Monday, January 12, 2015

Women's Hockey - Dartmouth & Harvard (9/10 Jan)

With non-conference matchups out of the way, RPI returned to league play but their ECAC foes were not kind to them. Dartmouth and Harvard defeated the Engineers by 3-0 and 4-1 margins respectively at Houston Field House, bringing RPI's record to a dismal 4-15-3, and 2-8-0 in ECAC play.

Dartmouth

Horwood/Tomlinson/Svoboda
Mahoney/Gruschow/Raspa
Wash/Renn/Mankey
Rooney/Hylwa/Walsh

Banks/Schilter
Kimmerle/Godin
Middlebrook/Behounek

O'Brien

Special teams cost the Engineers dearly as they went 0-for-4 on the power play but surrendered two goals to Dartmouth on the penalty kill en route to a 3-0 shutout loss Friday night.

Kelly O'Brien made 15 saves on 18 shots, but the Engineers' offense failed to threaten even with four consecutive power plays in the late second and early third periods. Kennedy Ottenbreit picked up a hat trick, scoring all three goals for the Big Green.

Dartmouth made the most of their chances, scoring early in each of two chances on the man advantage. The first came 20 seconds into their first power play and 17 seconds before the end of the first, when Kennedy Ottenbreit got the Big Green on the board with a 1-0 lead.

After killing two penalties in the middle of the second, RPI failed to convert on their four chances, and when Dartmouth was finally given another power play in the third, they converted it just 17 seconds in - with Ottenbreit again picking it up.

Ottenbreit completed the hat trick at 17:39 of the third with the RPI net empty in favor of an extra attacker. Despite pulling O'Brien again for some more 6-on-5 time, the Engineers couldn't score and were shut out for the fifth time this season and second time in three games - including back-to-back ECAC matchups.

Harvard

Horwood/Tomlinson/Svoboda
Mahoney/Gruschow/Raspa
Wash/Renn/Mankey
Rooney/Hylwa/Walsh

Banks/Schilter
Kimmerle/Godin
Middlebrook/Behounek

O'Brien

If a win over Dartmouth wasn't in the cards for the Engineers, one against Harvard was that much less likely, and RPI rather unsurprisingly fell 4-1 to the #6-ranked Crimson on Saturday afternoon.

Taylor Mahoney scored with the net empty and 38 seconds on the clock to avoid the shutout, but the Engineers couldn't muster any other goals against a Crimson defense that has been stingy of late. RPI pushed harder as the game wore on, which wasn't hard after being outshot 16-1 and outscored 3-0 in the first period.

Lexie Laing was responsible for the first two of those goals, coming exactly 10 minutes apart at 5:37 and 15:37 of the first period. The tallies were even nearly identical in execution, with Laing drifting in close to the net unmarked by the RPI defense for an easy tap-in off a feed from Mary Parker both times.

Sarah Edney made it a 3-0 lead in the final seconds of the first, taking advantage of a disorganized frenzy in front of Kelly O'Brien to fire a shot from the point through traffic and into the back of the net.

The 3-0 lead held up through the second period, in which the Engineers were outshot 12-5, and most of the third, where RPI finally started to mount a little pressure. However with the net empty in favor of the extra attacker, Parker fired the puck from outside the RPI zone into the open net.

Burke pulled O'Brien again leading to Mahoney's extra attacker goal, but at the end of the afternoon the Engineers were swept on the weekend. The only saving grace came from the fact that Yale (4 points ahead of the Engineers) and Colgate/Union/Brown (2 points behind the Engineers) were also swept, keeping the bottom 5 spots unchanged from last week and leaving RPI a glimmer of hope in their fight to make the playoffs.

RPI hits the road next weekend and things won't be any easier for them as they hit the North Country for league matchups against St. Lawrence (7pm Friday) and Clarkson (4pm Saturday).

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RPI vs. Dartmouth
ECAC Hockey Game - Houston Field House (Troy, NY)
1/9/15 - 7:00pm
Dartmouth 3, RPI 0

BOX SCORES:
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/wdarren1.j09
RPI: http://rpiathletics.com/boxscore.aspx?path=whock&id=4443

RECAPS:
RPI: http://rpiathletics.com/news/2015/1/9/WICE_0109154846.aspx
Dartmouth: http://www.dartmouthsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=209842991
Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SmWLfKDdvY
Complete Game Video: http://rpitv.org/productions/889-womens-hockey-vs-dartmouth

RECORD: 4-14-3 (2-7-0 ECAC)

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RPI vs. Harvard
ECAC Hockey Game - Houston Field House (Troy, NY)
1/10/15 - 4:00pm
Harvard 4, RPI 1

BOX SCORES:
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/wharren1.j10
RPI: http://rpiathletics.com/boxscore.aspx?path=whock&id=4444

RECAPS:
RPI: http://rpiathletics.com/news/2015/1/10/WICE_0110155922.aspx
Harvard: http://gocrimson.com/sports/wice/2014-15/releases/20150110311vzs
Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGzsNphc2YY
Complete Game Video: http://rpitv.org/productions/890-womens-hockey-vs-harvard

RECORD: 4-15-3 (2-8-0 ECAC)

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Upcoming Schedule

Jan. 16 - at St. Lawrence (7pm)
Jan. 17 - at Clarkson (4pm)
Jan. 23 - at Union (7pm)
Jan. 24 - Union (4pm)

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ECAC Standings

1. Quinnipiac - 24 pts. (11-1-2) (.857)
2. Harvard - 19 pts. (9-1-1) (.864)
3t. Clarkson - 16 pts. (7-2-2) (.727)
3t. Princeton - 16 pts. (8-6-0) (.571)
5. St. Lawrence - 14 pts. (6-3-2) (.636)
6. Cornell - 12 pts. (5-2-2) (.667)
7. Dartmouth - 11 pts. (5-5-1) (.500)
8. Yale - 8 pts. (4-6-0) (.400)
9. RPI - 4 pts. (2-8-0) (.200)
10t. Colgate - 2 pts. (1-8-0) (.111)
10t. Brown - 2 pts (1-9-0) (.100)
10t. Union - 2 pts. (1-9-0) (.100)

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