Junior wing Ryan Haggerty scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season, the second one coming with just over nine minutes to play in regulation, leading Rensselaer to a 4-3 ECAC Hockey win over St. Lawrence at Appleton Arena Saturday night.
RPI, 11-11-4 overall and 5-6-3 in league play gained a split of its North Country weekend and stays four points in front of the Saints, 9-14-3, 3-8-3 who were looking for their first home sweep since the opening weekend of the season after a upset win over fourth-ranked Union on Friday.
St. Lawrence fell behind early, battled back to take a 3-2 lead after two periods and then saw RPI score the only two goals of the final 20 minutes in the first meeting of the year between the two teams.
Mike Zalewski put RPI on top just 43 seconds into the game as he picked up his own rebound and slid it back past Saint goalie Matt Weninger. While the Saints tied it on senior wing Jeremy Wick's 13th goal of the season on a Saint power play from defensemen Justin Baker and Gavin Bayreuther at 12:15, RPI regained the lead when Haggerty's shot from the top of the faceoff circle went off Weninger's pad and inside the post at 14:36.
The Saints tied the game 7:29 into the second when Baker, who figured in all five Saint goals in the two weekend games, wheeled his way through traffic and put the puck between the pads of RPI goalie Scott Diebold, and SLU went in front at 17:36 when senior captain Kyle Essery scored his first of the year on a wrist shot inside the post from the left faceoff circle.
Sophomore center Mark Miller tied the game six minutes into the third period when he fired a shot which went in off the crossbar for his second goal of the year and Haggerty netted the game winner when he came out from behind the net after a Saint turnover and banked the puck in off the goaltender at 10:48.
The Saints had their chances in the stretch run, but RPI killed off a Saint power play and 1:14 of extra attacker play to preserve the win. The Engineers held Saint senior wing Greg Carey, one of the nation's leading scorers, without a point, snapping Carey's 20-game scoring streak.
Diebold finished with 22 saves for RPI while Weninger had 25 for the Saints.