Carabins win in exhibition overtime
After a tight three-period battle, the Montreal Carabins scored a goal in overtime to defeat Rensselaer 3‒2. Asiah Taylor-Walters and Ellie Kaiser scored for the Engineers, Amanda Rampado and Emilie Venne made impressive outings between the posts.
The Carabins dominated the first period, keeping the Engineers on the back foot and in the defensive zone. Rampado, the reliable starting goaltender for the Engineers, made several dynamite saves early in the period. RPI struggled to rack up time in the offensive zone, but the Engineers’ counterattack looked dangerous.
Six minutes into the game, the Engineers had a shorthanded chance. Kaiser sent the puck over the sticks of two Montreal skaters in the defensive zone, with Maddy Papineau running. The genius cross slid past a closing Carabin, opening for a forehand that hovered over the net. RPI had several quality chances during the period, although Montreal opened the scoring.
With less than four minutes left at the end of the first period, the rifle Audrey-Anne Veillette intercepted a pass from the Montreal side, pricking it forward. Veillette passed an RPI defender and pounced on the slippery puck. Taking a wide approach, the Carabin cut inside and fired under Rampado’s glove to give the visitors the advantage. The score of 1‒0 persisted in the second period.
The engineers were exceptional after taking over the ice. Their defense, in particular, was constantly blocking shots and forcing turnovers. RPI equalized seven minutes into the second frame. Blueliner Hannah Price picked up a point pass and shot. Taylor-Walter drifted into the slot, swinging his stick through the air to deflect. A Carabin closing in to make it difficult, Taylor-Walters redirected the shot mid-air; the puck went over the Montreal goaltender and into the top left corner. Despite their promising form, the Engineers failed to score another goal. The second period ended with the two teams tied at 1‒1.
RPI took its first lead six minutes into the final regulation period. Papineau won a defensive face-off by finding Magdalena Erbinova’s stick. The engineer made a pass on the boards to Julia Blitz in the neutral zone, Kaiser following. In two against one, Blitz slipped a side pass to Kaiser. The right winger split the top shelf of the puck, putting the engineers ahead.
At the start of the period, Venne replaced Rampado in the RPI goal. The new keeper made some impressive saves, including one from a close-range shot that required alert reactions. Venne would be unable to stop the Carabins on a late power play. A blue jersey obscured his vision, allowing Veillette to bury his second goal in the top right corner with 2:47 left in the third period. Without scoring in the final minutes, the teams went into a five-minute three-on-three overtime.
The offensive ebb and flow continued for two minutes. A punt sent the puck back to the genius side for a face-off. Montreal won the face-off and the RPI forwards rushed to recover the puck. Joannie Garand passed Kaiser near the boards, leaving defender Sophia Jones as the last engineer to defend. Garand sent the puck to teammate Jessika Boulanger, catching Jones as she tried to block the shot. Instead, Boulanger returned the puck to Garand for a simple tap-in.
The exposure gave RPI the opportunity to test new line combinations and give freshman players like Jones and Nina Christof some college-level experience. The Engineers won’t return to Houston Field House until Oct. 14 to take on Mercyhurst at 3 p.m.