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RPI Needs Road Sweep

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, February 17, 2006

TROY - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute needs to win on the road this weekend; twice ideally.

The Engineers have done so just once this year in nine games, however.

The seventh-place Engineers travel to meet 10th-place Princeton tonight and 11th-place Quinnipiac on Saturday night, needing to win both games to move up in the standings.

The 13-14-5 Engineers, 7-7-4 in the ECAC Hockey League, have a 1-5-3 league road record and hope to use the fact three of their ties have come at three of the toughest places for visiting teams in the league - Cornell, Colgate and Clarkson.

Rensselaer senior forward Chris Hussey wasn't sure if the ties will help the Engineers' confidence or not.

"All the ties we played were very tight," he said. "But we're looking to get wins. When you go on the road, it's nice to sneak in and get one point but it's better to win, of course."

"Definitely, we were pretty happy to get those ties at Colgate and Cornell," said tri-captain Brad Farynuk, who has four goals and five assists against Princeton in his career. "As road trips go, this one is a little more favorable for us."

While the Engineers handled Princeton (6-11-1, 9-15-1) well in a 4-1 victory at Houston Field House, Hussey points out that the Tigers recently swept Cornell and Colgate - the league's top two teams - at Princeton's Hobey Baker Rink.

"We had a solid win against them here," Hussey said. "They play real well at home and they've beaten some good teams there. Princeton's a tough team to play against; they always play their best against us."

"In their barn, they always seem to find a higher gear," Farynuk said of the Tigers. And "Crox (leading scorer Kevin Croxton) and I were talking that, they usually get strong goaltending against us. We've had games down there we get 45, 50 shots and get one (goal) or two and their team has fed on it."

No easy time: Dartmouth and Harvard, St. Lawrence.

Those teams currently hold down the 3-5 spots in the ECACHL.

Quinnipiac (6-12-0, 15-15-0) has beaten all three at home, either at the Northland Ice Pavilion or Yale's Ingalls Rink, the sites at which the Bobcats' home games are divided.

"No, not an easy 'W' at all," Farynuk said. "You can't look past any team. That's college hockey."