Lovisa Selander Saves 58 in RPI's 1-0 Win Over Robert Morris

Lovisa Selander Saves 58 in RPI's 1-0 Win Over Robert Morris

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Senior Lovisa Selander made a season-high 58 saves, including 26 in the third period, to lead the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) women's hockey team to a 1-0 victory over Robert Morris University, in a non-league contest at Colonials Arena. With the win, the Engineers improve to 1-2-1 overall, while the Colonials fall to 1-4.

Selander (Sollentuna, Sweden/SDE Riksserien) stood tall throughout the contest, turning away 15 in the first period and 17 in the second, before the 26 third period stops. None were bigger than the three shorthanded saves that he she made in the final minute and a half, when Robert Morris pulled its netminder on the power play for a 6-on-4 advantage. A scramble at the net front in the closing seconds, saw Selander make a left pad save to seal the victory.

After a scoreless opening stanza, Rensselaer senior Jaimie Grigsby (Whitby, ON/Whitby Wolves) netted the game's goal in the second. Taking a feed from junior Blake Orosz (Chase Mills, NY/Nepean Wildcats), Grigsby fired a shot past Robert Morris senior goaltender Lauren Bailey (Freeland, MI/Choate Rosemary Hall). The tally, which came at 16:01 of the frame, was her Grigsby's first goal of the year.

The Colonials turned up the pressure in the third period, forcing Selander to make a number of acrobatic saves. She made a point-blank stop on sophomore Anjelica Diffendal (Pittsburgh, PA/Pittsburgh Penguins Elite) with 12:28 to play in the period.

Robert Morris had the Engineers hemmed in their own zone for a stretch midway through the third, but the visitors were able to block a pair of shots, before clearing the puck out.

Orosz nearly doubled the RPI lead with four minutes to go, but her shot was wired over the night on an odd-man break.

Selander (1-2-1) finished eight saves shy of her career-high of 66, which she accomplished on February 27, 2016, in a 2-1 double-overtime loss at Quinnipiac University, in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals. The 58 stop are the most she has made in a regulation time contest. The shutout was her first of the season and eighth of her collegiate career.

Both teams are back in action tomorrow afternoon for game two of the weekend series. Puck drop is once again scheduled for 3:05pm.