SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — It took Viktor Liljegren three shots, but he eventually got the game-winner past the goal line, giving Rensselaer the 2-1 overtime victory against No. 2 Union on Saturday night before a sold out crowd of 2,260 at Messa Rink.
The win completed the two-game weekend sweep for the Engineers against the Dutchmen, and improved RPI’s record to 3-5-0 overall, with a 2-0-0 mark in ECAC play.
The Dutchmen scored first, taking a 1-0 lead at 14:10 with a goal by Spencer Foo. Foo picked up the puck off the boards and carried it into the far circle, shooting it between the pipe and RPI goaltender Jason Kasdorf’s pads.
The 1-0 advantage held throughout the second period and most of the third before Mark McGowan tied the score with an unassisted shot. A Union defender passed the puck across to the middle of the slot directly onto McGowan’s stick, where he one-timed it past Colin Stevens with 3:49 left to play.
Tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, the teams came out firing in the overtime period. The game-winner came 2:41 into the extra time, as RPI converged on the goal. With Stevens on the ice, Liljegren took two quick shots into the goaltender’s pads, collecting his own rebound and finally flipping the puck over the goal line. The officials reviewed the goal and declared it good, giving Rensselaer its first sweep against Union since 2003-04.
“It was just a dogfight, and I thought our guys did a really good job battling through adversity,” said RPI head coach Seth Appert, whose Engineers have now won three consecutive games against Union dating back to last season. “Being down and not getting shook, I thought we maintained our composure very well tonight.”
Kasdorf recorded 34 saves between the pipes for the Engineers, making several key saves on power plays that kept Union off the scoreboard.
“The best penalty killler on any team is your goalie, and our best penalty killer tonight was Jason Kasdorf,” said Appert, whose team held Union to 0-for-6 on the power play.
Stevens recorded 18 saves for Union. The Dutchmen outshot Rensselaer 35-27 in the game, and held a 40-13 advantage in face off wins.