Women's Ice Hockey Falls To RPI, 1-0, Plays Series' Finale Sunday, Feb. 28

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team lost to Rensselaer, 1-0, Saturday afternoon in game two of the best-of-three playoff series in the ECAC quarterfinals. The Bobcats and Engineers are now tied in the series with one win apiece, with the deciding game to be played tomorrow afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center at 2 p.m.

The Bobcats and the Engineers played through 31 minutes of scoreless action before RPI capitalized on power-play situation and earned the 1-0 lead in the second period. Positioned at the left point, sophomore Amanda Castignetti dished the puck to freshman Taylor Horton at the right goal post. Horton fired a shot that deflected off the goaltender's pads, but sophomore Alisa Harrison was there to pick up the rebound and lifted it into the left corner of the net for the goal.

The Bobcats fired 13 shots on Engineers' goaltender, Sonja van der Bliek, in the second period but couldn't break through for the equalizer. Freshman forward Heather Hughes (Stouffville, Ontario) saw a close opportunity when she tried to bat down a puck in midair and fire a quick shot just outside the crease, but her shot was deflected wide.

Quinnipiac goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) recorded 23 saves in net on the day, while van der Bliek stopped 16 shots by the Bobcats in her eighth shutout of the season.

Quinnipiac and RPI return to action tomorrow in game three of the playoff series. The winner of that game will advance to play in the ECAC Hockey Semi-Finals next weekend, hosted by the highest seeded teams remaining in tournament play. Cornell University has already secured a bid into the semi-final round, as they defeated Colgate in two games this weekend. The Bobcats and the Engineers will face off tomorrow in their deciding game at 2 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.