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RPI at Union: Pregame Notes and Line Combinations

Friday night marks the first game of a home-and-home weekend series between Capital District rivals RPI and Union.

Daniel Carr became the leading goal scorer in Union program history two weekends ago.
Daniel Carr became the leading goal scorer in Union program history two weekends ago.
J. Meric

Schenectady, NY -- Welcome inside Messa Rink at the Achilles Center on the campus of Union College for tonight's ECAC contest between the Engineers and the Dutchmen. RPI has not defeated Union since November 13, 2010 when Seth Appert's team beat Union, 4-3, at the Houston Field House.

Let's take a look at some key figures and stats in tonight's game:

  • RPI is 6-0-2 when junior Ryan Haggerty scores a goal and 4-0-1 when Brock Higgs finds the back of the net.
  • Union is 3-1-1 when Colin Stevens plays in net compared to 1-2-1 when he does not play.
  • Union is actually better on the road. Rick Bennett's team is 2-0-1 away from Messa Rink. RPI is 3-2-0 on the road so the Engineers are better on home ice.
  • The only major statistical category that RPI has a significant advantage over Union in is the penalty kill. RPI's PK is ranked third in the ECAC compared to Union's that is ranked seventh.

Breaking Down the Matchup


Rensselaer Union
Record 6-2-2, 2-1-1 ECAC 4-3-2, 3-1-0 ECAC
Road/Home Records 3-2-0 (Away) 2-3-1 (Home)
Goals Per Game 4.10 (1st) 3.78 (3rd)
Goals Against Per Game 2.20 (4th) 2.78 (5th)
Power Play Percentage 24.4 (4th) 21.3 (5th)
Penalty Kill Percentage 84.2 (3rd) 80.0 (7th)
Top Scorer Ryan Haggerty (13-2--15) Daniel Carr (6-7--13)
Starting Goaltender Scot Diebold (1.78/.933) Colin Stevens (1.96/.900)

RPI

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Matt Tinordi Brock Higgs Johnny Rogic
Mike Zalewski Matt Neal Ryan Haggerty
Jacob Laliberte Mark McGowan Zach Schoeder
Jimmy DeVito Mark Miller Milos Bubela

Left Defense Right Defense
Guy Leboeuf Phil Hampton
Curtis Leonard Chris Bradley
Luke Curadi Parker Reno

Goaltenders
Scott Diebold
Jake Soffer

UNION

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Daniel Carr Eli Lichtenwald Matt Wilkins
Cole Ikkala Mark Bennett Sam Coatta
Matt Hatch Mike Vecchione Nick Cruice
Daniel Ciampini Max Novak Michael Pontarelli

Left Defense Right Defense
Shayne Gostisbehere Jeff Taylor
Mat Bodie Charlie Vasaturo
Matt Krug Sebastien Gingras

Goaltenders
Colin Stevens
Alex Sakellaropoulos
Dillon Pieri

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