RPI comes back to tie Colorado College

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From Colorado College’s perspective, this tie was about as ugly as they come.

But CC’s opponent wasn’t complaining.

Out-shot by a 23-7 margin through two periods on Saturday, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute rallied for a pair of goals in the third to salvage a 2-2 draw in the finale of its two-game series with the Tigers at the World Arena.

Junior defenseman Mike Bergin slapped a low bullet from the left point past a partially screened Joe Howe with 4:14 remaining in regulation, pulling the Engineers even and forcing overtime in a game that could and should have been well out of reach by then.

Colorado College, which grabbed an early 2-0 lead on first-period rebound tallies by Rylan Schwartz and David Civitarese, squandered opportunity after opportunity to increase the margin throughout the game’s opening 40 minutes.

After finishing the first frame with a 13-1 advantage in shots on goal, the Tigers were awarded five consecutive power plays in the middle session – including a five-on-three for 44 seconds – and came up empty.

They failed on another chance in overtime and wound up 0-for-7 with the man advantage.

RPI wasn’t much better, at 1-for-7, but that single red lighter by Tyler Helfrich was a big one that gave the visitors new life at 3:28 of the third period. Chase Polacek set up Helfrich with a centering pass from the left side to pull the Engineers to within 2-1.

Sophomore goaltender Howe, who backstopped Friday’s 2-1 victory, made 10 of his 18 saves for CC in that third period.

Rensselaer’s Adam York finished with 34 stops, including three in overtime.