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RPI Visits Vermont

Excerpted from "Union Finds Itself in Familiar Position"

By Ken Schott

Schenectady Daily Gazette, January 24, 2003

Rensselaer (2-6-2, 8-14-2) finds itself in an unusual spot in the ECAC standings as it faces Vermont (4-6, 7-10-3) tonight at 7 at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

The Engineers, who are 0-3-1 in their last four games, are in 11th place. However, they trail the Catamounts by two points for the final first-round home-ice spot.

They are in the same position as the Dutchmen. Sweep Vermont and Dartmouth on Saturday, and the Engineers move up in the standings. Losing twice would keep RPI mired in 11th place.

RPI coach Dan Fridgen isn't discouraged about his team's situation. He believes it has played well, even though it hasn't won since Jan. 3 against Minnesota-Duluth.

"From a coach's perspective, you're always looking to get the wins," Fridgen said. "We're doing what we need to be doing in order to get the wins, but we're not getting the wins. We just have to keep working hard."

"There's still a lot of hockey left to be played. Hopefully, we'll see dividends pay off."

Fridgen said forward Kevin Croxton, who injured his shoulder in last Saturday's 3-2 loss to Cornell, should return to the lineup tonight. Croxton leads RPI in scoring with 10 goals and 11 assists.

However, defenseman and team captain Danny Eberly remains questionable with a strained neck. Eberly was hurt last Friday against Colgate.