Monday, December 7, 2015

Women's Hockey - Yale & Brown (4/5 Dec)

One final weekend of ECAC play marked the end of 2015 for RPI, with the Engineers hosting Yale and Brown at Houston Field House.

Yale proved to be a big challenge for the Engineers, as the Bulldogs left Troy with a 4-1 victory that would have been a shutout if not broken by Jaimie Grigsby in the final minute of Friday's game. Brown made for a better matchup on Saturday as the Engineers were backstopped to a 2-0 win by Lovisa Selander.

Yale

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

Hansen/Renn
Kimmerle/Godin
Behounek/Banks

Selander

Jordan Chancellor scored twice in the span of 2:36 in the first period to help Yale jump out to a 2-0 lead, and the Bulldogs didn't look back as they coasted to a 4-1 win over RPI in Troy Friday night. Yale outshot RPI 43-23 in the contest.

Chancellor opened up the scoring at the 4:56 mark of the opening frame, taking the puck from behind the net and moving into the slot to put a wrist shot glove side past Selander.

Her second goal followed shortly thereafter as she fired home a rebound after Selander made the initial stop on a point shot by Mallory Souliotis.

Souliotis made it a 3-0 lead for the Bulldogs at 13:26 after a total breakdown in the RPI crease left the puck sitting behind Selander long enough for the Yale defender to meander around the net and poke it home.

The rout looked to be on before the first period drew to a close as Jamie Haddad notched Yale's fourth goal of the afternoon. After a 4-on-4 faceoff win in the RPI zone, the goal played out as nearly a carbon copy of Chancellor's first as Haddad was allowed to move right into the slot to put a shot glove side past Selander.

Selander settled down in the second period, turning away all 19 shots faced, then stopped another 7 in the third. However the Engineers couldn't muster any offense until the game's final minute when Jaimie Grigsby stole the puck behind the Yale net and swung it around front and past netminder Hanna Mandl to break the shutout bid and make it a 4-1 game.

The loss marks a continuation of a long winless streak against the Bulldogs for RPI. The Engineers haven't picked up two points against Yale since February 2013 - a season where Yale went 5-21-3.

Brown

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

Kimmerle/Godin
Hansen/Renn
Behounek/Banks

Selander

After Friday night's loss to Yale, RPI rebounded on Saturday to earn a 2-0 shutout over Brown. Makenna Thomas scored for the Engineers and led all players with seven shots on goal, while Alexa Gruschow picked up another goal - her team-leading ninth of the season.

Gruschow's goal came early in the first period - following a nifty move along the boards to come away with the puck, she cut toward the net and put a laser just under the crossbar leaving no chance for Monica Elvin to make a save.

The Engineers went without a goal throughout most of the rest of the game, though they outshot their guests handily by 13-6, 12-8, and 10-5 margins in the game's three periods. Shayna Tomlinson had a nice chance in the second off a rebound, but the sophomore fired the puck over the net while falling to the ice.

It took until the final minute for the Engineers to tack on an insurance goal, as Thomas scored into the empty net to make it a 2-0 game. Amanda Kimmerle sent the puck down ice where it was tipped by Mari Mankey as she was being tripped at the RPI blue line. Thomas picked it up and skated in 1-on-1 against Abby Niewchas, threading it through the defender and into the empty net.

The Engineers will break for the holidays, not returning to action until January 2nd and 3rd when they travel to Erie, PA to face Mercyhurst in a non-conference pair that will mark the end of non-conference play before RPI launches into 14 straight league games to end the season.

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RPI vs. Yale
ECAC Hockey Game - Houston Field House (Troy, NY)
12/4/15 - 3pm
Yale 4, RPI 1

BOX SCORES:
RPI: http://www.rpiathletics.com/boxscore.aspx?path=whock&id=5193
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1516/boxes/wrenyal1.d04

RECAPS:
RPI: http://www.rpiathletics.com/news/2015/12/4/WICE_1204151510.aspx?path=whock
Yale: http://www.yalebulldogs.com/sports/w-hockey/2015-16/releases/20151204pwnbhy
Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSNBU9z4aMM
Complete Game Video: http://rpitv.org/productions/1016-womens-hockey-vs-yale

RECORD: 4-9-2 (2-4-1 ECAC)

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RPI vs. Brown
ECAC Hockey Game - Houston Field House (Troy, NY)
12/5/15 - 3pm
RPI 2, Brown 0

BOX SCORES:
RPI: http://www.rpiathletics.com/boxscore.aspx?path=whock&id=5194
College Hockey Stats: http://collegehockeystats.net/1516/boxes/wbrnren1.d05

RECAPS:
RPI: http://www.rpiathletics.com/news/2015/12/5/WICE_1205152921.aspx?path=whock
Brown: http://www.brownbears.com/sports/w-hockey/2015-16/releases/20151205rgvxb7
Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkfMVLyCwuQ
Complete Game Video: http://rpitv.org/productions/1018-womens-hockey-vs-brown

RECORD: 5-9-2 (3-4-1 ECAC)

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ECAC Standings

1. Quinnipiac - 16 pts (7-1-2) (.800)
2t. Harvard - 11 pts (5-3-1) (.611)
2t. Princeton - 11 pts (5-4-1) (.550)
4. Dartmouth - 10 pts (4-3-2) (.556)
5t. Colgate - 8 pts (2-1-4) (.571)
5t. Clarkson - 8 pts (3-3-2) (.500)
5t. St. Lawrence - 8 pts (4-4-0) (.500)
8t. Yale - 7 pts (3-2-1) (.583)
8t. RPI - 7 pts (3-4-1) (.438)
10. Cornell - 6 pts (2-3-2) (.429)
11t. Brown - 2 pts (1-5-0) (.167)
11t. Union - 2 pts (0-6-2) (.125)

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Upcoming Schedule

Jan. 2 - at Mercyhurst (3pm)
Jan. 3 - at Mercyhurst (1pm)
Jan. 8 - Quinnipiac (7pm)
Jan. 9 - Princeton (4pm)

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