The women of the RPI win the mayor’s cup; Union Men Survive Engineers – troyrecord

TROY, NY – The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute women‘s hockey team can rest easy knowing that when they wake up tomorrow, the mayor’s cup will remain in their possession.

“Honestly, it’s a battle for a cup, it’s special,” said RPI striker Marah Wagner. “Few teams have the chance to fight for a mid-season cup and it’s a rivalry we’re ready to fight until the end and we’re ready to go for it every time we come up against them. .”

Women’s hockey teams RPI and Union played the first game of Saturday morning’s doubleheader at MVP Arena for the Mayor’s Cups. The RPI women took the cup with a 2-0 win before the Union men could battle RPI to win the Men’s Mayor’s Cup, 2-0.

“My perspective, I’m not on the ice or in the locker room, this loss hurts in the locker room,” RPI head coach Dave Smith said. “I thought my guys had an average first period, which is good, a great second and a great third, where we skated, checked. I thought we did everything except score.

Winning the Union Mayor’s Cup means more than just a win or a win for a trophy. Union managed to find success thanks to the recent distraction of head coach Rick Bennett who quit amid allegations about Bennett’s coaching practices.

“It was an important game,” interim head coach John Ronan said. “This game has enough emotion without the circumstances surrounding our program. Speaking for me, and probably these guys, the last week has been a whirlwind. The last 24 hours certainly. I give all the credit to these guys. That’s the good thing about this game. You can really get lost in it and get away from it all for two and a half hours.

Smith commented on his former counterpart’s resignation during Union’s resignation.

“I think it’s really important to note that I don’t know what happened. I’m not interested in knowing what happened,” Smith said. . We had a really good mutual friend and I saw Rick Bennett step in when that mutual friend was tragically killed. I saw Rick step in for our friend’s wife, the widow, and step in and help that family. I have listened to Rick on phone calls to support his players, his program and the institution at times when he may not have had the opportunity. I have seen him always have a team that is well prepared and ready to work hard. I just texted him and said, ‘Hope you’re doing well. You and your family. I wish you the best.’ I know he has a big family and he meant a lot in 17 years for Union. I applaud him for the good stuff and we move on.

The women’s game started at 11 a.m. Saturday and it was a back-and-forth affair. RPI goalkeeper Amanda Rampado made 32 saves to claim the shutout, her second against Union this season.

“The first in October was my first college shutout,” Rampado said. “It’s hard to get a shutout at this level, so every single one of them is exciting.”

RPI spent a lot of time on the penalty kill on Saturday. Seven times RPI sent a player into the box, giving the Dutch a numerical advantage. Union took 14 shots on the power play but couldn’t beat Rampado and the RPI defense.

“I thought it came down to the penalty kill,” RPI head coach Bryan Vines said. “We took way too many penalties. Credit to Union, they played a great game. We were opportunistic in the third period and our numerical inferiority found a way to secure the victory.

RPI took three stumbles, two snagging penalties, and one cross-checking penalty. A tripping and hooking penalty is usually a sign that players are reaching and not using their feet to get back into the game, something Vines attested to.

“We came out competitive and ended up reaching and end up taking unruly penalties,” Vines said. “Not to be unexpected in a Mayor’s Cup game.”

RPI scored both of their goals in the third period. Marah Wagner cracked the scoreboard when she took the puck below the goal line, fired a shot to the side of the net and waited for a rebound to come out where she placed it in the back of the net. Asiah Taylor-Walters scored RPI’s second goal just two minutes later for the insurance goal.

“I knew I had to get him to the net somehow,” Wagner said. “I got some body position in front of the net and was able to get the puck into the back of the net.

The men’s match followed things after the RPI women ended their celebration with their newly won cup. Despite what the score would indicate, the RPI men dominated for much of the game against Union.

