Tuesday, February 1, 2011

TROY -- Mike Bergin's deep calf lacertation is more serious than first thought and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute junior defenseman will not play this weekend.
"The muscle had to heal," Bergin said on Tuesday, who hopes to play next weekend when the Engineers return home against Colgate and Cornell.
Bergin was in the trainer's room on Tuesday when goalie Allen York, who was given a day off, picked up Bergin's crutches.
You can imagaine what your friendly beat writer was thinking when he saw that, before I realized the crutches were Bergin's. Scary!
York was given the day off, he said, "because I tweaked my neck a little the other day. I'm fine."
"If there had been a game tonight," coach Seth Appert said, "he (York) would have played."
York, Polacek double-up: Both York and leading scorer Chase Polacek racked up their second straight ECAC Hockey weekly awards, Polacek as Player of the Week, York as Goaltender of the Week.
Each talked about his repeat.
“I guess it’s special,” Polacek said, “but I don’t like to think too much about (individual awards). It’s more important see the two weekend sweeps. They’ve really helped us out in the (ECACH) standings and given the team confidence in the locker room and I’m happy to have been part of that.”
Polacek, the reigning ECAC Hockey scoring champ, is lead
ing the league again with 39 points to date (16-23-39).

Over the past 12 games, Polacek has 23 points on nine goals and 14 assists, including four assists in the Engineers’ 6-2 triumph at Brown which ignited them on a 10-2-0 skein.
The Edina, Minn., native was asked if he can keep up the torrid pace.
“I’m just going to keep playing the way I have been,”
said Polacek, who has seven game- winning goals this season. “Keep playing my game
every night, trying to be consistent and playing hard and I think good things, and numbers will just come from that hard work.”
Polacek leads the country in game-winning goals and is fifth nationally in points per game (1.50).York’s saves percentage for the weekend was 97.4 percent.
The junior from Wetaskiwin, Alb., has all 10 of RPI’s wins during the current streak and he’s 16-6-3 overall with a 1.86 goal against average and a 93.2 saves percentage. He has started all but one of the Engineers’
26 games. As usual, he shares any accolades he receives.
“It’s nice,” York said of his repeat. “It shows how good our D-corps (defensemen),” has been.“And Chase is playing like
chase, so it’s great.”
The Engineers were shorthanded for much of the second period of both the Brown and Yale games and York was called upon to make some outstanding saves.
"My job, when we have the D-zone breakdown, is to come up big and stop the puck,” York said.
Rensselaer head coach Seth Appert said the back-to-back awards to both his stars “were deserved. “They both were very good. Chase can be even better.
“He played OK last week and he
produced (points) but he can be


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