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RPI Caps Rally with Win in OT

By Tim Wilkin

Albany Times Union, February 10, 2002

TROY - For a split second, the RPI hockey team probably didn't believe what had happened Saturday night at Houston Field House. Normally, games don't end the way this one did.

RPI rallied from a three-goal deficit with just under 13 minutes left in the third period and defeated Clarkson 4-3 in overtime in front of a sellout crowd of 5,117 on Big Red Freakout Night.

"Looking back, you find yourself saying, 'wow! Did we just do that,' " said junior winger Marc Cavosie, one of the standouts for RPI. "We were down three goals and it would have been easy to give up. We wouldn't quit."

RPI (12-10-4 overall, 6-7-3 ECAC) got the game-winner from junior Carson Butterwick 1:28 into overtime. Butterwick found room as he skated down the right side and got enough on the puck to get it past goalie Mike Walsh.

RPI ended a three-game losing streak against Clarkson and also allowed the current senior class to defeat the Golden Knights for the first time at home.

Its win also gave RPI a needed boost in the ECAC standings. The victory, RPI's season-high third in a row, tied the Engineers with Union for sixth place in the league. Had RPI lost, it would have fallen to 10th in the 12-team ECAC.

Clarkson scored twice in the second period and once in the first to take a 3-0 lead.

RPI rallied as Cavosie had two goals and Jim Henkel one. Cavosie's second score came with 58 seconds left and sent the Field House into a frenzy.

"It's a little unbelievable," Butterwick said. "To win a game like this, in front of packed house ... it has to be one of the more emotional games I have ever played in. I might not be able to fall asleep until 8 a.m."

The victory also kept RPI unbeaten (8-0-4) in its last 12 Big Red Freakout games. And it might have been a game that ends up being a season saver.

"We have had some games this year when we haven't gotten any breaks," said RPI coach Dan Fridgen. "Tonight we got a few of them. You can use all the cliches you want but when you face adversity, you have to look at how you respond. And we did not pack it in. Give them all the credit."

Clarkson (11-11-6, 7-4-5) took an early 2-0 lead behind goals by Kevin O'Flaherty and Joe Carosa.