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hab
09-24-2014, 09:00 PM
Ralph's wish is my command.

Ralph Baer
09-25-2014, 07:13 AM
Thanks. :)

hab
09-25-2014, 06:11 PM
Always a little anxious at this time of year to find out how well the team will be covered by audio and video. WRPI already shows that all RPI men's games will be covered (anything less would not fly) but show no women's games covered. In actual fact, each year, they seem to cover as many home games as they can where there is not a conflict with a men's game. And RPITV has not yet posted a schedule for coverage of either team. But...very surprised and encouraged to see that RPITV will be covering this weekend's women's exhibition opener versus Ottawa: http://www.rpiathletics.com/news/2014/9/25/WICE_0925140356.aspx?path=whock

turk181
09-26-2014, 06:10 PM
RPI Lines...http://www.rpiathletics.com/documents/2014/9/26//2014_15_Line_Chart.pdf?id=1896

turk181
09-26-2014, 06:14 PM
RPI Lines...http://www.rpiathletics.com/documents/2014/9/26//2014_15_Line_Chart.pdf?id=1896Lauren Wash injured?

hab
09-26-2014, 06:25 PM
Lauren Wash injured?

Don't know why she's not in the lineup but here's hoping it's short term: top goal scorer last year on a team that struggles to put the puck in the net.

hab
09-26-2014, 09:18 PM
Unimpressive 2-0 win over Ottawa Jr. Senators tonight. But, that's okay, it is September.

Now for the positives: the 4 freshmen looked like they belonged in D1. Renn scored one of the goals on a quick snap shot and on a couple other occasions demonstrated a nice quick release. Kimmerle...very mobile defenceman. Tomlinson also looked good. Raspa didn't seem to get as much ice time but looked good when she was out there.

Among returning players, Godin and Rooney looked very good. Expected to see a bit more from Mahoney and Gruschow, but like I said, it is September.

Goalies: O'Brien saw virtually no scoring threats during her 30 minutes. Piper faced one serious Ottawa power play and was very strong.

Overall, the team doesn't seem to have quite the jump and playmaking that they had out of the gate last year, and heading into a tough road trip to UND and Bemidji that is a concern, but no teams look really smooth at this time of year.

Ralph Baer
09-28-2014, 01:00 AM
Ottawa and Union tied 2-2, so if you believe in comparison scores (which I don't), we're still better than Union.

ARM
09-28-2014, 01:18 AM
... if you believe in comparison scores (which I don't), we're still better than Union.Even if you don't believe in comparison scores, I'd hazard a guess that you're better than Union. The only reason it is a guess and not a certainty is that the Dutchwomen have better goaltending.

Ralph Baer
09-28-2014, 12:37 PM
Even if you don't believe in comparison scores, I'd hazard a guess that you're better than Union. The only reason it is a guess and not a certainty is that the Dutchwomen have better goaltending.

If I don't post in the subjunctive, it could come back to haunt me, like when I predicted the RPI men would finish above Union last season. :D

lugnut92
10-03-2014, 03:49 PM
Oh look, there's a new thread. Let's go Red!

hab
10-03-2014, 10:18 PM
RPI lost tonight 7-1 but I am really quite happy with what I saw from the Engineers. First, UND is incredibly talented and will certainly finish this season higher than their current #7-#8 ranking. I expect to see them in the final four. You might label tonight's game "the Becca Kohler/Meghan Dufault show". Just back from the Cdn national team camp, these two are likely to be wearing the maple leaf in many international tournaments over the years.

Positives for the Engineers: 1) Kelly O'Brien looked very good...not one of the goals was soft...most were breakaways or 2 on 1s or shots off the post and mostly by the aforementioned Kohler/Dufault duo. 2) I really like our (second or third?) line of Tomlinson, Svoboda, and Horwood. But really, its tough to single out particular players because I thought that the whole team showed a lot of skill and determination. The power play needs work...not often that you will get that many 5 on 3s so you have to make them count. Wish that tomorrow's game at Bemidji had video coverage. Tonight I followed UND video and listened to Perry Laskaris (always good) on WRPI for the audio.

