Monday, February 9, 2015

Women's Hockey - Clarkson & St. Lawrence (6/7 Feb)

RPI may have played two of their best games of the season against Clarkson and St. Lawrence, but it wasn't enough in either game as they dropped a pair of 2-1 decisions at the Field House.

With the two losses, coupled with a Yale win over Dartmouth, RPI falls nine points shy of 8th place with just eight points up for grabs. They will miss the playoffs for the second year in a row and third time in four seasons.

Clarkson

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

Kimmerle/Godin
Schilter/Banks
Middlebrook/Behounek

O'Brien

Despite Alexa Gruschow scoring a shorthanded goal early in a 5-minute major penalty, the penalty ended up costing the Engineers as Clarkson's power play goal gave them a 2-1 win over RPI on Friday night.

The goals came late in the second and early in the third, after Taylor Mahoney was sent off with a major and game misconduct for contact to the head. Only about 20 seconds into the Clarkson power play, Gruschow poked a puck free on the Clarkson blue line to spring herself on a breakaway which she put past Shea Tiley.

That goal tied the game 1-1, as earier in the period Cayley Mercer had capitalized on a failed clearing attempt by the Engineers to get her own mini breakaway on O'Brien which gave the Golden Knights an early lead.

With Mahoney's penalty still being served early in the third period, Clarkson picked up the go-ahead goal with a shot through traffic from the slot that O'Brien didn't appear to get a good look at.

RPI put up 28 shots, including 10 in the third period where they had a 5-on-3 power play opportunity, but couldn't solve Tiley again after Gruschow's tally.

St. Lawrence


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

Kimmerle/Godin
Schilter/Banks
Middlebrook/Behounek

O'Brien

Another fairly good performance from RPI, another 2-1 loss to show for it as the Engineers were defeated by St. Lawrence on Saturday afternoon, ending the Engineers' slim hopes of a playoff bid.

Again it was a power play tally that stood up as the game winner, as Kayla Raniwsky's goal early in the third put the Saints up 2-0.

Taylor Mahoney cut that lead in half at 10:52 of the third, taking a nice feed from Marisa Raspa in the corner and rifling a shot into the top corner to beat Carmen MacDonald for the only time on the afternoon.

SLU opened the scoring at 10:18 of the first with a weak wrister by Brooke Webster that trickled through O'Brien and into the net.

RPI finished with 25 shots, and O'Brien with 33 saves (56 on the weekend) in a strong performance.

While there are 4 games left on the schedule, the Engineers are officially eliminated from playoff contention and will just be playing for position in the bottom four over the final two weekends of the season.

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RPI vs. Clarkson
ECAC Hockey Game - Houston Field House (Troy, NY)
2/6/15 - 7:00pm
Clarkson 2, RPI 1

BOX SCORES:
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/wclkren1.f06
RPI: http://rpiathletics.com/boxscore.aspx?path=whock&id=4451

RECAPS:
RPI: http://rpiathletics.com/news/2015/2/6/WICE_0206151834.aspx
Clarkson: http://www.clarksonathletics.com/news/2015/2/6/WHOCK_0206152221.aspx
Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9-qC6l8CiA
Complete Game Video: http://rpitv.org/productions/897-womens-hockey-vs-clarkson-

RECORD: 5-29-4 (3-13-1 ECAC)

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RPI vs. St. Lawrence
ECAC Hockey Game - Houston Field House (Troy, NY)
2/7/15 - 3:00pm
St. Lawrence 2, RPI 1

BOX SCORES:
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/wrenstl1.f07
RPI: http://rpiathletics.com/boxscore.aspx?path=whock&id=4452

RECAPS:
RPI: http://rpiathletics.com/news/2015/2/7/WICE_0207153710.aspx
St. Lawrence: http://www.saintsathletics.com/news/2015/2/7/WHOCKEY_0207155904.aspx
Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w43SJVEm04U
Complete Game Video: http://rpitv.org/productions/898-womens-hockey-vs-st-lawrence-

RECORD: 5-21-4 (3-14-1 ECAC)

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Upcoming Schedule

Feb. 13 - at Yale (7pm)
Feb. 14 - at Brown (4pm)
Feb. 20 - Cornell (7pm)
Feb. 21 - Colgate

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ECAC Standings

1. Harvard - 29 pts. (14-3-1) (.806)
2t. Quinnipiac - 28 pts. (13-3-2) (.778)
2t. Clarkson - 28 pts. (13-3-2) (.778)
4. Cornell - 26 pts. (12-4-2) (.722)
5. St. Lawrence - 25 pts. (11-4-3) (.694)
6. Princeton - 23 pts. (11-6-1) (.639)
7t. Dartmouth - 16 pts. (7-9-2) (.444)
7t. Yale - 16 pts. (8-10-0) (.444)
9. Colgate - 9 pts. (4-13-1) (.250)
10. RPI - 7 pts. (3-14-1) (.194)
11. Union - 5 pts (1-14-3) (.139)
12. Brown - 4 pts. (2-16-0) (.111)

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