"Great moments are born from great opportunity. And that's what you have here tonight... Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can! Tonight, we are the greatest hockey team in the world." - Kurt Russell as Herb Brooks in "Miracle"
Being great doesn't have to be a physical thing - it can be something you believe in. As Henry Ford said, "Whether you believe you can do something or believe you can't, you are right." That's precisely what the Engineers are going to need this weekend in both men's and women's hockey.
The men have been playing great over the last month or so. There's room for improvement, to be sure, but by and large they are a better team than we saw in October and November. Nonetheless, they head into their next-to-last non-conference weekend of the season as decided underdogs against #9 BU and #4 UNH, both of which are coming off of rough outings last weekend and are playing at home. Will they win? It won't be easy.
Can they win? Yes, they can.
The women have no less difficult a task, but at least they get to do it in Troy. Tonight is a matchup with a Dartmouth team that was in the NCAA tournament two years ago and has traditionally been one of the powers of the league. Tomorrow afternoon, it's #4 Harvard, unbeaten and untied in the ECAC coming into the weekend. Will they win? It won't be easy.
Can they win? They've done it to these teams in the past. Yes, they can.
There's nothing wrong with believing. This weekend, we believe in greatness.