PRINCETON, N.J. - Freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) recorded 26 saves as the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team lost to Princeton University, 1-0, Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Bobcats' record drops to 7-7-6 overall with a 4-3-5 mark in ECAC Hockey action. The Tigers' record improves to 8-8-2 on the year, with a 6-4-2 record in conference play.
The Bobcats and the Tigers played 25 minutes of scoreless hockey before Princeton earned their first man advantage of the game after a Quinnipiac penalty at the 7:38 mark of the second period. The Tigers' power play remained in their offensive zone for the two-minute duration of the penalty, where the Bobcats faced four quick offensive plays that resulted in shots on goal. Quinnipiac goaltender Vigilanti came up big, stopping all four scoring attempts by Princeton to keep them off the board.
The Bobcats came out firing in the first five minutes of the third period, with three consecutive scoring opportunities from Heather Hughes (Stouffville, Ontario), Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) and Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn., but the Tigers offense bit back on a breakaway play that resulted in the game's lone goal at the 5:56 mark of the third period. Danielle DiCesare one-timed a pass from Paula Romanchuk just outside the left side of the crease into the upper left corner of the net for the 1-0 lead. Melanie Wallace also recorded an assist on the play.
Flor contributed another strong offensive play for Quinnipiac at the 6:07 mark of the third period in hopes to tie the score. The senior captain received the puck in the middle of the left faceoff circle and blasted a shot that bounced off the goaltender's chest into her glove to prevent the game-tying play.
Vigilanti recorded 26 saves on the day, while her counterpart, Cassie Seguin, stopped 15 in her third shutout of the season.
The Bobcats return to action Friday, Jan. 8 when they host Dartmouth at the TD Bank Sports Center in the first game of the Bobcats' hockey doubleheader. The puck will drop at 3 p.m. before the men's ice hockey team faces off against Rensselaer at 7 p.m.
Tickets are still available for the exhibition game between the U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey team and the ECAC All-Stars to be played at the TD Bank Sports Center on Sunday, Jan. 3. The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Fans can access ticket information by visiting the official website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.quinnipiacbobcats.com, or by calling the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office at 203-582-3905.