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    RPI vs. Union (Mayor's Cup) Saturday, 1/19/2018

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    Re: RPI vs. Union (Mayor's Cup) Saturday, 1/19/2018

    Interesting to note that Union is 7-1-3 in non-conference games. RPI is a much less impressive 3-8.

    In non-conference games against teams that are not members of the ECAC, the Dutchmen are 7-0-2, including a victory over St. Cloud State, who was # 1 in the country at the time, in the Three Rivers Classic tournament.

    In non-conference games against teams that are members of the ECAC, they are 0-1-1, including a tie against Yale in the Friendship Four and a loss to Brown in the Three Rivers Classic, the day after Union had beaten St. Cloud State.

    On paper, Union ought to win Saturday's game against RPI pretty handily and take the Mayor's Cup home to Schenectady. Of course, on paper, they should have walked all over Brown and taken the championship of the Three Rivers Classic.

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    Re: RPI vs. Union (Mayor's Cup) Saturday, 1/19/2018

    We stared out well this year because we returned just about everyone from last year and there was a wealth of talent (forwards) and senior leadership. The weak spot was defense. IMO we have not developed as a team. Other teams in the league have used the first half of the season to improve and integrate their freshmen. I see some of that on defense with some of our freshmen D but for the most part, I just don't see us getting better game after game. Meanwhile teams like Brown with a lot of freshmen or Colgate or RPI have started to improve as their freshmen gain experience. Meanwhile we have just been resting our laurels and existing experience. Whatever advantage we had in the first half is gone.
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    Re: RPI vs. Union (Mayor's Cup) Saturday, 1/19/2018

    I wonder how many people will show up to these games tomorrow. The Capital Region could see as much as 18-24 inches of snow, with the storm ramping up on Saturday night and going into Sunday. At the very least, the walk up crowd will probably be very light. It would make sense to move the games up to something like 12 and 3:30 but I'm not holding my breath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecachawkeyfan View Post
    I wonder how many people will show up to these games tomorrow. The Capital Region could see as much as 18-24 inches of snow, with the storm ramping up on Saturday night and going into Sunday. At the very least, the walk up crowd will probably be very light. It would make sense to move the games up to something like 12 and 3:30 but I'm not holding my breath.
    That's interesting.

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    Re: RPI vs. Union (Mayor's Cup) Saturday, 1/19/2018

    Quote Originally Posted by ecachawkeyfan View Post
    I wonder how many people will show up to these games tomorrow. The Capital Region could see as much as 18-24 inches of snow, with the storm ramping up on Saturday night and going into Sunday. At the very least, the walk up crowd will probably be very light. It would make sense to move the games up to something like 12 and 3:30 but I'm not holding my breath.
    It is now shown at 6 PM on RPI's schedule. https://rpiathletics.com/schedule.aspx?path=hockey&

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Baer View Post
    It is now shown at 6 PM on RPI's schedule. https://rpiathletics.com/schedule.aspx?path=hockey&
    I thought it was originally scheduled for 6 PM? My tickets say 3 and 6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidSec17 View Post
    I thought it was originally scheduled for 6 PM? My tickets say 3 and 6.
    Mea Culpa then. It did seem odd that they could predict at this time that one hour would make a lot of difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Baer View Post
    Mea Culpa then. It did seem odd that they could predict at this time that one hour would make a lot of difference.
    I noticed that Colgate and Cornell have moved up their home games to 3:00pm in consideration of the storm. But given the games are being held at the TUC, changing the start times may be a tougher lift than if we were at HFH. We'll be lucky if they manage to make ice 😝

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    Re: RPI vs. Union (Mayor's Cup) Saturday, 1/19/2018

    It doesn't seem like either school is budging on these game times. I'd be surprised if there's much more than 4,000 there.

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    Re: RPI vs. Union (Mayor's Cup) Saturday, 1/19/2018

    Quote Originally Posted by ecachawkeyfan View Post
    It doesn't seem like either school is budging on these game times. I'd be surprised if there's much more than 4,000 there.
    On the women's broadcast today, Perry Laskaris said that the snow isn't expected to start until 10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Baer View Post
    On the women's broadcast today, Perry Laskaris said that the snow isn't expected to start until 10 PM.
    I donít know where Perry got his information. All our local stations are saying itís supposed to start between 5-7 PM.
    I know downtown Albany quite well and even though I have tickets for tomorrow nights game, Iím not planning on going. Even Albanyís mayor is saying to stay off the streets. The womenís game may outdraw the menís game...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPI fan 4 life View Post
    I donít know where Perry got his information. All our local stations are saying itís supposed to start between 5-7 PM.
    I know downtown Albany quite well and even though I have tickets for tomorrow nights game, Iím not planning on going. Even Albanyís mayor is saying to stay off the streets. The womenís game may outdraw the menís game...
    Our crew is going. It's winter in the Capital Region ...it snows occasionally!😜 (Full disclosure ---In honor of Doc D, I have all wheel drive and 4 brand new snow tires ...).

    Edit: the worst of storm will be overnight Sat into Sunday ..game will be done by 8:30. It'll be manageable
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    Re: RPI vs. Union (Mayor's Cup) Saturday, 1/19/2018

    His current thoughts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Baer View Post


    I used to work for the wife of U Albanyís Associate AD (after McElroy) and tried to convince him to put ice making equipment under the new stadium when it was being built. No go, but I was told that he considered it

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    Re: RPI vs. Union (Mayor's Cup) Saturday, 1/19/2018

    Quote Originally Posted by Waite21 View Post
    Interesting to note that Union is 7-1-3 in non-conference games. RPI is a much less impressive 3-8.

    In non-conference games against teams that are not members of the ECAC, the Dutchmen are 7-0-2, including a victory over St. Cloud State, who was # 1 in the country at the time, in the Three Rivers Classic tournament.

    In non-conference games against teams that are members of the ECAC, they are 0-1-1, including a tie against Yale in the Friendship Four and a loss to Brown in the Three Rivers Classic, the day after Union had beaten St. Cloud State.

    On paper, Union ought to win Saturday's game against RPI pretty handily and take the Mayor's Cup home to Schenectady. Of course, on paper, they should have walked all over Brown and taken the championship of the Three Rivers Classic.
    Both teams have nothing to lose and everything to lose at the same time. "On paper" Union is a team that is playing inconsistently to the extreme. They play great at times and lousy at others. RPI is developing an identity. They now have shown they can beat teams on par with them or below. Now they have to show they can beat teams above them in the standings. RPI is trying to "become Union" in the sense they want to show they can beat anyone on any given night and Union is desperately trying not to become the RPI of the first half of the season. So, in that regard this should be a great game. Union trying to avenge their earlier losses to RPI and show they belong in the top 20. RPI trying to show those wins were not a fluke and that their improvement since the holidays is the real deal. I hate to say this, sort of cliche-ish, but I think it will come down to goal tending. And staying out of the penalty box. I would be very surprised to see a blowout on either side. Good reason to head down early, get a good parking spot, and watch the women, where a great goaltender will show Union the door.

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