Monday, November 30, 2015

Women's Hockey - New Hampshire (27/28 Nov)

After a disappointing exhibition outing in Montreal that saw RPI beaten 4-0 by McGill, the Engineers returned home for a Thanksgiving weekend non-conference pair against New Hampshire.

Alexa Gruschow provided all the offense for RPI on the weekend, notching a hat trick in Friday's 3-3 tie and another goal on Saturday in a 2-1 loss.

Friday

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

Kimmerle/Godin
Behounek/Banks
Hansen

Selander

Alexa Gruschow scored two goals in three minutes late in the game to complete a hat trick and lead RPI's comeback to a 3-3 tie against New Hampshire at Houston Field House Friday night.

After Gruschow's first goal - the first of the game - was matched by UNH 23 seconds later, the Wildcats scored two more to take a 3-1 lead, necessitating Gruschow's late-game heroics.

The senior's first goal started through her own hard work along the boards to gain control of a puck which she fed to Mari Mankey behind the UNH net. Mankey slipped the puck back to the top of the crease where a charging Gruschow put it past Kyra Smith for the 1-0 lead.

Jonna Curtis ensured the RPI lead was short-lived, blowing past Hannah Behounek on a breakaway to beat Lovisa Selander and tie the game at one just 23 seconds later.

UNH took the lead later in the first period when a botched RPI pass at their own blue line gave the Wildcats a 2-on-1 which Cassandra Vilgrain finished off to make it 2-1.

The Wildcat lead grew to 3-1 at 2:46 of the middle frame, when Amy Schlagel scored a power play goal on a nice one-timer off a pass across the slot by Jonna Curtis.

RPI couldn't capitalize on a couple UNH penalties, leaving it to Gruschow's late-game tallies in the third to tie things up. She drew the Engineers to within one at 15:47, making a couple quick moves to get around the defense and throw a sharp angle shot at the net which found its way through.

Three minutes later she tied the game, parking at the side of the net with the extra attacker on and taking a feed from the slot which she quickly snapped past Smith.

The hat trick was the first of Gruschow's career, in a game which saw her put a team-leading six shots on net. Mari Mankey had two assists.

Saturday

Schwalbe/Mankey/Gruschow
Tremblay/Tomlinson/Rooney
Grigsby/Raspa/Thomas
Hylwa/Orzechowski

Hansen/Godin
Behounek/Banks
Kimmerle

Selander

After scoring a hat trick on Friday, Alexa Gruschow added another goal on Saturday, but it would be the Engineers' only goal on the afternoon and would not be enough as RPI fell 2-1 to UNH.

Amy Boucher scored for the Wildcats in the first period, deflecting a point shot from Amy Schlagel past Selander for a 1-0 lead.

Gruschow tied the game at 6:37 of the third period, putting home a loose puck after a shot from Josefine Hansen was blocked on its way to the net.

Amy Boucher put the Wildcats back on top at 11:41 with a power play tally, capitalizing on a failed RPI clearing attempt to take the lead.

RPI pushed for the tying goal as the clock ran down, pulling Selander for a minute and a half of extra attacker time, but the Wildcats held on to the lead for a win and a tie over the Engineers on the weekend.

The Engineers now return home for one more weekend of league play against Yale and Brown before a month-long winter break.

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RPI vs. New Hampshire
Non-Conference Game - Houston Field House (Troy, NY)
11/27/15 - 7pm
RPI 3, UNH 3 (OT)

BOX SCORES:
RPI: http://www.rpiathletics.com/boxscore.aspx?path=whock&id=5191
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1516/boxes/wrenunh1.n27

RECAPS:
RPI: http://www.rpiathletics.com/news/2015/11/27/WICE_1127151008.aspx?path=whock
UNH: http://unhwildcats.com/news/2015/11/27/WHOCKEY_1127153556.aspx?path=whockey
Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPjJ30KUUzI
Complete Game Video: http://rpitv.org/productions/1013-womens-hockey-vs-unh-game-1

RECORD: 4-7-2 (2-3-1 ECAC)

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RPI vs. New Hampshire
Non-Conference Game - Houston Field House (Troy, NY)
11/28/15 - 4pm
UNH 2, RPI 1

BOX SCORES:
RPI: http://www.rpiathletics.com/boxscore.aspx?path=whock&id=5192
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1516/boxes/wrenunh1.n28

RECAPS:
RPI: http://www.rpiathletics.com/news/2015/11/28/WICE_1128151302.aspx?path=whock
UNH: http://unhwildcats.com/news/2015/11/28/WHOCKEY_1128155834.aspx?path=whockey
Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua2ck7Nxf0o
Complete Game Video: http://rpitv.org/productions/1014-womens-hockey-vs-unh-game-2

RECORD: 4-8-2 (2-3-1 ECAC)

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Upcoming Schedule

Dec. 4 - Yale (3pm)
Dec. 5 - Brown (3pm)
Jan. 2 - at Mercyhurst (3pm)
Jan. 3 - at Mercyhurst (1pm)

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