SAVAGE GOAL SENDS NORTHEASTERN PAST RENSSELAER, 2-1
Sophomore forward Paige Savage tallies game-winning goal for Huskies
TROY, N.Y. - Goals from Kelly Wallace and Paige Savage, along with 33 saves from junior goaltender Chloe Desjardins, led the Northeastern women's ice hockey team to a 2-1 victory at RPI on Saturday afternoon at Houston Field House.
The win is the third in a row for the Huskies, and second straight on the road after topping Union on Friday, 2-1.
The Engineers outshot NU 34-20 in the game, including a 24-11 margin in the final 40 minutes. Neither team could capitalize on the power play with Northeastern going 0-of-2 and RPI at 0-of-6.
The Huskies came out in the first period looking to build on momentum from Friday's last second win at Union, and did just that with an early goal from Wallace. After receiving a pass from Colleen Murphy, Wallace ripped a shot that beat goaltender Kelly O'Brien (18 saves) for her third goal of the season, and third in as many games.
RPI had some chances of its own during the opening 20 minutes, including three power play bids, but Desjardins and the Husky defense was able to limit the Engineer's legitimate scoring bids.
RPI took it to Northeastern in the second period, outshooting the Huskies 14-6 and earning two more power play during the middle stanza. Desjardins, however, was up to the task to steer aside each Engineer bid that came her way.
The Huskies would go back on top with 9:47 to play in regulation when Savage took a pass from Bella Sinsigalli and fired a shot that beat O'Brien for her second goal of the season. Melissa Haganey was also credited with an assist on the goal.
The Engineers had a chance to knot the score at two with 9:07 left in the third period when Jordan Hampton was sent off for a tripping minor, but the Huskies were able to weather the storm. RPI would pull O'Brien in favor of the extra skater in the final minute of the game, but could not net the equalizer.
The Huskies will be back in action next weekend when they travel to face Cornell, beginning on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. from Lynah Rink.