“I think their goalkeeper played very well. They were desperate when they needed to be desperate to get the puck out,” Smith said. “In terms of effort, attitude and desire to be good, I think we did really well, but we didn’t win. So if we repeat this excellence, good results will follow”

RPI defeated Union 33-15. Hudson Falls native and Union goaltender Connor Murphy was the difference maker in the Union victory.

“Murph has been the backbone,” Ronan said. “He’s a guy who shows up every night. Obviously we didn’t generate much the last two periods but we relied on him. Our time in the defensive zone was pretty high in those last two periods and he’s a calming presence there.

“I came into the game like any other game,” Murphy said. “We all knew what was at stake, which made it a lot more exciting, but I fed off the energy of those guys and everyone on the bench.”

  • The Union men’s hockey team captured the Mayor’s Cup with a 2-0 victory over RPI on January 29 at MVP Arena in Albany, New York. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • The Union men’s hockey team captured the Mayor’s Cup with a 2-0 victory over RPI on January 29 at MVP Arena in Albany, New York. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • The Union men’s hockey team captured the Mayor’s Cup with a 2-0 victory over RPI on January 29 at MVP Arena in Albany, New York. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • The RPI women’s hockey team wins the Mayor’s Cup January 29 against Union at MVP Arena in Albany, New York. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • The Union men’s hockey team captured the Mayor’s Cup with a 2-0 victory over RPI on January 29 at MVP Arena in Albany, New York. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • The Union men’s hockey team captured the Mayor’s Cup with a 2-0 victory over RPI on January 29 at MVP Arena in Albany, New York. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • The Union men’s hockey team captured the Mayor’s Cup with a 2-0 victory over RPI on January 29 at MVP Arena in Albany, New York. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • The RPI women’s hockey team wins the Mayor’s Cup January 29 against Union at MVP Arena in Albany, New York. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • The Union men’s hockey team captured the Mayor’s Cup with a 2-0 victory over RPI on January 29 at MVP Arena in Albany, New York. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • The Union men’s hockey team captured the Mayor’s Cup with a 2-0 victory over RPI on January 29 at MVP Arena in Albany, New York. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

Union scored the game-winning goal at 7:27 into the first period. Liam Robertson deflected a Collin Graf shot that went just under RPI goalkeeper Jack Watson.

“Not being completely ready for his first power play of the game,” Watson said of what he saw in that first goal. “They were putting the pucks behind the door like that and I wasn’t there 100% for that. Of course, that escaped me. Just the little mistakes.

RPI controlled the second and third periods and mounted the pressure on the Union defense and on Murphy. Murphy was loyal to the RPI attack.

“We often tried to go to the net and screen their goalkeeper,” said RPI captain Ture Linden. “Sometimes the rebounds just don’t go your way, so all we can do is get to the net more often and get some pucks to the net.”

A giant sigh of relief was felt from the Union bench when Brandon Estes scored the game’s last goal from the opposite blue line into the empty net with 1:21 left on the clock.

“I looked up and saw the net and said why not,” Estes said.

“We encourage games like that. It was a good head-up game from Brandon,” Ronan said. “He got it, but it took that puck a million seconds to go the length of the ice.”

For RPI, this was only the second game this season where fans, friends and family can come and watch the Engineers play in the capital region.

“It was awesome,” Linden said. “We’ve had this game circled on our schedule for a long time. We were looking forward to playing in front of our fans, and our family too. It was a very big game for everyone and we wanted to play well for them.

RPI will soon be able to redeem himself. They will travel to Dartmouth on Tuesday to continue their ECAC competition. The puck drop is scheduled for 6 p.m.

“I don’t think we need to regroup,” Smith said. “I think we have to play again. That’s the beauty of a Tuesday game, let’s go play. There isn’t much I would change. Hit the inside of the post instead of the outside of the post. I am happy. The guys are happy. It’s a big stretch right now and we’re tweaking and we’re much better than a week ago and if we keep tweaking good things will happen. I am delighted to play at Dartmouth.

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