RPI Defeated by Cornell 2-0 in Weekend Series, Ending Playoff Run
Over the weekend, the Mens' hockey team travelled to Cornell for a best-of-three game series in the ECAC Quarterfinals. The Big Red are ranked #2 in the nation in Division I ice hockey, and they lived up to that ranking with two very strong victories. In the Friday game, Cornell scored a goal in each period of the game and held on for a 3-2 victory. Nathan Marsters, who has raised his game back to the levels he reached last season, led Rensselaer with 23 saves.
On Saturday, Cornell consistently out-muscled the Engineers en route to a 4-0 victory. This game was televised on YES and NESN, so many RPI fans in our area were able to see it live in their living rooms. Nathan Marsters stopped 29 Cornell shots to keep the game relatively close.
RPI closes out the season with a 12-24-3 record. This was a very tough year for the team, with a long, frustrating losing streak in the middle of the year. The Engineers rallied in the playoffs, and their decisive series victory over Union in the opening round of the playoffs made the season's outcome far more positive than it otherwise would have been.
The TV commentators at the game on Saturday night pointed out that Rensselaer seems to have rediscovered quality goaltending in Nathan Marsters after a long stretch of mediocre performances in December and January. This should give all RPI fans hope as we head into the long off-season.