After a rough start to the season against North Dakota and Bemidji State, RPI looked to rebound in a home-and-home series against the Vermont Catamounts. The Engineers gave up a 2-1 lead, allowing three goals in the third period to fall 4-2 on Saturday, but managed to salvage a 2-2 tie out of the weekend on Sunday.
With another winless weekend, the Engineers have not picked up a win in an NCAA contest since January 18 (14 games), when they beat Union 3-0.
Two goals in less than two minutes flipped the lead from RPI to Vermont, and a total of three goals in the third period led the Catamounts to a 4-2 victory over RPI in Troy Frday night.
Brittany Zuback scored on a 3-on-1 rush in the first period to open up the scoring. RPI erased the deficit in the second with a goal by Ali Svoboda, then later in the frame took a 2-1 lead behind a Mariana Walsh goal out of a scrum in the Vermont crease.
The positives were not long-lasting for the Engineers, as back to back power play goals by Zuback and Amanda Pelkey flipped the 2-1 RPI lead to a 3-2 Vermont lead before the 3:30 mark of the third. Pelkey notched another goal later in the third, soundly beating several RPI players on her march down ice to turn the 3-2 lead into a 4-2 lead which held up through the end of regulation.
RPI finished the afternoon with 33 shots, while the Catamounts put 38 shots on net.
Whitney Renn and Lauren Wash scored for the Engineers, but another pair of power play goals by Vermont's Bridget Baker cost the Engineers a chance at a win in another game in which they were outshot by Vermont.
Once again, Vermont scored first, with Baker picking up a rebound on the power play and putting it past Brianna Piper to give the Catamounts a 1-0 lead.
Renn evened things up a few minutes later, with a little confusion and controversy after what started as an inconclusive play was ruled a goal when the officials declared that a Vermont defender had pushed Renn into Vermont goalie Madison Litchfield, sliding Litchfield and the puck into the net.
After a scoreless second period which saw the teams trade several penalties, Wash gave RPI its first lead of the season at 3:54 of the third, putting a backhand shot past Litchfield to make it 2-1.
That lead too would evaporate later in the third when Baker scored her second power play goal of the afternoon, picking up another rebound much like her first goal.
The Engineers were outshot every period on Sunday, including 14-4 in the first period and 36-20 overall on the afternoon. They will look to turn things around next Friday in Durham against a New Hampshire squad that has had it's share of difficulties over the past season.
RPI vs. Vermont
Non-Conference Game - Houston Field House (Troy, NY)
10/11/14 - 3:00pm
Vermont 4, RPI 2
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/wrenver1.o11
RECORD: 0-3-0 (0-0-0 ECAC)
RPI at Vermont
Non-Conference Game - Gutterson Fieldhouse (Burlington, VT)
10/12/14 - 2:00pm
RPI 2, Vermont 2 (OT)
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/wrenver1.o12
RECORD: 0-3-1 (0-0-0 ECAC)
Oct. 18 - at New Hampshire (2pm)
Oct. 25 - UConn (3pm)
Oct. 26 - UConn (2pm)
Oct. 31 - at Harvard (7pm)
Nov. 1 - at Dartmouth (4pm)