|Union hopes their defense can be as imposing as they look.|
Here's to a speedy recovery to the captain of the Dutchmen!
17 Daniel Ciampini - 12 Kyle Bodie (A) - 21 Wayne Simpson
9 Daniel Carr - 7 Josh Jooris (A) - 8 Nick Cruice
19 Matt Wilkins - 18 Max Novak - 15 Matt Hatch
23 Cole Ikkala - 26 David Roy - 16 Kevin Sullivan
20 Greg Coburn (A) - 24 Sebastien Gingras
28 Shawn Stuart - 4 Tim Boyle
14 Shayne Gostisbehere - 6 Charlie Vasaturo
1 Troy Grosenick
30 Colin Stevens
31 Dillon Pieri
9 Matt Neal - 15 Jacob Laliberte - 39 Ryan Haggerty
28 Matt Tinordi - 23 Brock Higgs - 22 CJ Lee
7 Zach Schroeder - 21 Mark McGowan - 17 Milos Bubela
2 Johnny Rogic - 26 Mark Miller - 14 Greg Burgdoerfer
3 Guy Leboeuf - 29 Nick Bailen
10 Curtis Leonard - 24 Chris Bradley
5 Luke Curadi - 11 Bo Dolan
32 Bryce Merriam
34 Scott Diebold
33 Jason Kasdorf
- Bryce Merriam, (0-1-1) in 2 games this season, gets the start between the pipes for the Engineers after Scott Diebold started last night. Merriam has a .903 SV% and a 2.86 GAA in limited duty. He appeared in 31 games last year for the Engineers, and appears to be fighting for the starting job with Diebold.
- RPI also does some major line-juggling tonight: Neal, Laliberte, and Haggerty stay together as the Engineers' most potent line, but Coach Appert has shuffled some players around, especially from right-to-left. We'll see how new line combinations play in conjunction with the out-of-zone changes at Messa Rink.
- As much as things change for RPI, they stay the same for Union, except for the notable absence of captain Mat Bodie, who left last night's game early with a potentially devastating injury. The "energy line" of perpetual body-banger Cole Ikkala, David Roy, and Kevin Sullivan give the Dutchmen a very good line (not just a 4th line), while Daniel Ciampini, goal scorer from last night, sticks on the first line with Kyle Bodie and Wayne Simpson. I wonder if Kyle and Wayne ever bonded about having older brothers on the team...
- Charlie Vasaturo steps in for Bodie, and the imposing d-man will be paired with Shayne Gostisbehere. It appears that Coach Bennett prefers a balance on the blue line: wheeler-and-dealer with stay-at-home rock. Case in point: Coburn with Gingras, as well as Stuart and Boyle.
- As we noted last night, RPI went BFBS. And not the British Forces Broadcasting Service. RPI blog Without a Peer took a picture. Not bad for BFBS, but kinda looks like a big home plate.
They're back to their traditional road-reds, Union in home whites.Edit: Union in Garnet Aways tonight: