by Tim Rosenthal/Staff Writer
Head Coach: Seth Appert
2006-07 Record: 10-18-8 (6-11-5 ECAC)
Key Returnees: Jake Morissette F SR., Andrew Lord F SR., Jonathan Ornelas F SR., Jordan Alford G SR., Mathias Lange G JR., Matt Angers-Goulet F JR., Anderi Uryadov F JR., Seth Klerer F JR., Paul Kerins F SO., Garrett Vassel F/D SO., Peter Merth D SO., Christian Jensen D SO., Erik Burgdoerfer D SO.,
Key Losses: Kirk MacDonald, Oren Eizenman, Kevin Broad, Jake Luthi, Ryan Swanson
There was a new coach and a new beginning for Rensselaer hockey in 2006-07. Although the season didn't fare out as well, first-year head coach Seth Appert still saw some positives out of the players.
"There were strong positives, but also some disappointments," Appert said. "There were more positives than negatives such as establishing the culture and the improvement of the four freshmen defensemen as the season went along."
Still, there's a long way to go for an RPI squad that used to regularly win 20 games, and not too long ago, it was an NCAA team.
One of the positives was capturing the Governor's Cup in Albany, New York. The first night the team tied Union (won in a shootout), then defeated Colgate the next night.
Another positive was the overtime record; RPI played 10 overtime games and went 2-0-8.
This season RPI will look to take the next step in their process. To help them, senior forward Jake Morissette will be the captain. Andrew Lord and Jonathan Ornelas will be the assistant captains.
"They are all driven to succeed," Appert said about his captains. "They all have one year underneath their belts with the new staff."
One situation that will need to be determined before the start of the season against Bentley is goaltending. Senior Jordan Alford saw action in 17 games last year while Mathias Lange spent most of the time in net with 25 games played.
"They have both taken the offseason work seriously," Appert acknowledged. "This season should be better with the maturity from the blue line."
Another big factor heading into 2007-08 is the recruiting class. Nine members of the class of 2011 will look to come in and contribute.
"This is a real strong class," said Appert about the recruiting. "We got players such as Tyler Helfrich, who played in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and is a proven point producer. Many players are believed to get some playing time."
This year, with the four freshmen defenseman now at the sophomore level, this team should improve defensively.
"We are more talented than last year," said Appert. "We are deeper this year. However, we have a tough out-of-conference schedule with the likes of UMass, Boston College, Notre Dame, Maine and Minnesota. This should be an interesting season."