TROY, NY − With the Mayor’s Cup officially in the past, exciting college hockey is ahead of us for the remainder of the 2020 winter season.

In the meantime, the RPI men claimed their first Mayor’s Cup since 2016 and the RPI women lost their first Mayor’s Cup game. What did the final weekend against Union have to say about both the men’s and women’s teams coming into the final stretch?

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RPI celebrates winning the Mayor's Cup on January 25 at the Albany Times Union Center. 


The third annual Mayor’s Cup on the women’s side is a welcome addition to the festivities. Prior to the game, RPI Head Coach Bryan Vines spoke about the significance of giving women’s college hockey a large platform in the Capital District and its possible effect on local youth teams for girls.

A crowd of 1362 fans watched the RPI and Union women face off. Down towards the glass, it was refreshing to see that it wasn’t just parents and family there to watch, but young girls with local youth jerseys cheering on their role models.

“It completely exceeded my expectations,” said RPI Freshman Amanda Rampado. “It’s a big game with a trophy on the line, but at the same time you need to treat it like a normal game. Just get in the net and stop some pucks.”

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RPI Women's Hockey huddled prior to the start of their Mayor's Cup matchup with Union on January 25 at the Albany Times Union Center. 


The RPI Women have yet to win a game this season. Now 0-26-1, RPI has just seven games left this season to erase the zero in their win column.

Saturday night’s loss was the 15th time this season the women have been shut out.

“We’re not scoring. We will continue to work on that. It really comes down to fundamentals,” said Vines. “I don’t there are a lot of secrets in this game. I think it comes down to heart and will, and competitiveness and we need to get better there. We are young. We are learning.”


On the men’s side, RPI claims their third Mayor’s Cup. The Mayor’s Cup has not proven to be an easy task, falling to Union five times in the eight years the game has existed.

RPI is now 54-41-12 against Union (officially in the NCAA books). That record dates back to February 26, 1904. In Mayor’s Cup action they are now 3-5, with wins in 2016 (5-2) and 2014 (2-1) being the only other cups so far.

This was the first Mayor’s Cup for the senior class that includes Will Reilly, Jake Marello, Chase Zieky, Mike Gornall, TJ Samec, Todd Burgess, Shane Bear, and Patrick Polino.

“It feels great. It goes to show how hard it is to get it,” said Reilly.

“We’ve been striving for this for four years so this is a real special night for us, especially the seniors,” added Burgess.

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Will Reilly and Troy Mayor Patrick Maddon celebrate winning the Mayor's Cup at the Albany Times Union Center on January 25. 


Saturday’s Mayor’s Cup was the third to go to overtime and the second to go to a shoot out. It just so happens that it comes on the heels of last year’s shootout Union win.

Burgess and Patrick Polino scored in this year’s winner with Owen Savory not allowing Union to get on the board at all. Last year, the shoot out was deadlocked at 2-2 until Cale Maier for Union beat Savory for the win.

Though NHL games go to a shoot out after a decision can not be made in three on three overtime, the NCAA puts games down as ties after a five minute five on five. In ECAC competition, this is also the case. The WCHA, NCHC, Big Ten, and Atlantic, all use shoot outs to determine winners in conference meetings.

There have been 120 ties in NCAA Div. I Hockey this season and there have been 40 shoot outs in those conferences that do so.

“With the debate about shoot outs, I feel like I have first hand knowledge of it,” said RPI Men’s Head Coach Dave Smith. “Near the end of overtime, I told Coach Moser to put a list together. At the same time Coach Weber was putting together a list. I asked them and the first four guys were all the same and both of them only had four guys. What we all said was let’s let Save [Owen Savory] win it, or Will Reilly win it.”

And it was confirmed, no lemoneer had made either of the RPI coaches lists’.


Owen Savory is back to his original form. A slight drop off at the beginning of the season (according to some) did not get to Owen as he is back to the form he was in in last years Mayor’s Cup.

Savory is 3-0-1 in 2020 with two shutouts to his credit (Colgate and St. Lawrence) and has allowed just two goals over four games.

Savory has a .983 save percentage with a .049 goals against average in 2020. That’s unheard of.

“I don’t think I approached this year any differently but I definitely had flashbacks to last year’s game,” said Savory on going back to a shoot out. “It took overtime and it took a shoot out, but we got the cup.”

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Owen Savory on January 25 at the Albany Times Union Center in the eighth annual Mayor's Cup between RPI and Union. 


Smith and RPI have a lot of expectations for this season now. In the press conferences within the last week, Smith has specified that his is not the finish line. The Engineers still have ten games on the schedule and then the ECAC Tournament.

RPI went 3-6-2 after last year’s Mayor’s Cup, including their sweep at Yale in the first round of the ECAC tournament.

“There is still a number of weeks left in the season, but this is just one rung so let’s climb it strong,” said Smith. “If this is the finish line then we are not going to have a successful ending. This is one of the milestones in our season. It will be one of the memories the seniors have of their success at RPI, but it’s a really big win, absolutely.”

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Along with the seniors, Smith claims his first Mayor’s Cup win.

Now in year three, RPI has surpassed its win total from year one under Smith and has tied last year’s win total, and it is only January. RPI has had their most successful season since the 2015-16 where they went 18-15-7.

“It’s one of our seasons goals,” said Smith on if this is a milestone for the current state of the program. “You want to keep building, keep play, and show that consistency. I thought Union played really hard and there were moments on the bench where we had to tell the guys to turn it up again − We had some in game adversity with Union’s play, and we responded. That’s how you build successful periods, successful weekends, successful seasons. This is another experience we can draw from.”

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