TROY, N.Y. — Rensselaer scored three goals in a span of 7:38 in the second period, on its way to defeating 18th-ranked Dartmouth, 5-1, in ECAC Hockey action, at the Houston Field House. With the win, the Engineers improve to 15-6-3 overall and 7-5-0 in league play. The Big Green falls to 11-6-2 (7-4-1 ECAC Hockey).
Senior Joel Malchuk (Brandon, MB/Dauphin Kings) opened the scoring at 2:20 of the opening frame, stuffing in a rebound off a shot by freshman Johnny Rogic (North Vancouver, BC/Alberni Valley Bulldogs). After carrying the puck up the left wing, Rogic drove the net, creating a rebound opportunity for Malchuk, who buried his fourth of the season.
Rensselaer then exploded for three goals after 11 minutes had elapsed in the second period, including two power-play tallies.
Senior Chase Polacek (Edina, MN/Academy of Holy Angels) ripped home a one-timer off a cross-ice feed from sophomore Nick Bailen (Fredonia, NY/Indiana Ice) to make 2-0 Engineers at 11:15 of the second. Senior Tyler Helfrich (Calgary, AB/Prince George Spruce Kings) got the play started from the high slot to earn the second assist on Polacek’s 14th goal of the season.
Helfrich and Polacek helped set up freshman Brock Higgs (Kingston, NY/Kingston Voyageurs) for the Engineers’ second man-advantage tally of the period. Helfrich sent the puck down low to Polacek, who found Higgs all alone at the right side of the cage, for his fourth of the year. The marker put the Engineers up 3-0 at 16:51 of the frame.
Junior Alex Angers-Goulet (St. Augustin, PQ/Langley Chiefs) extended the RPI lead to 4-0 with just 1:07 to play in the second, when finished on a close-range shot off a pass from classmate Josh Rabbani (Woodland Hills, CA/St. Louis Bandits). Bailen earned the second helper on Angers-Goulet’s fourth of the campaign.
Dartmouth freshman Eric Robinson (Foxboro, MA/Cedar Rapids Roughriders) got the visitors on the board at 2:07 of the third period, picking up a carom off the backboards and beating RPI junior neminder Allen York (Wetaskiwin, AB/Camrose Kodiaks) for his second of the year. Senior Evan Stephaens (Bessemer, MI/Cedar Rapids Roughriders) and junior Doug Jones (Mareitta, GA/Cedar Rapids Roughriders) earned the helpers.
Rensselaer pushed its lead back to four goals (5-1), when Malchuk found sophomore Marty O’Grady (London, ON/Wellington Dukes) crashing the net at 11:34 of the third.
York (14-6-3) made 18 saves, while Dartmouth starting goaltender James Mello (Rehoboth, MA/NH Junior Monarchs) stopped 21 shots, before being relieved by junior Jody O’Neill (Nepean, ON/Smith Falls Bears). O’Neill was able to turn away five of the six shots he faced in 20 minutes of work.
The Engineers are back in action next Friday and Saturday, when they host Brown and 1st-ranked Yale on Friday (7pm) and Saturday (7pm), respectively. Saturday’s contest will be the 34th Annual Big Red Freakout! Dartmouth hosts Cornell and Colgate on Friday (7pm) and Saturday (7pm).