Sunday, October 9, 2011

Women's Hockey - at Vermont (7/8 Oct)

RPI took to the road for their second of three straight road weekends, paying a visit to Gutterson Fieldhouse and the Vermont Catamounts. When the teams met last season in Troy, a pair of ties resulted; this year, Friday's game ended the same way when Vermont came back from a 2-goal defecit to force a 2-2 tie, while the Engineers took over on Saturday, cruising to a 4-0 victory behind Kelly O'Brien's second shutout in as many collegiate games.

Friday

Smelker/Harrison/Vandegrift
Cox/Mahoney/Horton
Sanders/Guillemette/Svoboda
Letuligasenoa/Mankey/Walsh

Le Donne/Vadner
Castignetti/Marzario
Schilter

Piper

RPI roared out of the gate on Friday night, jumping out to a 1-0 lead just 2:22 into play when Toni Sanders got a tipped shot past netminder Kelcy Lanthier. Madison Marzario was credited with the primary assist on her initial shot toward the net, with Ali Svoboda picking up a second assist.

Vermont nearly tied the game at one with an attempt that beat Brianna Piper but rang off the post, but it was instead RPI who extended their lead to 2-0 when Alisa Harrison rushed up ice with Jill Vandegrift on a 2-on-1 midway through the second period. Vandegrift threaded a pass through the UVM's Kailey Nash, which Harrison corralled and fired past Lanthier while falling to the ice.

Brittany Zuback cut the Engineers' lead in half at 17:51 of the third with a bit of a fluky goal. After Zuback's rush up ice was broken up by Amanda Castignetti at the right faceoff circle, the puck trickled past Castignetti and Zuback was able to get it back on her stick and fire a sharp angle shot which trickled past Piper to make it 2-1.

The tying goal came early in the third period with the Catamounts shorthanded. Amanda Pelkey jumped out on a missed attempt to hold the puck on the UVM blue line, burned past Andie Le Donne, and skated in all alone on Piper, shifting to her backhand and lifting the shot over Piper's outstretched glove to make it a 2-2 game.

Laura Guillemette and Toni Sanders would have back-to-back chances at a wide open net later in the period, but twice in a row Lanthier swung her stick from the opposite side of the crease to bat down the shots in what would easily be the saves of the game. Kathryn Schilter would get another look at an open net for the Engineers, only to be denied by the quick action of UVM forward Brittany Zuback, who jumped in front of the shot to prevent a sure goal.

Piper would finish the game with a solid 33 saves for the Engineers and was named second star, while Lanthier stopped 22 for the Catamounts. Pelkey's shorthanded game-tying goal would net her first star honors, while Zuback, with the Catamounts other goal and quick-thinking save in the crease, was named third star.

Saturday

Smelker/Harrison/Vandegrift
Cox/Mahoney/Horton
Sanders/Guillemette/Svoboda
Letuligasenoa/Mankey/Walsh

Le Donne/Vadner
Castignetti/Marzario
Schilter

O'Brien

The Engineers attempted to duplicate their strong first period start on Saturday afternoon as the teams returned to action, dictating play and racking up an 8-2 shot advantage in the frame, but Lanthier held RPI scoreless through the first 20 minutes.

With Madison Marzario in the box on a tripping minor early in the second, Ali Svoboda took off down the left wing and fired a shot past a screen to beat Lanthier stick side for a shorthanded goal - the first of her collegiate career - and a 1-0 lead at 3:33.

Alisa Harrison doubled the Engineer lead just over five minutes later, tipping a shot by Sierra Vadner past Lanthier to make it 2-0 at 8:51. Svoboda made it two goals on the game with a power play goal at 13:28. Firing a rocket of a shot from the left point, the puck rang off the post and down into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead.

Andie Le Donne closed out the scoring with another power play goal at 12:28 of the third period. With Svoboda on a breakaway and looking for the hat trick, Vermont's Kailey Nash took a hooking penalty which would set up the Engineers' final goal. Le Donne drove a shot from the point which snuck through traffic and past Lanthier for a 4-0 lead which held up through a late UVM power play.

Kelly O'Brien picked up her second shutout in as many games for the Engineers in the 18-save effort, being named third star. Lanthier finished the afternoon with 17 saves on 21 shots. Svoboda was named first star for her two goals, and Sierra Vadner was named second star with two assists, two shots on goal, and +2 finish on the afternoon.

With the weekend's results, the Engineers move to 2-0-2 on the season and will carry their four-game unbeaten streak westward for a pair of games at Niagara University on Friday (7pm) and Saturday (2pm). Live stats will be available at http://www.sidearmstats.com/niagara/whockey/index.htm, with pay-per-view video being carried by America One at http://www.b2livetv.com/partner_members.asp?id=402&s=396&sid=47.

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RPI at Vermont
Non-Conference Game – Gutterson Fieldhouse (Burlington, VT)
10/7/11 – 7:00pm
RPI 2, Vermont 2 (OT)

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RECORD: 1-0-2 (0-0 ECAC)

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RPI at Vermont
Non-Conference Game – Gutterson Fieldhouse (Burlington, VT)
10/8/11 – 4:00pm
RPI 4, Vermont 0

BOX SCORES:

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RECORD: 2-0-2 (0-0 ECAC)

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Upcoming Games

Oct. 14 - @Niagara (7pm)
Oct. 15 - @Niagara (4pm)
Oct. 21 - Robert Morris (7pm)
Oct. 22 - Robert Morris (4pm)
Oct. 28 - Quinnipiac (3pm)
Oct. 29 - Princeton (3pm)

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