TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – When you beat the top-ranked team in the country, people take notice.
The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hockey team swept the ECAC Weekly Awards on the heels of a 2-1 win over Boston College over the weekend.
Junior Riley Bourbonnais scored both goals in that game. He was named the Player of the Week on Tuesday. Freshman Evan Tironese, who assisted on both scores, earned Rookie of the Week status.
Senior Jason Kasdorf stopped 36 shots in that win plus picked up 35 saves in the Engineers loss on Friday. He was dubbed the Goaltender of the Week.
According to head coach, Seth Appert, Kasdorf is the fuel that keeps the engine going. Kasdorf will be leaned on heavily this year and will have to deliver for RPI to continue its success.
“Well, he’s gonna play well,” Appert said. “I don’t even worry about that. Like really, there wasn’t one second heading into this year or over the summer that I was worried if Jason Kasdorf was going to play well. When Jason’s been healthy in his time, he’s proven he’s one of, if not the, best goalie in the country.”
With that vote of confidence, Kasdorf will now lead RPI more than 4,000 miles northwest to Alaska for the Brice Alaska Gold Rush Tournament. The team leaves on Wednesday, and the first game is on Friday.