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Ralph Baer
10-27-2012, 09:28 PM
Black Friday game at RPI followed by a return game at Messa. Will RPI be able to improve upon last season's results?

burgie12
10-27-2012, 09:33 PM
Black Friday game at RPI followed by a return game at Messa. Will RPI be able to improve upon last season's results?
It would be pretty hard not to.

This weekend is the start of the real season. I'm hoping for a split against a strong squad.

Ralph Baer
10-27-2012, 09:50 PM
It would be pretty hard not to.

This weekend is the start of the real season. I'm hoping for a split against a strong squad.

I am hoping for a sweep, although realistically I would settle for a split with a well-played game in the loss.

And giving up two-goal leads won't be tolerated. :)

rsfs04
10-27-2012, 10:49 PM
First time teams have played each other to start ECAC play since '00-'01 season. An irrelevant but interesting fact.

hawthr
10-28-2012, 09:06 AM
Not looking good for me making the games this weekend...I expect to be working all week restoring power from Sandy.

DrDemento
10-28-2012, 09:35 AM
First time teams have played each other to start ECAC play since '00-'01 season. An irrelevant but interesting fact.

Thanks for that. Many posts on these threads fit that last sentence. I am looking forward to 2 pretty physical nasty games. I don't expect less than 2 close tough games.

engineerhockeyfan
10-28-2012, 10:18 AM
I just hope that the team worked through the problems that they have had in the third period of every game they have played this year.
I expect to be there on Friday and I will not be comfortable with any lead going into the third period.
We have played extremely well and showed great chemistry in the first two periods of all of the games we have played so far this year, now we have to go the final 20 minutes and put some teams away.
Looking for a well played hard fought victory Friday night.

FlagDUDE08
10-28-2012, 10:37 AM
I just hope that the team worked through the problems that they have had in the third period of every game they have played this year.
I expect to be there on Friday and I will not be comfortable with any lead going into the third period.
We have played extremely well and showed great chemistry in the first two periods of all of the games we have played so far this year, now we have to go the final 20 minutes and put some teams away.
Looking for a well played hard fought victory Friday night.

It would not surprise me if Union played Prevent D in the first 40 minutes, and then let the flood gates open.

DrDemento
10-28-2012, 11:27 AM
It would not surprise me if Union played Prevent D in the first 40 minutes, and then let the flood gates open.

They will probably do what they have been doing successfully for the past few years-fight to get a lead-any lead. Then clamp down and play very effectively with that lead. Something we could learn a lot from.

Wholin1
10-28-2012, 12:18 PM
I really don't have a good read on Union after the first five games. Offensively they have been inconsistent and looking to at least partially fill the Welsh Zajac void. I think the lines are still being tinkered with. The top guys in my view have been Simpson Carr and Jooris. I'd love to them on a line. I don't think Grosenick has hit full stride either and it would not shock me to see Stevens get a start.

The frosh who have been most impressive to me are Gingras and Cruice.

RPI will be a very tough foe if they have improved even a little over last seasons playoff team and
I gather that they've improved more than a little.

Ghostisbehere's injury is a big issue though Union seems deep on D.

These should be two nail biters with more than a little bit of edge to them

Wicked Slappaahs
10-28-2012, 05:08 PM
First time teams have played each other to start ECAC play since '00-'01 season. An irrelevant but interesting fact.

We specialize in irrelevant / interesting facts here... :p

Wicked Slappaahs
10-28-2012, 05:13 PM
Not looking good for me making the games this weekend...I expect to be working all week restoring power from Sandy. Be safe out there. Hope the damage isnt too bad. I made the trip from Boston back to ALB today -- the winds were already whipping in Boston. I saw streams of line trucks on the Pike. Ironically, I saw a few dozen MidWest (Michigan) powerline trucks headed East and at least 30 Nova Scotia tagged trucks heading west on the Pike. If I didnt know better, I'd say the Army mapped out those routes....:p

FlagDUDE08
10-28-2012, 05:20 PM
Be safe out there. Hope the damage isnt too bad. I made the trip from Boston back to ALB today -- the winds were already whipping in Boston. I saw streams of line trucks on the Pike. Ironically, I saw a few dozen MidWest (Michigan) powerline trucks headed East and at least 30 Nova Scotia tagged trucks heading west on the Pike. If I didnt know better, I'd say the Army mapped out those routes....:p

There are still people headed east on the Thruway here, although a decent amount of traffic heading west. Obviously if we get anything more than a downpour, I have some options between Buffalo and Kingston.

rsfs04
10-28-2012, 09:23 PM
This will be the 10th annual Black Friday game. RPI has a 7-1-1 record in these games, outscoring opponents 33-19. Only non-wins have come at the hands of Yale, which beat us 0-2 last year and tied us 4-4 in '07. We have played Union once in this game, the only Black Saturday game, and won 4-3 in overtime.

RKarger
10-28-2012, 10:54 PM
This will be the 10th annual Black Friday game. RPI has a 7-1-1 record in these games, outscoring opponents 33-19. Only non-wins have come at the hands of Yale, which beat us 0-2 last year and tied us 4-4 in '07. We have played Union once in this game, the only Black Saturday game, and won 4-3 in overtime.
That was the game that turned me into a hockey fan. Pretty fantastic.

rdf8585
10-29-2012, 12:01 AM
I expect two dog fights this weekend. A split wouldn't surprise me. But I admittedly don't have the greatest read on Union either - besides being early in the season, I haven't seen them with my own eyes since their first and only home game so far this year. And that was almost a month ago (10/6).

If anyone is going to the one at Messa, I'd recommend getting tickets in advance. Might be out of luck if you wait until game night.

FlagDUDE08
10-29-2012, 07:04 AM
This will be the 10th annual Black Friday game. RPI has a 7-1-1 record in these games, outscoring opponents 33-19. Only non-wins have come at the hands of Yale, which beat us 0-2 last year and tied us 4-4 in '07. We have played Union once in this game, the only Black Saturday game, and won 4-3 in overtime.

I thought it was a 1-1 tie. http://www.collegehockeystats.net/0708/boxes/mrenyal1.n02

rsfs04
10-29-2012, 07:30 AM
I thought it was a 1-1 tie. http://www.collegehockeystats.net/0708/boxes/mrenyal1.n02

It was, the RPI website incorrectly lists it as a 4-4 tie, until you click the game recap, which is correct.

http://www.rpiathletics.com/schedule.aspx?schedule=49&path=hockey

DrDemento
10-29-2012, 07:59 AM
We have only been to one Black Friday game-and it was a win. These are always exciting and well attended to the point of almost being like the Freakout night. We need to get the crowd into the rest of the home League games like these 2. Somebody please think up some other theme nights for the remainign 9 home ECAC games. I don't think anything will help for some of the OOC games and of course those OOC games agins BU and BC do not normally need much help.

FlagDUDE08
10-29-2012, 08:26 AM
We have only been to one Black Friday game-and it was a win. These are always exciting and well attended to the point of almost being like the Freakout night. We need to get the crowd into the rest of the home League games like these 2. Somebody please think up some other theme nights for the remainign 9 home ECAC games. I don't think anything will help for some of the OOC games and of course those OOC games agins BU and BC do not normally need much help.

Free tickets for the students typically helps Black Friday. ;)