Monday, November 15, 2010

Women's Hockey - at Yale & Brown (12/13 Nov)

RPI continued its foray into the ECAC schedule with another weekend on the road at Yale and Brown. Yale, expected by all to be the tougher opponent on the weekend, fell 4-1 to RPI in front of a record crowd of 1,066, however the Engineers faltered against the Bears the following night, being shutout 1-0 despite compiling a significant advantage in shots on goal and overall play.

Yale

Smelker/Harrison/Horton
Sanders/Dunlop/Vandegrift
Padmore/O’Keefe/Jakubowski
Guillemette/Stapleton/Mankey

Le Donne/Vadner
Castignetti/Marzario
Daniels/Letuligasenoa

Van der Bliek

Ingalls Rink saw a record crowd of 1,066 Friday night at the Bulldogs hosted “White-Out for Mandi”, a fundraising effort for Yale center Mandi Schwartz who is battling leukemia. The event raised over $9,000, including a $1,000 donation from RPI made possible in part by fan donations at last weekend’s home games at Houston Field House.

Unfortunately for the large home crowd, it was RPI who came out the victor on the ice, thanks in no small part to freshman Jordan Smelker’s hat trick in the second and third periods. Smelker struck first on the power play early in the second period, just nine seconds into a penalty on Yale’s Samantha MacLean, redirecting a shot by Andie Le Donne to give RPI a 1-0 lead. Smelker struck again near the midpoint of the period during a long 5-on-3 power play opportunity, taking a pass from Taylor Horton and putting it home to make it 2-0.

A little over four minutes later, Sydney O’Keefe extended the Engineer lead to 3-0 when a missed Yale pass gave the Engineers an opportunity to carry the puck down the ice for the score. The teams hit the lockers after two periods with RPI strong in play and dominant on the scoreboard, racking up a 23-15 advantage in shots on goal through two.

Smelker completed her hat trick just 25 seconds into the final period with assists going to Alisa Harrison and Taylor Horton. Yale would avoid the shutout with a goal from Aleca Hughes at 5:07, but that would be the only goal from the Bulldogs, who were handily outshot by a 17-5 margin in the final frame en route to a final score of 4-1.

Brown

Smelker/Harrison/Horton
Sanders/Dunlop/Vandegrift
Padmore/O’Keefe/Jakubowski
Guillemette/Stapleton/Mankey

Le Donne/Vadner
Castignetti/Marzario
Daniels/Letuligasenoa

Van der Bliek

If anyone had suggested Friday afternoon that Brown would come out with the most points on the weekend, they probably would have been considered crazy. But the Bears did just that with a shocking victory over the Engineers the day after tying Union, making it a 3-point weekend for the team from Providence.

In a fast-paced game which was played in just 1:50 and only had three penalties called, the Engineers piled shot after shot on Brown netminder Katie Jamieson, who turned away all 37 she faced. Sonja van der Bliek saw much less rubber, facing only 11 shots on goal, but it was the last one which did the trick. Just 10 seconds after a Brown power play ended, freshman Jessica Hoyle intercepted an RPI pass in the Engineers’ zone, made a move to beat van der Bliek, and put the puck in the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. It was one of just two Brown shots in the third period.

Despite a furious comeback attempt by the Engineers, who pulled van der Bliek in favor of the extra attacker in the final minute, Jamieson held firm and kept the Engineers off the board to pick up the Bears second win on the season (and first in ECAC play). It was a disappointing conclusion to the weekend for the Engineers, who miss out on two points that much of the league will likely pick up while playing Brown, but Friday’s solid win remains as a reminder that the Engineers can still make some noise this weekend. Perhaps more importantly, it reinforced the fact that Jordan Smelker is poised to become one of the top rookies in the league. She is now 17th in the nation for point scoring, leads the ECAC in power play goals with three, and is tied for third in the league in freshman scoring with five points in ECAC play.

The Engineers return home next weekend for a pair of nonconference games against the Purple Eagles from Niagara. Friday evening’s game (7pm) will be carried on WRPI, while it’s not clear yet whether Saturday’s game (2pm) will be on the air as WRPI will be covering football in the ECAC Northwest Bowl at St. John Fisher at noon. As usual, both games will also have video broadcast on B2/America One, and Without a Peer will have live tweets at http://www.twitter.com/without_a_peer.

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RPI vs. Yale
ECAC Hockey Game – Ingalls Rink (New Haven, CT)
11/12/10 – 7:00pm
RPI 4, Yale 1

BOX SCORES:
RECAPS:
RECORD: 4-6-2 (3-2-0 ECAC)

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RPI vs. Brown
ECAC Hockey Game – Meehan Auditorium (Providence, RI)
11/13/10 – 4:00pm
Brown 1, RPI 0

BOX SCORES:
RECAPS:
RECORD: 4-7-2 (3-3-0 ECAC)

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

Nov. 19 – Niagara (7pm)
Nov. 20 – Niagara (2pm)
Nov. 26 – at Syracuse (7pm)
Nov. 27 – at Syracuse (2pm)
Dec. 3 – at Union (7pm)
Dec. 4 – Union (4pm)

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WOMEN’S HOCKEY

The Engineers went 1-1-0 last week, defeating Yale (4-1) before falling at Brown (1-0) the following day. Rookie Jordan Smelker (Anchorage, AK) recorded her first career hat-trick against the Bulldogs, including the eventual game-winning goal in the second period.

Rensselaer (4-7-2; 3-3-0 ECACH) returns to the ice this weekend, hosting Niagara for a pair of non-conference games at the Houston Field House. The Engineers take on the Purple Eagles on Friday (7pm) and Saturday (2pm). Friday’s game can be followed live courtesy of WRPI radio on 91.5 FM WRPI or log on to www.wrpi.org.

Live stats will also be available at http://www.rpiathletics.com/livestats and will feature a live pay-per-view webcast at http://www.rpiathletics.com/webcasts.

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