I have resigned myself to the fact that once again I will not see the team live this year. Today's game was as close as they get to my "neck of the woods" and it would have been a 16 hour drive.:eek:

Still no news on why our top goal scorer from last season is not in the Iine-up?

hab
10-04-2014, 11:55 PM
After watching RPI lose 7-1 to UND I was not too discouraged. But after listening to them being badly outplayed by Bemidji and then hearing that Vermont beat UND 3-1, I have to conclude that this team has a lot of work to do. Good to see both goalies play solid games this weekend, though.

hab
10-06-2014, 09:33 PM
Ouch! RPI ranked 28th out of 34 in the first Rutter rankings: http://math.bd.psu.edu/faculty/rutter/WomensRankings.html. Not too surprising given the results of weekend #1. Nowhere to go but up from here.

lugnut92
10-06-2014, 10:03 PM
Ouch! RPI ranked 28th out of 34 in the first Rutter rankings: http://math.bd.psu.edu/faculty/rutter/WomensRankings.html. Not too surprising given the results of weekend #1. Nowhere to go but up from here.

Better than Union!

hab
10-06-2014, 11:06 PM
Better than Union!

There is that :p. Despite my current funk about our first weekend I really do remain optimistic that the talent of this team, combined with some hard work, bodes well :).

Trillium
10-07-2014, 04:04 PM
After watching RPI lose 7-1 to UND I was not too discouraged. But after listening to them being badly outplayed by Bemidji and then hearing that Vermont beat UND 3-1, I have to conclude that this team has a lot of work to do. Good to see both goalies play solid games this weekend, though.


I do appreciate that you are trying to be positive about your team and their outlook for the season. And I fully recognize that goals allowed is a function not only of a goalie's performance but of the play of the rest of the team. A team that musters only 36 shots over 2 games has a lot of work to do, as you say.

But that doesn't completely excuse the fact either that your goalies allowed 11 goals in those games, for save percentages of .821 for O'Brien and .900 for Piper. Even if they aren't the biggest problem, neither do those stats support your confidence in their delivering solid performances in net. As discussed previously, for RPI to make the playoffs, they will need to have career years for one or both of them including much higher save percentages than .900--especially in light of the lack of offence.

hab
10-07-2014, 06:47 PM
I do appreciate that you are trying to be positive about your team and their outlook for the season. And I fully recognize that goals allowed is a function not only of a goalie's performance but of the play of the rest of the team. A team that musters only 36 shots over 2 games has a lot of work to do, as you say.

But that doesn't completely excuse the fact either that your goalies allowed 11 goals in those games, for save percentages of .821 for O'Brien and .900 for Piper. Even if they aren't the biggest problem, neither do those stats support your confidence in their delivering solid performances in net. As discussed previously, for RPI to make the playoffs, they will need to have career years for one or both of them including much higher save percentages than .900--especially in light of the lack of offence.

I watched the UND game, and believe me, O'Brien was really hung out to dry by her defence on almost all of those 7 goals. I listened to the audio of the Bemidji game and it really does sound like Piper played well. Don't get me wrong, I agree that it remains to be seen what kind of performance RPI will get in net this year, but right now I'm more concerned with what I am seeing from the rest of the team, which looks quite a bit shabbier than where this team was at this time last year.

hab
10-09-2014, 07:03 PM
WRPI has now posted the games that they will be doing on radio (and via internet) for the season. They will be covering 11 out of 19 home games and two road games (the recent game at UND and the game at Union): http://www.wrpi.org/sports/wh_schedule.html. Hopefully, many of these home games will also have video coverage on www.rpitv.org.

hab
10-11-2014, 07:41 PM
Last October, RPI lost a non-conference game to Vermont 3-1. Today they lost to Vermont 4-2. And that is about where the similarities end. Last year RPI totally dominated the game but couldn't put the puck in the net, while giving up 3 goals on something like 16 shots. This year, so far, the team does not seem to have the speed and playmaking to dominate anyone, not yet at least. Vermont looked like the better team, not by a lot but they did look better. Not sure why RPI is off to a slower start this year, but it is a concern. Combined with their late season tail-spin last year, they have now gone 13 NCAA games without a win.

Positive note from today's game: Marianna Walsh, a senior who has not had a ton of ice time in her first 3 years, worked hard every time she was on the ice, got rewarded with more ice time as the game went on, and earned it with a gritty goal.