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College hockey: Engineers defeat Princeton, 5-2

College hockey: Engineers defeat Princeton, 5-2

Junior Matt Neal recorded a goal and two assists as the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hockey team

Junior Matt Neal recorded a goal and two assists as the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hockey team defeated Princeton University, 5-2, in an ECAC Hockey game Saturday at the Houston Field House.

The Engineers improved to 8-5-3 overall (3-3-3 ECAC Hockey), while the Tigers dropped to 3-12 (2-8 ECAC Hockey).

For the second straight game, the Engineers got out to an early 2-0 lead, scoring twice within a 23-second span. Sophomore Chris Bradley ripped a shot from the high slot that found its way through traffic and past Princeton freshman goaltender Colton Phinney for his second of the season at 3:03. Assists went to junior Zach Schroeder and Travis Fulton.

Senior Brock Higgs quickly doubled the lead at 3:26 of the period on assists from Bradley and Neal.

Neal picked up his sixth goal of the season at 3:43 of the second period, extending the RPI advantage to 4-1. He tapped home a loose puck in the crease, after a shot by Laliberte was stopped, but held onto by Princeton senior goalie Sean Bonar.

Princeton 1 1 0 — 2

RPI 3 2 0 — 5

First Period — 1, RPI, Bradley (Schroeder, Fulton), 3:03. 2, RPI, Higgs (Neal, Bradley), 3:26. 3, Prin, Rush (Rankin, Liau), 14:08. 4, RPI, Haggerty (Neal, Laliberte), 15:50. Penalties — Zalewski, RPI (hooking), 10:11; Aaron Kesselman, Prin (slashing), 14:58.

Second Period — 5, RPI, Neal (Haggerty, Laliberte), 3:43. 6, Prin, Liau (unassisted), 5:12. 7, RPI, Haggs (unassisted), 12:42. Penalties — Zajac, Prin (boarding), 2:57; Ammon, Prin (boarding), 3:28; Fulton, RPI (tripping), 10:14.

Third Period — None. Penalties — Sabo, Prin (cross-checking), 5:28.

Shots on goal — Princeton 5-11-6 — 22; RPI 9-9-10 — 28.

Power-play opportunities — Princeton 0 of 2; RPI 2 of 3.

Goalies — Princeton, Colton Phinney (6 shots-4 saves); Sean Bonar (22-19); RPI, Scott Diebold (22-20).

Referees — Kevin Curtis, Bob Ritchie. Linesmen — Nate Turner, David Brown.

T — 2:04. A — 2,276.

Women

PRINCETON 4, UNION 1

PRINCETON, N.J. — The Tigers won their second straight game at Hober Baker Rink and moved into fourth place in the ECAC Hockey standings.

Union 0 1 0 — 1

Princeton 1 3 0 — 4

First Period — 1, Prin, Mucha (Laing), 4:01 (sh). Penalties — Pankowski, Prin (boarding), 3:52; Valente, Union (roughing), 9:01; Erickson, Union (tripping), 15:36; Leahy, Prin (slashing), 17:36.

Second Period — 2, Prin, Pankoski (Lloyd, McKenna), 5:22. 3, Prin, Shanahan (Pankowski, MacDonald), 8:52. 4, Union (Tancrell-Fontaine (McGrath), 16:16. 5, Prin, McKenna (Koelzer, Tucker), 18:20. Penalties — Welch, Union (interference), 3:02.

Third Period — None. Penalties — Kaminsky, Union (roughing), 2:40; Mucha, Prin (hooking), 3:03.

Shots on goal — Union 3-4-4 — 11; Princeton 10-16-7 — 33.

Power-play opportunities — Union 0 of 3; Princeton 0 of 4.

Goalies — Union, Shenae Lundberg L,5-11-0 (33 shots-29 saves); Princeton, Kimberly Newell W,5-6-2 (11-10).

Referees — Derek Martin, Kate Connolly. Linesmen — Peirce Marston, Danielle Bugge.

T — 1:49. A —120.

QUINNIPIAC 3, RPI 1

HAMDEN, Conn.— Nationally-ranked Quinnipiac tripped the Engineers in an ECAC Hockey game at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.

RPI drops to 6-10-1 overall and 3-5-0 in league action.

RPI 0 0 1 — 1

Quinnipiac 0 2 1 — 3

First Period — None. Penalties —Marzario (tripping), 17:03.

Second Period — 1, Quin, Woods (Babstock, Darkangelo), 0:36. 2, Quin, Brown (Fitz-Ward), 14:42. Penalties — Fritz-Ward, Quin (interference), 18:05.

Third Period — 3, Quin, Darkangelo (Brown, Fritz-Ward), 3:01. 4, RPI, Maloney (Smelker, Behounek), 12:36. Penalties — Gruschow, RPI (slashing), 1:36; Roesler, Quin (slashing), 12:17; Smelker, RPI (holding), 18:16.

Shots on goal — RPI 8-4-7 — 19; Quinnipiac 11-12-5 — 28.

Power-play opportunities — RPI 0 of 2; Quinnipiac 1 of 3.

Goalies — RPI, Kelly O’Brien L,6-9-1 (28 shots-25 saves); Quinipiac, Chelsea Laden W,12-2-5 (19-18).

Referee — Jack Dunn. Linesmen — Robert Cerelli, Kyle Richetelle).

T — 1:51. A — 455.

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