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Engineers Go Winless Again

By Ken Schott

Schenectady Daily Gazette, December 30, 2003

TROY - So much for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute atoning for last year's last-place finish in its own hockey tournament.

Kyle Wilson scored twice, and Steve Silverthorn made 25 saves to lead Colgate past RPI, 2-1, in the consolation game of the Rensselaer/HSBC Holiday Tournament at Houston Field House Monday.

It's the second straight year that the Engineers (8-7-2) have finished last.

"I don't know what it is about the tournament," said forward Kirk MacDonald, who scored RPI's lone goal. "Last year, we didn't play well at all. It was really disappointing. But this year, we all worked hard, and we outshot both teams."

But it wasn't enough. The Engineers scored just three goals in the tournament - two on the power play and one during a four-on-four situation.

RPI coach Dan Fridgen also changed the lineup for the Colgate game, putting in six players who didn't dress in Sunday's game against Mercyhurst. He also started Andrew Martin in goal.

The changes weren't intended to send a message, Fridgen insisted. He especially wanted to give defenseman Scott Basiuk a rest after getting injured during Sunday's game.

"What I was trying to do was work everybody through the lineup," Fridgen said. "We had one guy dinged up a little bit, Scott. We wanted to rest him because we have a critical weekend coming up, as far league play and points are concerned."

The Raiders (8-7-2) took a 1-0 lead at 12:04 of the first period. Adam Mitchell picked up a loose puck in front of the RPI bench, skated down the right wing and fired a slap shot. Martin made the save, but kicked the rebound onto the stick of Wilson, who fired it home at 12:04.

The Engineers tied it at 7:40 of the second period on Mac-Donald's power-play goal. The Raiders regained the lead with six minutes left in the second on Wilson's power-play tally.

Northeastern wins title

Tournament MVP David Guerriero had two goals and two assists to lead Northeastern to a 7-5 win over Mercyhurst in the championship game.