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RPI loses, pushed to third game

RPI loses, pushed to third game

Eric Neiley scored his second goal of the game with 6:14 left in regulation and then watched from th

Eric Neiley scored his second goal of the game with 6:14 left in regulation and then watched from the penalty box as his Dartmouth teammates killed off his late cross-checking penalty as the 10th-seeded Big Green defeated No. 7 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 3-2, in Game 2 of the ECAC Hockey tournament first-round series Saturday at Houston Field House.

The best-of-three series is tied at 1-1. The deciding game of the series will be tonight at 7 at the field house.

It marks the sixth straight year that the Engineers (15-15-6) have played in a series that went the distance.

Neiley gave the Big Green (9-18-4) a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal 7:13 into the first period.

Jacon Laliberte tied it for RPI at 8:43 of the second, but Dartmouth regained the lead just over a minute later on a Jesse Beamish goal. Ryan Haggerty’s power-play goal with 8:05 left in the second tied it again for RPI.

Neiley was penalized with 1:19 left. RPI goalie Scott Diebold was pulled for an extra attacker, giving the Engineers two extra skaters for the power play. But the Big Green withstood the challenge.

Dartmouth 1 1 1 — 3

RPI 0 2 0 — 2

First Period — 1, Dartmouth, Neiley 14 (Opperman, Sikura), 7:13 (pp). Penalties — Curadi, RPI (interference), 6:16; Tinordi, RPI (roughing), 7:43; Sikura, Dart (holding stick), 8:34; Hartley, Dart (holding), 13:29; McGowan, RPI (hooking), 18:39.

Second Period — 2, RPI, Laliberte 8 (Neal), 8:43. 3, Dartmouth, Beamish 5, 9:51. 4, RPI, Haggerty 27 (Neal, Zalewski), 11:55 (pp). Penalties — McNally, Dart (slashing), 11:23; McNally, Dart (boarding), 19:59.

Third Period — 5, Dartmouth, Neieley 15 (Opperman, Hartley), 13:46. Penalty — Neiley, Dart (cross-checking), 18:41.

Shots on Goal — Dartmouth 19-9-11 — 39. RPI 5-11-6 — 22.

Power-play opportunities — Dartmouth 1 of 3; RPI 1 of 5.

Goalies — Dartmouth, Grant 8-11-3 (22 shots-20 saves). RPI, Diebold 14-14-6 (39-36).

A — 2,140. T — 2:08.

Referees — Harry Dumas, Scott Whittemore. Linesmen — Dan Taggart, David Brown.

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