Capital Land Hockey Is Among the Best in the Nation: Part II – RPI
The secret is starting to leak about two top 10 college hockey programs in Upstate New York. I let you know about Union yesterday, and now – I’m letting out the other half of the secret today with RPI.
With RPI and Union both in the top 10 (RPI #8, Union #9) in the latest college hockey polls, the Capital Region should be ready to EXPLOAD! But it’s not; people are paying more attention to the mediocre Basketball seasons going on at U-Albany and Siena. We are on the verge of having 2 teams in the NCAA Men’s tournament and all I hear are whispers. This needs to change and here is why.
The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers
First off, RPI’s Houston Field House is the best hockey venue in the Capital Region – with their Big Red Freakouts and over the top (and sometimes unwarranted) hatred for Clarkson University, this crowd is one of a kind. From their chants, to the band, Troy has more sprit than any of the Tri-Cities when the Engineers are home. With every seat seemingly filled nearly game, the energy level is enough to launch an ICBM at the Mars (just make sure the things that live there know who’s boss). If you have never been to a hockey game before, this is a perfect place to start.
This year though, the crowd is just the icing on the cake that is RPI hockey. The team itself is the show. This year they have won 4 games against ranked teams (including the #1 team in the nation) Yale. Seth Appert’s club is 6-0-1 in their last seven games. The Engineers are now flexing their might going into this ECAC weekend against Colgate and Cornell (a Saturday game on TW3 featuring Brian Sinkoff). The success comes from the players – some of which are future NHL players. Allen York (Columbus) Jeff Poss (Nashville) and Mike Bergin (Dallas) are just current examples of drafted players that provide excellence on the ice in Troy.
RPI is gathering a lot of success on the thanks to the man standing on the bench, Seth Appert. Seth is in his 5th year of leading the Engineers, and the results are apparent on the ice. Coming of his biggest season last year, leading RPI to a first round playoff win last year, now the team is set for an even better showing in this year’s playoffs.
The Engineers have 3 more weeks of regular season hockey including this weekend’s tilts against Colgate and Cornell, next weekend against Clarkson and St Lawrence, and closing out the season at home against Princeton and Quinnipiac. There are limited chances to catch one of the best programs in the country in your own back yard.
This is hockey at its finest; the ECAC has been at the forefront of college hockey for years. Do yourself a favor – grab some pocket change and head to Engineers game, there are two more homestands left in the season. Get your tickets now!