Hey, y'all. Hope you didn't mind us just going silent for a couple of weeks. We like to take some time off for the holidays, too.
But it's game time tonight. The big question for the last two weeks has very clearly been "who's gonna be back?" We still don't have an answer for that question, not until the lineup sheet gets published for tonight's tall task against the hottest team in these United States, the Harvard Crimson - ranked 4th in the nation and with a nation-best six-game winning streak ongoing.
Harvard cleaned RPI's clock in Troy in early November, and that was a team that still had most of its top players on the ice, including Jason Kasdorf. So even if the Engineers are able to put everyone they want out on the ice at the Bright-Landry-Sneddon-Taylor-Mazzolini-Lombardi Hockey Center tonight, it's still probably going to be a tough row to hoe. A team on a five-game losing streak against one of the best ranked teams in the country? Impossible.
That is, of course, what they said just before RPI took on Union. So anything's possible. That's why they play the game. It's why we watch.
We'll be watching and waiting to see if Kasdorf, Lou Nanne, and Drew Melanson especially are back, but also looking for guys like Travis Fulton and Zach Schroeder, who are solid contributors themselves. With any luck, Matt Neal and Mark Miller, who have been playing injured, will be more effective with the rest.
Hey, at the end of the day, win or lose, it's RPI hockey, and we love watching.