Men’s hockey has strong week

SOPHOMORE FORWARD MILOS BUBELA ADVANCES the puck down the ice The Engineers 11th annual Blackout Game was held against Harvard on Tuesday, October 29 ending in a 3-3 tie.

The Engineers remained at No. 10 in the USCHO.com poll after their road trip to Harvard and Dartmouth. After playing to a 3-3 tie last Tuesday against Harvard, the Red and White fell to the Crimson at Harvard over the weekend. They bounced back with a decisive 7-1 win against Dartmouth on Saturday. The win over Dartmouth gives RPI a 5-2-1 record so far this season. The Engineers have been fueled by their explosive offense, scoring three or more goals in all but their two losses and have scored six or more three times. Junior forward Ryan Haggerty is the leading scorer for the Engineers, with his efforts earning him the ECAC Player Of The Month for October. His nation leading ten goals with two game winners and four coming on the power play make Haggerty one of the most prolific goal scorers so far this season. However, RPI’s success is the result of a team effort with many other players getting in the mix. Senior Forward Brock Higgs has contributed 11 points thus far in the form of six goals and five assists. Junior Forward Jacob Laliberte leads the team in assists with seven. Through the opening part of the season, 13 players have scored for the Engineers (senior forwards Johnny Rogic, Brock Higgs, Matt Tinordi; junior forwards Ryan Haggerty, Matt Neal, Jacob Laliberte; junior defenseman Luke Curadi; sophomore forwards Mark Miller, and Milos Bubela; freshman forwards Jake Wood and Jimmy Devito; and freshman defender Parker Reno)a. The RPI fans haven’t seen sophomore goaltender Jason Kasdorf much as he has been out with an injury. However, junior goaltender Scott Diebold has been more than solid in net for the Engineers with a .946 save percentage and only allowing 1.58 goals a game. Diebold’s fantastic play in the blue paint gives the Engineers a chance to win every night. The Engineers return to the Houston Field House this Friday to play No. 15 Cornell. Cornell comes into Troy having been blanked at Quinnipiac in their last contest. The Engineers then play unranked Colgate on Saturday.

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