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Kipp, Cyr Out As RPI Seeks Better Lineup

By Ken Schott

Schenectady Daily Gazette, April 6, 2007

After a 10-18-8 record in his first season as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's head coach, Seth Appert realized changes had to be made to make the Engineers better in 2007-08. For two players, their RPI careers came to an abrupt end.

Sophomore defenseman Reed Kipp and freshman forward Jordan Cyr have played their final games for the Engineers. Appert dismissed them from the team, he said this week.

The Engineers finished in a tie for eighth place with Colgate in ECAC Hockey, but lost out on home ice in the first round of the ECAC Hockey tournament to the Raiders. Colgate then swept RPI in the best-of-three series.

Appert said the decision was difficult to make.

"I have a lot of respect for both young men," Appert said. "They're good kids. They're very good students, and were very well liked within our program."

"But to take our program to a higher level, we felt the next two to three years for Reed and Jordan would be very difficult, in terms of their putting in a lot of hard work and time commitment to practice and training without the opportunity, potentially, to be rewarded with ice time of Friday and Saturday evenings."

Kipp played in 28 games this season, and had a goal and six assists. He was second on the team with 64 penalty minutes.

Kipp may have fallen out of favor after getting 10-minute misconducts in consecutive games against Dartmouth Jan. 6, and Union Jan. 12. He was a healthy scratch in the next two games, and four of five. This after he played in 20 of RPI's first 21 games. Kipp was kept out of the lineup in three of RPI's last five games, including the season-ending 4-1 loss to Colgate in Game 2 March 3.

Appert said that Kipp's misconducts and subsequent scratches didn't play a factor in his decision to dismiss him.

"Reed is a wonderful young man, he really is," Appert said. "That's what made it so much more difficult. But just in terms of ability to play the way we need to play to have a chance to be successful, not only in our league, but nationally, we thought it would be very challenging for both of those young men to stay committed to their everything they want to be about academically and positive attitude-wise without much potential reward for ice time during the games."

Kipp, who had three goals and 10 assists in 54 career games, came to RPI from the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League.

In a statement, Kipp said: "Obviously, I am very disappointed by the decision because I think I could have been as asset to the team, both as a player and a leader, as it continues to improve. There are so many great guys on the team, all of whom I consider to be part of my family. I wish them nothing but success in the future."

Cyr played in just 11 games for the Engineers. He scored one goal, which came Dec. 9 against Princeton. He came to RPI from the Brockville Braves of the Central Junior Hockey League, where he had 22 goals and 31 assists in 45 games during the 2005-06 season.

Cyr was unavailable for comment.

Appert said all scholarship commitments to Cyr and Kipp will be honored, should they decide to remain at RPI.

RECRUITING NEWS

RPI and Union recently added more recruits. Two of the Engineers' are for next season, while one of the Dutchmen's prospects won't be coming until the 2008-09 season.

Coming to RPI are forwards Kevin Beauregard and Chace Polacek. The 6-foot-4, 209-pound Beauregard played for Hartford in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League. He had 17 goals and 28 assists in 44 games this season.

Polacek (5-8, 170) played for Holy Angels High School in Minnesota, and had 26 goals and 38 assists in 28 games. He is the second player going to RPI from Holy Angels, joining defenseman Bryan Brutlag.

Coming to Union next season is 6-1, 185-pound defenseman Brock Matheson. He had four goals and 20 assists in 50 games for Kanata, and he was a first-team Central Ontario Junior Hockey League All-Star.

Joining the Dutchmen in the following season is Jeff Vellecca of the Eastern Junior Hockey League's New England Junior Falcons. He had 25 goals and 33 assists in 45 games this season.

FINALISTS NAMED

Union's search for a new women's hockey coach is down to the final four.

Dutchwomen assistant coach Jackie MacMillan is one of the four finalists to replace Tim Gerrish, who resigned two months ago after three years with the team. MacMillan has been an assistant coach with Union for three years. She played college hockey at Wisconsin. She interviewed for the job on Wednesday.

The other finalists are assistant coaches in ECAC Hockey.

Harvard's Claudia Asano completed her fifth year with the Crimson, and is a 1999 graduate of the school. She interviewed Tuesday.

St. Lawrence's Jodi McKenna finished her eighth year with the Saints. She played her college hockey at Brown, where she graduated in 1998. McKenna had her interview Thursday.

Princeton's Amy Bourbeau will have her interview Tuesday. She has been with the Tigers for eight years. Bourbeau played at Providence, where she helped the Friars win ECAC titles in 1992, 1993 and 1994.

Whoever gets the job will be the first female coach of the women's hockey team.

"They were the most talented individuals that applied for the position," Union athletic director Jim McLaughlin said. "I liked the credentials they brought to the table, and felt that one of them would be a good fit for our program."

MACDONALD HONORED

RPI senior forward Kirk Mac-Donald was named the U.S. College Hockey Online's Unsung Hero Award winner on Thursday.

MacDonald overcame testicular cancer and led the Engineers with 12 goals, eight of which came on the power play. He tied defenseman Jake Luthi for most points with 27. MacDonald is now playing for the Albany River Rats.

GALIARDI OUT

Forward T.J. Galiardi's college hockey career appears to be over.

According to U.S. Hockey Report, Galiardi has left Dartmouth because of academic problems. A Dartmouth spokesperson wouldn't confirm or deny the story.