Selander's shutout propels RPI to game two win over No. 4 Cornell

Selander's shutout propels RPI to game two win over No. 4 Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. – Junior Blake Orosz scored a pair of goals and senior goaltender Lovisa Selander turned away all 49 shots she faced to led the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) women's hockey team to a 2-0 victory over fourth-ranked Cornell University, in Game 2 of the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals at Lynah Rink. With the win, the Engineers improve to 14-17-5 and force Game 3 tomorrow. The Big Red drop to 21-4-6.

Orosz (Chase Mills, NY/Nepean Wildcats) opened the scoring on a breakaway at 5:33 of the first period. From deep in the RPI zone, senior Josefine Hansen(Copenhagen, Denmark/Shattuck St. Mary's) sent a stretch pass to Orosz at the Cornell blue line. A righthanded shot, Orosz faked to her forehand, before flipping a backhand shot past Big Red senior netminder Marlene Boissonnault (Dundee, NB/Rothesay Netherwood School).

The Engineers limited Cornell to 14 first period shots and took their 1-0 advantage into the first intermission.
Selander (Sollentuna, Sweden/SDE Riksserien) went to work in the second, stopping all 20 shots she faced, including a big stop on junior Micah Zandee-Hart (Saanichton, BC/Okanagan Hockey Academy) during a late period power play chance for the hosts.

RPI nearly doubled its lead with under two minutes to play in the second period, but Orosz was denied on a partial break by Boissonnault with the glove.
After a pair of unsuccessful Engineers power plays in the third, Cornell had one of its own with four minutes remaining, but Selander and the RPI penalty killers stood strong.

Looking for the equalizer, the Big Red lifted Boissonnault for an extra attacker with 2:30 left. The Engineers capitalized on the opportunity, turning a blocked shot into break the other way. Senior Taylor Schwalbe (Anchorage, AK/Shattuck St. Mary's) chipped the puck up the left wing boards for Orosz, who skated through a stick check and buried her second goal of the game and Division I school-record 17th of the year.

Selander (12-16-5) collected 15 saves in the third to earn her fourth shutout of the year and 11th of her career, moving into a tie for third on the school's all-time list with Julie Vallarelli '05. Boissonnault (18-4-4) had eight saves at the other end of the ice.

RPI went 0 for 2 on the power play, while the Big Red were 0 for 3.

Both teams return to the ice for the third and final game of the series, tomorrow afternoon at Lynah Rink. Puck drop is scheduled for 3pm.