Wry observations about RPI hockey, the ECAC in general, and the college hockey world as a whole.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Women's Hockey - BU & Northeastern (11/12 Oct)
RPI returned to action at Houston Field House this weekend, hosting a pair of Hockey East opponents in Boston University and Northeastern. The Engineers started off the weekend with a solid tie against a nationally-ranked BU, before falling a goal short in a 2-1 loss to Northeastern the following afternoon.
BU scored early in both the first and second periods, but both times the Engineers got the goal back en route to a 2-2 tie against the #7 Terriers at Houston Field House Friday night.
The Terriers capitalized on an early turnover by the Engineers just 2:42 into the game, when Rebecca Russo took control of the puck behind the RPI net and fed Jordan Juron who quickly fired the puck past Kelly O'Brien for a 1-0 lead.
Alexa Gruschow evened the score with her first goal of the season at 11:46, taking advantage of a BU turnover and taking off down ice to beat the defenseman and get a clear shot at goalie Kerrin Sperry which she buried to make it 1-1.
BU regained the lead a quick 34 seconds into the middle frame, with Russo firing a point blank shot past O'Brien. Russo was fed from Juron behind the net, who had picked up a rebound from a big point shot by Kaleigh Fratkin.
Though the teams traded power play opportunities several times in the remainder of the second, it was the latter half of the third before the Engineers would tie things up again, with Taylor Mahoney tipping in a point shot by Madison Marzario to make is a 2-2 game.
The tie held through overtime, despite a 6-3 edge in shots for the Engineers in the extra period (and 36-28 overall).
Like Friday night, the Engineers once again outshot their opponent on Saturday (this time by a little more lopsided 34-20 margin) but solid goaltending by Northeastern goalie Chloe Desjardins helped the Huskies defeat the Engineers 2-1.
Another early goal put Northeastern up 1-0 5:11 into the game, with Kelly Wallace making the most of a scrum in front of O'Brien to poke the puck home for the goal.
That would mark the end of the scoring until the third period. Although the Engineers peppered the Northeastern net with 24 shots in the first two periods, Desjardins held strong to keep RPI off the board.
That streak broke at 6:49 of the third when Lauren Wash made it a 1-1 game, after the Engineers stole the puck at the Northeastern blue line and broke in 3-on-1.
Northeastern waited only a few minutes before answering the Engineers' goal as Paige Savage scored at 10:13 of the third to make it 2-1, and Desjardins made the goal stand up to lead the Huskies to a 2-1 win over RPI.
It will just be one game for the Engineers next weekend as Vermont pays a visit to the Field House Saturday afternoon at 3pm.
RPI vs. Boston University
Non-Conference Game – Houston Field House (Troy, NY)