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BU Drops RPI in Final

Engineers Muster Little in Tourney Title Game

By J.P. Slinger

Albany Times Union, October 13, 2002

MADISON, Wis. - It started out so promisingly for Nathan Marsters.

Marsters, RPI's junior goaltender, made three spectacular saves less than five minutes into the game following a Boston University 2-on-1 rush. Included in that flurry was a kick save, a glove save and a flop save, all within a five-second span.

But the Terriers soon solved Marsters and scored three times in the first period en route to a 5-1 victory Saturday night in the championship game of the University of Wisconsin's Ice Breaker Invitational at the Kohl Center.

The host Badgers defeated Northern Michigan 4-3 in the third-place game earlier in the day.

Marsters was making his first start of the season after teammate Kevin Kurk got the nod in Friday's opener. Kurk played spectacularly in the 5-1 victory against Wisconsin.

Not that anyone was pinning the loss on Marsters' shoulders, though. His teammates gave him virtually no offensive support, putting only 12 shots on goal the entire game. Marsters faced 41 shots, a full day's work.

One of the Engineers' big questions heading into the season was whether they would find enough offense after losing last season's top two scorers, All-Americans Matt Murley and Marc Cavosie, the ECAC Player of the Year. Those two combined for almost 40 percent of the team's goals (47 of 120).

RPI (1-1) put only eight shots on net in the first two periods. The Engineers weren't helped by the absence of junior defenseman Scott Basiuk, who sat out Saturday after getting a goal and two assists in the win over Wisconsin.

Despite the minimal first-period offense - three shots on goal - the Engineers threatened to make a game of it early in the second period, scoring just 38 seconds in on a power-play goal by defenseman Danny Eberly. His shot, taken from low on the left point, went over the shoulder of BU goalie Sean Fields, hit the right top corner of the goal and dropped in.

But whatever momentum RPI might have grabbed from that goal quickly was erased. The Terriers (2-0) came back with their own power-play score less than three minutes later to make it 4-1.

The BU victory was the 1,200th in its storied history.