Wry observations about RPI hockey, the ECAC in general, and the college hockey world as a whole.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Women's Hockey - at Clarkson & St. Lawrence (21/22 Feb)
RPI's season came to a disappointing end on Saturday after two more losses ran the Engineers' record-setting winless streak to ten straight.
RPI was thoroughly outplayed by a Clarkson squad which went on to win the ECAC regular season title, falling 6-0 on Friday night, before a comeback effort against St. Lawrence fell short on Saturday in a 3-2 loss.
With Clarkson looking to capture their first ECAC regular season title, they wasted no time in taking the Engineers behind the woodshed, rushing out to a 4-0 lead in the first period then scoring one more in each of the following periods for a 6-0 shutout and RPI's worst defeat since a 10-0 drubbing on December 2, 2011 - also courtesy of the Golden Knights.
Olivia Howe scored just 3:59 into the game to give Clarkson a 1-0 lead, with Vanessa Gagnon following up two mintues later to double it to 2-0.
Another quick pair of goals - these separated by just 1:20, followed in the final minutes of the frame to double that lead again, to 4-0. Shelby Nisbet and Erin Ambrose potted those, and Brianna Piper was pulled in favor of Kelly O'Brien after goal #3.
Jamie Lee Rattray, who scored a hat trick in that 10-0 game a few season ago, notched her team-leading 26th goal 2:50 into the second period. Interestingly enough, the Engineers successfully killed five straight penalties, including a 5-on-3 advantage, through the remainder of the middle frame.
RPI would not be so successful on the penalty kill in the third period, as Gagnon scored her second of the game on the power play to make it a 6-0 game at 5:58 of the third.
RPI was held to three shots on goal in each of the three periods, ending up outshot 29-9 on the evening and sent packing for Canton in need of a win and some help from other teams to keep their playoff hopes alive.
RPI's odds of doing their part in securing a playoff spot looked pretty grim on Saturday once St. Lawrence jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Engineers came back twice to within a goal, coming up just short in a game which saw each team put 30 shots on net.
SLU opened up an early lead off a Kailee Heidersbach tally at 5:07 of the first. Mel Desrochers made it 2-0 on the power play at 12:29, firing a shot which bounced through traffic to beat O'Brien.
Madison Marzario drew RPI back within one at 5:58 of the second, just 18 seconds into an RPI power play. However when an RPI penalty put the Saints on the power play just a minute later, it didn't take long for Kayla Raniwsky to restore SLU's two-goal lead.
Midway through the third period, the Engineers would cut the lead once again, with Taylor Mahoney scoring another power play goal to make it a 3-2 game.
Try as they may, the Engineers couldn't find the tying goal, and SLU held on for the 3-2 win.
As it turned out, with Dartmouth and Colgate both winning their games on Saturday, a win against SLU wouldn't have helped the Engineers make the playoffs. Instead it will be games such as those against Brown, Yale, and Dartmouth, which the Engineers heavily dominated but came out of without any points, that took a season which had RPI on pace for earning home ice in the playoffs, and instead has them watching the playoffs from home.