Cornell and Colgate defeated by RPI in overtime

RENSSELAER PERSEVERED on both Friday and Saturday, despite initial setbacks, thanks to goals by senior forward Alexa Gruschow and senior forward Lauren Wash. (file photo)

Rensselaer women’s hockey played two overtime thrillers this past weekend at Cornell and Colgate Universities on Friday and Saturday, respectively, winning the first and tying the second. In the first game, RPI came back from a 1-0 deficit in the third period against the Big Red and won on a goal by senior forward Lauren Wash in overtime. At Colgate on Saturday, the Engineers trailed 1-3 heading into the third period before junior forward Katie Rooney saved the day with two goals, sending the game into overtime and force the eventual tie.

Defense and physicality dominated the first two periods of play in the matchup between Cornell and RPI. Freshman goalie Lovisa Selander and Cornell goalie Paula Voorheis turned away 17 and 22 shots, respectively, during the first 40 minutes of action, including several breakaway looks each. The Big Red killed four power plays—two for tripping—during that span while the Engineers killed two in the first period for hooking and cross-checking. In the third period, the teams traded goals in a span of 80 seconds. First, with 16:55 remaining in the final period, Cornell defender Sydnee Saracco found forward Kaitlin Doering in front of the RPI net, and Doering flicked the puck through Selander’s legs to give Cornell a 1-0 lead.

Just over a minute late, the Engineers responded with a goal of their own off of a five-on-three power play . Wash passed it to freshman defender Josefine Hansen at the point, who hit senior forward Alexa Gruschow for a one-timer that she slapped past Voorheis to tie the game at one.

The game went to overtime, tied at one goal on 29 shots each. Then, Gruschow came up big again, backhanding a pass to Wash, who collected the pass and scored from in front of the Cornell net with two and a half minutes elapsed in the extra session to give the Engineers the win. Each goalie finished with two saves in overtime and thirty in the game and Selander recorded her second victory of the year.

Rensselaer fell behind again against Colgate. This time they surrendered two goals in the first period to Red Raider forwards Bailey Larson and Shelby Perry. In the second period, sophomore forward Shayna Tomlinson passed the puck back to sophomore defender Amanda Kimmerle at the top of the Colgate zone, and Kimmerle drove it past Red Raider goalie Julia Vandyk to bring Rensselaer to within one score.

Later, in the second period, Colgate forward Shae Labbe restored Colgate’s two-goal cushion unassisted, her fifth score of the young season. The Engineers kept fighting and were rewarded for their perseverance midway through the third period when Rooney fired a shot past Vandyk to bring the score to 3-2 Colgate. The goal was assisted by senior defender Brandi Banks and senior forward Mari Mankey. With little time left, Rooney delivered again to tie the score at three, this time assisted by Mankey and sophomore forward Marisa Raspa, her first point of the season.

In overtime, Selander made six clutch saves to Vandyk’s one to preserve the tie. Selander finished with 31 saves on 34 shots while Vandyk hauled in 29 of 32 that she faced. The tie brings Rensselaer to a record of 3-4-1 after its first weekend of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference competition. Next weekend, RPI will host North Country rivals St. Lawrence and Clarkson in its first ECAC home games of the season.