TROY, N.Y. – A furious third period rally attempt by the No. 10 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team fell just short as the Bobcats dropped an ECAC Hockey contest to Rensselaer, 3-2, on Friday night from Houston Field House. Junior Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) pumped in her team-leading fifth multi-goal game of the season with two goals in the third period but it wasn't enough to overcome a 3-0 deficit built in the second by the Engineers. Quinnipiac losses just their third game of the year as they fall to 15-3-5 (6-3-4 ECAC Hockey) while RPI picks up the win to move to 8-11-1 (4-5 ECAC Hockey).
Darkangelo scored her team-leading 15th and 16th goals of the season in the victory while senior Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.), sophomores Kristen Tamberg (North Toronto, Ontario) and Cydney Roesler (Stittsville, Ontario) as well as freshman Taryn Baumgardt (Innisfail, Alberta) all tallied one assist in the defeat. The loss snaps a five-game winning streak for the Bobcats this season as well as a streak of five straight victories over RPI.
Lauren Wash picked up the first goal on the evening for the Engineers on a broken play in front of the net. Junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) dove to the ice to try and cover a loose puck but her attempt missed. The scramble in front of the net had several RPI skaters jabbing their sticks in the crease and eventually the commotion in front resulted in a Wash goal as the puck crossed the goal line.
The Engineer onslaught continued three minutes later in the second as Alexa Gruschow found the back of the net with a wrister past Laden glove side. RPI's strong defensive play resulted in a transition piece as Ali Svoboda slid the puck up to Gruschow who put on past Laden off the side of her pads and into the back of the net.
RPI continued their second period onslaught with a wicked wrister off the stick of Gruschow at 17:22. The Engineers won a faceoff in their defensive end and beat the Bobcats up-ice into their offensive zone. Taylor Mahoney carried the puck and fed back to Gruschow who fired a shot past Laden high that gave RPI a commanding 3-0 lead. Laden's night ended with the goal as freshman Sydney Rossman (Excelsior, Minn.) entered for Laden who finished with nine saves on 12 shots.
Quinnipiac came out of the locker room skating better than they had all game as they quickly put in their first goal two minutes into the third as Darkangelo put one past RPI goalie Kelly O'Brien. With the teams skating four-on-four to start the frame, Tamberg shot the puck up to Colin in the neutral zone. Colin carried the puck in and centered to Darkangelo who went bar-down with her wrist shot past O'Brien to make it 3-1.
Darkangelo found the back of the net again with less than four minutes to go as she was on the receiving end of a pair of passes at the point from Baumgardt to Roesler. The high-scoring junior forward corralled the pass and unleashed a wrist shot high and bar-down on O'Brien that closed the gap to 3-2 late in the third.
Quinnipiac's rally attempt nearly came to fruition as they pulled their goalie late but a couple of shots wide were all they could muster in the last two minutes to close out the loss.
Rossman played well throughout the third period as she made four saves and limited any and all rebound opportunities for the Engineers. Several other skaters including the senior captain Colin and Danielle Marmer (Dorset, Vt.) provided solid energy down the stretch for Quinnipiac in their attempt to battle back from the three-goal deficit.
The Bobcats hit the ice again tomorrow afternoon as they close out their season series with Union from Frank L. Messa Rink in Schenectady, N.Y. with first puck set to drop at 4:00 p.m.
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