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One Freaky Finish!

Butterwick's OT Goal Caps Amazing Comeback as Engineers Stop Rival Clarkson, 4-3

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, February 10, 2002

TROY - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute showed many of the key ingredients often missing this season on Saturday night.

Carson Butterwick's power play goal at 1:28 of overtime capped an improbable -- and most enjoyable for the Engineers and a Houston Field House crowd of 5,117 - comeback that produced a 4-3 victory over archrival Clarkson.

Rensselaer picked itself out of a 3-0 hole, scoring three times in the third period as Marc Cavosie scored twice and set up Jim Henkel's goal to lead the Engineers.

Cavosie took a pass from Jim Vickers in the right slot and tied the game with a blast past Clarkson goalie Mike Walsh with 58 seconds remaining in regulation time.

Bewildered and angered, Clarkson's Matt Poapst took a charging penalty after the goal - a penalty that carried over to overtime.

With 16 seconds remaining in the penalty, Butterwick took a pass from Henkel in the mid slot and Clarkson penalty killer Joe Carosa slipped.

Butterwick skated down the slot and snapped one over Walsh's glove and under the crossbar, causing more bedlam than the Houston Field House has seen in a while.

The Engineers, still trailing 3-0, had to kill two minutes of a major penalty at 3:21 of the third period, and when Clarkson freshman Jay Latulippe took a penalty two minutes later, the Engineers took over.

"I thought that was the momentum changer in the game," said RPI coach Dan Fridgen. "The guys executed very well. We've believed in ourselves all along (during discouraging defeats and ties) and the guys really certainly earned that comeback win and deserve all the credit."

Defenseman Kerry Ellis-Toddington scored Clarkson's third goal and assisted on the first two.

The two points shoot the Engineers - who began the weekend 10th - into a tie for sixth place with Union in the ECAC standings, each with 15 points on a 6-6-3 record,

Currently, Colgate (8-6-2), which concludes its season at RPI in three weeks, holds the No. 5 slot - and final home-ice advantage in the playoffs - with 18 points.

And it gives the 12-10-4 Engineers a 5-1-2 mark since their 5-4 loss at Union in which they outplayed the Dutchmen.

RPI is still unbeaten in its last 12 Freakout! games at 8-0-4.

"This is the most unbelievable game I've ever been involved in," said Rensselaer co-captain Matt Murley. "It's great. What a win!"

Murley and the Engineers lost a goal late in the third period when Walsh covered a sliding puck with his glove behind the goal line.

The crowd of 5,117 roared its consternation when Walsh lifted his glove - 6-8 inches behind the goal line - revealing the puck.

So, they were owed the break they got when Carosa lost his balance.

"I definitely saw that (Carosa fall)," Butterwick said. "It looked like a 2-on-2 with Henkel and me. He (Henkel) dished it off to me. I was going to try to split them and the one guy fell so I just went to his spot and luckily I got it in the open corner."

"Carson Butterwick, unbelievable weekend (three goals, one assist)," Murley said. "Steps up for us. Everybody's been talking. 'it's Matt's and Marc's team, there are only two guys who can score.' We proved everybody wrong. Butterwick scores, Henkel's been scoring, Barnes scores last night, Barnes wins big faceoffs tonight."

Murley also said Cavosie "played the best game I've ever seen him play."

"He scored a huge goal for us (shooting the puck over a prone Walsh and a Clarkson defenseman in the net 7:17 into the final period) that really sparked us. As soon as that happened, you could feel it, that we were going to come back and make a game of it."

At 15:42, Cavosie, in the left corner, found Henkel gliding down the slot. He took his time and rifled it between Walsh's legs.

"It was wide open for me to come out of the corner," Cavosie said. "People draw to me and left Jim open."

"Sweet win," Henkel said. "It's our last Freakout. We'll probably never again play in an environment that's this hyped up and this great. Thousands of fans here who love to see us play. It's a great tradition and an awesome atmosphere. I'm definitely going to miss it."