Friday, December 01, 2006

This Weekend Is Big

I feel the Red and White lads have hit a bit of a wall over there in Troy NY. They went from 16th in the country to barely getting any votes in the recent INCH/USCHO polls.

I am not saying these are MUST wins but I think the program has a chance for success THIS year with the talent they have and who doesn't want to see RPI do well?

First up is Cornell and here is USCHO's predicitions:

Rensselaer @ Cornell: Cornell's in good shape, and at home, I think the Big Red can overcome some haphazard play in their own zone. I'll take Cornell, in another close one. (They're all close ones.) 3-2.

And then after is Colgate- here is USCHO's take:

Rensselaer @ Colgate: Erm... tie? Low-scoring game, in any event, as the two-headed monster tending the 'Tute's net faces off against the defending ECACHL goalie of the year. I'll take the road team, if only on precedent. RPI, 2-1.

I am not sure how much I agree with Appert's description of the offense but certainly that defense needs shoring up:

Offense gelling for Appert
While the results have lacked consistency for the Engineers, the play and productivity on offense has been a steep incline as far as coach Seth Appert is concerned.
Despite two losses and a tie in the last three games, the first-year leader at RPI says, "Actually, we're probably playing better offensively. We're starting to grasp how we want to play."
A bright spot has been the play of sophomore Andrei Uryadov.
"He's playing extremely well. He has as high as skill set as anyone on the team-maybe higher. He's got great hands ... and creativity, and a really great shot.
"I mean, he can really really zip it," emphasized Appert.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of St. Petersburg, Russia, earned a spot on the first line with seniors Oren Eizenman and Kirk MacDonald.
Appert also likes what he sees between some of his players.
"We're starting to develop combinations, five-on-five and on the power play, that are playing well," he said.
One such duo is Jake Morissette and Seth Klerer, who have combined for 18 total points on the season. Another is Matt Angers-Goulet and Paul Kerins.
"[They have] really provided some quality offense, even when it doesn't show up on the scoresheet," praised Appert.

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