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RPI Splits with Clarkson and St. Lawrence in a Great Weekend of Hockey

Dave Aiello wrote, "This past weekend, my wife Kathleen and I drove up to Troy to participate in the annual RPI Hockey Alumni Weekend. This year, the weekend included two men's varsity games against St. Lawrence and Clarkson, a breakfast for hockey alumni and their families honoring the 1954 NCAA Championship Team, and the annual Alumni Game."

"Due to work schedules and weather condition, we didn't arrive in time to see Rensselaer play St. Lawrence on Friday night. The Times Union reported that Engineers faied to capitalize on a number of scoring chances late in the third period, and lost to St. Lawrence 3-2. Although St. Lawrence is in ninth place, they swept the season series with RPI."

"Kevin Croxton and Nick Economakos each had a goal and an assist to lead RPI. Nathan Marsters made 28 saves for RPI. SLU's goaltender Mike McKenna made 31 saves for the victory and came up big down the stretch."

"On Saturday night, RPI scored three unanswered goals in the third period to win a convincing 4-2 victory over Clarkson in the 27th Annual Big Red Freakout. Unlike the 2002 Freakout when Rensselaer won in overtime, victory in this game was never in doubt in my mind. RPI has a lot more talent than Clarkson this year, and there was too much magic in the building for us to lose."

"Kirk MacDonald, Oren Eizenman, Ben Barr, and Kevin Broad scored for the Engineers. Nathan Marsters made 29 saves for the victory."

"For those of you who did not see the Freakout, it was one of the oddest college hockey games I've seen in a long time. Referee Dan Murphy called a lot of penalties, but it was not a particularly rough game or a mismatch. A lot of the penalties were obstruction and unsportsmanlike conduct fouls, which don't usually get called as often as they were in this game. As a result, the game almost resembeled an inter-squad scrimmage where both teams were working on power play and penalty killing situations throughout."

"RPI went 3-for-9 on the power play, and generated a lot of offensive chances. Clarkson went 0-for-10 in man advantage situations, although I think that several of their power plays were shorter than two minutes. RPI's special teams played very well this weekend. In fact, the biggest question I left Troy with is can they score goals consistantly when they are at equal strength?"

"Rensselaer ends the weekend with a record of 15-11-2, 9-6-1 in the ECAC. This is good for third place. The Engineers are in a three way tie with Cornell and Dartmouth, although RPI has more conference wins than either of them. The team hits the road for key games against Harvard and Brown next weekend. More of us will have an opportunity to see the team in person-- the Princeton hockey game is only two weeks away."

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