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RPI Keeps Attacking, Gets Two-goal Win

Iona Goalie Fraser Stops 45 Shots, but Engineers Prevail, Go to 4-4

By Buzz Gray

Albany Times Union, November 25, 2001

TROY - Patience and persistence proved as important as RPI's power play. The combination finally paid dividends for the Engineers Saturday night as they used two late goals to post a 3-1 victory over Iona.

"He played an outstanding game for them," RPI coach Dan Fridgen said of Iona goalie Mike Fraser. "We pretty much dominated them as far as shots went. But he (Fraser) stood tall."

The Gaels' netminder stopped 45 shots to keep the Engineers at bay in the first meeting ever between the two Division I programs. Iona, from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, played RPI even on the scoreboard for most of the game.

It wasn't until Marc Cavosie scored on a power play in the third period that the Engineers (4-4) took their first lead.

"You just keep firing at him and hope he eventually lets one in," Cavosie said of his wrist shot that eluded Fraser during an RPI man advantage at 4:37 of the third. "He had a good glove all night so I aimed lower, near his pads."

It was Cavosie's team-leading sixth goal and proved to be the game-winner for the Engineers who played their sixth non-ECAC game of the season.

"We've played teams from just about every league," Fridgen said. "It was important for us reach .500."

Freshman Nick Economakos gave RPI an insurance goal with less than five minutes to play when he took a pass from Jim Henkel and flipped it over Fraser.

"It was a good way to score your first (collegiate) goal," Fridgen said of Economakos' tally. "He waited for the goalie to go down and then roofed it. That was an instinctive play."

Economakos was simply happy to get it over with.

"I didn't need the escalating pressure of scoring my first one," he said. "Jim (Henkel) made it easy for me. I like playing (on a line) with him. I hope I continue."

Iona (5-4-1), which dropped its fourth game in the last five, was unable to mount any sustained pressure against the Engineers in the final two periods.

"I thought we worked out system better," Fridgen said. "We were more physical."

Despite a scoreless second period, the Engineers swarmed Iona's zone, but were unable to finish on any of their 16 shots. Fraser emerged as the difference by repeatedly turning back RPI shooters. Some Engineers, like Eric Cavosie, were stymied on a breakaway. Others, like Carson Butterwick and Nolan Graham, were denied on a dangerous 2-on-1.

The Gaels broke on top when freshman Brent Williams notched his sixth goal in just his seventh collegiate game. A rising slap shot from the right circle was too hot to handle for RPI goalie Nathan Marsters.

RPI made it 1-1 with a tally in the final minute of the first period. Ryan Shields, standing in the slot, tipped Scott Basiuk's shot from just inside the blue line.