Women’s Ice Hockey split 1–1 in two games over the weekend against the University of Maine, winning the season opener Saturday 3–1, and losing Sunday 2–0.
Saturday’s game in Orono, Maine was scoreless but action-packed for the first period, with 16 combined goal shots. The second period began with a goal from Kara Washer, but the game was quickly tied by senior Laura Horwood with an assist to freshman Blake Orosz, giving Orosz her first collegiate point. Sophomore Makenna Thomas scored later in the period with an assist to sophomore Ana Orzechowski, putting RPI in the lead. During the third period, with the Bears defending a 5-on-3 penalty, senior Hannah Behounek scored with an assist to sophomore Josefine Hansen, securing a victory for the Engineers.
Sunday’s game remained scoreless during the first period, with 16 saves made by sophomore goalie Lovisa Selander. However, 22 seconds into the second period, Washer scored, putting Maine in the lead. The game was nearly tied by junior Whitney Renn, but the shot hit the pipe. Bears player Tereza Vanisova scored an additional point in the third period, ensuring a comfortable victory for Maine.
RPI stands at 1–1 for the season, and will host Ohio State next weekend for a two-game series on Friday at 6 pm.