Friday, December 2, 2011

Point of No Return

Every weekend is a big weekend in the ECAC, it seems, especially for RPI. This weekend, given the current state of the league standings, it's more of a "crossing the Rubicon" moment.

The men are in last place, there's not much that can sugar coat that, but they're playing a couple of teams are are not far away in 10th and 11th place Princeton and Quinnipiac, and a pair of wins would be enough to give them six points in seven games - the same tally as 7th place (and idle) Harvard. That's a move from last place to almost .500 and right back into the thick of things despite the horrid start, if they can grow on their offensive output from last week against RIT and actually bury some pucks at even strength.

The women, meanwhile, are finishing up the season series against the North Country in early December, a definite rarity. Right now, the Engineers sit in 10th place, out of a playoff spot, and while road games are always tougher to earn points than home games, they're practically a necessity now after picking up just one point in four ECAC home games to start the season. Two of those games were against Clarkson and St. Lawrence and while they didn't win or tie those games, they didn't exactly play poorly, either. The opportunity is out there to pull back into the hunt.

No special meaning for today's pump-up. Just a great song that'll get the blood pumping as both teams wrap their first semester league schedules.

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