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RPI Misses Wake-up Call

Engineers' Rally Not Enough to Salvage Opener

By Andy Nesbitt

Albany Times Union, October 13, 2001

BOSTON - RPI rallied from a five-goal deficit in the third period but ran out of time, losing 6-5 to Boston University in its season opener.

The Engineers were down 6-1 midway through the third period, but a hat trick by Marc Cavosie of Cohoes turned things around. RPI nearly forced overtime, but Ryan Shields' shot from 8 feet hit the post as time expired.

"We came in (to the third period) inspired to play our game because we hadn't done that yet," Cavosie said. "And hopefully, that is the team we are going to see (for the rest of the season)."

BU scored two quick goals to open the third and push its lead to 6-1. Sophomore Nathan Marsters (35 saves), RPI's reigning team MVP, was pulled after the final Terriers goal, but if it wasn't for his early play, a comeback wouldn't even have been conceivable.

"He kept them at bay," said RPI coach Dan Fridgen, whose team had won its three previous meetings with BU. "He made some outstanding plays."

After a handful of penalties to both teams, including a game disqualification for Engineers defenseman Scott Basiuk (the sophomore will miss RPI's home opener next week as a result), RPI finally started to play aggressive hockey.

"I thought the first 40 minutes we just stood around and watched them play," said Fridgen, whose team was outshot 54-19. "They have a real good team and great team speed. They just beat us to the puck."

Cavosie started the comeback with his second goal of the game, scoring short-handed with 10:30 remaining. Shields cut the deficit to 6-3. Things really got interesting when Matt Murley scored another short-handed goal at 15:55.

With backup goalie Kevin Kurk pulled for extra skater, Cavosie blistered a slapper from the point that found its way through traffic and into the back of the net, setting up a dramatic ending.