Saturday, January 9, 2010

Nice victory

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute certainly wasn't spectacular on Friday night -- except in the penalty-killing department.
The Engineers killed 16 minutes, including four minutes of a major, and rode two short-handed goals by Jordan Watts and Marty O'Grady.
"We won because of penalty killing and Allen York," Rensselaer coach Seth Appert said in reference to sophomore goalie Allen York, who stopped 36 shots.
He stonewalled Quinnipiac star Brandon Wong on a third-period breakaway with the score still 3-1.
The victory evened the Engineers' ECAC Hockey record at 4-4-0 and moved them over the .500 mark overall at 11-10-1.
Defenseman Bryan Brutlag played right wing on Friday night and sealed the victory with an empty-net goal with one minute remaining.
Appert explained that he used Brutlag at forward “for
three reasons.
“First, (reserve defenseman) Christian Jensen has
been playing real good hockey and I wanted to get him
back in there,” Appert said. “Second, we need some
more puck possession and energy from our forwards.
One of the things Bryan is so special at is being aggres
sive and winning puck battles.
“Third,” Appert said, “(Brutlag) is most creative for
us below the circle and (playing wing) allows him to
be more relaxed while being creative down low.”
Rensselaer plays at Princeton at 3 p.m. Sunday.


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