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Clarkson Drubs RPI

Blowout Drops Engineers to 2-10-2 in League Play

By Cap Carey

Albany Times Union, February 2, 2003

POTSDAM - RPI goalie Nathan Marsters got a good idea what to expect before Saturday's Eastern College Athletic Conference game against Clarkson even began.

Marsters, a junior, tripped and fell as he tried to enter the ice surface at Cheel Arena prior to the pre-game introductions. He went on to give up five goals in just over 24 minutes as the Golden Knights defeated RPI 7-1 before a crowd of 3,016.

"I'd say it was a rough first period," Engineers coach Dan Fridgen said. "I'd say it was kind of indicative. The first couple of goals were bad bounces and it just continued from that point."

Clarkson (10-14-1 overall, 6-6-1 ECAC) scored just 17 seconds into the game on a slap shot from freshman defenseman Chris Brekelmans. It started a wave of scoring for a Golden Knights' team which has struggled on offense the past two seasons.

A power-play goal by co-captain Kevin O'Flaherty at 4:36 of the second period made it 5-0 and ended Marsters' evening. He was replaced by Kevin Kurk after stopping just 12 of 17 shots.

"They're disappointed, frustrated," said RPI coach Dan Fridgen, whose team fell to 8-18-2 overall, 2-10-2 in the ECAC. "But, I mean, we can't feel sorry for ourselves. Everybody has to look themselves in the mirror. We have to be responsible for it and we have to turn it around. We're having trouble scoring goals. I don't think that's a secret."

RPI's frustration showed at 16:43 of the second period when Conrad Barnes was given a five-minute major as well as a game disqualification for spearing Clarkson's Trevor Edwards.

Clarkson assistant captain Chris Bahen also was given a game disqualification following a spearing penalty at 12:02 of the third period. RPI scored its only goal of the game on the ensuing power play off a shot from freshman Chris Hussey at 16:37.