Special Games

  • Big Red Freakout
  • Blackout!
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    Big Red Freakout

    The annual, time-honored tradition of the Big Red Freakout began at RPI in 1978 to boost enthusiasm for the hockey team. Each year a cherry (red) and white gift is given out to all the fans in attendance. To those not associated with RPI, this game is best known for producing the NCAA "RPI Rule" which prohibits artificial noisemakers from being used during a game. The 1987 game versus Brown, which saw horns given out as the gift, was the impetus for the rule.

    RPI Record: 22-16-5 (.570)

    YEAR DATE OPPONENT RESULT GIFT
    1978 Feb. 25 New Hampshire W 6-5 (ot) Hat
    1979 Feb. 24 Boston College W 9-7 Pom-Pom
    1980 Jan. 19 New Hampshire L 2-3 (ot) Bell
    1981 Feb. 21 Boston College L 1-4 Rattle
    1982 Feb. 6 Cornell L 4-7 Pennant and Cricket
    1983 Feb. 12 St. Lawrence W 8-1 Horn
    1984 Feb. 11 St. Lawrence W 10-2 Bell
    1985 Feb. 9 Yale W 8-2 Applause Jaws
    1986 Feb. 1 St. Lawrence L 0-3 Megaphone
    1987 Feb. 7 Brown W 8-3 Horn
    1988 Jan. 30 Clarkson L 5-6 Towel
    1989 Feb. 4 Yale L 4-5 Bandanna
    1990 Jan. 27 St. Lawrence L 4-5 Pom-Pom
    1991 Feb. 2 Brown W 4-2 Megaphone
    1992 Feb. 8 Vermont T 2-2 (ot) Balloon
    1993 Feb. 6 Brown W 5-2 Glove
    1994 Feb. 12 Vermont T 2-2 (ot) Rattle
    1995 Feb. 25 Brown W 6-1 Bandanna
    1996 Mar. 2 Princeton W 4-1 Megaphone
    1997 Feb. 1 Brown W 9-1 Pom-Pom and Puck
    1998 Jan. 31 Union T 3-3 (ot) Foam Bat
    1999 Feb. 20 Dartmouth W 8-3 Flag
    2000 Feb. 5 Dartmouth W 2-0 Goalie Mask Car Sign
    2001 Feb. 3 Vermont T 2-2 (ot) Foam Hockey Stick
    2002 Feb. 9 Clarkson W 4-3 (ot) Puckman Beanie Baby
    2003 Feb. 8 Brown W 4-3 (ot) Thunderstick
    2004 Feb. 7 Clarkson W 4-2 Pennant
    2005 Feb. 12 Brown W 3-2 Foam #1 Finger
    2006 Feb. 11 Brown W 4-2 Foam Goalie Mask
    2007 Jan. 20 St. Lawrence T 3-3 (ot) Tuque
    2008 Feb. 2 Princeton L 0-4 Baseball Cap
    2009 Feb. 14 Yale L 1-4 T-Shirt
    2010 Feb. 20 Princeton L 0-7 Scarf
    2011 Jan. 29 Yale W 5-2 Gloves
    2012 Feb. 4 Colgate L 3-8 Cinch Sack
    2013 Feb. 2 Dartmouth W 3-0 Tuque
    2014 Feb. 8 Brown W 4-1 Folding Seat Cushion
    2015 Feb. 14 Yale L 1-4 Blanket
    2016 Feb. 6 Clarkson L 2-4 Mittens
    2017 Feb. 18 Quinnipiac L 3-7 Tuque
    2018 Feb. 24 Colgate L 2-5 Socks
    2019 Jan. 26 Yale L 2-3 Cinch Sack
    2020 Feb. 1 Vermont W 1-0 Scroll Sign

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    Blackout!

    An annual tradition at RPI encourages fans to wear black to the game as the team dons special black jerseys for the event. During the game the public can bid on the game jerseys, with the high bidders receiving the jerseys at the conclusion of the game. This game was originally known as Black Friday, but as the game bounced around the days of the week it eventually became known by its current name.

    RPI Record: 10-5-2 (.647)

    YEAR DATE OPPONENT RESULT
    2003 Nov. 14 (Friday) Vermont W 7-1
    2004 Nov. 5 (Friday) Clarkson W 5-3
    2005 Nov. 11 (Friday) Quinnipiac W 4-2
    2006 Nov. 3 (Friday) Princeton W 4-3 (ot)
    2007 Nov. 2 (Friday) Yale T 1-1 (ot)
    2008 Nov. 7 (Friday) Harvard W 3-2
    2009 Nov. 6 (Friday) Yale W 5-2
    2010 Nov. 13 (Saturday) Union W 4-3 (ot)
    2011 Nov. 11 (Friday) Yale L 0-2
    2012 Nov. 2 (Friday) Union L 2-4
    2013 Oct. 29 (Tuesday) Harvard T 3-3 (ot)
    2014 Oct. 31 (Friday) Union W 6-1
    2015 Oct. 31 (Saturday) Union W 3-2
    2016 Oct. 28 (Friday) Union L 1-4
    2017 Oct. 28 (Saturday) Union L 2-4
    2018 Oct. 26 (Friday) Union W 5-3
    2019 Oct. 26 (Saturday) Union L 1-2