RPI women’s hockey routs Union, completes weekend sweep

Union College women's hockey head coach Josh Sciba saw his team drop a 9-2 ECAC Hockey decision to RPI on Saturday at Houston Field House.
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Union College women's hockey head coach Josh Sciba saw his team drop a 9-2 ECAC Hockey decision to RPI on Saturday at Houston Field House.

After not winning for 39 consecutive games, the RPI women’s hockey team has won consecutive games. The Engineers did it at the expense of their Capital Region-rival Union.

Audrey McCutcheon had a hat trick, and the Engineers completed an impressive sweep of the Dutchwomen with a 9-2 ECAC Hockey victory on Saturday at Houston Field House in Troy.

RPI (2-0 ECACH, 6 points, 2-4 overall) came into the weekend on a 39-game winless streak, including losses in 31 straight games. The Engineers snapped that streak Friday with a 4-0 win over the Dutchwomen (0-2, 0 points, 2-2) at Messa Rink.

The Engineers carried that momentum into Saturday’s game. They took a 2-0 lead in the first period. Marah Wagner scored shorthanded at 5:58, and Riena Jahnke scored with 33.4 seconds left in the period.

“I thought we had some energy to start the game,” Union head coach Josh Sciba said. “Again, bang-bang, they score, and it kind of deflates the tires again.”

Sciba made a goalie change to start the second period, replacing starter Olivia Rinzel with Sophie Matsoukas. It didn’t help as the Engineers scored five times against Matsoukas, including four straight in a 3:42 span. McCutcheon scored two of those goals during that time.

“We went into a shell after they scored a couple,” Sciba said. “If we could change the goalie and go from there and spark the group a little bit. . . . I thought we left both our goalies out to dry quite a bit with some of the odd-man rushes and back-door plays at different times.”

Carmen Merlo and Emily King scored for Union, which plays at Syracuse in a non-conference game at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Union 0 1 1 — 2
RPI 2 5 2 — 9
First Period — 1, RPI, Wagner 3 (Friis-Hansen), 5:58 (sh). 2, RPI, R. Jahnke 3 (Wagner, Larsen), 19:26. Penalties — Bukvic, RPI (boarding), 5:18; R. Jahnke, RPI (tripping), 11:16.
Second Period — 3, RPI, Bukvic 1, :45. 4, Union, Merlo 1 (Michalicka, Greco), 2:24. 5, RPI, McCutcheon 2 (Kaiser, Weiss), 10:42. 6, RPI, Capelle 1 (Price), 11:46. 7, RPI, Peterson 1 (M. Jahnke, Larsen), 13:37. 8, RPI, McCutcheon 3 (Kaiser), 14:24. Penalties — None.
Third Period — 9, RPI, McCutcheon 4 (Zahirnyi), 2:19. 10, RPI, Larsen 1 (Wagner, Severson), 6:21 (pp). 11, Union, King 2 (Sonntag, Suitor), 14:03. Penalties — Hebert, Uni (interference), 5:12.
Shots on Goal — Union 8-13-4 — 25. RPI — 4-14-12 — 30.
Power-play opportunities — Union 0 of 2; RPI 1 of 1.
Goalies — Union, Rinzel (17 shots-13 saves), Matsoukas 0-1-0 (13-8). RPI, Rampado 2-4-0 (25-23).
A — 101.
Referees — Michael St. Lawrence, Robert Cerilli. Linesmen — Jaime Germaine, Matthew Potrzeba.

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