TROY -- Seth
Appert was pleased with the play of his Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
hockey team during Friday night's game. Afterwards,
though, he said he hopes his team comes out "ornery and angry" for
today's (4 p.m.) ECAC Hockey contest against Princeton.
night's 3-3 tie with Quinnipiac gave RPI a 0-3-4 record in the past
seven meetings with the Bobcats and it
marked the third time this season -- all at home -- that the Engineers
built a 2-0 lead only to finish with a tie. Against Harvard, that lead
Haggerty scored his 16th and 17th goals for RPI within the first 6:31
of the game but the Engineers could manage just one more over the final
58 and one-half minutes.
It's suggested -- by many -- a disturbing trend has been set by the Engineers.
outscored the opposition 24-4 in the first period but have been
outscored 18-14 in the second. The Engineers controlled much of the play
in the second but put only six shots on the Quinnipiac net and were
sloppy in their own end and mistakes led to both Bobcats goals. A number
of times this season, RPI has lost control of the game in the second 20
minutes. It was
suggested the second stanza was problematic again.
disagree," Appert said. "I thought the we came out great in the second
period. We had about five
scoring chances before they even really touched the puck. We had great
looks at the front of the net. We were hard, we were aggressive, we
created a 2-on-1, their kid (goalie Mike Garteig) made a good save (on
Milos Bubela), he made a couple rebound saves. We created a 2-on-0 and
the kid made an unbelievable back-door save (on Curtis Leonard). I
thought we came out great in the second."
Yet, the aforementioned mistakes were a key to the game's outcome.
the Engineers had a chance but failed to clear the puck before
defenseman Zach Tolkinen put the Bobcats on the board with a shot from
near the blue line at 2:12 of the period.
Late in the period, a poor pass led to Sam Anas' breakaway goal
that tied the game.
only thing I'm disappointed in was that we had a few (poor) puck
decisions in the second period," Appert said, adding that the Engineers
"gave them their first two goals with poor puck decisions that gave them
easy opportunities. They (earned) some other ones that Scotty made some
good saves on already. But I thought we had two poor puck decisions in
the second period that led to their two goals."
So, the second period was problematic in that regard.
saw two mistakes that we made cost us," Haggerty said. "That's how easy
it is (to lose leads). One mistake, two mistakes and it's in the back
of the net. They're (Quinnipiac) a great team and they put pucks in the
thought the guys were more committed to play physical (Friday night),"
said assistant captain Johnny Rogic. "There was definitely more urgency
in our game than in the past few weeks but it still wasn't enough. It's
going to a real special effort to get us out of the hole we're in. It's
not going to be easy, it's not going to be one game, it's going to have
to be a couple weeks in a row and we've just got to be totally committed
the Engineers, at 2-3-3, have won just two of their eight ECACH games
-- they won 11 of their final 12 last season -- and that creates a
must-win situation today.
(2-7-0, 3-11-0) has struggled all year and will likely play without two
of their top players (they did Friday night at Union) -- center Andrew
Calof and right winger Tyler Maugeri, as well as several other injured
What does Appert expect of the Engineers today?
"To be ornery," he said. "Ornery and angry. Mean."