TROY, N.Y. – Just 46.8 seconds away from a three-point weekend on the road, the Yale women's ice hockey team instead came away with a heart-breaking loss Saturday afternoon against Rensselaer at Houston Field House. The Engineers scored the game-winning goal on a miraculous deflection by forward Jamie Grigsby, who redirected a blast from just inside the blue line by defenseman Hannah Behounek for the winner. The loss spoiled a solid outing by the Bulldogs, who outshot the Engineers 32-20.
Coming off a 2-0 win a Union Friday, Yale (5-9-3, 3-6-1 ECAC Hockey) had the closest call in a scoreless first period Saturday. Freshman forward Laura Anderson had a 2-on-1 with 90 seconds to play and wristed one on net. Engineers netminder Lovisa Selander got a piece of it, but it popped loose behind her and was headed over the line. RPI forward Laura Horwood got to the puck just before it completely crossed the line and was able to get it out of the crease.
The second half saw Yale whistled for three penalties, but the Bulldogs killed them all off -- highlighted by a nice kick save from freshman goaltender Tera Hofmann during the first one. The teams remained scoreless heading into the third.
Rensselaer (7-14-1, 4-6-0 ECAC Hockey) took the lead on a power play, as forward Makenna Thomas deflected a shot by defenseman Amanda Kimmerle to forward Jamie Grigsby, who slammed it home at 8:51.
The Bulldogs answered just over a minute later, though. Junior forward Eden Murray and freshman forward Sophie Veronneau disrupted an RPI clearing attempt at the right boards. Veronneau then skated in on Selander, passed to Murray, and then tapped in the puck after senior forward Krista Yip-Chuck put it on net. That was Veronneau's first career goal.
A breakaway attempt by senior forward Krista Yip-Chuck in the final seconds of regulation did not yield a goal, but it did give the Bulldogs a power play at the start of overtime as it forced a tripping call on RPI. Then, a body-checking call against the Engineers a minute into the extra frame gave Yale a 5-on-3. But sophomore forward Julia Yetman hit the pipe with a slap shot, and Selander made six saves, as the Engineers successfully killed the penalties off.
That set the stage for the game-winner, as Thomas got the puck in deep and left it for forward Sabrina Repaci in the corner. Repaci then sent it up top to Behounek, who had just crossed over the blue line when she one-timed a shot. Grigsby was perfectly positioned in between the circles to get the deflection for the win.
Hofmann finished with 18 saves, while Selander made 31.
Yale, in the midst of a six-game road stretch, is still playing without leading goal-scorer Phoebe Staenz. Staenz and Team Switzerland beat Sweden 5-1 Saturday to take fifth place at the Nations Cup. The Bulldogs play again next Friday at No. 3 Clarkson.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org, Yale Sports Publicity)