RPI ties at Union

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Sophomore Jaimie Grigsby scored her fourth goal in the last four games, helping the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) women's hockey team to a 2-2 tie at Union College on Friday night at Messa Rink. With the draw, the Engineers move to 8-15-2 (5-7-1 ECAC Hockey), while the Dutchwomen are now 4-20-1 (1-11-1 ECAC Hockey).

Rensselaer put 18 shots on goal in the first period compared to 10 for the Dutchwomen, but Union freshman goaltender Kate Spooner (Grand Pre, NS) and RPI sophomore Lovisa Selander (Sollentuna, Sweden/SDE Riksserien) were equal to the task, turning them all away.

A scoreless second period was highlighted by RPI senior captain Laura Horwood (Belleville, ON/Durham West Lightning) ringing a shot off the left post in the final minute. Earlier in the frame, the Engineers killed off over a minute of 5-on-3 penalty kill time.

The Engineers broke onto the board at 4:12 of the third period, when Grigsby (Whitby, ON/Whitby Wolves) broke into the offensive zone on a partial breakaway. She moved to her backhand, before sticking the puck past Spooner for a 1-0 lead. Classmate Makenna Thomas (Hartland, WI/Chicago Young Americans) and senior Hannah Behounek(Minnetonka, MN/Minnetonka High School).

Junior Shayna Tomlinson (Gilford, NH/Assabet Valley) made it a 2-0 game at 8:32 of the frame, sticking home a rebound at the side of the Union cage. Helpers went to Horwood and freshman Blake Orosz (Chase Mills, NY/Nepean Wildcats).

Union roared back to tie the game, scoring twice in a span of 1:05. Senior Emily Erickson (Crosslake, MN) netted her fourth of the year at 9:58, before freshman Katelynn Russ (Crystal Lake, IL) drew the hosts even with under nine to play.

Neither team was able to break the deadlock, sending the game to overtime. In the extra session, Grigsby turned the best chance for either team, when she hit the crossbar after the Engineers won an offensive zone faceoff.

Selander (8-13-2) finished with 29 saves, while Spooner had 41 at the other end of the ice. RPI went 0 for 2 on the power play, while Union was 0 for 1.

Both teams are back in action tomorrow afternoon four game two of the series at the Houston Field House (3pm).