Tuesday’s ECAC Hockey game against fourth-ranked Harvard may not have been one of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute goalie Jason Kasdorf’s finest performances. He allowed six goals on 29 shots.
But the good news is that Kasdorf finally got to play.
The game was Kasdorf’s first since Nov. 25 against New Hampshire. He played the first period and made 12 saves. But during the period, he suffered a lower-body injury and missed the rest of that game. Kasdorf sat out the next five games.
Kasdorf should get the start tonight at 7 when the Engineers (6-13-1) seek to snap a six-game losing streak when they host sixth-ranked Miami (Ohio) (12-6) at Houston Field House. The two teams will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday, as well.
“It’s always nice to get some games in,” Kasdorf said at practice Thursday at the Field House. “[It was] not the result that we wanted. But it’s always nice to play.”
The Engineers had a 2-1 lead after the first period. But the Crimson exploded for three goals in a 3:33 span early in the second to take a 4-2 lead. The last two goals came nine seconds apart.
Kasdorf wouldn’t use being rusty as an excuse.
“We got a decent amount of practice before the game,” said Kasdorf, who is 6-7 with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage. “I just didn’t play great. It was just an off game for me, I think.”
RPI coach Seth Appert thought about taking Kasdorf out, but decided against it.
“He wasn’t as sharp as he normally would be,” Appert said. “I think, realistically, probably four of those goals that Jason would normally have. But Jason will get back there. He’s one of the best goalies in the country. With a little bit more practice time and game time, he’ll get back to where he needs to be.”
Saturday’s game is the annual Autism Awareness Night. The Engineers will wear special uniforms that will be raffled off to those in attendance.
In addition to raising awareness, the goal is to make the experience more comfortable for those with autism and special needs who are at the game. There will be no music over the sound system, and the goal horn will not sound as those with autism are sensitive to loud noises.
“It’s one of the neatest, most special things that we’ve been a part of in my time here,” Appert said. “It’s fantastic to be a part of something bigger than yourself.”
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