Monday, October 28, 2013

Women's Hockey - at UConn (25/26 Oct)

RPI closed out the early season nonconference schedule with a weekend series at UConn, and the road trip was not friendly to the Engineers. After allowing a 2-0 lead turn into a 3-2 overtime loss on Friday despite playing well, RPI was thoroughly outplayed on Saturday in a 5-2 defeat. Now the Engineers find themselves without a win in six straight games.

Friday

Smelker/Mahoney/Mari Mankey
Sanders/Wash/Svoboda
Horwood/Rooney/Hylwa
Letuligasenoa/Gruschow/Missy Mankey

Banks/Schilter
Huhtamaki/Marzario
Middlebrook/Godin

Piper

RPI jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but UConn evened things up very early in the second and went on to win 3-2 in overtime despite being outshot by a 40-21 margin by the Engineers.

Ali Svoboda scored first for RPI, breaking into the UConn zone 2-on-1 with Toni Sanders as she finished serving an interference penalty. After Sanders' initial shot was stopped, Svoboda put home the rebound for the 1-0 lead.

A power play later in the first period led to the Engineers' second goal, with Kathryn Schilter blasting a slapshot through traffic to beat goalie Sarah Moses and make it a 2-0 game.

It didn't take long in the second period for UConn to get on the board. With most of an RPI penalty taken late in the first still remaining on the board, Jessica Stott launched a wrist shot past Brianna Piper to cut the RPI lead to 2-1, 30 seconds in.

A UConn penalty just a couple minutes later might have given the Engineers a chance to regain the momentum, but instead saw the Huskies tally a shorthanded goal just 13 seconds into their penalty kill. Emily Snodgrass made the most of a 2-on-1 with Sarah MacDonnell to beat Piper and tie the game two-all.

After RPI eventually outshot the Huskies 15-7 in the second and 11-6 in the third, the teams found themselves headed to overtime. There too the Engineers racked up a shot advantage to the tune of 6-2, but despite a power play chance in the extra frame, RPI couldn't capitalize. Instead, just moments after the successful penalty kill, Kayla Campero scored to give the Huskies the 3-2 overtime win.

Saturday

Sanders/Wash/Svoboda
Smelker/Mahoney/Mari Mankey
Horwood/Gruschow/Rooney
Walsh/Hylwa/Missy Mankey

Banks/Schilter
Huhtamaki/Marzario
Middlebrook/Godin

O'Brien/Piper

After losing despite a solid effort on Friday, Saturday's game was even less kind to the Engineers, who were outshot 33-24 in a lackluster 5-2 loss.

RPI scored first with Laura Horwood scoring an unassisted goal 3:11 in on a turnover, but that would be the last of the RPI scoring for over 48 minutes.

In the interim, UConn would pick up four goals before chasing Kelly O'Brien in favor of Piper. Emily Snodgrass notched her second goal of the weekend at 12:53 of the first to tie things up, and Sara MacDonnell picked up her second as well to put UConn ahead 2-1 on the power play.

An early 5-on-3 opportunity in the second set up the Huskies for their third goal, with Brittany Berisoff scoring on a rebound chance for a 3-1 lead. Less than two minutes later, the 3-1 lead became a 4-1 lead with Leah Buress picking up a feed from behind the net and putting it past Piper for her first goal of the season.

An extended 5-on-3 chance for RPI didn't get them back onto the score sheet, but shortly after the second penalty expired, Heidi Huhtamaki cut UConn's lead to 4-2.

Kayla Campero picked up an empty netter to put the game away by its final 5-2 score.

RPI opens up its ECAC schedule next weekend, hosting Harvard and Dartmouth in what should certainly prove a difficult test. In a bit of a departure from the usual, Dartmouth finds itself four games into the season without a win; meanwhile, Harvard has gone undefeated in early season play.

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RPI at Connecticut
Non-Conference Game – Frietas Ice Forum (Storrs, CT)
10/25/13 - 2:00pm
UConn 3, RPI 2 (OT)

BOX SCORES: 

RECAPS:

RECORD: 1-4-1 (0-0 ECAC)

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RPI at Connecticut
Non-Conference Game – Frietas Ice Forum (Storrs, CT)
10/26/13 - 2:00pm
UConn 5, RPI 2

BOX SCORES: 

RECAPS:

RECORD: 1-5-1 (0-0 ECAC)

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Upcoming Games

Nov. 1 - Harvard (7pm)
Nov. 2 - Dartmouth (4pm)
Nov. 8 - at Cornell (7pm)
Nov. 9 - at Colgate (4pm)

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