January 16, 2010

Flor's OT Game-Winner Lifts Women's Ice Hockey Past No. 10 Syracuse, 4-3

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Senior captain Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) scored two goals including the game-winner in overtime to lift the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team past No. 10-ranked Syracuse, 4-3, Friday evening. Freshman forward Kristen Eklund (Barrington, R.I.) also scored two goals and added an assist as the Bobcats improve to 10-7-6 on the year. With the loss, the Orange drop to 13-9-1 on their season.

Syracuse opened up the scoring at the 11:23 mark of the first period. In a scuffle in front of the net forward Lisa Mullan fired a shot on Bobcat goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) that deflected off the top of her right pad. Freshman Holly Carrie-Mattimoe collected the deflection and tapped the puck in midair over the right shoulder of Vigilanti for the 1-0 lead. Isabel Menard was also credited with an assist on the play.

The Bobcats evened the score at the 15:33 mark of the second period. Positioned just outside the left side of the crease, junior forward Kelley Davies (Chesapeake, Va.) ripped the puck off the Orange goaltender's pads where it ricocheted to the right side. Eklund picked up the rebound and one-timed it into the back corner of the net for her fourth goal of the season. Freshman Heather Hughes (Stoufville, Ontario) also recorded her ninth assist of the year on the play.

Quinnipiac took the 2-1 lead on a power play-opportunity just 28 seconds into the third period. Freshman Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) fired a wide shot from the left point that caromed around the back boards to the right side. Alone at the right post, senior Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) collected the loose puck and lifted it past the glove of the Syracuse goaltender for her sixth goal of the season. The assist was Boulton's third of the year.

Syracuse regained the lead with back-to-back goals at the 6:06 and 8:08 markers of the third period. Positioned in the slot, Mullan tied the game at two when she tipped a shot by Carrie-Mattimoe at the last second to throw Vigilanti off the direction of the puck. Menard scored just minutes later to put Syracuse up 3-2 when she skated to the right post and pushed the puck just over the line for her 11th goal of the season.

The Bobcats didn't allow the lead for long as they scored their third goal of the game just 15 seconds after Menard's tally. All three Quinnipiac forwards were battling the Syracuse defensemen for the puck in front before Eklund was able to connect with the back of the net for her second goal of the game and the 3-3 tie. The goal was unassisted.

Flor scored the game-winner at the 2:24 mark of the overtime period to earn the Bobcats' tenth win of the season. Eklund dished to Flor at center ice and the senior weaved past her defender to face the Syracuse goaltender on the right side. Flor faked a shot to the left and tucked the puck into the lower right corner for her second goal of the game and her seventh of the year. Senior forward Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario) also picked up an assist on the play.

Vigilanti recorded 17 saves in net for Quinnipiac, picking up her ninth win of the season. Her counterpart, Lucy Schoedel stopped 30 shots in net for Syracuse.

The Bobcats and the Orange will face off again tomorrow afternoon at the Tennity Ice Pavilion. That game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.