This week’s athlete of the week is sophomore forward Riley Bourbonnais of men’s ice hockey. Before this past weekend’s action, Bourbonnais had tallied two assists in his college career, but no goals. However, in the anticipated Black Friday matchup against the Dutchmen of Union College on Halloween night, Bourbonnais broke out, scoring the first three goals of his career to help the Engineers defeat the defending national champions 6-1.
The hat trick was the first of the season for Rensselaer. Bourbonnais’ two early goals gave the underdogs the cushioned 3-goal lead they needed to pull off the opening game upset. Congratulations to Bourbonnais and men’s hockey for their sweep of Union to start their Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference season.