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RPI Rallies, Defeats BU

Schenectady Daily Gazette, October 22, 2005

BOSTON - It wasnít the quantity of shots, but the quality that helped the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to a stunning win Friday night.

Kevin Broad and Kevin Croxton scored third-period goals as the Engineers, who managed just 13 shots on goal, rallied to upset 12th-ranked Boston University, 3-2, at Harry Agganis Arena.

It was the second straight win for the Engineers (2-2), who gave up 31 shots. It also gave coach Dan Fridgen his 199th career victory. Fridgen, RPIís all-time winningest coach, goes for his 200th career win Sunday when the Engineers host Army in the Houston Field House opener at 2 p.m.

RPI ended a five-game losing streak against BU (1-1). The Engineersí last win against the Terriers was Oct. 14, 2000, a 5-4 victory at Walter Brown Arena, BUís former home. Agganis Arena opened in January.

For the fourth straight game, RPI gave up the gameís first goal. John Laliberte scored with 1:51 left in the first period to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead. Brandon Yip made it 2-0 79 seconds into the second period.

Defenseman Alexander Valentin ignited RPIís comeback with his first goal of the season at 7:46 of the second period. Broad got his first of the year, beating goalie John Curry 2:05 into the third period.

Over 2 1/2 minutes later, Croxton scored his team-leading third goal of the season, backhanding a shot past Curry.

Curry was pulled for an extra attacker with 1:26 left. The Terriers had a couple of chances to score, but goalie Mathias Lange stopped them.

Lange finished with 29 saves.