Friday, March 9, 2012

Daring to Dream

March has a way of making anyone from the very best to some of the footnotes of history into legends.

John Carter: 225 career points, second in school history only to the great Frank Chiarelli. Became a legend with his triple-overtime goal against Minnesota-Duluth in the Frozen Four on March 29, 1985. (Incidentally, a film about his exploits is opening at movie theaters today, although it looks like it got the full Hollywood treatment)

George Servinis: The 1983 ECAC Rookie of the Year (RPI's last until Jerry D'Amigo in 2010), he finished his career with 141 points, but none bigger than the game-winning goal the night after Carter's to give RPI a 2-1 victory over Providence in the national championship game.

Christian Morissette: Came to RPI with this year's senior class, but left midway through his sophomore season after just eight games in an Engineer uniform. In his fifth game, he scored the only point of his Division I career in Game 1 against Dartmouth on March 6, 2009, notching the overtime game winner that put RPI in control of what would become their first series victory since 2004.

Legend? Maybe not. But it does go to show that anyone can be the hero.

And then, of course, there's the man with the most relevance to this weekend's games...

Ben Barr: Solid overall career at RPI with 140 games played and 64 total points. Captained the team his senior season, but the previous year wrote his name as a legend with two shorthanded goals on the same penalty kill, blunting Union's attempts to pull themselves back into a series they already trailed 1-0. The second shorty became the game and series winner.

We're farther than the season we had would have allowed us to get. It could all end this weekend, but we weren't supposed to be playing this weekend. Why not dare? Let's go for broke... we've got nothing to lose.

Do we have someone on this team who can dream bigger than anyone else? We'll find out tonight.

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