Monday, February 23, 2015

Women's Hockey - Cornell & Colgate (20/21 Feb)

RPI's season ended this weekend, as we've known it would for a few weeks now, but the Engineers had a little something to celebrate as they defeated Colgate 5-3 on Senior Night after falling to Cornell 4-1 the night before.

Cornell

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

Renn/Banks
Middlebrook/Kimmerle
Schilter/Behounek

Piper

Alexa Gruschow scored a power play goal late in the first period to give RPI a 1-0 lead, but Cornell took control of the game from there en route to a 4-1 victory on Friday.

Jillian Saulnier led the Big Red with two goals and an assist on the night, while linemate Brianne Jenner matched her three points with a goal and a pair of helpers.

Cornell knotted the score at one just 3:28 into the second period, when a shot by Emily Fulton deflected off Saulnier and past Brianna Piper, who was playing in her final weekend after not seeing the ice in several weeks.

The Big Red took the lead five minutes later, with Jenner picking up a long rebound and driving to the net for the tally. They also held RPI to just three shots in the middle frame.

The visitors put the game out of reach with two power play goals in the third, first from Kaitlin Doering on a rebound off a wraparound, then a few minutes later from Saulnier on a feed from Jenner.

The win put the Big Red in control of their own destiny for home ice in the quarterfinals, which they secured on Saturday by defeating Union.

Colgate

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

Schilter/Middlebrook
Behounek/Kimmerle
Renn/Banks

O'Brien

Coming into the final game of the season for both teams, RPI and Colgate were playing for ninth place in the standings, and the Engineers came out on top with a 5-3 decision on Senior Night. Of the eight goals scored in the game, all but one were on the power play.

The lone tally not on the power play was also the game's first, with Hannah Behounek taking a feed from Ali Svoboda and putting it past Brittney Brooks for the early lead at 2:53.

Shayna Tomlinson doubled that lead at 12:18 on the Engineers' first man advantage of the game, and the Engineers went on a tear to start the second period, scoring two more quick power play goals on successive chances. Taylor Mahoney and Ali Svoboda picked up the goals early in the second at 5:00 and 7:26 respectively.

Shortly after Svoboda's goal, Gruschow was given a 5-minute major for cross-checking, and Colgate set to work getting themselves right back into the game. The Raiders would score three goals on the opportunity, with Miriam Drubel getting Colgate on the board before Melissa Kueber tacked on two more to cut RPI's lead to one.

RPI was forced to kill more penalty time early in the third, including over a minute of 5-on-3, but the held strong and eventually went on a 5-on-3 of their own when two Colgate players were whistled on the same play. Gruschow put RPI up 5-3 on the advantage and the score held up.

The season ended for RPI and Colgate on Saturday, as well as Union and Brown, while the other eight teams head into the playoffs.

#8 seed Dartmouth, who was at one point within close reach of the Engineers for eighth but finished nine points up on RPI, heads west to face #1 Clarkson.

#7 Yale will take on #2 Harvard, who finished with an identical record to the top-seeded Golden Knights but fell to #2 on tiebreakers.

#6 Princeton and travel partner #3 Quinnipiac in Hamden, while another tiebreaker has #5 SLU visiting #4 Cornell.

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RPI vs. Cornell
ECAC Hockey Game - Houston Field House (Troy, NY)
2/20/15 - 7pm
Cornell 4, RPI 1

BOX SCORES:
RPI: http://rpiathletics.com/boxscore.aspx?path=whock&id=4455
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/wcorren1.f20

RECAPS:
RPI: http://rpiathletics.com/news/2015/2/20/WICE_0220152135.aspx
Cornell: http://www.cornellbigred.com/news/2015/2/20/WICE_0220155140.aspx

RECORD: 6-23-4 (4-16-1 ECAC)

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RPI vs. Colgate
ECAC Hockey Game - Houston Field House (Troy, NY)
2/21/15 - 4pm
RPI 5, Colgate 3

BOX SCORES:
RPI: http://rpiathletics.com/boxscore.aspx?path=whock&id=4456
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/wclgren1.f21

RECAPS:
RPI: http://rpiathletics.com/news/2015/2/21/WICE_0221151603.aspx
Colgate: http://www.gocolgateraiders.com/news/2015/2/21/WHOCKEY_0221155246.aspx

RECORD: 7-23-4 (5-16-1 ECAC)

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Final ECAC Standings

1t. Clarkson - 34 pts (22-16-4) (Clarkson wins tiebreaker)
1t. Harvard - 34 pts (22-16-4)
3. Quinnipiac - 32 pts (15-5-2)
4t. Cornell - 30 pts (14-6-2) (Cornell wins tiebreaker)
4t. St. Lawrence - 30 pts (13-5-4)
6. Princeton - 27 pts (13-8-1)
7. Yale - 24 pts (12-10-0)
8. Dartmouth - 20 pts (9-11-2)
9. RPI - 11 pts (5-16-1)
10. Colgate - 10 pts (4-16-2)
11. Union - 7 pts (1-16-5)
12. Brown - 5 pts (2-19-1)

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ECAC Playoff Quarterfinal Matchups

#8 Dartmouth at #1 Clarkson
#7 Yale at #2 Harvard
#6 Princeton at #3 Quinnipiac
#5 St. Lawrence at #4 Cornell

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