Monday, October 19, 2015

Women's Hockey - Robert Morris (16/17 Oct)

After a weekend sweep at RIT, things went downhill for the Engineers as they were swept at home by Robert Morris in the last non-conference games of the early season. Despite playing well on Friday, RPI was shutout 2-0 then fell 3-1 the following night.

Friday

Wash/Gruschow/Tomlinson
Horwood/Schwalbe/Rooney
Grigsby/Mankey/Thomas
Tremblay/Hylwa/Raspa

Hansen/Godin
Banks/Behounek
Kimmerle/Renn

Selander

39 shots on goal didn't help RPI solve netminder Jessica Dodds on Friday, and the Engineers dropped the first of two games to Robert Morris by a 2-0 margin. The Colonials capitalized on two good opportunities to score their goals on just 14 shots.

Both RMU goals came in the latter half of the second period. The first came when Mackenzie Johnson was able to steal a puck and break in alone on the net to beat Lovisa Selander for a 1-0 lead.

Ashley Vesci added a second goal for the Colonials with 15 seconds left in the second, capitalizing on a 2-on-1 opportunity to double the visitors' lead.

RPI poured on the pressure in the third period, putting 20 shots on Dodds, but couldn't get one past the RMU netminder and the Engineers were shutout for the first time this season.

Saturday

Horwood/Schwalbe/Rooney
Wash/Gruschow/Tomlinson
Grigsby/Mankey/Thomas
Tremblay/Hylwa/Raspa

Banks/Behounek
Hansen/Godin
Kimmerle/Renn

Till/Selander

After outplaying Robert Morris and more than doubling them up in shots on Friday night, RPI found the Colonials to be a tougher fight on Saturday afternoon - and RMU rode their stronger play to a second win and weekend sweep behind another strong effort from Jessica Dodds.

Sarah Till started in net for the Engineers, but ended up being pulled in the middle of the first period after RMU had already scored three goals.

The game's first goals came on the two teams' first shots of the game, with RPI jumping out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Taylor Schwalbe just 35 seconds in before RMU tied it less than a minute later with a Mackenzie Johnston tally.

RPI got into penalty trouble later in the first period, taking a series of penalties that left RMU on an extended 5-on-3. The Colonials made the most of the opportunity, adding two quick goals at 11:33 and 12:44 to turn a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 lead.

From there, Dodds took over once again and stoned the Engineers for the remaining 40-plus minutes, making a total of 34 saves on 35 shots and an impressive 72 for 73 on the weekend.

With the early non-conference schedule behind them, the Engineers will have a weekend off then travel to Cornell and Colgate to start ECAC play. The Big Red played their first game this weekend, beating Western Ontario 3-2 in exhibition play. Colgate has rushed out to a 3-1 record after a 7-0 exhibition win - including a sweep (5-3, 6-0) of the same Robert Morris team that just swept the Engineers. The Raiders have scored 20 goals in their first four games and look like they will be more of a threat this season than in years past.

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RPI vs. Robert Morris
Non-Conference Game - Houston Field House (Troy, NY)
10/16/15 - 7pm
RMU 2, RPI 0

BOX SCORES:
RPI: http://www.rpiathletics.com/boxscore.aspx?path=whock&id=5182
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1516/boxes/wrenrmu1.o16

RECAPS:
RPI: http://www.rpiathletics.com/news/2015/10/16/WICE_1016154810.aspx?path=whock
RMU: http://rmucolonials.com/news/2015/10/16/WHOCKEY_1016153756.aspx?path=whockey
Complete Game Video: http://rpitv.org/productions/986

RECORD: 2-3 (0-0 ECAC)

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RPI vs. Robert Morris
Non-Conference Game - Houston Field House (Troy, NY)
10/17/15 - 4pm
RMU 3, RPI 1

BOX SCORES:
RPI: http://www.rpiathletics.com/boxscore.aspx?path=whock&id=5183
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1516/boxes/wrenrmu1.o17

RECAPS:
RPI: http://www.rpiathletics.com/news/2015/10/17/WICE_1017151501.aspx?path=whock
RMU: http://rmucolonials.com/news/2015/10/17/WHOCKEY_1017152314.aspx?path=whockey
Complete Game Video: http://rpitv.org/productions/988

RECORD: 2-4 (0-0 ECAC)

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Upcoming Schedule

Oct. 30 - at Cornell (3pm)
Oct. 31 - at Colgate (3pm)
Nov. 6 - St. Lawrence (7pm)
Nov. 7 - Clarkson (4pm)

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