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RPI Stages Another Comeback

For Second Straight Game, Engineers Erase Two-goal Deficit and Win

By Matt Kalman

Albany Times Union, October 22, 2005

BOSTON - His play in last week's comeback win from a 2-0 deficit against Michigan Tech earned RPI goaltender Mathias Lange a second straight start last night.

So the freshman rewarded Engineers head coach Dan Fridgen's faith with a repeat performance.

The native of Austria made 29 saves, as the Engineers stormed back from a two-goal deficit and topped Boston University 3-2 in a nonleague contest at Agganis Arena.

RPI (2-2-0) was outshot for the fourth time in four games - this time 31-13. But Lange was up to the task, even against a band of talented, fast BU forwards.

"For me, it's basically the same game. I just try to stop the puck," said Lange, who stopped 25 shots in the 4-3 win over Michigan Tech on Oct. 15. "I try to let the puck hit me and try to hold on to it."

Kevin Croxton capped the comeback 5:41 into the third period. He carried Jonathan Ornelas' feed into the BU zone and eluded defenseman Dan Spang before he beat BU netminder John Curry with a backhand into the top corner.

"I think (the win) will do a lot for us in the upcoming games," Lange said. "A win against BU is obviously huge. It's huge for any team. And I think we'll build off of it."

Croxton's goal was indicative of the Engineers' ability to exit their own zone cleanly after they'd struggled for about a period and a half in that task. The tying goal was also a product of the Engineers' crisper passing, as Ryan Swanson hit Kevin Broad with a long pass and the junior winger beat Curry high 2:05 into the last stanza.

"Especially when you're breaking out against BU, if the pass isn't on the tape, they're going to be jumping on it," said Fridgen, who now has 199 career victories. "Basically, they were beating us to the puck in our end of the rink on the breakout. We weren't really putting the pass on the tape. They were jumping, moving their feet. And then we got our feet going and I thought we were fine."

The Terriers (1-1-0) had won the previous five meetings with RPI and seemed on their way to a sixth when they outshot the Engineers, 14-4, in the opening session. However, they held only a 1-0 lead on a goal by John Laliberte.

BU extended to a 2-0 margin 1:19 into the second before Alexander Valentin evened the score at 7:46. During that period, BU coach Jack Parker thought his team changed its style.

"We were all-out offense and we were caught up ice," Parker said. "I don't think I've been associated with a BU team that's given up so many odd-man rushes."