Last second goal lifts RPI past Quinnipiac

Last second goal lifts RPI past Quinnipiac

TROY, N.Y. – Junior Blake Orosz score the game's only goal with one second left in in regulation to lift the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) women's hockey team to a 1-0 victory over Quinnipiac University, on Saturday afternoon at the Houston Field House. With the win, the Engineers improve to 6-9-4 overall (4-4-0 ECAC Hockey), while the Bobcats drop to 5-11-3 (4-5-1 ECAC Hockey).

Orosz (Chase Mills, NY/Nepean Wildcats) stuck home her own rebound from the narrowest of angles after receiving a feed at center ice from classmate Sabrina Repaci (Toronto, ON/Toronto Jr. Aeros). Skating up the right wing, Orosz fired a low shot that was kicked towards the corner by Quinnipiac junior netminder Abblie Ives (Bedford Hills, NY/N.J. Colonials U19). Orosz quickly gathered and fit a shot inside the far post for her team-leading sixth goal of the season.

A back-and-forth first period saw the visits take a 14-10 lead in shots after the Engineers started strong. Senior Jaimie Grigsby (Whitby, ON/Whitby Wolves) had RPI's best chance to break the deadlock midway through in the frame, but fired wide on a 2-on-1 rush with Orosz. Grigsby also her found herself alone in front of the Bobcats net with a little over five minutes to go in the first, but shot whistled wide of the left post.

Quinnipiac turned in a number of chances in the second, including a one-timer from the high slot by freshman blueliner Zoe Boyd (Caledon, ON/Canada U18 National Team) that was gloved by RPI senior goaltender Lovisa Selander (Sollentuna, Sweden/SDE Riksserien. Each team then had power play opportunities in the frame, but were unable to convert.

An RPI man advantage with eight minutes to go in regulation was cancelled out, when Quinnipiac senior Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, CT/US U22 National Team) drew a penalty on a shorthanded break.

Sophomore Lauren Severson (Rockford, IL/Madison Capitals) forced an offensive zone turnover with under seven to go, but her attempt from the edge of the right circled was padded away by Ives.

Selander (4-8-4) finished with 41 saves in earning her second shutout of the year and ninth of her collegiate career. Ives (5-8-3) had 20 stops at the other end of the ice. Both teams finished 0 for 3 on the power play.

RPI is now off until January 8, when it hosts Syracuse University at the Houston Field House (4pm). Quinnipiac visits Dartmouth and Harvard on January 4 and 5.