Bad Weekend for RPI: Tie Against Brown, Loss to Harvard
Speaking to the press after a 2-2 tie with Brown on Friday night, Rensselaer Men's Hockey Coach Dan Fridgen said, "We've got to get smarter." Not a good sign. Early in the second period, RPI lead 2-1 on goals by Matt McNeely and Matt Murley. Rensselaer gave up the tieing goal with less than five minutes left in regulation time. Both sides failed to score in the overtime period.
The weak performance continued on Saturday at Houston Field House. The Engineers staked themselves to a 2-0 lead on goals by Matt Murley and Marc Cavosie late in the first period. About two minutes into the second period Harvard scored, beginning an onslaught of five unanswered goals.
Harvard now has a 7-2-2 record in ECAC play. RPI is 2-3-2 in the ECAC. Brown is 3-5-2 in the ECAC. This weekend's results definitely represent a setback for RPI. Last weekend, they performed much better in their first Rensselaer Holiday Tournament victory since 1998. If Rensselaer wants to contend for postseason play, it needs to find a way to win games against teams like Brown.