After opening up the season with a 2-0 exhibition win over the Ottawa Jr. Senators, RPI hit the road and headed west to launch the regular season against North Dakota and Bemidji State. The long trip didn't do the Engineers any favors as they got whalloped by a 7-1 margin in Grand Forks before suffering a 4-0 shutout the next night in Bemidji.
The Engineers faced as many shots in the third period as they put on net the entire game Friday night, and North Dakota roared to a 7-1 victory over RPI behind a hat trick from Becca Kohler and four assists from Meghan Dufault.
The Engineers went 0-for-11 on the power play in their regular-season opener, including four chances on the 5-on-3, while UND put home two power play tallies and a shorthanded goal to soundly win the special teams battle.
Kohler scored the only goal of the first period, left wide open to rush down the right wing on the power play and take a pass from Dufault with only Kelly O'Brien left to beat.
UND added three goals in the second period, with Josephine Jakobsen and Marissa Salo each notching one while Kohler picked up her second of the night, also on the power play.
After a penalty for too many players early in the third, Andrea Dalen made it a 5-0 lead for UND with a wrist shot on a shorthanded rush down ice.
Kohler completed the hat trick midway through the third, with another feed from Dufault on a 2-on-1 opportunity. Salo made it 7-0 in the final five minutes, picking up her own rebound on another 2-on-1 chance to sneak the shot past O'Brien.
Shayna Tomlinson allowed RPI to avoid the shutout less than a minute after Salo's goal, intercepting a UND pass and putting it in the back of the net for an unassisted tally to make it 7-1.
O'Brien faced 39 shots in the contest, turning 32 aside, while UND's Shelby Amsley-Benzie stopped 20 of 21 on the night.
With Bemidji State tabbed to finish seventh in the eight-team WCHA this season, the Engineers might have been hoping for a better result after Friday night's showing at UND, but Saturday did not go any better, With a 40-15 shot disparity in favor of the Beavers and the Engineers suffering a 4-0 shutout.
BSU jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead as Kristin Huber scored just 16 seconds into the game. Summer Thibodeau made it 2-0 late in the second, then handed RPI a 5-on-3 opportunity before the period ended which was cut short by an RPI penalty.
The Beavers tacked on two more goals in the span of 39 seconds near the middle of the third, with Rachael Kelly notching a power play goal followed shortly by Megan Lushanko's second of the season to make it a 4-0 game.
Brianna Piper finished with 36 saves on 40 shots, while Erin Deters earned her first shutout of the season for BSU.
RPI returns home next Saturday (3pm) for a single game against Vermont before heading to Burlington on Sunday (2pm) to make it a home-and-home series.
RPI at #7/#8 North Dakota
Non-Conference Game - Ralph Engelstad Arena (Grand Forks, ND)
10/3/14 - 8:07pm
UND 7, RPI 1
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/wndkren1.o03
RECORD: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 ECAC)
RPI at Bemidji State
Non-Conference Game - Sanford Center (Bemidji, MN)
10/4/14 - 8:07pm
BSU 4, RPI 0
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/wbmjren1.o04
RECORD: 0-2-0 (0-0-0 ECAC)
Oct. 11 - Vermont (3pm)
Oct. 12 - at Vermont (2pm)
Oct. 18 - at New Hampshire (2pm
Oct. 25 - UConn (3pm)
Oct. 26 - UConn (2pm)