RPI Falls to Princeton in Houston Field House

RPI Falls to Princeton in Houston Field House

TROY, N.Y. - Sophomore Sarah Fillier recorded two goals and an assist to lead the eighth-ranked Princeton University women's hockey team to a 4-1 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), on Saturday afternoon at the Houston Field House. With the win, the Tigers improve to 7-2-0 overall (5-2-0 ECAC Hockey), while the Engineers drop to 0-12-1 (0-6-0 ECAC Hockey).

Princeton netted a pair of goals in each of the first two periods, beginning with a tally from Annie Kuehl at 15:22 of the opening stanza. Carly Bullock took a shot from the high slot that was blocked down to Kuehl was the first to the loose puck and slid it past RPI freshman goaltender Ena Nystrom, who had made a number of saves earlier in the frame. 

Maggie Connors then made it 2-0 at 18:22 of the period, slapping home a rebound in the left circle after Fillier fired an initial attempt from the right that was blockered away by Nystrom.

Fillier added to the visitors' total midway through the second, stepping into a shot from the right point that made it way in through a screen in front of the net. Sharon Frankel and Bullock picked up the assists on Fillier's first of the night.

The Tigers then took advantage of a collision at the RPI blue line that involved both Engineers defensemen. The loose puck was picked up by Fillier, who flew into the zone and buried her fourth goal of the season. Helpers went to Bullock and Connors.

RPI got on the board at 16:13 of the third, when senior captain Blake Orosz steered home a back door feed from junior Lauren Severson for her team-leading fourth goal of the season. Senior captain Sabrina Repaci picked up the secondary assist. 

Nystrom (0-8-1) made 41 saves over the first two periods before giving way to senior Jenn Gregg, who stopped all 14 shots she faced in the third. Steph Neatby (3-1-0) had 10 saves in the contest.

The Engineers are back in action next weekend, when they host Robert Morris on Friday (3pm) and Saturday (3pm). Princeton hosts Clarkson and St. Lawence next weekend.