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Freshman Looks Sharp in Goal

By Jon Paul Morosi

Albany Times Union, December 5, 2004

BOSTON - Freshman Jordan Alford was in goal for RPI on Saturday night, only his fourth start in the team's past 13 games.

The reason? "Gut instinct," coach Dan Fridgen said.

Alford turned in a 13-save performance in the 2-1 loss to Harvard, allowing only one screened goal and another off a rebound. This after a 17-save shutout of Air Force in his most recent previous game.

Fridgen said afterward he is "not even thinking about" openly naming Alford or senior Andrew Martin as the clear-cut No. 1 goalie.

Martin played Friday, when RPI's 3-0 lead turned into a 3-3 tie. He made two crucial saves in the final minute of overtime.

The previous weekend Alford and Martin combined to allow one goal in two games.

"You just have to play when you get called upon, and give it your best when you get the playing time," Alford said. "Andrew's playing great. He's playing solid. I'm just going to go in when I get called upon."

Alford began his RPI career 2-0-1 after starting three consecutive nonconference games, the last Oct. 19 at Northeastern. He is 1-2-0 in four games since.

Notes: The Engineers play twice more before breaking for the holidays, against Providence on Wednesday and Boston University on Saturday. Both are at Houston Field House ... One night after scoring his first career goal, RPI defenseman Jake Luthi fell ill and missed Saturday's game.