RPI Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive with Tie at Dartmouth

RPI Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive with Tie at Dartmouth

HANOVER, N.H. – Senior Whitney Renn scored the game-tying goal 11 minutes into the second period to keep Rensselaer's ECAC Hockey playoff hopes alive in the Engineers' 1-1 tie at Dartmouth Friday night.

After a scoreless first period, the Big Green's Megan Cornell (Bloomington, Minn.) hit a shot from the point straight for RPI (9-16-6, 6-10-3 ECACH) goaltender Lovisa Selander. The freshman's shot found the stick of teammate Sabrina Huett (Plainfield, N.H.) who was posted up directly in front of Selander outside of the crease. The sophomore wrapped the puck round her left side to Tess Bracken (Winnipeg, Manitoba) on the back post for the junior's eighth goal of the year.

Three minutes later, senior Amanda Kimmerle tossed the puck along the right boards to Jaimie Grigsby. The junior won the puck behind the net and careered the puck to the front of the cage for a shot that bounced off the pads of Dartmouth (5-17-2, 3-14-2 ECACH) netminder Christie Honor (Mississauaga, Ontario). The rebound made its way to Renn at the point who ripped a hard shot to the bottom right corner for the senior's fifth goal of the year.

Grigsby picked up a penalty for interference with 17 seconds left in the second period to give the Big Green its first power play of the game. After starting the third period down one skater, sophomore Megan Hayes was charged with slashing to give Dartmouth a 3-5 advantage. Selander, along with Renn, Kimmerle and senior Shayna Tomlinson, killed the Big Green's 57 second, two skater advantage until Grigsby was able to join them for the second penalty kill. With 40 seconds remaining in the second power play, Selander kept Dartmouth from scoring a second goal with the defensive help of Makenna ThomasJosefine HansenSabrina Repaci and Madeleine Burnett.

Both sides exchanged chances for the remainder of the third period and overtime, but the score ended in a 1-1 tie.

Selander (9-15-5) and Honor (4-17-2) each were credited with a tie with 30 and 42 saves, respectively.

RPI was 0-0-2 against Dartmouth this year which is the second time this season that the Engineers have finished a series even. Back in November, Rensselaer tied New Hampshire with scores of 1-1 both nights.

With tonight's tie, RPI remains in ninth place with 15 points in the ECACH to knock on the door for the eighth and final playoff spot. The Engineers are currently chasing Yale (9-13-4, 7-10-2 ECACH) who are mere one point ahead in the standings.

Rensselaer travels to seventh place Harvard (10-13-2, 8-9-2 ECACH) who has 18 points in ECACH play while the Bulldogs travel to #4 Colgate (26-4-1, 16-3-0), who is currently tied for first in the conference with 32 points. The puck is set to drop at both rinks at 3pm.