RPI had just one game on the schedule this weekend, a Friday night matchup against New Hampshire. The Engineers failed to convert on five power play opportunities including a long 5-on-3 in the third period and ended up falling to the Wildcats 2-1.
Alexa Gruschow scored a first period goal, but UNH scored two more in the opening frame then held the lead for a 2-1 victory over RPI Friday night at Whittemore Center.
Gruschow's goal came at 5:05 on a great individual effort. Winning an offensive zone draw, the RPI forward took a pass from Brandi Banks and circled the offensive zone, faking toward the front of the net before sweeping around the back and tucking in a wraparound.
Heather Kashman scored at 8:34 to tie the game at one, after a failed clearing attempt by RPI left the puck with Haley Breedlove who fired it on net. While Brianna Piper made the initial save, Kashman was able to poke the puck past her on a rebound.
Breedlove put UNH ahead at 13:16 on another defensive zone turnover by the Engineers. Kayla Mork took the puck away from Delaney Middlebrook and fed it to Breedlove in the slot who fired it off an RPI player and past Piper for a 2-1 lead.
The Engineers had several chances to tie things up including four power play chances, two of which were bench minors for too many players on the ice. Nearly a minute and a half of 5-on-3 time wasn't enough to find the equalizer in the third period and the 2-1 score held up, running the Engineers' season-spanning winless streak to 15 games.
RPI returns home next weekend for a pair of games against UConn on Saturday (3pm) and Sunday (2pm). Saturday's game is currently scheduled to be broadcast on WRPI
RPI at New Hampshire
Non-Conference Game - Whittemore Center (Durham, NH)
10/17/14 - 7:00pm
UNH 2, RPI 1
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/wrenunh1.o17
Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk0d1BEgOK8
RECORD: 0-4-1 (0-0-0 ECAC)
Oct. 25 - UConn (3pm)
Oct. 26 - UConn (2pm)
Oct. 31 - at Harvard (7pm)
Nov. 1 - at Dartmouth (4pm)