RPI Loses to Cornell 3-0 in ECAC Semi-final
RPI went into the ECAC Semi-final game against Cornell as a prohibitive underdog, in spite of its surprising comeback victory against Dartmouth on Thursday night. The game turned out as expected, with Cornell cruising to a 3-0 victory and Cornell goaltender Matt Underhill facing only 21 shots. According to the USCHO article:
...This game was not about RPI playing poorly -- not at all -- it was about Cornell playing at the top of its game.
"It might get frustrating from a player's perspectiuve, but in no way did I sense a letdown on the bench with regards to our work ethic or with regards to guys continuing to dig down," said Fridgen. "There were times when we did put a lot of pressure on them offensively, they just find a way to [hold off] that pressure."
For all intents and purposes, this defeat eliminates RPI from any possibility of participation in the NCAA Tournament. But, RPI will take on Clarkson in the ECAC Tournament Consolation Game on Saturday afternoon.