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RPI Takes Tie in Second Match

Team Just Misses Sweep Against Bowling Green

By Matt Graves

Albany Times Union, January 20, 2002

TROY - Former RPI coach Buddy Powers didn't want to leave Houston Field House empty-handed, but his team had to work overtime to make sure he didn't.

Bowling Green, Powers' team for the past eight seasons since leaving Troy, salvaged a 2-2 overtime tie in the finale of a two-game, non-league weekend set with the Engineers Saturday night in front of 2,964 fans.

Ryan Wettenberg converted an RPI defensive lapse into a breakaway goal at 1:42 of the third period, and neither team was able to break the deadlock.

The Engineers, who won the first game 3-0, had numerous scoring chances late in the third and again in the five-minute extra session. Their best shot came from Marc Cavosie, who scored RPI's first goal to tie the game at 1 on a five-on-three power play. The Cohoes native was stopped on a breakaway with under three minutes to play in regulation by Masters, who came in after starter Jordan Sigalet had to leave in the third period with an injury.

"I thought both teams played better tonight than they did last night," Powers said. "I thought it was a much more entertaining hockey game. Both goaltenders made some big stops, especially (Tyler) Masters near the end of the game when Cavosie got the long pass up the middle. That saved the game."

It might have ended much earlier, but an apparent goal by Matt Murley at 6:30 of the second period was called no goal by the referee, although the puck clearly crossed the goal line.

"Quite frankly, I don't think he saw it," said RPI coach Dan Fridgen. "He was kind of scrambling for an answer, and the one he gave me was there was somebody in the crease. They make the calls and you live with it. I knew we were gonna be in trouble when he didn't call it right away."

The Engineers (8-9-3 overall) took their first lead at 9:02 of the second period on their second power-play goal of the game. Carson Butterwick banged in the second rebound near the left post off a shot by Murley from outside the right circle less than three minutes after Murley's no-goal.

As had been the case in all three games this week, the Cavosie-centered line has produced the lion's share of the RPI offense - a fact not lost on Powers.

"We've played a lot of games against a lot of different teams," the Falcons (4-10-3) coach said. "Butterwick, Cavosie and Murley - that's as good a line as we've played against, and that includes Michigan State, Denver and Maine. Those guys are dominant on virtually every shift they have."

The visitors got on the board first only 2:26 into the game when Steve Brudzewski picked up a loose rebound at the right goalmouth and had the entire half of the net open.

RPI evened matters after Bowling Green got back-to-back penalties. Cavosie blasted a shot from between the circles at 3:22 of the first for his 12th of the season.

Murley and Cavosie accounted for all four goals in the 5-4 Union loss, then two of three in the win over Bowling Green on Friday.