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Murley, RPI End on a Positive Note

Senior Scores Two Goals as Engineers Win Consolation

By Buzz Gray

Albany Times Union, March 17, 2002

LAKE PLACID - As one of seven seniors, Matt Murley wanted to make his last college hockey game a night to remember. It's safe to say the star forward from Troy did precisely that on Saturday.

Murley scored two goals, including the game winner with 32 seconds remaining, to give RPI a dramatic 4-3 victory over Clarkson in the consolation game of the ECAC Championships.

"Not many teams in college hockey win their last game of the season," Murley said. "And not many college players end their careers with victories."

Murley was an intregal part of a third-period comeback which saw the Engineers wipe out a 3-1 deficit with three power-play goals.

The victory was good for third place in the ECAC Tournament for the Engineers, who came in as the fifth seed.

Selected to the ECAC's first-team all-stars, Murley was the target of a spearing incident at 5:52 of the third period. Clarkson's Adam Campana received a minor, major and game disqualification, giving RPI a seven-minute power play.

Nolan Graham scored at 8:06 to tie the contest at 3.

Clarkson coach Mark Morris could only his shake his head afterward about the pivotal point in the contest.

"I was as shocked as everybody else in the building," Morris said.

Murley, who assisted on Marc Cavosie's goal to launch the rally in the opening minutes of the third period, finished his RPI career with 74 goals and 102 assists, 12th in school history.

"He played like he was possessed out there," RPI coach Dan Fridgen said.

The Engineers finished at 20-13-4 after defeating Dartmouth on Thursday and losing to Cornell in one of Friday's semifinal games.

Six other seniors - Jim Henkel, Chris Migliore and Andrew McPherson, defensemen Jim Vickers and Hamish Cunning plus goalie James Palmer - also ended their careers.