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Ralph Baer
10-01-2009, 11:40 AM
It's a week until RPI's first non-exhibition game. Time to start a thread. :) Since neither of our first two opponents have another non-exhibition game in this time period, I might as well just make a single thread.

As an RPI fan, I am eager to learn how RPI's #9 ranked recruiting class performs. Other questions are if highly touted but injured 2008 recruit Mike Bergin will be a force on the blue line, if Allen York will continue his stellar playoff performance from the playoffs, and if the incoming recruits will take pressure off of the returning forwards increasing their output.

Any reports about UMass and UNH?

Rox22
10-01-2009, 01:39 PM
UMass will likely be comparable to last year, hopefully a bit better. They return Hockey East top co-scorer James Marcou and HEA top freshman scorer Casey Wellman. All Conference defenseman Justin Braun is back as is starting goaltender Paul Dainton. Itíll be interesting to see if style of play changes at all as the last few recruiting classes, including this years, is built completely around small but very fast forwards. As a result the team has little to no real big, physical players. One wildcard could by Ryan Leary who was one of the top rookies in DIII a couple years ago before transferring to UMass. Not sure what to expect from him at this level

RockTheWhit
10-01-2009, 02:25 PM
UNH enters the season with the lowest expectations in years. They lost 5 of their top 8 scorers to graduation, the pros and dismissal from the program. Also, 3 of the top 5 members of the recruiting class did not end up on campus. However, there are still a few goal scorers on the roster, a few experienced d-men and a senior goalie in Brian Foster who will be healthy for the first time since last October.
I am very excited to make my first trip to RPI, and look forward to what I feel will be a close game. Definitely excited to see Pirri and D'Amigo in action.

CornwallAce
10-01-2009, 08:08 PM
I'm tentatively planning to go to the UMass game on Thursday night.

I plan to get out of work as early as 3pm in Albany.

Any reputable(regular posters) people on here want to car pool, let me know.
I have room for 2 people(3 if you give me advance warning to clean up the one seat that is currently cluttered) My only stop I really want to make is Whole Foods in Hadley after the game(they close at 10)

Red Cloud
10-01-2009, 09:40 PM
Screw this, I'm going to Ohio.

Ralph Baer
10-03-2009, 08:22 PM
RPI tied UPEI 3-3 on Saturday (and won a shootout 2-1). They came back from a 3-1 deficit. The three goals were all by freshmen (Pirri, D'Amigo, O'Grady) and all on the powerplay.

DrDemento
10-03-2009, 08:45 PM
RPI tied UPEI 3-3 on Saturday (and won a shootout 2-1). They came back from a 3-1 deficit. The three goals were all be freshmen (Pirri, D'Amigo, O'Grady) and all on the powerplay.

Nice warm up but we start with a clean slate thursday. I have a much better feeling about RPI this year than I have had the past 3 years but that is not saying much. The freshmen are young and it appears they will be leading the team. It was good to see however that they do have a more impressive power play this year than they have had the past 2 years (that isnt saying very much though).

fr joe
10-03-2009, 08:52 PM
Must be an exhibition kind of night ;) , and we're hosting our good Canadian friends... in other action tonight
New Brunswick 3, U Mass 2
UNH 8, Acadia 1
BU 2, St Francis Xavier 2 no word on shootout result

umassfan49
10-04-2009, 01:13 AM
all i can say is that after the pounding umass put on rpi last year in Troy there should be no excuse for a loss at home. i know that rpi has a pretty good recruiting class, headlined with players like Jerry D'Amigo but honestly if UMass can't beat them at home, I don't expect them to win very much this year.

Wicked Slappaahs
10-04-2009, 10:50 AM
all i can say is that after the pounding umass put on rpi last year in Troy there should be no excuse for a loss at home.

Yeah, and "last year" my stock portfolio was worth a lot more than it is now. UMass lost to NB last night and RPI came back to tie PEI with a shootout win. If you ask me, it sounds like the makings for a good game.

FlagDUDE08
10-04-2009, 10:56 AM
all i can say is that after the pounding umass put on rpi last year in Troy there should be no excuse for a loss at home. i know that rpi has a pretty good recruiting class, headlined with players like Jerry D'Amigo but honestly if UMass can't beat them at home, I don't expect them to win very much this year.

Just don't injure any of our players this time. :) Beating us 6-0 is one thing, but injuring Bergin is quite another.

Red Cloud
10-04-2009, 12:43 PM
all i can say is that after the pounding umass put on rpi last year in Troy there should be no excuse for a loss at home. i know that rpi has a pretty good recruiting class, headlined with players like Jerry D'Amigo but honestly if UMass can't beat them at home, I don't expect them to win very much this year.

This makes sense, since I don't expect them to win very much this year.

Patronick
10-04-2009, 12:55 PM
all i can say is that after the pounding umass put on rpi last year in Troy there should be no excuse for a loss at home. i know that rpi has a pretty good recruiting class, headlined with players like Jerry D'Amigo but honestly if UMass can't beat them at home, I don't expect them to win very much this year.

How does UMass getting punked by UNB last night figure into the equation?

Also, you expected to win much this year?

Red Cloud
10-04-2009, 12:59 PM
How does UMass getting punked by UNB last night figure into the equation?

Schools in the maritimes (like UNB, UPEI, SFX, Acadia, etc.) are usually pretty good. Don't read too much into it. If you wanted a pushover you should have scheduled Toronto or Ottawa or Trois-Rivieres.

DavidSec17
10-04-2009, 01:38 PM
all i can say is that after the pounding umass put on rpi last year in Troy there should be no excuse for a loss at home. i know that rpi has a pretty good recruiting class, headlined with players like Jerry D'Amigo but honestly if UMass can't beat them at home, I don't expect them to win very much this year.


What does last year have to do with this year?? :confused: Both teams have graduated players, brought in new players, etc..

RPI grew late last season and was 1 win away from the conference semis and that would have been all accomplished on the road.

So then if RPI wins, say, in OT or the game is close you are saying your season will be a failure just because it happened at home?

umassfan49
10-04-2009, 04:21 PM
What does last year have to do with this year?? :confused: Both teams have graduated players, brought in new players, etc..

RPI grew late last season and was 1 win away from the conference semis and that would have been all accomplished on the road.

So then if RPI wins, say, in OT or the game is close you are saying your season will be a failure just because it happened at home?

Well when you go to another team's building and beat them pretty badly less than a year before, then come home and lose something doesn't seem right there. UMass also "grew late" last season and was also one win away from the conference semis, which also would have been on the road. I don't know if its really fair to compare however, since ECAC and Hockey East are different.

Red Cloud
10-04-2009, 04:23 PM
Well when you go to another team's building and beat them pretty badly less than a year before, then come home and lose something doesn't seem right there.

This makes no sense whatsoever.

Wicked Slappaahs
10-04-2009, 09:03 PM
A few of us RPI fans are heading over to the game. Any info UMass'ers can provide on ticket availability? How about local eateries? Thanks.

umassfan49
10-04-2009, 09:23 PM
A few of us RPI fans are heading over to the game. Any info UMass'ers can provide on ticket availability? How about local eateries? Thanks.

tickets are fairly easy to come by the ticket office is right near front door and are not very expensive, there is also lots of free parking around the arena. for a pre-game meal id suggest either rafters or wings located on university drive, and there are also several place to eat in downtown amherst.

Gibber
10-04-2009, 10:13 PM
How does UMass getting punked by UNB last night figure into the equation?

Also, you expected to win much this year?

UNB beat UNH, BC and Maine in the last couple of years, fwiw.