The third period was, by and far, the best period of play by both teams. Equal parts desperation and eagerness spurred both teams to play with a marked amount more in each offensive zone. But neither team could capitalize despite a great shot by Gerling that pinged off the post and great play by Nichols to keep it tied. The referees let the two teams play and despite some choppiness, no penalties were called.
Overtime started with UConn on its heels, needing Nichols three times in the course of the first 30 seconds of OT. RPI controlled possession as they brought their defensemen up to force UConn to clear the zone and not do much else. A few dump and chase opportunities seemed promising, but in the end the Gerling penalty was the vital point of the game, simultaneously taking away both the lead and the momentum away from the Huskies.
A solid performance overall by the Huskies is spoiled by one or two bad decisions, and UConn moves to 2-5-4 overall.
1.) Scott Diebold, RPI
2.) Rob Nichols, UConn
3.) Drew Melanson, RPI
GOALS: 2ND PERIOD - UCONN, Joey Ferris (2:57, assisted by David Drake); RPI, Drew Melanson (19:58, assisted by Matt Neal and Curtis Leonard)