Oct. 23, 2004
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Oren Eizenman and Kirk MacDonald each scored twice to lead RPI to a 5-1 win over Army in front of a season-high crowd of 1,910 at Tate Rink at West Point on Saturday evening.
Eizenman netted power play markers in both the second and third periods, following tallies by MacDonald each time. MacDonald lit the lamp for the visitors on the power play just 52 seconds into the second frame, breaking a 1-1 tie after one period of play.
Three minutes later, Eizenman doubled the Engineers' lead, again, on the power play. Both markers were nicely designed one-timers from the doorstep that Army goaltender Treye Kettwick had little chance on. Rensselaer finished 3-for-9 with the man advantage, while shutting out Army on six tries of its own.
Kettwick made his first start of the 2004-05 season in place of the injured Brad Roberts
. The DeWitt, Iowa, native made a career-high 26 saves in a losing effort. However, his performance did not go unnoticed by head coach Brian Riley
"We were definitely pleased with (Kettwick's) effort tonight," Riley said. "He's our guy right now. This will give him some confidence moving forward, but more importantly, it will give the team confidence in him."
"We knew tonight was going to be a tough game," Kettwick said. "But we felt good coming in here."
About his performance in only his second career start, Kettwick added, "It was a learning experience. I altered my pregame routine a little. I went back to the basics, the way that I prepared in (junior hockey). I felt good out there."
The Black Knights trailed 3-1 entering the final 20 minutes of play thanks in large part to the effort of Kettwick, who made 18 of his 26 stops in the first two periods. However, Rensselaer was able to bang home two insurance tallies to put the game away.
Army managed to strike first in the contest when Robb Ross fired a shot past Andrew Martin of RPI four minutes into the game. Luke Flicek and Jeff Fearing picked up assists on the goal. It was the first goal the Black Knights scored against the Engineers in over 198 minutes. Army last scored on Rensselaer on Nov. 29, 1999.
Martin was credited with 17 saves in goal for RPI.
Cody Wojdyla tied the game for the Engineers at 16:59 of the first period, sending the tilt into the first intermission knotted at 1-1.
The Black Knights continue their jaunt through the ECACHL with a pair of road contests next weekend at Cornell on Friday night and at Colgate on Saturday. Game time both nights is set for 7 p.m.