Friday, February 11, 2011

Punks Jump Up

It's another home weekend for men's hockey. Last-place Colgate is in town tonight, and although they're not nearly as bad as their record shows (as RPI can attest from their game in Hamilton), this is a game in which anything less than a win is a failure, especially at home.

Meanwhile, the word "resurgent" better describes Cornell than any other team in the ECAC right now. They're on a run of their own, but much like Quinnipiac last week, it's worth pointing out that a number of their recent wins have been against lesser teams. RPI turned in an awful performance in Pyongyang, but that's now in the past. They'll need a solid effort in front of Bryce Merriam this weekend.

For the ladies, it's excessively simple. Win four times, play at home. That won't be an easy task, as they take on a Quinnipiac team that has been outstanding of late, though the Engineers did win a close one at home against the Bobcats earlier this season. Princeton, like last year, is hard to draw a bead on. They have wildly successful games, they have wildly unsuccessful games.

Goals, though. The Engineers HAVE to score goals. They went 243:01 without a goal from Jordan Smelker's goal on January 21st against Harvard to her goal in the 3rd period against Brown last Friday. Then they scored six in the span of 19:00 between the third period on Friday and the first period on Saturday against Yale, then went silent again for the remaining 54:31 of the game. The hot and cold stuff just cannot continue.

RPI and Union have played a total of 27 combined men's home games this season. They've lost a grand total of two.

So what happens when punks jump up to the Capital District?

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