Summer time, and
the livin is easy. Welcome to the quiet time of the year
(least as far as RPI stuff goes). Summer is a great opportunity
to look to the future, and you'll see that theme at various
points in the Q2 Newsletter.
Hockey: Season Ends In Heartbreaker, Future is Bright
Another tough season is in the books, but the light is shining
brighter at the end of the tunnel. This season, especially
late as they became accustomed to the college game, we saw
the freshmen, Appert's first full recruiting class, take
on leading roles throughout the team on the ice. Some of
the top players on the team next season will be guys like
Helfrich, Polacek (an ECAC All-Rookie team selection), Brutlag,
and Halpern. Those names will have some company in next year's
class, which on its surface is not quite as exciting as last
year's class, it's still quite the addition to the team as
it evolves into Appert's style – and the class entering
in 2009 is already quite exciting. This upcoming season may
not be the full breakthrough, but expect more next year,
and even more the year after.
G Allen York (Camrose Kodiaks,
AJHL) – The discussion
of next year's recruits has got to begin with York. One of
the top goalies in one of the best leagues in Canada, York
is a 2007 draftee of the Columbus Blue Jackets and was sought
after by some of the top programs in the nation, including
locations known for landing top goaltending talent like Wisconsin,
Maine, and Denver. One of the reasons Denver was known for
getting good goalies was Seth Appert – so the expectations
are high for York, being Appert's first goalie recruit at
the Institute. He should come in and compete for the top
spot against senior Mathias Lange right away. Previews have
breathlessly compared York to Daren Puppa, perhaps the greatest
goaltender that has ever played at RPI.
D Mike Bergin (Smiths Falls Bears, CJHL) – Bergin is
expected to come in and pretty much be an immediate contributor
for the Engineers as the blueliners continue to evolve into
an experienced group with a good handle on the way Appert
plays hockey. Next to York, he is probably the most eagerly
anticipated recruit coming to the team next season. Like
York, Bergin is expected to come in and be a solid, and potentially
major, contributor right off the bat. He had 14 goals and
27 assists this year.
LW Patrick Cullen (Indiana Ice, USHL) – Cullen hasn't
had loads of success in the USHL – easily the top junior
league in the United States – but the experience should
be invaluable as he starts playing Division I hockey. He
was outstanding in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League, a lesser
competitive league, last season, but has struggled a little
more in the top flight USHL. He had only 8 goals and 18 assists
in 58 games. It is hoped that Cullen will come in and make
some solid contributions, and it is definitely hoped that
his time in the USHL will at least help his transition a
little bit – many of this year's recruits took some
time to adjust, especially Foss, Polacek, and Halpern, and
to a lesser extent Brutlag, because they had a pretty big
gap to cover from where they were to Division I. Cullen at
least has that high-caliber experience now.
F Alex Angers-Goulet (Langley Chiefs, BCHL) – The name
should be familiar for good reason. He looks an awful lot
like his brother, but the word is that he's faster and has
mad skills. While Matt was a Fridgen recruit, "AAG" (as
he is becoming known as in RPI circles on the Web) is supposedly
a prototype Appert recruit, possibly similar to Tyler Helfrich.
Being compared to Tyler Helfrich is certainly a good thing.
He had 12 goals and 28 assists in 44 games this season for
a talented Chiefs squad, but turned it on in the playoffs,
scoring 7 goals and 8 assists in 12 games.
LW Christian Morissette (Green Bay Gamblers, USHL) – The
name should be familiar… but he's not related to the
outgoing captain. I'm not sure what to make of Morissette
quite yet. I get the feeling he's going to be a little raw
and that's probably OK. He might see some limited time during
his freshman year but hopefully he can become a solid contributor
as time goes by. He's not big, but not too small, just right.
RW Jordan Watts (Aurora Tigers, OPJHL) – Watts is a
smaller player at 5-10 but has done a good job scoring goals
this season in the OPJHL, which is a Tier II league. Like
AAG, Watts is a good skater with Chase Polacek-like features.
If those features play out he can definitely be a big part
of this team's future success. He won the Royal Bank Cup
(the Canadian national junior championship) last season and
had a good year for the Tigers this season.
RW Justin Smith (Langley Chiefs, BCHL) – One of the
best things about Smith is the size factor that he brings.
He's 6-3 and listed at 205, which is pretty big. Hopefully
he can bring a physical aspect to the game that the team
seems to have lacked last season. Scoring-wise, he's a bit
like Cullen. He did OK in a lesser league but struggled a
bit more moving up to a top-flight junior league. With any
luck, Kevin Beauregard, who didn't play at all this year,
will get some playing time along with Smith – they
would prove a mighty duo.
D Mark Zarbo (Bentley College, AHA) – Zarbo is technically
already on the team as he finished his redshirt season this
year. As has been mentioned, he performed well in the Red/White
game last year and should boost the defense a bit even if
only in numbers. This year's corps had a hard time partially
because there were only seven of them on the roster filling
six spots every game. Now with Zarbo and Bergin coming aboard,
that helps out big time – and Zarbo's probably going
to be more than adequate at his job, too, which is even better.
