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BU Proves to Be Too Much for RPI

Engineers Are Unable to Avenge Early-season Loss

By Matt Graves

Albany Times Union, December 11, 2002

TROY - Tuesday night's game at Houston Field House was an opportunity for RPI's hockey team to even an early-season score and also prove that the Engineers could hold their own against a nationally ranked opponent, but it was an opportunity lost.

The Engineers were touched for two goals in each of the last two periods and dropped a 4-1 non-league decision to longtime rival Boston University in front of only 2,677 fans.

Four different players scored for the Terriers (9-6-2), who came into the game ranked 15th in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll.

The Engineers had plenty of incentive coming off a spirited victory over local rival Union, and they had only to recall the championship game of the IceBreaker Tournament to start the season to recharge for Boston University.

"BU handed us our you-know-whats in Wisconsin," said assistant captain Scott Basiuk. "We were looking to get them back tonight."

It was scoreless after 20 minutes, but the Terriers got on the board first at 2:18 of the second period when Frantisek Skladany tipped in a weak shot by Kenny Magowan from the right baseline.

It stayed that way until freshman Kevin Croxton took a beautiful pass from Nolan Graham and found the right corner of the net at 15:24 of the second on a power play. BU needed only 42 seconds to get the go-ahead goal when Mark Mullen walked in on Nathan Marsters and got an easy score.

"I thought that one (Croxton's goal) was going to get us going," Fridgen said. "Next shift later, and ... I just thought that overall we had too many turnovers that they capitalized on."

Despite failing to score in the first period, this was a much better start for the Engineers than their earlier meeting in the championship game of the IceBreaker Tournament at Wisconsin when BU broke out to a 3-0 lead and went on to win 5-1.

It was still a one-goal game until Matt Radoslovich scored at 10:47 of the third period, and that goal seemed to take the wind out of the Engineers' sails.

Justin Maiser converted a turnover at 17:30 with a nice individual effort, and BU had a three-goal margin even though RPI had a 12-4 advantage in shots in the final stanza.

"I thought it was a more even game than the score, especially the second and third period," said veteran Boston coach Jack Parker.

The Engineers (7-9-1 overall) will get plenty of time to recover from this loss, not playing again until their own Holiday Invitational on Dec. 28-29.