Wry observations about RPI hockey, the ECAC in general, and the college hockey world as a whole.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Women's Hockey - at Princeton & Quinnipiac (6/7 Dec)
After picking up a sweep in St. Cloud, RPI returned to ECAC action for one more weekend of hockey to close out the 2013 portion of the season. Unfortunately for the Engineers, Princeton and Quinnipiac handed them a pair of losses by 4-1 and 3-1 margins respectively to end the year on a sour note.
Denna Laing scored twice for Princeton and the Tigers outshot RPI by a 30-16 margin to win 4-1 on Friday afternoon. The win snapped a six-game winless streak for the Tigers, and dropped the Engineers back below .500 in ECAC play.
Princeton wasted little time getting on the board, scoring their fourth shorthanded goal of the season (only BC and Northeastern have more after this weekend) at 2:04 of the first period.
Mari Mankey evened things up at 12:52, scoring unassisted after Jordan Smelker blocked a Princeton shot in the RPI zone. It would be one of only three RPI shots in the period, with Princeton putting 12 shots on the RPI net.
Mankey's goal would prove to be RPI's only on the afternoon. Jaimie McDonnell put Princeton back on top late in the first, putting home a rebound after Ali Pankowski's shot deflected off an RPI defensemen.
A scoreless second period saw a more equitable shot distribution of seven for each team, but Princeton would extend their lead to 3-1 on Laing's second goal.
The Tigers tacked on an empty netter in the game's final minutes to put the game away and pick up their fifth win in ECAC play. With the win, Princeton moved to 5-4-1 in league, while RPI fell to 3-4-0.
Saturday's game saw the Engineers again get outshot and outscored, this time by a nationally-ranked Quinnipiac squad. After a decent first period for the Engineers, a goal at 0:36 of the second period put the Bobcats ahead 1-0.
The goal came after QU gained the RPI zone right off the opening faceoff and held it, winning several puck battles until Emma Woods eventually found a rebound on her stick and put it past Kelly O'Brien for the lead.
Nicole Brown extended the lead to 2-0 later in the second period, roofing a shot over O'Brien after Morgan Fritz-Ward made a nifty move to put the puck through her legs to feed her winger the puck.
Things went from bad to worse in the third period when an early penalty led to a Quinnipiac power play goal and a 3-0 lead. Shiann Darkangelo picked up the goal by tipping a shot from the point past O'Brien.
The Engineers avoided the shutout with a Taylor Mahoney power play goal at 12:36 of the third, but again RPI would only muster one goal in the game.
RPI will now be off for a month, returning to action with a weekend series at Providence the first week of January.