Engineers split 1-1

Women’s ice hockey split the weekend 1-1, first losing to Colgate University 5-3 on Friday night, and following with a 2-1 win against Cornell University on Saturday.

The Engineers struck first Friday night, when senior forward Lauren Wash played senior forward Mari Mankey from behind the net, allowing Mankey to score just four minutes into play.

The Raiders fought back and managed to beat freshman goalie Lovisa Selander three minutes later, tying the game at one apiece. At 10:43, Olivia Zafuto was assisted by Annika Zalewski to put Colgate ahead 2-1.

A scramble in front of the net at 7:29 into the second period allowed sophomore forward Shayna Tomlinson to tie the game for RPI. At 11:48, Chelsea Jacques was called for hooking, giving the Engineers a much needed power play. Junior forward Laura Horwood took that opportunity and edged the Engineers ahead at 13:33, putting the score at 3-2. Colgate tied the game yet again just a minute later after a goal by Kayla Haus.

The tie remained until just after the first minute of play in the third period, when Zalewski scored for the Raiders. Unfortunately, the Engineers were not able to tie up the game, and, instead, the next goal came from Breanne Wilson-Bennett at 9:28 after she intercepted a pass, which gave the Raiders a two goal lead.

Contrary to Friday, Saturday’s game against Cornell proved to be a low scoring game. The only two goals during regulation time came in the second period. Cornell scored first at 6:54, with an unassisted shot by Taylor Woods. At 17:00, junior forward Katie Rooney stole the puck in the neutral zone, and, after skating around the net, snuck the puck past Cornell goalie Paula Voorheis, tying the game.

The teams remained tied and were forced into overtime. Just 1:44 into overtime Rooney came up big again and scored the winning goal for a 2-1 victory over Cornell. This puts the Engineers 9-13-4 overall and 7-7-2 in the Liberty League. Next weekend, women’s ice hockey takes on Clarkson University and St. Lawrence University, both on the road.