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Cavosie, Murley First-Teamers?

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, February 21, 2002

Will both Marc Cavosie and Matt Murley be named to the ECAC's All-Conference First Team?

Both deserve to be, but one or even both may be relegated to Second Team unless RPI continues its recent winning streak.

Cavosie has nearly run away with the conference's scoring title all season. He currently has 19 goals and 23 assists for 42 points. At 18-16-34, Murley is second.

Cavosie has scored in all but four of the 27 games in which he's played. He has a pair of hat tricks, has scored more than one point 10 times, has five multi-goal games. He's currently on a 13-game points-scoring streak and has 19 points in his last 10 games.

Murley had to fight off a case of mononucleosis in midseason, missing five games. In one seven-game stretch, which began a week after his return, the senior left winger had 16 points (7-9-16). During another stretch, he scored or assisted on eight of 10 RPI goals.

Cavosie is second in the ECAC in game-winning goals with four.

No other forward in the ECAC is having a season to compare with either Cavosie or Murley.

However, the fact that the Engineers are fighting an uphill battle for the final home ice playoffs berth, rather than battling Dartmouth, Clarkson and Harvard for second place, could hurt them.

Pollsters - even coaches - invariably lean toward winners.

Last year, St. Lawrence had two forwards - Eric Anderson and Mike Gellard - and each was quite deserving. St. Lawrence was in the race all season, though, finishing second, and had won the 2000 regular-season and playoffs titles.

Dartmouth left winger Mike Maturo (11-11-22) is the third-leading scorer in the ECAC.

Harvard center Dominic Moore, numbers-wise (10-11-21), is having a down season but is as good a player as any in the conference.

From here, Cavosie and Murley are First Team locks, with Maturo and Moore battling for the other forward spot.

Though there is a wealth of strong defensemen in the loop, it's hard to see the First Team blue line duo coming from anything but a combination of Clarkson's Kerry Ellis-Toddington, Cornell's Doug Murray and Dartmouth's Trevor Byrne.

Cornell's Matt Underhill will likely survive a late challenge from Brown sophomore Yann Danis for the First Team goaltender berth.

Second Team?

Either Moore or Maturo, whomever doesn't make the First Team, is the leading contender, along with Clarkson's duo of right winger Matt Poapst and Center Kevin O'Flaherty.

Others are Dartmouth center Kent Gillings, Harvard's Tyler Kolarik and Brett Nowak, Cornell's trio of Sam Paolini, Ryan Vesce and Stephan Baby, Dartmouth's Jamie Herrington and St. Lawrence freshman Rick Peverley.

Second team defenseman, in addition to Ellis-Toddington/Byrne/Murray will likely be Cornell's Mark McRae, Pete Summerfelt of Dartmouth, Rob Brown of Colgate, St. Lawrence's Ray DiLauro or Union's Randy Dagenais.

There are other goalies with strong numbers and with more games played, but how can you keep Danis off the Second Team (see below)?

SPECTACULAR STREAK: How good has Danis been over the last two weeks? Unbelievable.

Two weeks ago, he stopped 111 of 114 shots in wins over Dartmouth, Vermont, St. Lawrence and Clarkson, blanking the latter two on the road. That's a goals against average of 0.75 and a saves percentage of 97.4 as Danis single-handedly kept the Bears in the hunt for a middle-of-the-pack playoffs seed. His season numbers are 9-6-0, 1.70, 94.2%.

Union on Friday night, and RPI the next night, will try to dent Danis' armor in crucial games for all three teams.

UNMERCIFUL: Rensselaer players were to Swedish teammate Mikael Hammarstrom Wednesday when the Swedish Olympic team suffered that huge upset defeat to Belarus.

"Turn that (tape recorder) off," Hammarstrom said when asked how bad it was.

"Unmerciful," he said. "But I really set myself up. I did a lot of talking when Canada lost to Sweden (12 Engineers are Canadian)."

"He deserved it," said senior Jim Henkel. "He's been doing a lot of chirping (about how good Sweden was)."

Sweden's loss, already compared to USA's upset of Russia in the 1980 semis, was, in the words of Swedish player and Vancouver Canucks winger Markus Naslund, "a devastating loss for our country."

TOUGH STRETCH: It's common knowledge that Yale has lost 12 of its last 14 games. Not as well known, though, is this fact: The Bulldogs opened their season with a 2-1 victory at St. Lawrence. Since then, they dropped 11 straight one-goal decisions, including six in ECAC play.

St. Lawrence hasn't had much good fortune in one-goal decisions, either; the Saints are 4-12.

After an 0-3 start, RPI is now 6-4 in the tight ones.

For the record, here are other ECAC teams' records in one-goal decisions: Cornell is tops at 5-2, followed by Harvard at 4-2; RPI; Colgate 7-4; Princeton and Dartmouth 4-3; Clarkson 4-4; Union 4-5; Brown 4-5 and Vermont 1-3.