RPI Recap; More Season Previews

It took a full period to shake the rust off of the Minuteman offense but the team was able to rally to beat the RPI Engineers by a score of 5-2.  Defensively the team looked good the entire game.  Paul Dainton played very solid and it’s tough to get on him for the goals he gave up.  The one in the first came after RPI was allowed to shoot multiple shots consecutively from point blank at least three or four times.  The second came off a faceoff on a very nice shot by Engineer freshman Jerry D’Amigo who certainly impressed.  But overall the defense played very well.  Eddie Olczyk seems very much in the Brett Watson mold and will certainly be seeing a lot of time against opposing teams’ top lines.  But I loved the play by our defense tonight.  Mike Donnellan and Mike Marcou really stepped up and played well.  It was nice to see Marcou play with some grit and not back down when challenged by sometimes bigger players and ended up spending time in the box.  Donnellan has some nice size, skates well, and has good positioning.   I asked in my preview which of the defensemen would step up their play and those two definitely came through tonight.

As said the offense was downright horrendous in the first.  They were just unable to get much of anything going and in what looked like a problem carrying over from last year they went 0 for 4 in the frame as well.  Luckily the offense sorted itself out as the game went along and thanks to the refs being whistle happy this early in the season the team would have plenty of opportunities to fix the power play as well.  After starting 0 for 4 the team ended 4 for 10.  Matt Irwin took up right where he left off last season when he scored a goal in each playoff game.  He had two rockets tonight good for two goals that put the game away in the third.  Justin Braun played a great two way game and added a goal.  Play of the night for me was a sequence where T.J Syner stole the puck in the offensive zone, was able to get the puck to James Marcou who skated into the slot and then dished it off to Rocco Carzo at the last second who put it home for his first collegiate goal.  He didn’t make the score sheet but I really liked what I saw from Chase Langeraap tonight.  He was very active all night and ended up with four shots.

Both Martin Nolet and Mike Lecomte left the game with injuries.  On the postgame show Toot said the Lecomte’s injury is something pre-existing that he reaggravated during the game.  He didn’t give details about Nolet.  He did sound confident that they’d both be able to use the eight days to the next game to recover before taking on BU.

Fear The Triangle Player of the Game:  James Marcou
I thought about giving this to Irwin for his couple goals or to Braun for his great two-way play but in the end it’s tough to argue against giving to the guy who assisted on 4 of the 5 goals, especially the sweet pass to Carzo.

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Here’s the game recap from the Republican, including a language lesson from Matt Irwin.

The Gazette talks about how a speech by the captains during the first intermission helped turn the game around.  Matty V also mentions there were over a dozen NHL scouts on hand.

The Collegian recaps the victory here while they also have a story on the play of Dainton and Marcou.

Video highlights can be found here from Channel 22.

Here’a recap out of the Albany Times Union.  And one from the Troy Record.

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Here’s the Hockey East season preview from INCH and former Collegian writer Jeff Howe.  He picks UMass to finish 6th, as I did.

Hockey’s Future has a season preview of Hockey East.  Being that the website is devoted to potential NHL players, it doesn’t spend a lot of time on the teams with minimal draft picks.

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Slow sales have forced the NCAA to reconfigure the way the ice will be set up at next year’s Frozen Four at Ford Field in Detroit.  Instead of having the ice in the dead center of the arena as it was for last spring’s Final Four held there it’ll be moved to one of the ends.  Great idea in my opinion but it’s still not enough to get me to Motown unless the Minutemen are playing.  Hockey shouldn’t take place in football stadiums.

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I am off to Delaware today to see how people down there tailgate for football and watch UMass beat the Blue Chickens.  I’m not sure how much or even if I’ll be able to update the blog during that time.