Field House.

Robert Morris (6-2-2) went 1-0-1 in the two-game series with RPI (2-8-2).

Jordan Smelker’s fourth goal of the season gave RPI a 1-0 lead 1:12 into the game.

Engineers goalie Kelly O’Brien made 23 saves.

RPI returns to action next weekend with a two-game series at Syr­acuse starting Friday night.

Robert Morris 0 0 1 0 — 1

RPI 1 0 0 0 — 1

First Period — 1, RPI, Smelker 4 (Svob­oda, Gruschow), 1:12. Penalty — Mankey, RPI (interference), 1:48.

Second Period — None. Penalties — Fergus, RM (holding), :15; Sanders, RPI (checking), 11:48; Daniels, RPI (tripping), 14:14.

Third Period — 2, Robert Morris, Thomas 6 (Collias, Joslin), 15:17. Penalties — Kindret, RM (tripping), 4:35; Joslin, RM (tripping), 11:24; Newsom, RM (boarding), 18:43.

Overtime — None. Penalty — Gruschow, RPI (tripping), 4:20.

Shots on Goal — Robert Morris 7-10-6-1 — 24. RPI 9-3-8-0 — 20.

Power-play opportunities — Robert Morris 0 of 4; RPI 0 of 4.

Goalies — Robert Morris, DiCiocco 5-2-2

(20 shots-19 saves). RPI, O’Brien 1-7-1

(24-23).

A — 110. T — 2:05.

Referees — Scott Prim, Carol Weston. Linesmen — Mike Lizotte Jr., Liam Oliver.

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