Saturday, February 27, 2010

Women's Hockey - ECAC Quarterfinals (Game 1)

RPI fell to Quinnipiac 2-1 in double overtime this afternoon, giving the Bobcats a 1-0 lead in the best of 3 series. RPI will have an uphill battle to take the series as they will have to win 2 in a row against a goalie they’ve only managed to score on three times in three games.

The games are all being covered by WRPI, 91.5FM in the Capital District or http://www.wrpi.org online. A video stream is also available at cost from Quinnipiac at http://www.quinnipiacbobcats.com. We will continue to have live tweets from Hamden at @without_a_peer.

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Game 1

Wright/Harrison/Horton
Padmore/Dunlop/Weidner
Naslund/Vandegrift/O'Keefe
none/Jakubowski/Stapleton

Castignetti/Gersten
Le Donne/Vadner
Gaylord/Daniels

van der Bliek

Laura Guillemette did not play on Friday, leaving the Engineers down a player in a game that would end up testing both teams' endurance, running 88:46 compared to the regulation 60:00. The story of the game was goaltending, however, as Sonja van der Bliek and Quinnipiac's Victoria Vigilante had a goaltender's duel going on, stopping 33 and 40 out of 35 and 41 respectively.

After an uneventful and slightly slow-paced first period which saw one penalty on each team, no goals, and only 11 shots between the two teams, RPI got on the board first on a late power play in the second period as RPI senior Allison Wright collected a beautiful pass across the crease from Taylor Horton and put the puck into a wide open net as Vigilante tried to slide over to make the save. Almost exactly 20:00 later, late in the third period, Sierra Vadner took an ill-advised hooking penalty, and off the ensuing faceoff Quinnipiac senior Kallie Flor took a shot and got her own rebound, putting it past van der Bliek to tie the game at one.

The first overtime saw a tough back-and-forth game between two teams that had locked down defensively. Amanda Castignetti took a holding penalty at 5:55 of the frame and it looked like that might be the opportunity Quinnipiac needed to ice the game, but the RPI penalty kill stood tall and held the Bobcats off the board for the duration of the penalty. The first overtime drew to a close and the Quinnipiac crowd started to swell as the fans arriving for the QPac/Brown men's game started to fill the stands and give the Bobcats a bit of a boost.

It was 8:46 into the second overtime when Quinnipiac's Chelsea Illchuk broke in 2-on-1 against Amanda Castignetti. Castignetti tried to take away the passing lane, leaving Illchuk open to fire a shot at van der Bliek which slid through her pads and into the back of the net, giving Quinnipiac their first ever ECAC playoff win.

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#4 RPI at #5 Quinnipiac
ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals Game 1 – TD Bank Sports Center (Hamden, CT)
2/26/10 - 4:00pm
Quinnipiac 2, RPI 1 (2OT) - Quinnipiac leads best of 3 series 1-0

BOX SCORES:
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/0910/boxes/wquiren1.f26
USCHO: http://www.uscho.com/box/?date=20100226&vis=rpi&home=qu&gender=w

RECAPS:
RPI: http://www.rpiathletics.com/news/2010/2/26/WICE_0226105215.aspx
QU: http://www.quinnipiacbobcats.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17500&ATCLID=204896593

RECORD: 14-14-6 (0-1 playoffs, 0-1 quarterfinals)

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Playoff Standings (after game 1):

#1 Cornell vs. #8 Colgate - 1-0 Cornell (2-1)
#2 Clarkson vs. #7 SLU - 1-0 Clarkson (5-0)
#3 Harvard vs. #6 Princeton - 1-0 Harvard (5-1)
#4 Quinnipiac vs. #5 RPI - 1-0 Quinnipiac (2-1 2OT)

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Upcoming Games

Feb. 27 - ECAC Quarterfinals @ Quinnipiac (2pm)
Feb. 28 - ECAC Quarterfinals @ Quinnipiac (2pm) (if necessary)

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