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RPI Hockey Players Earn Weekly ECAC Honors

Bryce Merriam
Courtesy RPI Athletics

ECAC Hockey has announced its weekly award winners in men’s hockey and two Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athletes have been recognized. Marty O’Grady was named Player of the Week, while Bryce Merriam earned Goaltender of the Week honors after both helped the Engineers to a 2-0 conference weekend.

A junior from London, Ont., O’Grady helped the Engineers post two ECAC Hockey road wins as he scored three of the team’s five goals on the weekend. He had a power-play goal with two shots on goal in a 3-0 win at Brown on Friday. He then scored both of Engineers’ goals, both in the third period, as Rensselaer defeated Yale, 2-1, on Saturday. He had three shots and was a plus-2 in that game.

On the season, O’Grady has notched four goals and four assists for eight points, while playing 19 games. One of his tallies has come on the power-play, while another has been a game-winner. The former Wellington Dukes standout is third on the team with six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in 12 ECAC Hockey contests, with a power-play and game-winning goal.

Merriam, a junior netminder out of Bethel Park, Md., stopped 81 of the 82 shots he faced in 120:00 in defeating Brown and Yale last weekend. In shutting out the Bears Friday, he had 14 saves in the first period, six in the second and 16 in the third as RPI posted a 3-0 win. The next night in New Haven, he had eight first period saves, 19 in the second and 18 in the third. The only goal he allowed to the Bulldogs – and on the weekend – was an extra attacker marker with 1:42 left in the third period.

A starter in 17 of the Engineers 24 games this season, Merriam has a 5-12-0 record, with a 2.40 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. His goals against average and save percentage both rank fifth among ECAC Hockey goaltenders. In nine conference starts, the former Topeka RoadRunner has a 3-6-0 record, while compiling a 2.27 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.

Rensselaer (6-17-1; 3-8-1 ECAC Hockey) returns to home ice this weekend against North Country-rivals St. Lawrence and Clarkson on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Prior to the weekend games, which both begin at 7pm, the men’s hockey team will hold a skate with the public at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Wednesday from 6-7pm. Fans are invited to join the Engineers for skating and a chance to get autographs and photographs of their favorite players. Skating at the Plaza is free to the public with skate rentals at $3.00 (children under 12) and $4.00 (adults).

The preceding was provided by Perry Laskaris, the Sports Information Assistant for the RPI Athletic Department.

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