Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Women's Hockey - at Providence (4/5 Jan)

RPI returned from a long layoff with a short departure from ECAC play in a weekend series at Hockey East foe Providence. After the Engineers posted a 3-1 win on Saturday despite being outshot 33-21, Lauren Wash scored a hat trick in Sunday's affair but RPI eventually fell 4-3 in overtime on Lexi Romanchuk's game-winner.

Saturday

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

Banks/Schilter
Behounek/Marzario
Middlebrook/Marzario

O'Brien

Alexa Gruschow tallied two points, including an assist on a shorthanded goal by Taylor Mahoney, and Kelly O'Brien held Providence to one goal on 33 shots in a 3-1 victory on Saturday.

Jordan Smelker opened the scoring on Saturday, powering past the defense and putting a shot past goalie Sarah Bryant for a 1-0 first period lead.

The Friars erased that advantage just minutes later, as Cassidy Carels put home a rebound to knot things at one.

In the second period, with Kathryn Schilter in the box on a holding call, Mahoney put RPI back on top with a rebound goal of her own after Gruschow's sharp angle shot bounced back out to the slot and onto her stick.

The Engineers failed to capitalize on three nearly consecutive power plays late in the second period, only managing six shots in the period.

Things looked to get worse for RPI in the third as Providence pushed hard to even the score once again, outshooting the Engineers 16-4 in the final frame. However Gruschow's empty net power play goal with 23 seconds left put the game on ice and the Engineers left with a 3-1 victory on Saturday evening.

Sunday

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

Banks/Schilter
Behounek/Marzario
Middlebrook/Marzario

Piper

Lauren Wash recorded the Engineers' first hat trick since Eleeza Cox notched one in the 2011-12 season and the Engineers overcame two two-goal defecits to force overtime, but it wasn't enough at Providence took a 4-3 victory thanks to Lexi Romanchuk's overtime tally.

Providence jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, with Beth Hanrahan beating Brianna Piper from close range on the power play and Janine Weber tipping a shot from the point a few minutes later. The Engineers were outshot 18-3 in the opening frame.

Wash's first goal cut the Friars' lead to 2-1 near the midpoint of the second. With numbers breaking into the Providence zone, Wash cut across the slot and put a shot past Bryant to get the Engineers on the board.

It took less than three minutes for Providence to regain the two goal lead, with Courtney Kukowski scoring off a nice 2-on-1 feed from Brittney Thunstrom.

Wash scored twice more in the third period to help the Engineers claw back into the game. Her second goal came on the doorstep as she took a pass from Marzario and quickly put it past Bryant to cut the score to 3-2. The third came with just 0.5 seconds left on the clock, a tip on another Marzario shot to make it 3-3.

The comeback attempt would fall short in overtime, however, as Romanchuk scored with a top shelf rocket from the blue line to give the Friars the win.

RPI now returns to ECAC play for the remainder of the season, beginning with Quinnipiac and Princeton next weekend before the Union home and home the weekend following.

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RPI at Providence
Non-Conference Game - Schneider Arena (Providence, RI)
1/4/14 - 7:00pm
RPI 3, Providence 1


RECAPS:

RECORD: 7-10-1 (3-5 ECAC)

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RPI at Providence
Non-Conference Game - Schneider Arena (Providence, RI)
1/5/14 - 4:00pm
Providence 4, RPI 3 (OT)


RECAPS:


RECORD: 7-11-1 (3-5 ECAC)

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Upcoming Games

Jan. 10 - Quinnipiac (7pm)
Jan. 11 - Princeton (4pm)
Jan. 17 - Union (7pm)
Jan. 18 - at Union (4pm)

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