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Ralph Baer
02-27-2010, 09:28 PM
RPI's first home playoff series since Seth Appert has been coach.

burgie12
02-27-2010, 09:32 PM
Brown and RPI both enter on ugly 0-2-1 slides.

I'll be here at HFH that weekend, and I'm hoping for a sweep. Let's go RED!

DrDemento
02-27-2010, 09:35 PM
We should have a slight advantage-if not for getting called for 2 penalties at the same time heading into overtime we would probably not have lost to Brown this year. Can't take them lightly-games will most likely be close but if our special teams can play like we know they can-we should be able to move on to Schenectady.

Go Puckman
02-27-2010, 09:57 PM
I like our chances against Brown, versus other teams we could have gotten.

kdiff77
02-27-2010, 11:36 PM
As I posted in the ECAC playoffs picks thread, this should be over in 2 games. Anyone know the last time Brown won at the Fieldhouse? I can't remember off the top of my head, but I know it's always tough for us to buy a win there. Clemente was just terrible in goal this weekend, too (we allowed 15 goals in two games), and I don't like our chances in a shootout.

I was hoping we'd get QU so I could make the short trip, but, alas, I'll have to wait till next year (or, fingers crossed, a second trip to the Albany area in three weeks).

DrDemento
02-28-2010, 12:51 PM
As I posted in the ECAC playoffs picks thread, this should be over in 2 games. Anyone know the last time Brown won at the Fieldhouse? I can't remember off the top of my head, but I know it's always tough for us to buy a win there. Clemente was just terrible in goal this weekend, too (we allowed 15 goals in two games), and I don't like our chances in a shootout.

I was hoping we'd get QU so I could make the short trip, but, alas, I'll have to wait till next year (or, fingers crossed, a second trip to the Albany area in three weeks).

This is not so much of a mismatch-both game sthis year were competitive and RPI has a long history of playing to the level of whatever the competition is. This could be a sweep (either way) but regardless the games should be hard fought and close.

knsmith
02-28-2010, 11:54 PM
Brown and RPI both enter on ugly 0-2-1 slides.

I'll be here at HFH that weekend, and I'm hoping for a sweep. Let's go RED!

I wouldn't call RPI's slide particularly ugly. The Princeton game, sure. But we went to Colgate (7-4 at home in ECAC play) in a must-win game, played them very close and gave them all we had and outshot them. Then after throwing everything we had at Colgate, we went to Cornell (8-2-1 at home in the ECAC), the #9 team in the country, and managed a 1-1 tie while staying close in shots.

Long story short, I'm not comfortable declaring RPI to be coming in on a "slide" at all.

burgie12
03-01-2010, 12:53 AM
I wouldn't call RPI's slide particularly ugly. The Princeton game, sure. But we went to Colgate (7-4 at home in ECAC play) in a must-win game, played them very close and gave them all we had and outshot them. Then after throwing everything we had at Colgate, we went to Cornell (8-2-1 at home in the ECAC), the #9 team in the country, and managed a 1-1 tie while staying close in shots.

Long story short, I'm not comfortable declaring RPI to be coming in on a "slide" at all.
I look at it in this light: RPI was on a 4-1-1 streak leading up to the Princeton game, with the loss coming from the Engineers' inability to have a killer instinct, giving up 3 goals in the final period, and 2 goals in the final three minutes, while the tie was to a solid SLU team (they hadn't entered their slide, yet) and it was a well-fought, even tie. (So, an excellent effort and 362 minutes of solid hockey in 6 games.)

In comparison, we lay a stinker against Princeton, give up 3 PPGs against Colgate in a must-win situation (a certain recipe for failure in most levels of this sport), and then play Cornell. Now, the Cornell game was excellent (even though I couldn't watch it, so my comments aren't going to be as insightful), but we still couldn't win and we lost a chance at 5th place because of it.

Perhaps my comments were a bit reflective of my attitude towards the ECAC refs at that moment. Or perhaps I was just seeing the stark difference between a 4-1-1 record and an 0-2-1 record. Whatever the reason, those were the words I used.

I still think that RPI has the ability to sweep Brown and I would bet on the Engineers winning the series, if I were a betting man.

FlagDUDE08
03-01-2010, 06:31 AM
I will not be at any of the games, nor will I be online. Now that RPI's women have won, a 1:10 drive seems a lot more appealing than a 2:30 drive.

I'm not calling it because anything can happen, but we need to play our game, play like there's no tomorrow (because let's face it, there IS no tomorrow), and win two out of three.

