Spin it any way you like, the home drought was real and it weighed on everyone's mind - even those who had never experienced it. And unlike in 2013, when RPI had a bye to the quarterfinals at home, the ECAC is deep this year - very deep.
Let's say the Engineers had been the ones to score first against St. Lawrence on Freakout! Eve. RPI finishes with 25 points, St. Lawrence with 23, the Engineers get the bye. They're playing at home this weekend, but it's against probably Clarkson. And the monkey is still there on the back.
Still think that's better than playing Brown and getting over that first hill?
Let's be brutally honest. The quarterfinals were going to be a bear no matter how you sliced it - being at home wasn't going to be some magic potion. So in that light, beating Brown last weekend, as difficult as that proved to be, might have been a bit of a boost heading into the quarterfinals.
Look, Harvard won't be easy. No one has pegged RPI as the favorites to finally hit Lake Placid and that's rightfully the case. The Crimson are very good, they're at home, they're rested, and they unleashed 50 shots the last time they played the Engineers.
But this is a team that is already farther than they were supposed to go when the season started. And they've got a difference maker in net.
Why not push this as far as we can?
It's been said over and over again. Lake Placid's eluded RPI longer than any other team in the league.
Go for broke. And return with your shield, or on it. Good luck, gentlemen. Blow our minds. And let all the children boogie.
(Yup, sticking with the power of Bowie.)