Rensselaer Fails to Even the Score Against BU
In a midweek matchup that ends the pre-Christmas part of the schedule, Boston University defeated RPI 4-1 at Houston Field House. This game was a rematch from the final game of the Ice Breaker Tournament in Wisconcin at the beginning of the season.
Although Rensselaer ended up losing by three goals, the Times Union said that this game was closer than the first matchup earlier in the year:
Despite failing to score in the first period, this was a much better start for the Engineers than their earlier meeting in the championship game of the IceBreaker Tournament at Wisconsin when BU broke out to a 3-0 lead and went on to win 5-1.... "I thought it was a more even game than the score, especially the second and third period," said veteran Boston coach Jack Parker.
The game was decided, however, largely on neutral zone turnovers. RPI has developed a tendency to turn the puck over in the neutral zone, rather than dumping the puck in or carrying it into the offensive zone. As much as Rensselaer has shown improvement in its physical intensity lately, it has to minimize puck-handling mistakes in order to beat nationally-ranked opponents like BU.