Also, a third-string goalie is needed, but he probably
won't be known until the Red/White game.
Plus, a sneak peek at 2009's first three recruits…
C Jacob Laliberté (Hawkesbury Hawks, CJHL) – Prepare
to be blown away. Laliberté lit up the CJHL this season
(52 goals in 71 games) and will likely play in Alberta or
BC next season to prepare for advancement to RPI. He is small
at 5-9, but he plays the game a lot like a guy I saw in St.
Cloud this year, Ryan Lasch, who is 5-7 (barely) and was
a Hobey Baker finalist this year.
LW Matt Tinordi (Washington Jr. Nationals, Atlantic JHL) – Tinordi
is the son of long-time NHL veteran Mark Tinordi. While he's
pretty good in his own right, he may eventually be the Bryan
to Brad or the Eric to Marc (you know of whom I am talking
about, you long-term alums) when it comes time for his brother
Jarred to commit. Even still, Matt has size at 6-1 and is
projected to be a late-round NHL pick this season, so he's
RW C.J. Lee (Green Bay Gamblers, USHL) – A Staten Island
native, I really don't know much about Lee except that he's
not big sizewise. I do know that Appert has been looking
at him since last year, so he's probably pretty big on him.
Finishing up around the ECAC…
Princeton won the ECAC title, knocking off Harvard in the
title game. It was the first title game in 19 years that
did not include Clarkson, Cornell, or the Engineers. Princeton
lost to Frozen Four competitor North Dakota in the first
round of the NCAA playoffs.
Clarkson lived up to their reputation, winning the regular-season
crown only to fall in the quarterfinals of the playoffs
to Colgate. They still made the national tournament, and
I predicted drew St. Cloud State in the first round. I
thought the Huskies would further embarrass the Kniggits,
played a flat game and Clarkson snuck by. They were then
soundly dispatched by Michigan the next night.
That's it for me – I'm off to the sandbox next season.
Gary Russinko will be taking over in my stead as the men's
hockey correspondent until I return. I'm sure he'll do a
Let's go Red
(Editor's Note - Take care Tom, and come back in one piece)
Hockey: Another Season in the Books
After starting the 2008 portion of their
season with a 4-0-2 record, the women's hockey team ended
their 2007-2008 season
in disappointing fashion, going 2-6-1 in their final nine
games to finish in ninth place in the ECAC, one place out
of the playoffs. Despite the poor finish RPI wasn't eliminated
from the playoffs until the final game of the season, when
they fell 3-2 to Yale. The Engineers finished the season
with a 13-15-5 record overall, 6-12-4 in the ECAC, three
points out of eighth.
On the bright side, the ladies seem
to be closing the gap on one of the big three (Harvard,
St. Lawrence, and Dartmouth)
in the conference. RPI played two tough games against Dartmouth
this year, falling at home 6-4, despite being up 3-0 and
4-3. Then during that slide at the end season, they were
able to go into Hanover and come out with an important
1-1 tie. At the time, the tie kept RPI in the hunt for the
With the end of the season, the Engineers
say goodbye to four seniors, co-captains Brooke Thompson
and Kelly Barbera,
defenseman Ellen McNamara, and fifth-year forward Julie
Aho. In 114 career games, Thompson scored 32 goals and
assists for 64 points. Barbera and Aho both played in
119 career games, tallying seven and 49 goals respectively.
Barbera added 36 assists for 43 points while Aho contributed
for 85 points. McNamara played in a school record 121
games, accumulating six goals and 22 assists for 28 points.
should return their nine top scoring players next season.
Sophomore Whitney Naslund led the team this year
goals and a team high 14 assists for 22 points. Juniors
Melanie Guillemette and Nicole McDonald, and freshman
led the team in goals with 10 each. Guillemette contributed
10 assists while McDonald and Dunlop tallied five assists
each. Sophomore Laura Gersten rounded out the top five
in scoring with five goals and 11 assists for 16 points.
goal, junior Ashley Mayr and freshman Sonja van der Bliek
split time for the majority of the season,
and 15 games respectively. van der Bliek led the
way between the two, finishing with a 9-4-2 record, allowing
goals and had a .939 save percentage. Mayr ended
season with a 4-11-3 record, allowing 50 goals and
had a .897
At the year ending banquet, four
awards were given out. Junior Melissa Boik earned the Most
Improved Player award went to Dunlop, who finished
11th overall in points per game by a freshman.
