You want tough early weekends? We've got two of them to show off to you... in one weekend. (The math works, trust me.)
For the women, a Boston University team two years removed from the national championship game looms large tonight at Agganis Arena - the Terriers have been to the national tournament three years in a row now, and would have to be considered a legitimate national power at this point. It's going to be a tough test for RPI no matter what, especially after a couple of closer games last weekend against a UConn team we probably wanted to be convincing against. Following BU, the Engineers move across town to take on Northeastern tomorrow afternoon.
For the men, it's a weekend with Ferris State for the second straight October, this time in Troy, but also this time with the Bulldogs having come within a game of hoisting the national championship - and this is Ferris State's first competitive hockey game since that experience in Tampa. The Bulldogs won their exhibition last week by a similar 8-2 over Ryerson, so at least last week the offense appeared ready to go, and the team does bring back much of the defense that brought it to the Frozen Four last season. It's a heck of a difficult way to start the season, much the same way RPI did last year with Ferris and Colorado College.
A wise man once said, to be the best, (woo!) you've got to beat the best. Both teams put that to the test this weekend. We'll have the live tweets you need to stay on top of things, but honestly, if you're in Troy or Boston, you should have your tickets in hand already.
In honor of the winner of our pump-up poll late last month... here's the jam of the moment.