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Cavosie Takes a Bow

RPI Senior Shines in Last Home Hockey Game

By Buzz Gray

Albany Times Union, March 2, 2003

TROY - Four years is a long time to live in a shadow. So imagine the feeling when the spotlight finally finds you.

Eric Cavosie knows. The senior forward from Cohoes took a long, slow skate by himself around the Houston Field House ice Saturday night after playing his final college hockey game there for RPI. He bent low over his stick and let the moment linger.

Cavosie had just led the Engineers to a 4-2 triumph over Vermont in what was easily the best game of his career. The left wing scored two goals, including the game winner, and assisted on another as RPI wrapped up its regular season before meeting Union in Schenectady in next weekend's ECAC tournament.

In one night, Cavosie scored more goals than he did in his 120 previous games combined. The former standout at Albany Academy had gone 97 contests since his last and only goal in college. That too was a game winner, coming on Oct. 28, 2000 against Army.

However, Saturday's showing was much more personal for Cavosie. He played three of those years with his brother, Marc, who skipped his senior season to turn pro and now skates in the Minnesota Wild's organization. Marc Cavosie, the ECAC scoring leader a year ago and former member of the U.S. national junior team, is a bona fide star. Eric, meanwhile, had become the forgotten one.

"It made it extra tough because he (Marc) is my younger brother," Eric Cavosie said. But a lot of that hurt evaporated Saturday when RPI coach Dan Fridgen decided to put Cavosie on the power play.

"After a lot of thought, I just had a hunch," Fridgen said. "You know, Eric does this sort of thing in practice. He's certainly capable of scoring goals. He's just never been able to do it (in games)."

That changed quickly when Cavosie backhanded a puck under the crossbar 7:40 after the opening face-off during a power play.

"We couldn't be happier for him," said teammate Nolan Graham, another senior playing in his final game at Houston Field House. "Did you see what he (Cavosie) did on my goal (another power play effort at 10:20 of the second period)? He held down the defenseman's stick so I could get the shot off."

Cavosie, playing in front of his parents and other family members, scored what proved to be the game winner at 6:59 of the third period when he whistled a screaming shot from the left circle under the roof netting of the cage.

"I do have a nice shot," Cavosie admitted modestly. "I've just never been able to transfer it to games."

Instead, Cavosie has specialized in killing off penalties, shutting down the other team's top gun.

"I define character by what you are when nobody is looking," Fridgen said. "Eric is always working, always trying to improve himself, even when coaches are not around."

Cavosie revealed a telling cartoon in his locker after the game. It's a drawing of a large bird in the act of swallowing a little frog. Although the frog's head is already inside the giant bill of the bird, its tiny arms are wrapped around the fowl's neck in one last bid to choke it. Underneath are the words, "Don't ever give up."

Cavosie welled up with emotion when asked about the cartoon.

"It belonged to my grandfather before he died," Cavosie said. "I always liked it. I just put it up on the locker a little while ago."

On Saturday, Cavosie did his best to resemble that frog.