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RPI Doesnít Skip a Beat with Martin in Goal, 2-1

Schenectady Daily Gazette, November 29, 2003

LOWELL, Mass. - With a showdown against No. 4 New Hampshire tonight, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute coach Dan Fridgen gave Nathan Marsters the night off Friday against UMass-Lowell, enabling Andrew Martin to make his first start at goalie.

Martin didnít disappoint Fridgen. He made 25 saves and came within 4:23 of a shutout, helping the Engineers to a 2-1 non-league college hockey victory over the River Hawks at Paul Tsongas Arena.

The win extended RPIís unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1). The Engineers (7-3-2) are 5-0 in one-goal games this season. Last season, they were 4-9.

Martin, a junior, transferred to RPI from Fairfield, which dropped its hockey program at the end of last season. In two years with the Stags, Martin posted a 6-14-1 record with a 3.22 goals-against average.

Martinís best period was the second, when he made 12 saves. He lost his bid for a shutout when Danny OíBrien scored at 15:37 of the third period.

The Engineers scored their goals in the second period. Kevin Croxton gave RPI a 1-0 lead when he scored his fifth goal of the season 2:34 into the second. Kirk MacDonald added a power-play goal at 9:35.

"It was a hard-fought battle," Fridgen said. "The first period was pretty even, and in the second period, I thought we raised our level of competition and picked up a couple of goals. We were able to carry that into the third period, and I thought we did a good job in the third as well."

"Andrew played well for us, and we got a couple of key goals for him."

Notebook

The Engineers ended a twogame losing streak to the River Hawks (6-5-3). . . .

It was RPIís first win in three trips to Tsongas Arena. It hadnít won in Lowell since Jan. 12, 1991, when the River Hawks played at Tully Forum. . . .

The River Hawks also have a player named Andrew Martin. The forward assisted on their lone goal.