RPI goalie Kasdorf injured, out for weekend
RPI will be without sophomore goalie Jason Kasdorf this weekend when the 17th-ranked Engineers visit No. 15 Boston University on Friday and host Sacred Heart in their Houston Field House opener on Saturday.
RPI coach Seth Appert said Kasdorf suffered an upper-body injury in a pre-practice warmup drill. on Tuesday.
"There was no contact," Appert said. "Just a freak situation."
Appert doesn't know how serious the injury is yet.
"We'll know more in time over the weekend," Appert said. "We have great doctors ... and they'll, with our trainers, evaluate him and take a look at everything. We will know more details early next week."
Kasdorf, a draft pick of the Winnipeg Jets, was the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year last season after leading the Engineers to a second-place finish. He was 12-2-2 in ECACH play with a 1.39 goals-against average, a .945 save percentage and three shutouts. Overall, Kasdorf was 14-5-2 with a 1.62 GAA, a .935 save percentage and three shutouts.
He started both games last weekend, posting a shutout against Sacred Heart on Saturday and allowing six goals in a 7-2 loss to Boston College the next day.
Junior Scott Diebold will take over the bulk of the playing time. He appeared in seven games last season, going 2-4-1 with a 3.22 GAA and ,873 save percentage. In 2011-12, Diebold was 2-5-1 with a 3.22 GAA, an .897 save percentage and one shutout.
"I don't think he needs to step up. He just needs to be Scottie and do the things that Scottie does," Appert said. "He was recruited for a reason. He was recruited to be a No. 1 goalie. At the beginning of last year, he looked like he was our No. 1 goalie, and he's very capable of that."