RPI beaten by No. 6 Princeton

RPI beaten by No. 6 Princeton

TROY, N.Y. – Five different players scored and 10 had points as a balanced attack led the sixth-ranked Princeton University women's hockey team to a 5-2 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), on Friday night at the Houston Field House. With the win, the Tigers improve to 8-2-3 overall (7-0-2 ECAC Hockey), while the Engineers drop to 5-9-4 (3-4-0 ECAC Hockey).

Sophomore Shannon Griffin (Arlington, MA/East Coast Wizards) opened the scoring at 6:33 of the first period, burying a centering feed from classmate Sharon Frankel (West Hartford, CT/Connecticut Stars) for her second goal of the season.

Princeton doubled its advantage at 16:39 of the frame, when sophomore Sarah Verbeek (Timmons, ON/Cambridge Rivulettes) finished a tic-tac-toe passing play on the rush. Senior Karlie Lund (Eden Prairie, MN/Blake School) sent the puck ahead to freshman Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, ON/Canadian U22), who drew RPI senior netminder Lovisa Selander (Sollentuna, Sweden/SDE Riksserien), before dropping a pass off for Verbeek for the easy tap-in.

Junior Sabrina Repaci (Toronto, ON/Toronto Jr. Aeros) drew the hosts within 2-1 at 7:28 of the second, converting a 3-on-2 rush up ice. Senior Jaimie Grigsby (Whitby, ON/Whitby Wolves) found junior Blake Orosz (Chase Mills, NY/Nepean Wildcats) in the middle of the slot, who advanced it on to Repaci for the tally. The even strength marker was Repaci's fourth of the season.

A power play goal by Frankel pushed the Princeton lead to 3-1 at 13:00 of the second. The Tigers worked the puck to the point for freshman Mariah Keopple (Hudson, WI/Minnesota Jr. White Caps), whose shot was redirected through the legs of Selander by Frankel from eight out. Verbeek picked up the secondary assist on Frankel's third of the year.

Junior Carly Bullock (Eden Prairie, MN/Blake School) made it a 4-1 game at 13:00 of the third, getting the final touch a puck in the crease before it cross the line. Freshman Maggie Connors (St. John's, NL/Canadian U22) steered a shot towards goal that was stopped by Selander, but the rebound fell behind her and Bullock was able force it home.

RPI netted a power play goal of its own at 14:21 of the third, when freshman Mikayla Capelle (Dawson Creek, BC/Okganagan Hockey Academy) scored on a slap shot from the left point. Grigsby found Capelle for the drive that found its way past Princeton sophomore goalie Rachel McQuigge (Bowmanville, ON/Whitby Jr. Wolves). Capelle's first collegiate tally also drew a helper from Repaci.

Keopple capped the scoring at 18:34 of the third, firing a shot off the right post and in for her second of the year.

McQuigge (6-2-3) finished with 16 saves, while Selander (3-8-4) turned away 26, including 11 in the first period. Both teams went 1 for 5 on the power play.

The Engineers are back in action tomorrow afternoon, when they host Quinnipiac University (3pm). Princeton visits Union College (3pm).