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RPI Wins Home Opener

Cavosie Helps Engineers Upset Sixth-ranked Team

By Tim Wilkin

Albany Times Union, October 21, 2001

TROY - If you didn't have a program, you might not have recognized RPI forward Marc Cavosie at the start of Saturday's home hockey opener against the University of New Hampshire. But by the time it was over, the 3,985 fans at Houston Field House knew exactly who he was.

Cavosie, a junior from Cohoes, scored two goals and assisted on a third to lead the Engineers to a 6-4 win over the Wildcats, who came into the game ranked sixth in the nation.

"That was a big effort we got from Marc tonight," RPI coach Dan Fridgen said. "He is playing really well right now. All the hard work he has done over the summer is paying off for him."

Cavosie, as he has since high school, changed his number before the season started. A year ago, he was wearing No. 11. When he took the ice Saturday, it was 21. When he was a freshman, the jersey number of choice was 27.

"It's just something I have always done," he said with a shrug. "Maybe it's kind of a superstition, and I guess it has worked for me."

The uniform isn't the only number changing for Cavosie this year. In two games, he has five goals, including a three-goal effort against Boston University last week in a season-opening loss. He had 13 goals all of last year.

In the boisterous RPI locker room late Saturday night, Cavosie was accepting the backslaps and high-fives from his teammates, but the last thing he said he wants is to be labeled the go-to scorer for the Engineers.

"I would not agree that I have to be the one to score for us to win," he said. "We have other guys that can do it. If we want to be a championship team, and I think we can, we are going to need the other guys."

On this night, however, it was Cavosie that had to do it. The Engineers were clinging to a 4-3 lead with 5:49 left when they faced their stiffest test of the game.

RPI's Nolan Graham was assessed a two-minute penalty for hitting from behind, putting the Wildcats (2-1) on the power play.

Coming into Saturday's game, the Wildcats had converted on five of 14 chances with a man advantage.

Using its speed, New Hampshire buzzed around the RPI zone. It seemed like only a matter of time before the Wildcats would put the equalizer past sophomore goalie Kevin Kurk.

Cavosie picked that moment to give RPI (1-1) some room to breath.

After the Engineers cleared the puck out of their own zone, Cavosie moved into the Wildcats' zone and promptly beat goalie Michael Ayers for a short-handed goal.

"When they went on the power play, I could sense the guys on the bench were wondering if we could hold them off and pull this game out," Cavosie said. "I was just looking to play good defense and see what would happen. Someone had to step up."

Cavosie said he worked all summer to get stronger, concentrating more on nutrition. He also said he spent hours working on his shot. He had only two on net Saturday, but both went in. On the night, RPI was outshot 35-17. The Wildcats had 17 shots in the third period alone.

Cavosie's goal gave the Engineers a 5-3 cushion, and they could relax. For 15 seconds.

With 3:45 to go, Wildcat Darren Haydar beat Kurk from in close to make it 5-4. Jim Henkel's empty-net goal with 12 seconds left provided the final score.

"Marc can be a dominating player out there," said junior Carson Butterwick, who scored RPI's first goal. "He is unreal. He made a great play (on the short-handed goal). Those are the kind of plays that are huge, especially when you are killing a penalty."