RPI's hopes of making the playoffs were predicated on two things - beat the teams behind them in the standings and steal a few points from the teams ahead. RPI failed at the first when they lost a 4-2 stinker to Colgate on Friday afternoon, with the score only as close as it was because Kelly O'Brien turned away 46 shots.
That's right, Colgate put 50 shots on the RPI net on Friday - 10 more than they managed in their exhibition game against the Cambridge Rivulettes.
RPI fell in a 2-0 hole in the first period, with Miriam Drubel collecting a loose puck in the slot for an unobstructed chance at O'Brien, then Megan Sullivan redirecting a shot from the point to make it 2-0.
The Engineers cut that lead in half when Jenn Godin scored 8:58 into the second, but things got worse late in the period as Colgate scored twice in 34 seconds to make it 4-1. The Raiders pounded the RPI net in the middle frame, putting 26 pucks on net.
Alexa Gruschow scored late in the third on the power play to make it 4-2 but that would be the score when time expired as RPI recorded one of its uglier losses in recent memory.
If Friday's loss was ugly, at least Saturday's was a little less unexpected as Cornell rolled over the Engineers en route to a 7-1 victory at Lynah Rink.
Six players tallied goals for the Big Red, including two for Emily Fulton, while Cornell's goalies split time in turning away 19 of 20 RPI shots.
This time around RPI fell behind 3-0, with Jillian Saulnier, Brianne Jenner, and Sydney Smith all scoring in the first for Cornell.
Ali Svoboda scored RPI's only goal 1:42 into the second period, crashing the crease to put a loose puck past goalie Paula Voorhees.
The remainder of the second was not kind to RPI as they surrendered both of Fulton's goals as well as one by Cassandra Poudrier to find themselves behind 6-1 after two.
Morgan McKinn tacked on one more for good measure in the third and 7-1 tied RPI's most lopsided margin of defeat on the season, with the other 7-1 loss coming against North Dakota in the first official game of the season.
With the two losses, RPI is all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. There remains a fractional percent chance of clawing into 8th, however with it depending on beating several teams ahead of them in the standings, the Engineers may be getting ready to start planning their offseason activities with six games left on the calendar.
RPI at Colgate
ECAC Hockey Game - Starr Rink (Hamilton, NY)
1/23/15 - 7:00pm
Colgate 4, RPI 2
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/wclgren1.j30
Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R1s8Xc9g_A
RECORD: 5-18-4 (3-11-1 ECAC)
RPI at Cornell
ECAC Hockey Game - Lynah Rink (Ithaca, NY)
1/24/15 - 3:00pm
Cornell 7, RPI 1
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/wcorren1.j31
Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f2bAoafgaM
RECORD: 5-19-4 (3-12-1 ECAC)
Feb. 6 - Clarkson (7pm)
Feb. 7 - St. Lawrence (4pm)
Feb. 13 - at Yale (7pm)
Feb. 14 - at Brown (4pm)
1. Quinnipiac - 26 pts. (12-2-2) (.812)
2. Harvard - 25 pts. (12-3-1) (.781)
3t. Clarkson - 22 pts. (10-3-2) (.733)
3t. Cornell - 22 pts. (10-3-2) (.733)
3t. St. Lawrence - 22 pts. (10-3-2) (.733)
6. Princeton - 19 pts. (9-6-1) (.594)
7t. Dartmouth - 14 pts. (6-8-2) (.438)
7t. Yale - 14 pts. (7-9-0) (.438)
9. Colgate - 9 pts. (4-10-1) (.300)
10. RPI - 7 pts. (3-12-1) (.219)
11. Brown - 4 pts (2-14-0) (.125)
12. Union - 4 pts. (1-13-2) (.125)