RPI Beats Dartmouth 2-1, Wins ECAC Championship Play-in
Scott Basiuk and Matt Murley scored goals in the last 2:36 of regulation time to give Rensselaer a 2-1 victory over Dartmouth in the play-in at the ECAC Championship Tournament in Lake Placid. RPI will play Cornell in the semifinals, tomorrow night (Friday, March 15), at approximately 7:15pm Eastern Time.
Update: USCHO.com posted a game recap late last night that provides a great deal more details on the outcome of the game. The article begins, "For 57 minutes, Thursday night's ECAC play-in game was utterly forgettable. But the final three may be the most memorable of any for those on the ice in legendary Lake Placid. Rennselaer scored two goals in the final three minutes of the game to turn a 1-0 deficit into a dramatic, 2-1 victory over Dartmouth in the play-in game held at 1980 Olympic Rink."
Of all of the participants quoted in the article, only RPI Coach Dan Fridgen pointed out a key historical fact about last nights game. Fridgen said: "The win also was a measure of redemption for us as Dartmouth was the team that eliminated us from the playoffs last year."
For a look back at last year, when Dartmouth eliminated RPI from ECAC and NCAA playoff contention, take a look at the RCNJ story from March 11, 2001.