After a bit of a slow start in the opening weekend, RPI had a tall challenge on hand this past weekend as they headed to Boston for games against two of the top ten teams in the nation. Despite two hard-fought games, the Engineers were unable to squeak out a win, falling 3-2 to #3 BU on Friday and 1-0 to #8 Northeastern on Saturday.
RPI fell behind early on Friday night and spent the rest of the evening trying to play catch-up, as three first period goals for the Terriers saw the Engineers fall behind 3-0. With RPI shorthanded early in the first, Jenelle Kohanchuk poked a puck past Kelly O'Brien from a scrum in the crease to make it 1-0.
Just before the midway point of the period, Sara Lefort doubled the home team's lead to 2-0 by putting a feed from Jill Cardella past O'Brien. Dakota Woodworth would pick up the eventual game-winner at 17:53, sneaking a bad-angle shot into the net and making it appear that things were quickly getting out of hand for the Engineers.
Eleeza Cox got RPI on the board before the end of the period, picking up the rebound from a Toni Sanders breakaway to cut the BU lead to 3-1 at 19:19.
Cox scored her second of the game just past the midway point of the second, a quick tap-in off a feed from Clare Padmore which made it 3-2. That would be the end of the scoring for both teams, and the Engineers ended the day with comeback bid fallen short and outshot 33-19, including just five shots in a third period which saw them on the power play twice.
Saturday afternoon saw the Engineers take the ice just 2.5 miles from Friday night's game, at Northeastern's Matthews Arena. It would prove to be a lower-scoring affair, with a single Northeastern goal being the only tally on the afternoon despite an edge for the Engineers in shots and faceoffs, as well as control of much of the afternoon's play.
Taylor Horton had a shorthanded breakaway chance late in the first period which Northeastern's Kelly Desjardins turned aside. A checking call on the Huskies' Jordan Hampton moments later would give the Engineers a power play opportunity, which they were unable to convert on.
The second period was all Northeastern, with the home team outshooting their visitors 13-2 and scoring the game's only tally. Skating into the zone with several teammates, Katie MacSorley put a backhand shot on net which O'Brien knocked back out to the slot where MacSorley was waiting to put her own rebound home for the 1-0 lead.
A pair of penalties on Alexa Gruschow would keep the Engineers penned up in their own zone for most of the latter half of the period, unable to mount any offense in the frame.
For as badly as the Engineers were outworked in the second period, they turned things around dramatically in the third, essentially reversing the shot count to rack up a 12-3 advantage in the frame, but none were able to find the twine. With two power play opportunities in the period already gone, the Engineers got another with less than two minutes left thanks to a checking call on Colleen Murphy.
With the man advantage already, the Engineers pulled O'Brien for the extra attacker but ended up with seven skaters on the ice instead of six, which quickly brought an end to the power play. An elbowing call on Gruschow 30 seconds later sent the Engineers back for a defensive zone draw, now shorthanded, and Northeastern was able to run out the clock without any trouble.
RPI will be back in action next Saturday, hosting Union in a single non-conference game at the Field House at 4pm.
RPI at #3 Boston University
Non-Conference Game – Walter Brown Arena (Boston, MA)
10/12/12 - 7pm
BU 3, RPI 2
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1213/boxes/wbu_ren1.o12
Video Highlights: http://www.goterriers.com/allaccess/?media=340834
RPI at #8 Northeastern
Non-Conference Game – Matthews Arena (Boston, MA)
10/13/12 - 3pm
Northeastern 1, RPI 0
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1213/boxes/wnoeren1.o13
Video Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV2fZt8SKIc&feature=plcp
Oct. 20 - Union (4pm)
Oct. 26 - at St. Lawrence (4pm)
Oct. 27 - at Clarkson (3:30pm)
Oct. 31 - at Vermont (7pm)
Nov. 9 - Princeton (7pm)
Nov. 10 - Quinnipiac (4pm)