Lauren Wash and Alexa Gruschow teamed up for a goal and an assist each as RPI defeated Cornell 2-1 in an overtime thriller for the teams' 2015 ECAC opener. Shayna Tomlinson led all players with eight shots on goal on the afternoon, picking up an assist on Wash's game winning overtime goal.
After playing through two scoreless periods, Cornell broke through first at 3:05 of the third period, with Kaitlin Doering beating Lovisa Selander with a shot that the netminder never seemed to get ready for.
The Big Red's lead was short lived, as two quick penalties on Cornell following the goal put RPI on a 5-on-3 advantage which Gruschow capitalized on, taking a feed from Wash on the doorstep and putting it top corner to tie the game at one.
The Engineers killed a pair of penalties late in the third to force overtime, and it was there that Wash won it for RPI. After Gruschow won a race to the puck behind the net and sent a blind backhander to the front where Wash was charging forward, the senior fired it top shelf to put the game away.
RPI finished with a 32-31 edge in shots in the game, which was their first win over Cornell since the 2009 end of season run that took the Engineers to the ECAC championship game - and the first at Lynah Rink since 2008.
Though RPI trailed 3-1 after two periods, Katie Rooney notched a pair of goals in third to tie the game and force a 3-3 tie against Colgate on Saturday. Amanda Kimmerle scored the Engineers' other goal on an assist from Tomlinson who led the team in shots for the second straight game.
Colgate jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on Saturday when Bailey Larson cashed in on a rebound in the slot to beat a sliding Selander.
The Raiders doubled that lead at 13:11 of the first, with Shelby Perry snaking through the defense to get a clean shot which found its way to the back of the net.
Kimmerle got RPI on the board 5:08 into the second, deflecting Tomlinson's point shot past Julia Vandyk to cut Colgate's lead to 2-1.
Shae Labbe made it a 3-1 Colgate lead by picking off an RPI clearing attempt and taking it back to the net all alone and past Selander for an unassisted tally.
The third period saw Rooney take things into her own hands, scoring first at 5:28 with a tip on a shot by Brandi Banks, then again at 17:28 to tie things up after Marisa Raspa broke up a Colgate breakout attempt and sent it to Mari Mankey behind the net who fed Rooney at the top of the crease for the tying goal.
Colgate pressured hard in overtime, putting six shots on net, but Selander held on to help RPI earn the tie and three points on the weekend.
Things don't get any easier next weekend as the Engineers host St. Lawrence (7pm Friday) and Clarkson (4pm Saturday) at the Field House. Clarkson in particular poses a big challenge as the Golden Knights are undefeated in eleven games (9-0-2). The Saints have been a little more down to earth with a 4-6-1 record, however four of those six losses came against undefeated Clarkson and BC.
RPI at Cornell
ECAC Hockey Game - Lynah Rink (Ithaca, NY)
10/30/15 - 3pm
RPI 2, Cornell 1 (OT)
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1516/boxes/wcorren1.o30
Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=181V21GuGpA
RECORD: 3-4 (1-0 ECAC)
RPI at Colgate
ECAC Hockey Game - Starr Rink (Hamilton, NY)
10/31/15 - 3pm
RPI 3, Colgate 3 (OT)
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1516/boxes/wclgren1.o31
Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lw0cjRQzAY
RECORD: 3-4-1 (1-0-1 ECAC)
Nov. 6 - St. Lawrence (7pm)
Nov. 7 - Clarkson (4pm)
Nov. 13 - at Dartmouth (7pm)
Nov. 14 - at Harvard (4pm)