The Streak Continues: Quinnipiac defeats RPI 1-0 to remain unbeaten


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Clever Streich

Make that 12 in a row.

The No. 8 Bobcats’ undefeated streak continued on Saturday as they defeated the RPI Engineers in a close 1-0 defensive battle. 

With the victory, the Bobcats improved their in-conference record to 4-0-0, their best start in the ECAC since 2014-15.

“Our team is getting really comfortable playing one-goal games, and it’s what we’re going to face all year,” said Quinnipiac head coach Cass Turner. “I’m excited that we’re learning to play good hard-to-play-against hockey.”

The Bobcats set a fast pace in the first period with dominant puck possession, withholding RPI from a shot on the net for the first 13 minutes of play.

Quinnipiac found the back of the net later on in the first, after graduate forward Taylor House collected a rebound, sending the puck past RPI goaltender Amanda Ramapo to put the Bobcats up 1-0.

“I was trying to get back into the play because I was trailing a little bit,” House said. “I trusted that they would try to get a chance on net, and luckily they did, and I was hoping to be in the right spot for a rebound.”

The goal was House’s sixth of the season, with assists coming from sophomore Nina Steigauf and graduate Renee Saltness

House has been on an offensive tear as of late, lighting the lamp in five of her last six games.

“[House] goes to the net with her stick on the ice and she’s ready to make plays,” Turner said. “It’s awesome to see her be rewarded.”

In the second period, RPI attempted to battle back, as they generated several chances and outshot the Bobcats 7-5. 

However, the strong play of graduate goaltender Corinne Schroeder proved to be a challenge for the Engineers offense. 

Schroeder provided quality goaltending for the Bobcats en route to a 16-save shutout, her second of the season. 

“Having great goaltending is such a key element, and it has been in our program for years and years,” Turner said. “It’s something that’s important to us and that we’ve relied on. It will continue to give us a jump.”

Entering the third, the Bobcats looked to close out the game before an unfortunate turn of events for them, as first-year forward Ann-Frederik Naud had to be helped off the ice after taking a check into the boards.

On the ensuing five-minute major power play, the Bobcats were not able to convert, despite several minutes of a five-on-three advantage following an additional tripping call against the Engineers.    

“I don’t think our team liked what happened before that with those penalties and I think that got the best of us,” Turner said. “We ended up in the right spot at the end of the game, and our powerplay is connecting, five-on-four, they’re creating really good looks right now.” 

At the sound of the final horn, Quinnipiac emerged with their second victory of the weekend, increasing their undefeated streak to 12 straight games without a regulation loss. 

The Bobcats next turn their attention to a home-and-home series against another tough ECAC opponent, the Princeton Tigers. 

“We’re just going to keep working to get better, making solid plays together with and without the puck,” Turner said. “Our team’s really excited to play Princeton.”

The Bobcats will be in action on Friday at Hobey Baker Rink with a 6 p.m. puck drop, where their streak will be put back on the line.