Sunday, November 28, 2010

Women's Hockey - at Syracuse (26/27 Nov)

RPI wrapped up its non-conference play for the 2010-2011 season this weekend with a pair of games at Syracuse. Fortunately for the Engineers, this season’s trip to Syracuse treated them better than last, as RPI picked up a 2-1 win on Friday before skating to a 2-2 draw on Saturday.



Le Donne/Vadner

Van der Bliek

The first period saw a strong showing from Syracuse, who pressured RPI through the midpoint of the period until Ashley Cockell took a 5-minute major and game misconduct for checking from behind. Despite the long advantage, RPI could not get a shot past Syracuse netminder Kallie Billadeau, who made 8 saves in the opening frame.

After trading penalties early in the second period, Syracuse got on the board first as Isabel Menard took a pass from Akane Hosoyamada and beat Sonja van der Bliek to give the Orange a 1-0 lead. The goal came nearly a minute into a Syracuse power play as Sydney O’Keefe was serving a holding penalty.

Jordan Smelker took a cross-checking penalty after the goal, which RPI successfully killed to get back to 5-on-5 play. At 12:31, Alisa Harrison passed the puck to Sierra Vadner at the point who fired one past Billadeau to tie the game at one.

Taylor Horton scored the eventual game-winner about six minutes later after Harrison fed her from behind the net. Horton took the pass and beat Billadeau with a shot to the corner of the net for a 2-1 lead.

The lead held up for the Engineers in the final period, despite Syracuse getting three power play opportunities and throwing 13 shots on van der Bliek. RPI managed just 6 shots in the final period, but escaped with the 2-1 win intact.



Le Donne/Vadner


Saturday’s match saw Shannon Ramelot back in net for the Engineers, picking up some additional ice time in the final non-conference game of the season. Ramelot was forced to make a number of saves in the first period, with Syracuse racking up a 12-5 shot advantage, but it was RPI that scored in the period, notching a pair of goals on those five shots.

Alisa Harrison notched the Engineers first goal on the power play at 14:27 of the first, with Taylor Horton and Jordan Smelker picking up assists. Kendra Dunlop extended RPI’s lead to 2-0 at 16:56 on an unassisted tally.

Syracuse had an answer for the Engineers’ first period, as they would pick up two goals of their own in the second. Julie Rising notched a breakaway goal just 1:22 into the period. Several penalties ensued for each team, but it wasn’t until 11:03 that Syracuse converted on a cross-checking call against Andie Le Donne, with Ashley Cockell taking a pass from Isabel Menard and putting it past Ramelot for the tie.

A pair of RPI penalties in the third period gave Syracuse some opportunity for the winner, but RPI carried momentum in the final frame, peppering Syracuse backup goalie Jenesica Drinkwater with 11 shots but not finding another goal in the cards. Overtime passed with a 3-2 shot advantage for the Engineers but no additional scoring, and it went in the books a 2-2 tie.

RPI returns to its ECAC schedule next weekend, with their home and home against Union. The teams will play Friday night at 7pm in Houston Field House, before traveling to Messa Rink in Schenectady for the rematch Saturday afternoon at 4. After the missed opportunity for points at Brown a couple weeks ago, the Engineers will need to play hard against the Dutchwomen in order to maintain pace in the standings. Neither game will be carried on WRPI, however live stats and live tweets will be available online.


RPI at Syracuse
Non-Conference Game – Tennity Ice Pavilion (Syracuse, NY)
11/16/10 – 7:00pm
RPI 2, SU 1


RECORD: 5-7-4 (3-3-0 ECAC)


RPI at Syracuse
Non-Conference Game – Tennity Ice Pavilion (Syracuse, NY)
11/27/10 – 2:00pm
RPI 2, SU 2 (OT)


RECORD: 5-7-5 (3-3-0 ECAC)


ECAC Standings Points ECAC All
Cornell                 12              6-0             10-1
Dartmouth 10 5-3 6-4
Harvard 10 4-2-2 4-4-2
Quinnipiac 8 4-5 11-6-1
Clarkson 7 3-1-1 6-8-3
Princeton 7 3-5-1 3-9-1
St. Lawrence 6 3-2 7-6-2
Rensselaer 6 3-3 5-7-5
Yale 5 2-3-1 3-7-2
Brown 4 1-3-2 2-6-2
Colgate 4 2-4 5-11
Union 1 0-5-1 1-11-1

Upcoming Games

Dec. 3 – at Union (7pm)
Dec. 4 – Union (4pm)
Jan. 7 – Dartmouth (3pm)
Jan. 8 – Harvard (3pm)
Jan. 14 – Cornell (7pm)
Jan. 15 – Colgate (4pm)

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