From bad to worse for Engineers; Laliberte injured
The highly-touted freshman forward suffered a fractured hand in Saturday night's 2-0 loss to Ferris State. He's out indefinitely.
Rensselaer coach Seth Appert had planned to use the talented left winger-center at left wing this season but with centers Brock Higgs and Marty O'Grady already out, Laliberte played center in both of the shutout losses at Ferris over the weekend.
So, it can be said that RPI will play at No. 6-ranked Notre Dame on Friday night without its top three centers.
Appert has to keep the Engineers from panicking over the lack of offense and falling into despair over the repeated injuries.
"We'll have to find a way to get by," said Appert, whose team has a pair of home games against No. 4 Colorado College Oct. 28-29 before opening the ECAC Hockey season at Clarkson and St. Lawrence Nov. 4-5.
"Obviously, we have to win with the players we have," Appert said. "We need our older guys - Patty Cullen, Alex (Angers-)Goulet, C.J. Lee, Joel Malchuk, Josh Rabbani, Justin Smith, Marty when he gets back healthy, have to lead."
Junior Greg Burgdoefer has been out with a shoulder injury. His status for Friday has yet to be determined.