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RPI Engineers a Victory

Seldom-used Goalie Sparks Much-needed Win

By Bill Arsenault

Albany Times Union, January 19, 2002

The Engineers, who hadn't won a game in 2002, broke the string with a 3-0 victory over Bowling Green before a crowd of 2,803 Friday night at Houston Field House.

RPI, which is just 2-6-2 in Eastern College Athletic Conference play, lifted its overall record to 8-9-2 and has a chance to get even when it meets the Falcons again here tonight at 7.

It was Palmer's first college start despite being an Engineer for four seasons.

"I thought Jimmy did a great job," Dan Fridgen said of the 6-foot, 180-pounder. "I was really holding my breath and when I saw how tired he was after that first period, I decided to make a change."

Palmer had 12 saves in the first 20 minutes.

"I haven't played a full period since high school," Palmer said. "My defense played really strong."

Palmer's play inspired the rest of the Engineers.

"Palmer came up big and it gave the team a big lift," junior Marc Cavosie of Cohoes said. "I feel really glad for him. He's stuck it out all these years and did a great job when he got the chance."

Sophomore Nathan Marsters replaced Palmer to start the second period and preserved the shutout with 21 saves.

Bowling Green, coached by former RPI coach Buddy Powers, nearly scored in the opening period when Palmer left the crease to challenge Scott Hewson. Hewson ended up with a wide open shot, but Engineeers' defender Scott Basiuk used his stick to bat the sure goal away from the net.

"I wasn't sure who made that play," Palmer said. "But it sure was a great effort."

The shutout was the first of the season for the Engineers.

On the offensive end, RPI got goals from Matt Murley, Cavosie and Andrew McPherson while Carson Butterwick picked up a pair of assists.

After a scoreless first period, RPI finally got on the board when Murley tallied on a rebound off a shot by Butterwick. Murley, who had three goals against Union, leads the Engineers with 12 goals despite missing five games.

Cavosie, who had four assists against Union, scored a big goal early in the third period. It was just his second goal in nine games.

"It meant a lot to get a win under our belt," Cavosie, a former Albany Academy standout, said. "And it was nice to see that the crowd is still around cheering for us."

Fridgen also welcomed the victory, even though it was a non-leaguer.

"We could have had a letdown after the Union loss, but we had a great practice Thursday and I thought we responded well tonight," Fridgen said. "We have great leadership on this team and we have to keep working at it."

RPI currently ranks 10th in the 12-team ECAC rankings and has big home games against Vermont and Dartmouth here next weekend.

"Yeah, those will be big, but right now I'm just thinking about our game against Bowling Green," Fridgen said.