After a decent showing against UConn, RPI headed into ECAC play with a road trip to Harvard and Dartmouth. The Engineers didn't fare very well on the trip, falling 4-1 and 5-2 in the two games and being outshot 77-34 in aggregate on the weekend.
A late goal in the second period was all the offense RPI could muster on Friday, and Harvard scored four times to defeat the Engineers 4-1.
After most of the first period had elapsed without any scoring, Harvard's Miye D'Oench capitalized on an RPI turnover to break out 2-on-1, driving hard to the net and putting the puck past Brianna Piper for a 1-0 lead.
After RPI failed to capitalize on back-to-back power plays early in the second, Harvard took advantage of their own power play opportunity to make it a 2-0 lead, with Lexie Laing cutting into the slot and taking advantage of an open lane to pick up the tally.
Marisa Raspa cut the Crimson lead to 2-1 with 16 seconds left in the middle frame, driving hard to the net and redirecting a feed from Taylor Mahoney past Brianna Laing.
The third period held little for the Engineers, who tallied just three shots in the final frame. Harvard scored twice more in the period, with Mary Parker rushing down ice and blowing past the defense to make it 3-1, and D'Oench adding an empty netter with 1:08 left to put the game on ice and give the Crimson the 4-1 victory.
RPI was outshot 20-3 in the first period, and 47-21 in the game as Dartmouth skated to a 5-2 victory over the Engineers at Thompson Arena. Mariana Walsh scored both of the RPI goals.
Laura Stacey opened the scoring for the Big Green with a breakaway goal 6:14 into the first period, with a quick deke and backhanded shot that got past Kelly O'Brien to make it 1-0.
Katy Ratty converted a 2-on-1 rush to double Dartmouth's lead at 11:31 of the first.
Walsh notched her first of the afternoon at 7:32 of the second, shortly after a Dartmouth penalty expired. While the goal was recorded as unassisted, it appeared to have been scored off the rebound of a shot by Amanda Kimmerle.
Dartmouth regained their two-goal lead a few minutes later, when Catherine Berghuis redirected a point shot on the power play past O'Brien for a 3-1 lead.
Walsh again cut Dartmouth's lead to one goal at 14:50 of the second, capitalizing on a long stretch of RPI puck control in the Big Green zone to fire a shot through traffic and past Robyn Chemago.
Dartmouth tacked on two more goals in the third period. Sam Zeiss put the Big Green ahead 4-2 at 6:31, then Stacey added an insurance goal with her second of the game at 17:04 - a shorthanded tally that for some reason was not counted as an empty netter despite O'Brien being on the bench in order to keep the teams skating 5-on-5.
After a rough start to league play, RPI will have another pair of non-conference matchups next weekend as St. Cloud State visits the Field House on Friday and Saturday. Both games will feature 3pm start times and are currently scheduled to be carried by WRPI.
RPI at Harvard
Non-Conference Game - Bright-Landry Hockey Center (Boston, MA)
10/31/14 - 7:00pm
Harvard 4, RPI 1
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/wharren1.o31
Video Highlights: http://ecachockey.com/women/video/2014-15/20143110_Harvard_WH
RECORD: 1-5-2 (0-1-0 ECAC)
RPI at Dartmouth
Non-Conference Game - Thompson Arena (Hanover, NH)
11/1/14 - 4:00pm
Dartmouth 5, RPI 2
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/wdarren1.n01
Video Highlights: http://ecachockey.com/women/video/2014-15/20141101_Dartmouth_WH
RECORD: 1-6-2 (0-2-0 ECAC)
Nov. 7 - St. Cloud State (3pm)
Nov. 8 - St. Cloud State (3pm)
Nov. 14 - at Quinnipiac (7pm)
Nov. 15 - at Princeton (4pm)