Ex-Engineer Cyr thriving at Holy Cross

Jordan Cyr believes he never got the proper opportunity to prove that he could be a consistent offen

Jordan Cyr believes he never got the proper opportunity to prove that he could be a consistent offensive contributor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute two years ago.

Holy Cross is certainly happy that Cyr isn’t with RPI anymore, because he has been a top offensive force for the Crusaders.

RPI’s struggling offense probably could use Cyr’s help. He leads Holy Cross with eight goals, and is second on the team in scoring with 13 points. Holy Cross is averaging 2.47 goals per game, better than RPI’s 1.71.

“I wouldn’t say that I’m surprised [with the results],” said Cyr, who had to sit out last season because of transferring, but could practice with the team. “I trained extremely hard in the offseason. I worked really hard on improving everything in my game that I felt needed to be brought up to speed. I think it’s the payoff of a lot of hard work.

“I wouldn’t say I was expecting anything, but I was certainly hoping for some good results and to be able to really help the team.”

In a delicious irony, Cyr could face his former team Saturday in either the consolation or champ­ionship game of the Denver Cup. In tonight’s first-round games, RPI faces Boston University, while Holy Cross faces host Denver University.

“I’m not going to lie, I have thought about the possibility of playing them, and I would be excited to,” Cyr said. “I think that would be a lot of fun. I’ve got a lot of really good friends on the team. I’m not going to say it’s redemption, per se, to go out and have a good game, or to beat those guys. But it will definitely be a lot of fun, and I would enjoy it.”

Holy Cross Paul Pearl, who was looking at Cyr two years ago, is glad to have him now.

“He, with us, is being given the opportunity to get a lot of ice time, and he’s done very well with it,” Pearl said. “He’s got a really hard shot. He’s smart. He’s good at playing angles. He’s good on faceoffs. He’s a reliable hockey player. He’s been very good for us.”

Cyr was recruited by Dan Fridgen to play for the Engineers. But before Cyr arrived in Troy in the fall of 2006, Fridgen was replaced as head coach by Seth Appert. Cyr played in just 11 games, and scored one goal.

“I would say I was never given the opportunity,” Cyr said. “It’s certainly debatable, from anyone’s perspective.”

At the end of the season, Appert dismissed Cyr from the team.

“Players earn their chances, they’re not given them,” Appert said. “You never know how things turn out in the long run because hindsight’s 20-20. I’m sure that Jordan probably feels he wasn’t given a fair chance, and I understand that.

“I can’t put my finger on why it didn’t work. All I can say that I’m very, very happy for Jordan. He’s taken advantage of the opportunity that presented itself, and he’s obv­iously played well with it.”

Cyr never understood why, and was very upset.

“I’m not going to lie, it was a very hard pill to swallow at the time, and it did take me a while to begin to move on,” Cyr said. “But it’s been the coaching staff, and the players and the whole program with Holy Cross that has given me the opportunity to move on from it completely. I think I’m better off now than I was at RPI, and I’m extremely happy to have moved on into a situation that I think is really fantastic.

“Any memories I have [from RPI] are just that. There’s no bitterness. There’s no resentfulness. I’m just happy to be gone.”


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Former Union forward Augie DiMarzo has left the St. Lawrence team.

Saints coach Joe Marsh told The Watertown Times that DiMarzo decided to leave the team after a Nov. 29 game against Boston University. He added that DiMarzo is pursuing other opportunities, including the possibility of playing with the Italian national hockey team.

DiMarzo had a goal and four assists in nine games this season.

“I feel like he never got into a real groove here,” Marsh said. “You transfer, and you have other issues to deal with. I’m not saying that his features aren’t good, but the bottom line is that it just didn’t click. The connection of school and hockey never fell into place here.”


Three ECACH teams won tournament championships this week.

u Dartmouth won its Leydard Bank Classic. The Big Green needed overtime, and three short-handed goals, to beat Army, 5-2, in the first round Sunday, and then beat Bem­idji State, 4-2, in Monday’s final.

u In an all-ECACH final, Cornell beat Colgate, 3-2, in an overtime shootout Sunday. Cornell edged St. Cloud State, 3-2, in Saturday’s first round, while Colgate took a 3-2 overtime decision over Maine.

– Quinnipiac captured the UConn Hockey Classic with a 4-2 win over Air Force, The Bobcats advanced to the final by beating Merrimack, 4-3, in overtime.

– Harvard didn’t win a game in the Badger Showdown at Wisconsin. The Crimson lost to Lake Superior State, 6-2, in the first round, and then dropped a 4-1 decision to Alabama-Huntsville in the consolation game.

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