October 15, 2009

Women's Ice Hockey Takes On Boston College And Northeastern This Weekend

Shipping Up to Boston
The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team will head to Boston this weekend to take on Hockey East opponents Boston College and Northeastern. The Bobcats will face the Eagles Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Conte Forum, and will take on the Huskies Saturday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. at Matthews Arena. Quinnipiac most recently lost to the University of New Hampshire, 4-0, on Oct. 4.

Scouting the Eagles
Boston College has recorded a 1-2-2 record overall this season, with a 0-1-0 mark in Hockey East. In their last outing, the Eagles fell, 3-2, to Northeastern on Oct. 13 at home. Three players on Boston College have accumulated the team-leading four points this season. Senior forward Ally Thurstrom has scored four goals, while sophomore forwards Mary Restuccia and Alison Szlosek have each tallied one goal and three assists. Freshman goaltender Corinne Boyles has seen action in all five games this season for the Eagles, compiling a .932 save percentage.

Scouting the Huskies
Northeastern has notched a 3-0-1 overall record so far this season, with a 1-0-1 tally in conference play, most recently defeating Boston College, 3-2. Senior forward Lindsey Berman currently leads the Huskies with six points (3 goals, 3 assists). Sophomore goaltender Florence Schelling has started all four games for Northeastern, earning a .963 save percentage.

Breaking the Ice
Sophomore defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) earned her first collegiate goal and point on Oct. 3 when the Bobcats hosted Sacred Heart at the TD Bank Sports Center. With five seconds remaining in the game, Dymarczyk capitalized on an empty net opportunity and ripped a shot from the defensive end into the open goal for the 4-1 Quinnipiac lead.

Hot Shot
Rookie forward Heather Hughes (Stoufville, Ontario) also scored her first collegiate goal in the victory against Sacred Heart. The freshman boosted the Quinnipiac lead to 2-0 with two minutes remaining in the first period. Positioned at the right post, Hughes received a cross-net pass from sophomore Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) that she roofed into the upper left corner of the net for the score. The Ontario-native also saw the Bobcats' best opportunity to score in the 4-0 loss at New Hampshire on Oct. 4. She had a breakaway on net in the second period, firing a hard shot towards the corner, but Wildcat goaltender Kayley Herman came up with the save to keep Quinnipiac off the board. Hughes currently leads the Bobcats in shots with 13.

Nerves of Steel
Two other rookies tallied their first collegiate goal in the 4-1 victory against Sacred Heart on Oct. 3. Forwards Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) and Breehan Polci (London, Ontario) contributed to the Bobcats win at the TD Bank. Polci opened up the scoring in the first period as she skated the puck from the left side to face the net and ripped a high shot into the left corner. Lyons goal came at the 1:58 mark of the third period when she intercepted a pass off a Sacred Heart defender in between the faceoff circles and fired a low shot in between the goalie's pads.

Sharing the Glory
Two upperclassmen dished out assists in the win against Sacred Heart. Senior defender Evelina Husar (Eskilstuna, Sweden) assisted Polci on the first goal of the season, while sophomore Wheeler snapped the puck across the net to Hughes for her tally. The assist was Husar's ninth of her career, and it was Wheeler's fourth.

Sharing is Caring
Goaltenders Amanda Nagel (Greenwood, Minn.) and Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) split time in net in the last weekend of play. Nagel got the start against her former team, Sacred Heart, and spent 34 minutes between the pipes, stopping ten shots and allowing one goal. Vigilanti came in for the remaining 25 minutes of play against the Pioneers and also made ten saves in net. In the game against New Hampshire on Oct. 4, Vigilanti played all 60 minutes, recording 33 saves.