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ECAC Honors RPI Players

Troy Record, October 15, 2002

TROY - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's season-opening victory at Wisconsin has earned the Engineers some individual awards.

Junior defenseman Scott Basiuk has been named Player of the Week by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

Junior goalie Kevin Kurk, who posted the 5-1 win at Wisconsin with 30 saves, was named Goaltender of the Week.

The hard-shooting Basiuk set up the Engineers' first two goals against Wisconsin and scored the finale.

He sent a pass from the mid-right slot onto the stick of Mikael Hammarstrom, who flicked it into the net from the left goalmouth.

Later in the first period, Basiuk's headman pass led to Ben Barr's tie-breaking goal.

Basiuk got the puck ahead to freshman defenseman Keith MCWilliams.

The rebound of MCWilliams' hard shot from the right came right to the stick of Barr, who flipped it into the half-open net.

Late in the game, Basiuk, a Prince Albert, Sask. Native, completed the scoring on a blast from the point on a power play.

The victory put the Engineers into the championship game of Wisconsin's Ice-Breaker Tournament, where they were beaten by Boston University, 5-1.

Kurk, a native of Orchard Park, made a number of spectacular saves early in the Wisconsin game when the Engineers had continued trouble clearing the puck. He had 13 saves in the first period.

Kurk, who did not play on Saturday night, is now 9-6-2 with a 2.94 goals against average in 22 career games at RPI.

Also, RPI freshman defenseman Brad Farynuk was named to the ECAC's Weekly Honor Roll.

The Enderby, B.C. native made his first collegiate hockey weekend a memorable one, with two assists against Wisconsin and by being named to the All-Tournament Team. He was Rensselaer's lone selection to the team.

The Engineers (1-1-0) will make their home debut on Friday night (7 p.m.) when they will host UMass-Lowell at the Houston Field House.

Rensselaer, under nine-year coach Dan Fridgen, has won five straight home openers.

The Engineers travel to Amherst to meet the Minutemen of UMass at 5 p.m. Sunday.