Rensselaer delivers first loss to Clarkson

While it may have seemed like it was going to be a disappointing weekend for the Engineers after Friday’s 2–0 loss against the St. Lawrence University’s Saints, it turned out to be quite the contrary when the number four nationally ranked Clarkson University was taken down on Saturday night at the Houston Field House. In a 2–1 upset of the Clarkson Golden Knights by the RPI women’s ice hockey team, RPI jumped to 4-5-1 for the season, and Clarkson fell to 10-1-2. This is the Golden Knights’ first loss of the season, having won ten times so far and tied only twice.

No goals were scored during the first period of play on Friday. Freshman goaltender Lovisa Selander managed to defend RPI’s goal all the way to the timer for the first break to begin. However, as soon as the second period rolled around, the Saints came in on top of their game. A pass by the Saints’ Kennedy Marchment to teammate Kailee Heidersbach, who was located conveniently in the goal zone, enabled Heidersbach to dump the puck with ease at 11:49 into the period. This was the first of two points the Saints would earn that evening.

Despite three shot attempts each by senior Alexa Gruschow and junior Katie Rooney, the Engineers didn’t score during the second or third periods. Saints’ Brooke Webster, with help from Heidersbach, increased St. Lawrence’s lead at 4:52 into the third.

Enter Saturday. A fresh rink gleamed bright white before the Engineers, full of new hope and promise for a better day. Little did they know when they took their first rounds on the rink that they would be the team to relinquish the Clarkson grip on victory.

Golden Knights’ Cayley Mercer may have scored the opening shot of the game with 3:30 left in the first period, but it wouldn’t be long before the Engineers would give them a taste of their own medicine, and then some. Credited with giving Rensselaer their first goal of the evening, at 12:43 into the second period, was junior Lindsey Hylwa, who assisted a shot by senior Mari Mankey to help it past Golden Knights goalkeeper Shea Tiley.

Things really picked up for the Engineers after Hylwa’s important goal. At 12:49 into the final period, Mankey captured the puck from the rebound off a shot by senior Jenn Godin. This game winning goal was just what the Engineers were looking for to break the 1–1 tie formed in the second period.

Selander performed a record 45 saves during the game, beating out her previous record of 41 from the October 3 match against North Dakota.

Next up for RPI will be matches against Hartwick and Dartmouth on Friday and Saturday, respectively, both of which will be away.