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Dartmouth vs. RPI

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, January 7, 2005

SCOUTING RPI

Goaltenders (W-L-T, goals against avg., saves %): Fr. Jordan Alford (5-3-1, 2.43, 90.7%) will start. Sr. Andrew Martin (4-7-1, 2.60, 89.9%) will back up.

'Alfie's in': Rensselaer head coach Dan Fridgen rarely names a starting goaltender prior to game day but departed from that policy on Thursday. He announced to reporters that Alford would start both tonight and on Saturday against Vermont.

Eizenman home: The Engineers will be without sophomore B line center Oren Eizenman, who continues to be bothered by some sort of virus. He has returned to his Toronto home to, in Fridgen's words, "strengthen up with some home cooking and get back on the mend. It's one thing to have parental care and quite another to have teammates waiting on you. They won't do it."

Forward lines mixed: The Engineers had several players affected by the flu last week. Eizenman made the trip to Notre Dame but was too sick to play. Center C.J. Hanafin didn't make the trip but is back this week. Fridgen, forced to by illnesses, continues to mix up lines. He'll put freshman center-right winger Jake Morissette between the top two goal-scorers - Kevin Croxton (6-16-22) on the off left wing, Kirk MacDonald (11-9-20) on the right. Left winger and second-leading scorer Nick Economakos (5-16-21) and Kevin Broad (5-5-10) will play on the second line, which will be centered by Hanafin (0-4-4) or natural right winger Chris Hussey (6-6-12). Freshman Andrew Lord (3-3-6) will center for big left winger Vic Pereira (2-6-8) and 5-foot-8, 155-pound freshman Jonathan Ornelas (2-0-2) on the right. Fridgen still must decide on which line Hussey skates and who'll make up the fourth line.

SCOUTING DARTMOUTH

Goaltenders (W-L-T, goals against avg., saves %): So. Sean Samuel (3-1-1, 2.40, 91.7%) of Sr. Dan Yacey (2-5-1, 1.95, 92.4%).

Samuel honored: Samuel is making a strong bid to take over the starting job before Yacey graduates, Yacey's outstanding GAA and saves percentage not withstanding. Samuel was named Goaltender of the Week by the ECAC Hockey League last week. The Mississaugua, Ont. native stopped 38 shots to preserve a 1-1 tie with Bowling Green in the first round of Dartmouth's Ledyard Bank Classic, then made several brilliant saves to help the Green win the SHootout over the Falcons and advance to the tourney final. He then made 35 saves as the Big Green downed rival Vermont, 6-3, in the tournament championship game.

Seeking century mark: Dartmouth coach Bob Gaudet's next victory will be his 100th at Dartmouth. He's 99-104-32 in his seven and one-half seasons at Hanover. The former Brown coach needs seven wins for 200.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Records (ECACHL, overall): Dartmouth - 3-4-0, 5-6-2. RPI - 2-5-1, 9-10-2 overall.

Previous outing: Dartmouth beat Vermont, 6-3; RPI lost at Notre Dame, 2-1.

Past 5 outings: Dartmouth is 1-2-2. Rensselaer is 2-3-0.

Past 10 outings: Dartmouth is 3-5-2. Rensselaer is 4-5-1.

Record vs. common opponents: Dartmouth is 3-3-0. Rensselaer is 3-3-1.

Last season: Teams played 1-1 tie at Houston Field House; Dartmouth won at Dartmouth, 4-3; Dartmouth won best-of-three ECAC playoffs quarterfinal series at Dartmouth, 2-1 (1-3, 6-0, 1=0).

All-time series: Rensselaer leads series, 34-21-4.

Power play: Dartmouth - 13-of-70, 18.6 percent. RPI - 31-of-156, 19.9 percent.

Penalty killing: Dartmouth - 71-of-80, 88.8 percent. RPI - 117-of-136, 86.0 percent.