RPI continued looking for their first league win in a set at Quinnipiac and Princeton this weekend. Quinnipiac ran their unbeaten streak to 9 straight with a 6-1 thrashing of the Engineers on Friday, then RPI rallied late but came up short in overtime Saturday in a 2-1 loss to Princeton.
Quinnipiac has been on a roll to start the season and the train showed no signs of letting up as it rolled over RPI 6-1 on Friday night. Erica Uden Johansson had a goal and two assists while Nicole Connery scored two more for the Bobcats.
Nicole Kosta struck first for Quinnipiac, capitalizing on a sustained period of pressure in the RPI end and winning a puck battle in the corner before carrying the puck into the slot and firing it past Brianna Piper.
Uden Johanssen scored at 11:07 of the second, making the most of a 2-on-1 opportunity to double the Bobcats' lead.
Shiann Darkangelo added a power play tally late in the second, parking in the slot, taking a feed from the point and turning to put it home before the penalty killers could react.
Connery scored her two goals about six minutes apart early in the third period. The first was a quick redirection on a pass toward the crease, the second coming on a quick break back into the zone after RPI was unable to get the puck down ice.
Laura Horwood broke the Bobcats' shutout bid at 16:15 of the third, crashing the crease the put the puck past Chelsea Laden to cut the lead to 5-1.
Taryn Baumgardt put a cap on the evening for the hosts, scoring at 17:13 to make it a 6-1 lead which would hold up as the final score. The Engineers were outshot 32-13 on the night, including 12-3 in the first and 8-1 in the second.
After taking a drubbing on Friday night, RPI looked for redemption against Princeton on Saturday and came close, but eventually fell short in a 2-1 overtime loss.
The Engineers rallied in the third period to erase a 1-0 Princeton lead, with Horwood scoring her second of the weekend, but Cristin Shanahan's tally at 2:18 of overtime would give the Tigers the win.
Morgan Sly also scored for Princeton, her 2-on-1 goal giving the Tigers the 1-0 lead midway through the second period.
While Saturday's effort was much better for the Engineers, they now find themselves in an 0-4 hole to start conference play, and have now lost six in a row.
After a week of rest which may prove helpful in getting some players rested and healed from injuries, RPI will host RIT for a nonconference series on Thanksgiving weekend, launching a stretch of nine straight home games which will last into January.
RPI at Quinnipiac
ECAC Hockey Game - TD Bank Sports Center (Hamden, CT)
11/14/14 - 7:00pm
QU 6, RPI 1
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/wquiren1.n14
Complete Game Video: http://quinnipiacbobcats.com/QU_Women-s_Ice_Hockey_Video_vs._Rensselaer
RECORD: 1-9-2 (0-3-0 ECAC)
RPI at Princeton
ECAC Hockey Game - Baker Rink (Princeton, NJ)
11/15/14 - 4:00pm
Princeton 2, RPI 1 (OT)
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/wprnren1.n15
Video Highlights: http://ecachockey.com/women/video/2014-15/20141115_Princeton_WH
RECORD: 1-10-2 (0-4-0 ECAC)
Nov. 28 - RIT (7pm)
Nov. 29 - RIT (4pm)
Dec. 5 - Brown (7pm)
Dec. 6 - Yale (4pm)