No. 10 Engineers skate to 3-3 tie against Harvard to open ECAC competition
TROY, N.Y. -- After scoring the first three goals of the game, Rensselaer allowed three unanswered goals as the 10th-ranked Engineers skated to a 3-3 tie with Harvard. Rensselaer moves to 4-1-1 on the season and 0-0-1 in ECAC play, while Harvard is now 1-0-1 overall, and 0-0-1 in league action.
The Engineers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period, as Johnny Rogic took assists from Chris Bradley and Matt Tinordi at 4:23 to sound the first horn. Just over three minutes later on a power play, Rensselaer doubled its advantage, as Ryan Haggerty netted his nation-leading ninth goal of the season at 7:08, with assists to Jacob Laliberte and Brock Higgs.
Higgs extended the RPI lead to 3-0 at 15:30, as he carried the puck towards the crease, before making a quick move to knock Harvard goaltender Steve Michalek off balance to find the back of the net. Zach Schroeder and Luke Curadiassisted on the score. Rensselaer finished the period with three goals scored off of four shots on target.
The Crimson tied the game at 3-3 with a goal by Brian Hart at 10:48, taking assists from Guiltinan and Tommy O'Regan. After recording 15 shots in the first two periods, Harvard exploded for 15 in the third period alone, holding most of the possession in the stanza.
The two teams played a scoreless overtime, with Harvard getting the only shot on goal in the extra time. For the game, Harvard outshot the Engineers 31-25 but Rensselaer won the faceoff battle 45-22. RPI was 1-for-4 on power play opportunites, while killing all five of Harvard's extra-man attempts. Diebold recorded 28 saves between the pipes for Rensselaer, while Michalek stopped 22 opposing shots for the Crimson.