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RPI Splits Weekend, Murley Calls Yale Game "Worst of His Career"

Tim Wilkin of the Albany Times Union may be one of the best hockey writers in America. Who else would have the courage to relate what Matt Murley said in the aftermath of Saturday's 6-3 loss to Yale?

"This might have been one of the worst games of all-time," RPI winger Matt Murley said. "It was the worst game I have ever played in my RPI career, that's for sure.... This is very frustrating. We are playing a team that's just about in last place and we were terrible."

How can USCHO compete with that? Jayson Moy is a reliable reporter, but his account gives no hint of the quality of play.

In Friday's game, RPI got a goal from Conrad Barnes about 9 minutes into the third period to break a scoreless tie. They made that goal stand up, shutting Princeton out 1-0. This is the first time that RPI has shut out Princeton since 1972. It was Barnes' second career goal, and his second goal in as many games.

RPI really needs points in order to secure "home ice advantage" in the playoffs. The four teams with the best ECAC records at the end of the regular season host a first round playoff series. But, as Tim Wilkin said in his article about the Yale game, "To advance in the first round of the ECAC playoffs, a team has to play well on back-to-back nights. That's bad news for the RPI hockey team."

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