Friday, November 16, 2012

Have Mercy

It's a full weekend of college hockey at Houston Field House this weekend as both the men and the women have a pair of games for you to feast your eyes on tonight and tomorrow. Translation: get thyself to Troy.

Both teams are in a bad way right now - the men, perhaps, a little more than the women. Both have now started off their ECAC schedules with an 0-4-0 record, the women with a -6 goal differential (three of the losses were one goal games) and the men with... a -14 goal differential. Remember, that is in four games, the last three of which were four goal losses. Both are the only teams in the ECAC with no points.

Unfortunately, none of that is set to change this weekend, as both teams are playing a non-conference series, but it does give both sides the opportunity to get things right before heading back out on the hunt for points.

The ladies will take to this ice this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon (3pm starts for both) against College Hockey America's Robert Morris (5-2-1). The Engineers have a few opponents in common with the Colonials, but it's hard to draw much from it - both teams beat Vermont (RMU doing it twice) and both lost to BU, though RMU was able to pull out a tie with Northeastern while RPI lost.

Similarity reigns on the men's side as they battle Atlantic Hockey's Mercyhurst (3-2-1). In this case, it's just Ferris State as a mutual opponent, the Lakers lost and tied with the Bulldogs a week after RPI beat and tied them. They're not quite pushovers, as they went into RIT last week and pulled out a win in a tough barn, besides, it's not like the Engineers are playing well enough lately to take anyone for granted.

It's deja vu around here... the men and women opened last season going a combined 2-7-2 in league play by this point last year, but it's pretty obvious that 0-8-0 is even worse. At any rate, here's a song you can tap your foot to and get the weekend off to the right start, even while it sort of describes the current situation on the hill.

BTW, all four games this weekend are on WRPI... so if you can't be there, be sure to tune in.

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