Sunday, February 28, 2010

Women's Hockey - ECAC Quarterfinals (Game 2)

Game 1 between RPI and Quinnipiac was a defense-first goaltender's duel that had to go to double overtime to find a winner. If anyone expected a different type of game on Saturday they were surely disappointed, as it was one power play goal for RPI that stood as the game's only and game-winner. RPI took down Quinnipiac 1-0 in front of a decent home crowd to knot the best-of-three series at one game each and force a winner-takes-all game three on Sunday

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Game 2

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

Castignetti/Gersten
Le Donne/Vadner
Gaylord/Daniels

van der Bliek

RPI played a strong first period, outshooting Quinnipiac 7-2. Quinnipiac's only good opportunity of the frame came as they broke in on a 3-on-1, but the lone RPI defender broke up the play to avoid a Quinnipiac scoring opportunity. Andie Le Donne took a body checking penalty late in the period which carried over into the second, but RPI killed the penalty with little diffifulty.

The penalty kill for RPI was strong, but only tested three times over the course of the game. It was the Engineer power play that had a chance to shine in the second period when Quinnipiac's Janine Duffy went off on an interference call. Amanda Castignetti took a shot from the point on the ensuing power play, and Taylor Horton got the rebound over to Alisa Harrison who backhanded it home to give RPI the 1-0 lead.

Whitney Naslund took a penalty right off the following faceoff, but the Engineers successfully killed the opportunity. Quinnipiac's only real opportunities came in the second, where they outshot the Engineers 13-10 only to be outscored 1-0. RPI picked up the pace again in the third and had a dominant 7-1 shot advantage and kept Quinnipiac from any real opportunities despite nearly a minute of extra attacker time to end regulation.

With the win, the Engineers knotted the best-of-three series at one game apiece. The deciding game will begin 2pm Sunday, covered on WRPI 91.5FM or http://www.wrpi.org. Video is available at cost from http://www.quinnipiacbobcats.com and we will have live tweets from TD Bank Sports Center at http://twitter.com/without_a_peer.

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#4 RPI at #5 Quinnipiac
ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals Game 2 – TD Bank Sports Center (Hamden, CT)
2/27/10 - 2:00pm
RPI 1, Quinnipiac 0 - Best of 3 series tied 1-1

BOX SCORES:
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/0910/boxes/wquiren1.f27
USCHO: http://www.uscho.com/box/?date=20100227&vis=rpi&home=qu&gender=w

RECAPS:
RPI: http://www.rpiathletics.com/news/2010/2/27/WICE_0227103808.aspx
QU: http://www.quinnipiacbobcats.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17500&ATCLID=204897007

RECORD: 15-14-6 (1-1 playoffs, 1-1 quarterfinals)

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Playoff Standings (after game 2):

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

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Upcoming Games

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

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