Ah, October. In the ECAC, it means one of two things - you're either waiting another four weeks for hockey to start, or you're off on at least one long trip, depending on which side of the Ivy divide you fall on. For the men, it's time for the yearly long October trip.
As dismal as last October was for RPI, the home series against Minnesota State was actually a fairly bright spot. After peppering Austin Lee with 36 shots in Game 1 only to fall 1-0 (that one goal practically coming at the death), a relative offensive outburst took place in Game 2 as RPI picked up a 4-1 victory - the only time the Engineers would clear three goals until December 2 and the only time notching four until January 27. But Minnesota State, ultimately, was a lot like RPI last year, which means they could be a lot like RPI this year, too. They are without the goaltender that earned them the big shutout last time, but it's now on their turf. Should be interesting to see the Engineers' first ever trip to Mankato, MN.
On the women's side, it's a short weekend as one non-conference home game against the Dutchwomen is all they've got. It's time to see just what Union has, as they're no longer the instant pushovers they have been for so many years. Last year, Union finished outside of the basement for the first time since their move to Division I (they managed 11th), so while the Engineers are almost certainly still favorites, it's going to require a little more work than past teams had to put in against the little sisters from Schenectady.
Clear eyes, full heart.