Monday, November 9, 2015

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

After taking three points from Cornell and Colgate, RPI returned home to face their biggest challenge of the early season as St. Lawrence and fourth-ranked Clarkson came to town.

After falling short in a 2-0 loss to the Saints on Friday, the Engineers clawed out a 2-1 win over Clarkson on Saturday behind a spectacular effort from freshman netminder Lovisa Selander.

St. Lawrence

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

Hansen/Godin
Behounek/Banks
Kimmerle/Renn

Selander

The weekend opened on a tough note as RPI struggled against St. Lawrence, getting shut out 2-0 by the visiting Saints. Selander finished with 31 saves but it was not enough for an Engineer squad that couldn't get one past Saints goalie Sonjia Shelly.

The first period flew by without scoring or penalties, and it wasn't until after the midpoint of the second period that SLU tallied the game's first goal. Taking advantage of a turnover at the RPI blue line, Kailee Heidersbach fed the puck to Kennedy Marchment at the top of the RPI crease, then Marchment gave it right back to Heidersbach across the crease for an easy tap-in past Selander.

Brooke Webster added a second goal for the Saints early in the third period, poking home a loose puck after a shot from Amanda Boulier made it past Selander to settle in the crease. The RPI defense tried to swipe it clear of the crease but couldn't get to it before the charging Webster had it in the back of the net.

The Engineers finished the game having been outshot 33-16 by a SLU squad that, despite a mixed bag of results early on due to playing a tough early schedule, looks poised to be one of the league's better teams.

Clarkson

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

Behounek/Banks
Hansen/Godin
Kimmerle/Renn

Selander

While Saturday's game threatened to be an even tougher matchup for the Engineers than Friday's, with fourth-ranked Clarkson visiting Houston Field House, RPI took advantage of a great outing from Lovisa Selander coupled with some opportune penalty calls to pull a big upset and hand the Golden Knights their first loss of the season, 13 games in.

It was Clarkson scoring first, with Cayley Mercer giving the Golden Knights a 1-0 edge in a first period which saw the visitors outshoot RPI 15-3. Mercer's goal was a quick redirect in front of the net which came just moments after the Engineers broke up a 3-on-2 opportunity.

Lindsey Hylwa drew the Engineers even midway through the middle frame, putting just enough of a tip on a Mari Mankey shot coming on the rush to sneak it past Shea Tiley.

Mankey would then go on to tally the go-ahead goal on the Engineers' seventh power play chance of the game, at 12:49 of the third. Jenn Godin set up the goal with a slapshot from the point which Tiley stopped, but the puck dropped at the top of the crease and Mankey was able to slide it underneath the Clarkson goalie before she could get a glove on it.

The Engineers then held on as Clarkson fought hard to tie the game back up, with Selander making several big stops and finishing the game with an excellent 45 saves, making her 76 for 79 on the weekend.

RPI now travels to Dartmouth and Harvard before taking a couple weeks off from conference play for an exhibition at McGill and home set against New Hampshire.

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RPI vs. St. Lawrence
ECAC Hockey Game - Houston Field House (Troy, NY)
11/6/15 - 7pm
SLU 2, RPI 0

BOX SCORES:
RPI: http://www.rpiathletics.com/boxscore.aspx?path=whock&id=5186
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1516/boxes/wrenstl1.n06

RECAPS:
RPI: http://www.rpiathletics.com/news/2015/11/6/WICE_1106153848.aspx?path=whock
SLU: http://www.saintsathletics.com/news/2015/11/6/WHOCKEY_1106152655.aspx?path=whockey
Complete Game Video: http://rpitv.org/productions/998-womens-hockey-vs-st-lawrence

RECORD: 3-5-1 (1-1-1 ECAC)

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RPI vs. #4 Clarkson
ECAC Hockey Game - Houston Field House (Troy, NY)
11/7/15 - 4pm
RPI 2, Clarkson 1

BOX SCORES:
RPI: http://www.rpiathletics.com/boxscore.aspx?path=whock&id=5187
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1516/boxes/wclkren1.n07

RECAPS:
RPI: http://www.rpiathletics.com/news/2015/11/7/WICE_1107152112.aspx?path=whock
Clarkson: http://clarksonathletics.com/news/2015/11/7/WHOCK_1107154740.aspx?path=whock
Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P1axL7eDJ0
Complete Game Video: http://rpitv.org/productions/1000-womens-hockey-vs-clarkson

RECORD: 4-5-1 (2-1-1 ECAC)

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Upcoming Schedule

Nov. 13 - at Dartmouth (7pm)
Nov. 14 - at Harvard (4pm)
Nov. 22 - at McGill (2pm)
Nov. 27 - New Hampshire (7pm)
Nov. 28 - New Hampshire (4pm)

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