Fifth-Ranked St. Cloud State Swept in Troy
USCHO.com reports on a surprising sweep by the RPI Men's Hockey Team over fifth-ranked St. Cloud State on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday night Vic Pereira scored a goal with 3:28 remaining in regulation time, assisted by Mikael Hammarstrom. St. Cloud State coach Craig Dahl set the stage for Saturday night by providing the following bulletin board material:
That last goal was kind of a cheesy goal but hey, we've also gotten cheesy goals before.... All those breaks have a way of evening out and I just think we didn't play like we're capable of.
Those breaks didn't even out on Saturday night either. The score was tied 1-1 at the end of two periods, when Kevin Croxton scored a power play goal at 9:42 of the third. Nick Economakos and Scott Basiuk got helpers.
St. Cloud gave up a power play goal after a too many men on the ice penalty. St. Cloud coach Dahl was a little more generous in his assessment after this game:
RPI worked really, really hard and deserved the bounces they got and we didn't.... It wasn't that we didn't work hard, but we didn't get the bounces that we've been getting. We can't score to save our lives.
Nathan Marsters played two excellent games this weekend, making 29 and 35 saves, respectively.