York stopped Steve Moses' low slapshot from just inside the right circle early in the second period. He made a big stick save to rob Phil DeSimone when the big center picked up a loose puck 12 feet in front of the net 6:30 into the second, made a sliding save to stop Mike Sislo's semibreakaway with 5:30 left in the second and held his ground when Moses walked right in from the right circle late in the period.
Bryan Brutlag and Tyler Helfrich assisted on both third period goals and York backed up Helfrich's prediction that, if the Engineers held the Wildcats to one goal again they lost at UNH 1 0 last season "we'll win."
"It was an important kill and I wanted to block that shot," Malchuk said "I got lucky and it hit my foot and I saw Tyler coming out of the box and he was yelling for it and I just got it up to him and they did the rest.
"It's nice, a good feeling to beat them," York added.
"I'm happy for our guys," Appert said, "because I believed, coming into (the game), that we were playing a very good hockey team and a great program that coach (Dick) Umile has. But I also felt that we had a very good chance to win Under Armour Micro Engage tonight. I like where our team and where we're going, we're not totally where we're at yet.
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Then, as the period ended, he got his blocker on a goalmouth deflection by Paul Thompson.
Helfrich was held but got off a shot. Brutlag and he found Bergin coming down the slot and he beat Foster through the five hole.
"Allen was very good tonight," Appert said of York. "It's funny, he gave more rebounds probably then he likes to; he's pretty tough on himself about that. But he tracked the puck really well because, we did a good job of protecting the front of the net but they had a lot of shots from the outside that were deflected (on net), or hitting off people or going through traffic and I thought Allen did a really good job focusing and finding those pucks through traffic."
"Tyler had a lot of time on the wall so I kind of slashed through and I went to the net," Polacek said of his tie breaking goal. "It kind of got thrown to the net and (the puck) was sitting on top of (Foster's) pad. I took a couple whacks at it and he fell down and I just tapped it in. It felt real good."
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"Yeah, feels great," Helfrich said. "We had some offense, our goals came off hard work getting pucks to the net, good things happen when you do that and it felt good. Yorkie had an unbelievable game and held them to one and we put a few in for him. It felt good."
Saturday night's 3 1 victory over No. 16 New Hampshire had RPI backers asking that question as they gleefully left Houston Field after the Engineers rode third period goals from Chase Polacek and Mike Bergin to their first victory of the season. Josh Rabbani also scored for Rensselaer and sophomore goalie Allen York was superlative in net with 37 saves.
Junior center Joel Malchuk did a masterful job of penalty killing about four minutes later, blocked a shot from the point, then fired the puck to Helfrich coming out of the penalty box to set up Bergin's insurance goal at 7:53.
"That was the key, tracking it," York said. "The one that beat me, I didn't see. It was really the only shot I didn't see all night. They were deflecting pucks but I was able to see them, so it wasn't too bad."
The Engineers nearly took a 2 1 lead with 1:03 remaining in the period when Lee strip stole the puck deep in the UNH zone and fed Alex Angers Goulet but Foster (27 saves) turned away his chip in try.
"We backed off a little in the second period and we took a little too many penalties and it put us on our heels and got us running around a little bit. We're at our best when we're aggressive, we're playing a north south game, we're chipping pucks in and our (defensemen) and our forwards are being physical." The Engineers did that throughout the third, York was outstanding and they were rewarded.
"It'd been a while since I was in a real game (prior to Thursday's opener)," said Bergin, Under Armour Golf Shoes Drive One
with the puck at center ice in front of the Engineers' bench and thus, allowed a 2 on 1 with Polacek and Rabbani.
The only New Hampshire goal of the night came when the Engineers were tired and back on their heels. Lee was whistled for a questionable tripping call at 7:25 and the Wildcats' Bobby Butler scored on a rebound at 8:56 to tie the game 1 1.
in Game 1 of the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals series which was scoreless after two periods; the last time in the regular season will take some research.
York and UNH's Brian Foster were brilliant all evening but, after being dominated in the second period, the Engineers simply took command.
injured most of last season. "It was nice to help the team get the first 'W'.
Polacek broke the tie on a power play at 3:24 of the third, scoring scored from alongside (left) the goalpost.
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"But you always worry what they believe in there," Appert said, motioning to the RPI locker room. "I hope this is an important win for them to believe that we can go against teams like that, take a shot from them in the second (period) and then respond, not buckle, in the third."
He stopped lower slot deflections by Peter LeBlanc and Watervliet native Mike Borisenok late in the third.
Rensselaer coach Seth Appert said the victory the Engineers' psych after they won just seven regular season games last season.
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