03.03.2017 - Engineers Punch Ticket to Their First Nationals

Danbury, CT – The Engineers have earned the right to compete in the ACHA nationals for the first time in the club’s eight year history. This came on the back of a dominant 2 – 0 weekend at regionals, during which they outscored their opponents 8 – 1.

In their first game, the 6th seeded Engineers squared off against the 7th seeded Minutemen from the University of Massachusetts. Despite a slow start and a number of powerplay opportunities, including a 5 – 3, not being capitalized on, RPI eventually broke the stalemate with a powerplay goal by #4 Tanner Richardson midway through the second. #24 Adam Hennick would tap in a second goal with only 15 seconds remaining in the period to give the Engineers a 2 – 0 lead going into the 2nd intermission. Junior goalie #30 Ranger Beguelin continued to play flawlessly through the final period, on the way to his first career shutout and the Engineers’ first regional victory.

Celebration was kept to a minimum, as it was superseded with anticipation for a faceoff against the fearsome 3rd seeded Wildcats from the University of New Hampshire the following afternoon. The Engineers came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, with a controversial scoring play occurring just minutes into the game. Captain Hennick would be shoved by a Wildcat defensemen at the same time the UNH goalie attempted to play the puck outside of the net. This resulted in the two colliding and left the net completely undefended, setting up #15 Louie Olivieri with an easy tap in. Just minutes later the Engineers would double their lead with a powerplay finish coming from Hennick. The game would slow down in action for the next period and a half, with the score remaning 2 – 0 going into the 2nd intermission once again. An odd redirection resulted in the Engineers giving up their only goal of the weekend early in the 3rd, however they would answer back a few minutes later with a tip of their own coming from Hennick. Olivieri would score another with 4:53 remaining in the game, and along with an empty net goal by #11 Sam Mannion, resulted in a 5 – 1 victory.

The Engineers will be joining 15 of the other best teams from all over the nation in Columbus, Ohio, March 15th through the 19th. Their round robin pool has them squaring off against Lindenwood-Belleville, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Miami, Ohio.

Thank you for all of your continued support and here’s to another great 3 weeks of hockey for the team!

 TA 6