RPI still trying to get the engines running
Rensselaer is currently on a six-game losing streak, which is its third losing streak of the season. The Engineers are 2-11-1 on the season.What has been the problem as they approach the midway point of their season? Trying to find confidence.”We are young and immature,” RPI coach Seth Appert said after the 5-0 loss to New Hampshire on Tuesday night. “We are trying to work through that and I am trying to help our guys. Our seniors haven’t been go-to guys in their career. Riley Bourbonnais, a little bit towards the end of last year. We’ve had older guys above them. We’ve had the Jason Kasdorf’s, the Zach Schroeder’s and Chris Bradley.”We’ve had a lot of guys that logged a lot of minutes, but the pressure of leading. We are struggling with that right now. It’s just the reality.”Seventeen of the 27 players on the roster are either freshmen or sophomores with only four seniors this season.”We lost some games late in the first month of the season in the third period,” Appert said. “That shook our confidence a little bit. Right now, we are coming out a little tentative mentally. It’s almost like you are waiting for something bad to happen before you get start playing a little bit. We have to fight through that, I have to help my guys through that. Our staff hasn’t done a good enough job, I haven’t done a good enough job figuring that out yet to help this group finding their identity, finding their way to play the way we need to be successful.”In that first month, RPI had a 2-1 lead going into the third period on Oct. 8 against Maine before losing 4-2. On Oct. 21, RPI took a 3-2 lead in the third period against Niagara before the Purple Eagles tied it with 3:14 remaining. The game ended in a tie. Then on Nov. 5, the Engineers had a 2-0 in the third period before Yale scored twice and then in overtime for the 3-2 victory.RPI is looking to stop the losing skid this weekend, heading to the Valley of the Sun to take on the Sun Devils. If the Engineers do pick up a victory this weekend, it will be their first away from the Houston Field House.
Players of the Week
On Tuesday night, the ECAC announced the three players of the week for this past weekend.Mike Marnell, a junior forward for St. Lawrence, was named the Player of the Week with his four goals in the 7-2 victory over Brown. He has now surpassed his point total from last season where he had 13 points. This year, he has 15 points, including seven goals, which matches his total from 2015-16.Clarkson’s Devin Brosseau picked up his second and third goals of his NCAA career against Brown on Friday night. That was good enough to pick up the Rookie of the Week honors. He now sits second on the team in points with 12, one behind Jordan Boucher.Harvard’s Merrick Madsen won the Goaltender of the Week honor with the 5-2 victory over BC. On the year, he’s 5-2-1 with a 2.18 GAA and a .915 save percentage.