Waite21
03-01-2010, 08:03 AM
Anyone know the last time Brown won at the Fieldhouse?

Brown's last win at the Field House came on Jan. 2, 2004, by a score of 1-0. Since then, RPI has gone 5-0-1 against Brown in Troy, with the tie coming in the 2007-08 season.

However, none of the five wins was particularly easy. The largest margin of victory was two goals, and three of them were one-goal games.

rvd5star69
03-01-2010, 10:50 AM
just got our playoff tickets i said screw sunday were ending it sat night

kdiff77
03-01-2010, 06:52 PM
However, none of the five wins was particularly easy. The largest margin of victory was two goals, and three of them were one-goal games.

The problem has never been whether or not we could play with teams, but that we can never actually get the result. We seem to play most teams tough, and no one really looks forward to playing us because of the physical battering they know is imminent, but we just never get the results. Just like when we went up to SLU a few times in the playoffs and took them to overtime in just about every game, but failed to win.

And after this past weekend, my lingering doubts have been reinforced. We simply are God-awful on the road. Our two wins on the road this year have come at last-place Clarkson and at Harvard when they were in their hopeless phase at the beginning of the season.

So, needless to say, I'm not expecting much. If we do happen to spring the upset (yes, it would be an upset. Beating any team on the road other than Clarkson would be an upset this year), it would be great. But I sincerely doubt we'll be extending our season.

Wicked Slappaahs
03-04-2010, 05:02 PM
Rescued from P. 3 :eek:

Appert's appearance on Schott's radio segment this a.m. wasn't all that revealing. York looks good / feels good. Chase is good. We need to out hit Brown, use our speed in transition, gets pucks and bodies to the net...yadda yadda...:D

Ralph Baer
03-04-2010, 10:13 PM
Rescued from P. 3 :eek:

Appert's appearance on Schott's radio segment this a.m. wasn't all that revealing. York looks good / feels good. Chase is good. We need to out hit Brown, use our speed in transition, gets pucks and bodies to the net...yadda yadda...:D

Thanks for the info. I missed the interview becasue I was at a meeting.

Wicked Slappaahs
03-05-2010, 02:34 PM
RPI Lines are up: http://www.rpiathletics.com/documents/2009/2/13/2008-09MHKYLineChart.pdf?id=636

D;Amigo/Polacek/Helfrich
AAG/Pirri/O'Grady
Lee/Malchuk/Watts
Cullen/Kerins/Brutlag

JFK/Merth
Bergin/Foss
Jensen/ Burgerdoerfer

Ralph Baer
03-05-2010, 04:05 PM
RPI Lines are up: http://www.rpiathletics.com/documents/2009/2/13/2008-09MHKYLineChart.pdf?id=636

D;Amigo/Polacek/Helfrich
AAG/Pirri/O'Grady
Lee/Malchuk/Watts
Cullen/Kerins/Brutlag

JFK/Merth
Bergin/Foss
Jensen/ Burgerdoerfer

AAG's back. So the scratches are Zarbo, Vassel, Beauregard, Halpern, Smith, and Rabbani.

burgie12
03-05-2010, 09:27 PM
From my vantage point on the second goal (granted, not the best seeing as it was from section 33), it looked like York got run over / tripped / interfered with in a significant manner, leading to a wide open net.

But, with the lack of effort that the Engineers showed until they were down 2-1, it is very difficult to imagine this game turning out in any other fashion. Let's hope they show up tomorrow energized and ready to win.

Waterboy66
03-05-2010, 09:32 PM
We'll have to check the video footage when it's posted, but I would guess it will just show that York deserves an assist.

DrDemento
03-05-2010, 09:55 PM
Seemed to me York just made a poor choice-he often scares the heck out of me when he handles the puck. Lackluster performance by most of hte team and brown played a very smart aggressive game. Backs to the wall now and we find out if this team has the backbone to come back and win 2 games in a row.

LynahFan
03-05-2010, 10:16 PM
From my vantage point on the second goal (granted, not the best seeing as it was from section 33), it looked like York got run over / tripped / interfered with in a significant manner, leading to a wide open net.

But, with the lack of effort that the Engineers showed until they were down 2-1, it is very difficult to imagine this game turning out in any other fashion. Let's hope they show up tomorrow energized and ready to win.

I was watching the video - looked more like any contact was initiated by York as he dove back into/through the crease to block the initial shot, leaving a juicy rebound after a stacked-pad leg save. There was a Brown player at the top of the crease, but there's no way York would have recovered in time to do anything about the rebound no matter what.