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Mistakes Do In Engineers

RPI's Miscues Prove Costly in One-goal Loss

By Matt Graves

Albany Times Union, January 14, 2006

TROY - Playing one of the ECACHL's best teams without its own best player, RPI couldn't afford to make any mistakes against St. Lawrence on Friday night. They made three, and that made the difference.

The Saints (13-7-1, 7-2-0) scored on pair of RPI defensive-end turnovers, then defenseman Brad Farynuk inadvertently kicked in another goal to help the Saints post a 4-3 victory in front of 3,024 fans at Houston Field House.

After Matt Angers-Goulet scored at 18:25 to cut what had been a 4-1 lead to a single goal, the Engineers pulled goaltender Mathias Lange in favor of an extra skater but couldn't score.

"I thought we pretty much gave them three of the four goals," said RPI coach Dan Fridgen, whose team fell to 9-10-3 and 3-3-3 in the ECAC. "Against teams like this, you can't do that."

St. Lawrence appeared to take control of the game in the middle period when RPI's second blaring defensive turnover ended up in the net off the stick of junior forward Kyle Rank at 2:47. That made it 2-1 before Charlie Giffin threw the puck from behind the RPI net right into Farynuk's skates as he was rushing back to help out. Goalie Mathias Lange never had a chance, and it was 3-1 at 15:18.

Max Taylor's rebound goal 1:48 into the third period appeared to put it out of reach, but the Engineers fought back without captain and scoring leader Kevin Croxton.

"He's a top-10 scorer in the nation," said linemate Oren Eizenman of Croxton, who severely bruised his ankle last week.

Andrew Lord tipped in a long drive from Keith McWilliams at 6:53 to begin the comeback.

"We just can't let them get a three-goal lead," said forward Kevin Broad, who tied the game at 1-1 with a power-play backhander at 10:44 of the first. "Teams like St. Lawrence and Clarkson aren't going to let you come back."

RPI's early-game woes returned when T.J. Trevelyan stole the puck in his own offensive zone, skated in and beat a defenseless Lange only 1:24 into the game. It marked the third time in the past four games that RPI had yielded a goal within the first two minutes.

Notes: The game was delayed 16 minutes in the first period when penalty box attendant Jack Fagan was injured and taken to the hospital. There was no word on his condition.