Jan. 10, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College women's ice hockey team will travel to Troy, N.Y. for a weekend series with RPI. The Friars and Engineers will face off on Jan. 11 at 7:00 p.m. and Jan. 12 at 4:00 p.m. in the Houston Filed House. The Friars will enter the match with an overall record of 9-9-4 and a 4-5-2 record against non-league opponents.
RPI enters the weekend series with a 6-12-2 overall record and a 4-6-0 ECAC record. RPI has 20 players notching points thus far on the season. The Engineers offense is led by freshmen Alexa Gruschow, who has tallied 18 points on nine goals and nine assists. Following Gruschow is senior Taylor Horton, with 13 points on seven goals and six assists, and junior Jordan Smelker, with 12 points on seven goals and five assists. Sophomore Kelly O'Brien has played in net for 19 of RPI's 20 games this season. In 1,010:41 minutes of work O'Brien has made 373 saves for a .897 save percentage and a 2.55 goals against average. Sophomore Brianna Piper has also spent time between the pipes for RPI. Piper has played in five games for the Engineers collecting a 1-1-1 record. RPI has been outscored 58-47 by its opponents this season. On the power-play the Engineers have converted on 11 of the 75 chances they have had. They have killed off 70 of the 91 penalties they have taken this season. The Engineers were on a four game winning streak before falling to Harvard, 2-1, their last time out. Before Harvard, RPI defeated Dartmouth, 2-1, on Jan. 4 in a home match. The Engineers hold a 4-5-0 record at home this season in the Houston Field House.
Providence and RPI have only played once in the history of the two programs. The two last faced off at Schneider Arena on Oct. 22, 2010, where the Friars fell, 3-2, in overtime. Providence had a two goal lead heading into the third period, only to give up two goals during the first two minutes of play in the third. The Friars outshot the Engineeers 29-27, but could not convert during the overtime period.
RPI will have live stats of both games available to fans. To access the live stats follow the link below. Fans can also follow the Friars through their twitter page, that features live updates of all their games.
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