MEN'S HOCKEY'S 2007-08 SCHEDULE RELEASED
Engineers to play 36 games in nine states beginning October 9
TROY, N.Y. – The 2007-08 schedule for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men's hockey team has been finalized. The Engineers, who open their 106th season on October 9, will play 36 games, including 17 home contests at the Houston Field House.
Highlights of the Engineers' slate include ten teams that played in the NCAA Tournament last spring, including two Frozen Four participants, games in nine different states, including Florida in December, and four tournaments.
RPI's own holiday tournament features significant changes as all four games could be decided by a shootout and the Engineers will play the 7:15pm game on the second night regardless of the outcome of its opening round contest.
“We are thrilled with the schedule we have put together for this season,” said head coach Seth Appert. “Playing seven games in buildings over 8,500, including two NHL arenas, and ten NCAA tournament teams will make our players stronger and elevate our program's national exposure.”
Rensselaer's season opener is on Tuesday, October 9, when it hosts Bentley in a non-league affair in the earliest regular season game in the program's history. The Engineers travel to the prestigious Icebreaker Tournament at Xcel Center in St. Paul that weekend. They face perennial power Minnesota on October 12 and either national finalist Boston College or Michigan – also among the strongest programs in the nation – the next day. Following its only non-league road game of the season – October 19 at Army – RPI hosts Sacred Heart in a non-league game on Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 20).
The Engineers remain in the Capital District for the Governor's Cup at the Times Union Center in Albany on October 26-27. RPI, the defending champions, open with a match up against area-rival Union and face either Colgate in a rematch of last season's championship game or St. Lawrence the next night. Those games are non-league affairs.
Rensselaer kicks off its ECAC Hockey schedule on November 2 when Yale visits the Field House for the 5th Annual Black Friday. Brown, the Bulldogs' travel partner, is in Troy the next night. RPI's next two games are also league contests, November 9-10 at Harvard and Dartmouth, respectively.
The 57th Annual Rensselaer Holiday Tournament, the oldest college hockey holiday tournament in the nation, brings the Engineers back to the Houston Field House on November 23-24. This year's field features American International, Alabama-Huntsville and Notre Dame with RPI opening against AIC. Rensselaer plays either Alabama-Huntsville or Notre Dame – two teams that played in the NCAA Tournament a year ago – in Saturday's second game.
All four games could have five-minute overtimes followed by a shootout to determine the winner, if necessary.
Rensselaer is on the road for two league games the next weekend before returning home to close out the fall semester with a pair of non-league games against Miami on December 15-16.
Following a 12-day layoff, Rensselaer travels to Florida to participate in the Tampa Bay Tournament at the St. Pete Times Forum. The Engineers take on Colorado College on December 29 and either Massachusetts or Notre Dame the next day. The return trip to the northeast brings a contest against Maine – a Frozen Four participant in 2007 – on January 5 in Portland in RPI's final non-league game.
Cornell and Colgate come to Troy on January 11-12 before the Engineers travel to Union to start a home-and-home series with the Dutchmen on January 18. The Engineers host their area-rivals the next night before heading to the North Country the following weekend.
A contest against Quinnipiac on February 1 kicks off alumni weekend, with the annual alumni game the next afternoon. That evening, February 2, marks the 31st Annual Big Red Freakout! with Princeton serving as the opposition.
RPI will attempt to extend its Freakout! unbeaten streak to 18 games (12-0-5). The three-game homestand concludes with a game against Dartmouth on February 8.
Rensselaer is on the road for four of its final six games, beginning with games in Central New York on February 15-16. The Engineers finish the regular season home schedule versus St. Lawrence and Clarkson on February 22-23 with the contest against the Golden Knights being Senior Appreciation Night. The final weekend brings RPI to Brown and Yale on February 29 and March 1.
Rensselaer finished the 2006-07 season with an overall record of 10-18-8, including a 6-11-5 league mark. The 2007-08 Engineers return 17 players from that team, including ten forwards, four defensemen and three goaltenders.
2007-08 SCHEDULE NOTES: The Engineers' annual Red/White Game is October 6 at 5pm, followed by the annual Skate with the Engineers at 7pm . Rensselaer plays 14 non-league games, including six at home . RPI's game against Bentley will be the first between the two schools . The Engineers' earliest start date when including exhibition games is October 7 (2006 vs. York & 2005 vs. Ottawa) . Rensselaer is making its second appearance in the Icebreaker Tournament (2002-03) . The Xcel Center is the home of the Minnesota Wild of the NHL . RPI's game against Minnesota will be its first against the Gophers since Rensselaer's most recent NCAA Tournament appearance (1995) . The Engineers last played Boston College in 1997 and Michigan in 1986 . Minnesota, Boston College, Michigan, St. Lawrence, Alabama-Huntsville, Notre Dame, Miami, Massachusetts, Maine and Clarkson all played in the 2007 NCAA Tournament . RPI has won ten straight games against Army . The Engineers are 4-0-0 all-time on Black Friday . Rensselaer's meeting with American International will be its first against the Yellowjackets since 1972 . RPI is 19-1-0 all-time against AIC . The Engineers have faced Colorado College just once – 54 years ago (Jan. 30, 1954). The St. Pete Times Forum is home to the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL . Rensselaer and Union play a home-and-home series for the third straight season . RPI is 1-0-0 in the Big Red Freakout! against Princeton. Based on the known opponents, the Engineers play one game against a Hockey East foe, two games against a CCHA opponent and WCHA teams, four against Atlantic Hockey and 24 against ECAC teams. Rensselaer plays two games on Tuesdays, 15 on Fridays, 17 on Saturdays and two on Sundays . The Engineers play seven regular season games in October and November, six in December, seven in January, eight in February and one in March . RPI's longest home stretch is three games (twice) and its longest road stretch is also three games (also twice). Rensselaer plays 25 games in New York, two in Connecticut, Florida and Minnesota and one each in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Rhode Island . The ECAC Playoffs run from March 7 to March 22, beginning with the best-of-three first round match ups March 7-9. The league semi-finals and finals are March 21-22 at the Times Union Center. The NCAA Tournament runs from March 28 to April 12. One of the regionals will be held at the TU Center with Rensselaer and ECAC Hockey serving as hosts . RPI would play at the Times Union Center should it qualify . The 2008 Frozen Four is at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Of the Engineers' returnees, seven will be seniors, five will be juniors and five will be sophomores . All RPI's games are broadcast live on WRPI, 91.5 FM, and http://www.wrpi.org . All home games will be webcast by B2 Networks.