Conway Scholar-Athlete Award, which is presented
to the player with the highest cumulative grade
over a minimum
of three semesters. The final award was the Bill
Memorial Award and the recipient was Ellen McNamara.
far seven recruits have unofficially committed to RPI for
next year. At forward, Laura Guillemette
College of Notre Dame Hounds, SFMAAAHL), Alisa
Harrison (Washington Pride, JWHL), and Jill Vandegrift
MWEHL) enter with the class of 2012. Amanda Castignetti
(Shattuck-St Mary's), Katie Daniels (Chicago
Mission, MWEHL), Kristen
Jakubowski (Northwood School, NAPHA and Syracuse
Stars U19), and Sierra Vadner (Minnesota Thoroughbreds,
the Engineer defensive corp next season.
With the 2008-2009
Hockey schedule released (subject to change), we can start
looking forward to next season's alumni events. Baring any
changes, be sure to mark the following dates on your calendar:
Band Alumni Night 6: Saturday, November 8th vs. Dartmouth
Big Red Freakout 2009: Saturday, February 14th vs. Yale
If anyone has any ideas or suggestions for either of next
season's events, please let us know!
Some end-of-semester life updates this time. First such
update comes from Mark Ghoetz. Mark's just finishing up his
year of grad school at Michigan, and will be coming back
east this summer for an internship at Harvard. Also, ex-manager
writes to us from Fresno, CA. Erica is also coming back east,
with her doctorate in hand. No word on the job hunt yet,
so for the time being Erica will be back in NJ.
Final life update for this quarter comes from our very own
Football Coordinator and ex-Conductor Mike "Can Fly" Brown.
On April 19th, Mike popped the question to long-time girlfriend
Becky. Of course she said yes, though a date has not been decided
on. Congrats go to the happy couple.
have a life update you'd like to share, please e-mail us
Hockey season has drawn to a close once again, but
surprisingly we still have quite a few events left for
the band! But
first, let’s talk about the most recent event -
Elections were held on Saturday, March 29,
and here are the results: Steve Malinski won the conductor
Leah Glover and Curtis Sheu, and Bonnie Domigan and Kevin
Schildhorn won the race for managers over…a chair.
They’ll be writing the column from here on out,
but first, some introductions from the new managers:
I'm Kevin Schildhorn and I'm going to be a junior next
year. I hope to get as many events in the year as
possible and I would like the band to become friends
with as many pep bands possible (except Clarkson obviously).
I'm Bonnie Domigan. I'm studying Chemical Engineering
and am going to be a sophomore here next year. I am really
excited about pep band next year and I hope that we have
great football and hockey seasons to play for!
The band has traveled a few times since the
last newsletter. We made a short trip to Union in January
for the Men’s
hockey game, and traveled to Harvard a few weeks later
for the Women’s game. We also traveled to Colgate-Cornell
on an overnight for the Men’s games. This year
we finished out the RPI hockey season in Yale, in a weekend
that included the eighth longest game in ECAC history,
and the longest game ever played at Ingalls Rink. We
also heard from many Yale fans how much they enjoyed
listening to our band!
The band was also asked to help
out Colgate’s band
during ECAC Championship weekend, since most of their
band was on break. And just as we thought the season
was done for us, we were hired by Niagara University
to play for a pep rally at their hotel in Albany, and
then their NCAA tournament first round game against Michigan.
other news, Accepted Students Day is coming up, and the
pep band will be playing in the morning, as well
as manning a table for the club fair as we have in the
past. Hopefully we’ll be able to recruit quite
a few people at this, since attendees for Accepted Students
day have increased greatly in the last few years.
weekends later, we’ll be playing for the
kickoff for Relay for Life, and we’ll have a team
walking all night as well! We’ve also been asked
to tentatively play “Hail” around 7:30am
the next morning at Relay, as an energizer for the morning.
That second day of Relay, April 26, is our annual Troy
Savings Bank Music Hall concert at 3pm. We’re currently
preparing for the concert, looking through some of our
more technically difficult music from both the active
set and the rest of the library. Last year was a success
and we look forward to continuing the concert series!
always, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
-Gary & Natalie
The (Ex) Managers
So, to recap:
issue: Summer time blues, football previews, PBAN6.
- Another big
thank you goes out to Sarah and Brenden for their Freakout
- Welcome Gary Russinko as the new Men's Hockey Coordinator
- RPI Pep Band Alumni and Friends would like to thank
Tom Reale for his efforts as Men's Hockey Coordinator
for the last two seasons, and looks forward to his return
for the 2009-20010 season.
- RPI Pep Band Alumni and Friends is looking for a new
Women's Hockey Coordinator. Due to personal commitments,
Yuri Koester will be stepping down once a replacement
can be found. Interested candidates should reach out
to Yuri or Chris.
- APB Wiki wants your stories and updates. If you have
something to share please be sure to post it at apbwiki.rpipepbandalumni.org
- Congratulations to new Pep Band Managers Kevin Schildhorn
and Bonnie Domigan!
- Congratulations to new conductor Steve Malinski!
- Be sure to take a look at the Message
Boards and Photo
Gallery! Both can be
accessed using the same account. To sign up, check out
the instructions in
the files section of the Yahoo Group.
- Please send
any other ideas/comments/suggestions/whatever to Chris
and Terry at email@example.com.