Monday, November 11, 2013

Women's Hockey - at Cornell & Colgate (8/9 Nov)

League play continued for RPI this weekend as they headed for central NY and games at Cornell and Colgate.

Third-ranked Cornell lived up to their ranking on Friday, beating the Engineers 3-1 and holding a solid edge in shots, but RPI turned it around on Saturday and Kelly O'Brien picked up her second shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory over Colgate.

Cornell

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

Banks/Schilter
Huhtamaki/Marzario
Behounek/Godin

O'Brien

Madison Marzario scored her first goal of the season to cut a 2-0 Cornell lead to 2-1, but it was Jillian Saulnier who led the #3 Big Red to a 3-1 victory over the Engineers with two goals of her own.

Saulnier scored the game's first goal at 15:40 of the first period with Jenn Godin in the box on an interference call. O'Brien had little chance on Saulnier's shot from the point, with a number of bodies in front screening the shot.

Cornell doubled that lead on a tally by Hannah Bunton with just a tenth of a second left in the first period. Bunton redirected a shot by Alyssa Gagliardi to put the puck past O'Brien as the buzzer sounded.

After a scoreless second period which saw the Engineers hold Cornell to seven shots but be unable to score on a 5-on-3 power play, Marzario scored 8:58 into the third to cut the Big Red lead in half. Receiving a pass from Jordan Smelker, Marzario one-timed it past Lauren Slebodnick for the goal.

Saulnier scored her second of the night a little over four minutes later, extending Cornell's lead to 3-1 and that score held up. O'Brien finished with 23 saves in the loss, while Slebodnick picked up the win in a 14-save effort.

Colgate

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

Banks/Schilter
Huhtamaki/Marzario
Middlebrook/Godin

O'Brien

After Friday night's loss, RPI was outshot 28-21 by Colgate on Saturday, but Kelly O'Brien turned them all aside to help RPI to a 3-0 shutout at Starr Rink.

Freshman Lindsey Hylwa notched both her first goal and first assist in the game, and RPI's other goals were picked up by Laura Horwood and Mari Mankey in a game which saw the teams combine for 15 penalties.

Horwood scored a power play goal at 12:02 of the first period, with assists coming from Jordan Smelker and Kathryn Schilter.

Hylwa's goal came early in the second period as she was able to find the puck in a scrum in front of netminder Brittney Brooks to make it a 2-0 game.

Mankey scored later in the period to extend the RPI lead to 3-0, closing out the scoring for the evening.

After a relatively even first period, Colgate outshot RPI 10-7 in the second and 11-6 in the third, but it didn't make a difference with O'Brien turning away all the Raiders' attempts.

With the win, the Engineers are .500 in early league play with four games behind them, and have a chance to position themselves well before Thanksgiving with games against Yale and Brown coming up at the Field House next weekend. The games against the Bulldogs (Friday) and Bears (Saturday) will both be 4pm starts.

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RPI at Cornell
ECAC Hockey Game – Lynah Rink (Ithaca, NY)
11/8/13 - 7:00pm
Cornell 3, RPI 1

BOX SCORES: 

RECAPS:

RECORD: 2-7-1 (1-2 ECAC)

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RPI at Colgate
ECAC Hockey Game – Starr Rink (Hamilton, NY)
11/9/13 - 4:00pm
RPI 3, Colgate 0

BOX SCORES: 

RECAPS:

RECORD: 3-7-1 (2-2 ECAC)

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Upcoming Games

Nov. 15 - Yale (4pm)
Nov. 16 - Brown (4pm)
Nov. 29 - at St. Cloud State (4:07pm)
Nov. 30 - at St. Cloud State (4:07pm)

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