After a tough 3-1 loss to open the season on Thursday night, the Eagles return to the ice today to take on RPI in their home opener at Conte Forum. Without A Peer, one of many excellent websites covering RPI hockey, chatted with us to preview the matchup.
BCI: Overall, RPI's 18-14-5 record was good, but not great, last season. But there are some pretty high expectations this year thanks to the Engineers' solid performance in conference play, going 12-7-3 and finishing 2nd to Quinnipiac. How do you feel about RPI's returning talent this year? Is RPI ready to make a run at the NCAA tournament?
WaP: The good, not great result was due to the tale of two seasons last year - RPI was terrible in October and November, and practically unstoppable afterwards once Jason Kasdorf became a revelation in net. The Tute went 11-3-1 to end the regular season and if it hadn't been for an upset loss to Brown in the playoffs, probably would have been an NCAA team. Realistically, last season ended mostly quite well. The good news in Troy is that almost everyone who made last year's team successful is back. This is a team that's not going to overwhelm you in any facet of the game, but they're good at practically everything.
BCI: Who in red should BC fans be keeping an eye on Sunday?
BCI: Do you have any predictions for Sunday's game?