Weekend Sweep Lifts Engineers to .500
For the first time since March 2000, the Engineers posted two shutouts in one weekend, raising their record to 3-3-0 on the season.
Friday night's game in the Houston Field House was against the Iona Gaels. After an uneventful first period, Ryan Shields scored the first goal of the game, four minutes into the second period. Freshman Brad Farynuk netted an insurance goal in the middle of the final period. Read the USCHO summary of the game.
On Saturday, the Engineers traveled West Point to take on Army, a regular non-conference rivalry renewed after a short hiatus. Mikael Hammarstrom, Danny Eberly, and Nolan Graham were credited with the goals in a 3-0 shutout of the Cadets.
The weekend was notable in many ways, not only in that two shutouts were posted. Whereas RPI managed 84 shots on the weekend, scoring five, goaltender Kevin Kurk saved all 30 shots he faced. Curiously, his partner Nathan Marsters did not dress for either game. Freshman Brad Farynuk was a presence in both games, seeing a lot of ice time and getting involved in many of the important plays of the weekend.
The Engineers play a pair this weekend at St. Cloud State University, then return home to open the conference season against rivals St. Lawrence and Clarkson.