Friday, November 09, 2012
RPI looks to get back on the winning horse after getting shellacked by Union last weekend. Some bad news going into this weekend is that Laliberte (RPI's top dog) is out this weekend with basically a concussion which means everyone else on the squad will have to step up. Perhaps Neal or Haggerty will continue their nice starts with some more offensive fireworks this weekend.
I think that it will come down to goaltending. Can the hydra of Diebold and Merriam work or should one get the start for both games? It is tough to tell, while Merriam's GAA is double Diebold's, their save percentages are both under .900 so its still kinda a toss up in my mind.
Dartmouth will be a tough test to start the weekend, they are off to a 3-0-1 start with an impressive 15 goals for in the first 4 contests. Harvard is slightly more "middle of the pack" scoring 9 but giving up 7. I think RPI won't be able to overcome the Big Green but will give the Crimson all they want and more and coming out of the weekend 1-1.
As always, here is USCHO's take:
Rensselaer at Dartmouth
Things unraveled a bit for RPI in last weekend’s sweep by rival Union. The Engineers will be without leading scorer Jacob Laliberte for both games thing weekend, and possibly longer, according to Ed Weaver of The Troy Record. RPI will also be without defenseman Luke Curadi, who sits out after receiving a game disqualification in Saturday’s game. Dartmouth has ridden solid goaltending from freshman Charles Grant and junior Cab Morris, along with timely scoring from Eric Robinson (three game-winning goals) to a 3-0-1 overall mark and first-place tie with Union. Dartmouth 5-2