RPI Sweeps Freakout Weekend with Victories over Clarkson, St. Lawrence
RPI celebrated the 100th anniversary of intercollegiate ice hockey in style by winning both games this past weekend. This marks the first time that the team has won two ECAC league games at home in a single weekend since December 1999.
On Friday night, RPI defeated St. Lawrence 3-2 to jump into seventh place in the ECAC. Carson Butterwick led the team with two goals. Conrad Barnes has the other goal. Nathan Marsters made 35 saves for the Engineers, in a game where they never trailed.
On Saturday, a sell-out crowd of 5,117 and a nationwide television audience witnessed a furious third period comeback by the Engineers, culminating in a 4-3 overtime victory over Clarkson. RPI trailed 3-0 a little more than half way through the second period, only to come back with three goals in the third period to tie the game, including Marc Cavosie's second goal of the game, tying it up with 0:58 seconds remaining in regulation. Carson Butterwick scored the game winner with 3:32 remaining in overtime. The other RPI goal was scored by Jim Henkel from Hazlet, NJ. Nathan Marsters made 27 saves to keep RPI in the game.
RPI is now undefeated in the last 12 Big Red Freakouts (8-0-4). Saturday night's game was one of the most exciting games played in Houston Field House in many years. This is also the first time in four years that Rensselaer has defeated Clarkson at Houston Field House.