December 31, 2009

Women's Ice Hockey Ties Princeton, 2-2

HAMDEN, Conn. - Senior forward Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario) scored a goal and added an assist as the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team tied Princeton University, 2-2, Thursday afternoon. Freshman defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) also notched her first career goal as the Bobcats' record now holds at 7-6-6 overall with a 4-2-5 record in ECAC Hockey action. The Tigers' record stands at 7-8-2 overall with a 5-4-2 record in conference play.

After a scoreless first period, the Bobcats jumped on the board with two back-to-back goals at the 2:19 and 3:57 markers of the second. Duffy got things started when she initiated a give-and-go play with sophomore wing Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario). Duffy sped into the Quinnipiac offensive zone with Wheeler at her left. The senior dished to Wheeler, where the sophomore quickly fed a quick pass back to her at the right goal post where Duffy beat the goaltender with her eighth goal of the season. The assist was Wheeler's seventh of the year.

Boulton recorded her first collegiate goal less than two minutes later when she capitalized on a Bobcat power play-opportunity. Boulton collected the puck just above the left faceoff circle and fired the puck over the glove of Princeton goaltender Rachel Weber for the 2-0 Quinnipiac lead. Duffy and freshman forward Heather Hughes (Stouffville, Ontario) each picked up an assist on the play, the eighth of the year for both.

Princeton pulled within one at the 1:04 mark of the third period on a power play opportunity. Sophomore Julie Johnson found Charissa Stadynyk just above the left hash marks where Stadynyk lifted a high shot into the upper right corner for the goal. Heather Landry was also credited with an assist on the play.

The Tigers tied the game with 1:05 left to play in regulation with a goal from senior Melanie Wallace. Freshman Alex Kinney took the initial shot that was deflected by a Bobcat defender. Wallace scooped up the deflected puck and flicked it over the head of Quinnipiac goaltender, Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) to tie the game at two.

Vigilanti recorded 30 saves in net for the Bobcats, just four saves shy of her season-high tally. Princeton goaltenders Weber and Cassie Seguin split time in net, with Weber recording four saves, and Seguin stopping 13 shots to earn the tie.

The Bobcats return to action Saturday afternoon when they travel to Princeton to conclude the two-game series with the Tigers. That game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at Hobey Baker Rink.