The Rensselaer women’s Ice Hockey team had a rough past weekend, losing two games 2-1 at the Houston Field House in Troy, NY. The engineers had taken numerous penalties during Friday night’s game against Clarkson University, and fell short Saturday afternoon versus St. Lawrence University.
After losing to Cornell University 7-1 on January 31 at an away game, the engineers were back in action against Clarkson on February 6. The first shot for the Engineers came at a minute thirty into the game, and four and a half minutes after at 5:58, Clarkson took their first shot on goal and took the lead 1-0. Cayley Mercer managed to make RPI senior goaltender Kelly O’Brien come out from the crease, and Mercer went down early to sneak by her and put the puck in the net.
The second period came along with a few shots here and there, but at 17:52, things got exciting. Senior captain defender Taylor Mahoney took a five minute major for contact to the head and a 10 minute misconduct. RPI won the following faceoff and junior forward Alexa Gruschow didn’t waste any time. At 18:17, he took the shot and scored, bringing the engineers to a 1-1 tie, and giving her her tenth goal of the season.
Coming back out for the third period, the engineers, still short-handed, lost the first faceoff. Clarkson took advantage of the power play at 54 seconds when the Green Knights gave up another goal, making it 2-1. The Engineers took nearly 16 shots on goal following Clarkson’s ultimate game winner, finishing with Gruschow taking a major and misconduct to end the game. Overall, RPI outshot the Golden Knights, 28-25, but picked up another tough loss.
The following day the engineers faced St. Lawrence University, with the mentality to beat the Saints. However, they fell short again 2-1. Coincidently, the opponents scored first again, this time at 10:18 in the first period, off of Brooke Webster’s breakaway. The second period brought 15 shots from SLU and 12 shots from RPI; no goals were scored though.
In the third period, RPI junior defender Brandi Banks was called for tripping at 4:01, giving the Saints a power play opportunity, which they were able to take advantage of. 29 seconds later, Kayla Raniwsky was at the post to flick the puck into the net, squeezing past O’Brien, leaving RPI down 2-0. Later at 10:52, Mahoney bounced back from Friday’s night game, to lift the puck over SLU goaltender Carmen MacDonald, putting the engineers on the board, 2-1. This was Mahoney’s fourth goal of the season, with assists from freshman forward Marisa Raspa and junior captain forward Mari Mankey. With a little over a minute left, the woman engineers picked up their second power play of the game and pulled O’Brien for the extra attacker, yet were not able to produce, as regulation time had expired, putting a 2-1 loss into the books. O’Brien had 33 saves, 10 more than the previous game against Clarkson.
This past weekend has brought the engineers to a 5-21-4 overall record and #10 in the Women’s Division I ECAC standings. The Rensselaer women’s hockey team looks to fight back at the Whale in New Haven, C.T., when they take on the Yale University Bulldogs Friday, February 13 at 7 pm.