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Cavosie Does the Trick for RPI

Cohoes Native Tallies 3 Goals in Engineers Win

By Tim Wilkin, Staff wr

Albany Times Union, December 8, 2001

TROY - RPI has arguably the two most dangerous goal scorers in the ECAC in Matt Murley and Marc Cavosie. When the two of them are in uniform, the Engineers are very dangerous indeed.

RPI had just half of the dynamic duo Friday night but Cavosie more than made up for Murley's absence as he scored three times to lead the Engineers to a 4-2 win over Yale in an ECAC game at Houston Field House.

Murley, from Troy, missed his second game of the season because of the flu, something Cavosie was just getting over.

Suffice it to say that Yale coach Tim Taylor is feeling ill today, probably sick of seeing Cavosie.

"Marc is a great player in this league," said Taylor, who coached Cavosie last winter when he played for the U.S. World Junior team in Russia. "He was advertised to our players by me. No doubt about it, he was a big factor in this game."

Cavosie, from Cohoes, said he was conscious of the fact he might have to play big with Murley - a nine goal scorer himself - out.

"With Matt being out, I knew I had to bring my 'A' game," Cavosie said.

Cavosie's hat trick was the fourth of his career and second this season.

Cavosie has nine goals and 19 points and the Engineers are 2-1-1 in the ECAC and 5-4-1 overall.

Two of Cavosie's goals came in the decisive second period when RPI scored three times in a span of 1 minute and 53 seconds. After Yale had taken a 2-1 lead on a goal by Ryan Steeves at 10:46, RPI took little time to answer.

Thirteen seconds after that goal, Carson Butterwick tied it for the Engineers with his third of the year and Cavosie took over from there.

The Bulldogs had control of the puck in the RPI end and lost it. It ended up in the possession of Ryan Shields and he did the smart thing, feeding it to a streaking Cavosie, whose quick shot eluded Yale goalie Dan Lombard. That proved to be the game-winning goal at 11:46, but Cavosie still had some work left to do.

At 13:52 he made a marvelous individual effort to give RPI a two-goal advantage. Conrad Barnes found Cavosie at the Yale blue line while the Bulldogs were making a line change. Cavosie in the open ice is a living nightmare for any goaltender.

Cavosie skated in, slowed down, then, as a Yale defender attempted to defend, he put on the brakes and then zipped around him. Lombard had no chance to stop his shot and Cavosie's hat trick was complete.

"That was one of the best goals I have seen scored all season," said RPI coach Dan Fridgen.

Cavosie said early in the game he was frustrated with Yale players grabbing and clutching him. In fact, he took a slashing penalty in the opening period.

"Sure, he was frustrated," Fridgen said. "When that happens, you take it out on them by putting the puck in the net."

Cavosie's first goal came at 16:34 of the first period on a power play. It was also RPI's first shot of the night.

RPI goalie Nathan Marsters took advantage of the cushion Cavosie gave him as he kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard in the final period. He stopped all nine shots he saw in the third period and had 26 for the night.

Yale, which plays at Union tonight, is 3-4-2 in the league and 3-5-2 overall. RPI hosts Princeton tonight at 7.