Saturday, October 30, 2010

Prepare For War

A three-part pump-up for you today to get you in the mood for tonight's matchup in Lake Placid.

First, the venue.

The Engineers return to the Olympic Center - now Herb Brooks Arena - for the first time since 2002. It's a place that cannot fail to give you a chill up your spine or goosebumps on your arms, just walking in.



And of course, we all know the reason why.



RPI faces a rival grown up enough to have earned its own hate week (catch our twitter feed over the last week if you missed it). Last year, RPI and Union faced each other four times, playing what were basically four 1-goal affairs - the Dutchmen got an empty-netter in the final game of the set. As one of the senior Engineers (who will remain anonymous) told me earlier this year about Union, "they hate us, we hate them, it's pretty simple."

This one is the skirmish for pride. In two weeks, it counts. It's time to prepare for battle in the Capital District's own version of the Cold War.

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