January 24, 2010

Four Third-Period Goals Lift Women's Ice Hockey Past Wayne State, 4-1

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team scored four times in the third period to defeat Wayne State, 4-1, Saturday afternoon for their sixth consecutive win. Senior forward Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) scored twice and sophomore defenseman Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) tallied three assists as the Bobcats' record improves to 13-7-6 on the season. With the loss, the Warriors' record drops to 8-10-3 on the year.

After two periods of scoreless play, Flor opened up the Quinnipiac scoring just 16 seconds into the third. Sophomore defenseman Elkins initiated the play when she fired a shot on net that was blocked by a Wayne State defender. Freshman Breehan Polci (London, Ontario) collected the deflection and passed across the crease to Flor at the left post where she pushed it through the goaltenders pads for the 1-0 lead.

The Warriors evened the score minutes later at the 2:04 mark of the third. Jaclyn Stapleton dished to center Micheline Frappier in the slot where she fired the puck high into the upper left corner for the equalizer.

The Bobcats didn't waste time regaining the lead as freshman Kristen Eklund (Barrington, R.I.) scored the game-winner at the 2:56 mark of the third. Elkins ripped a shot from the right point that fell into traffic in front of the net. Eklund got her stick on the shot and tipped the puck in the lower left corner for the 2-1 lead. Sophomore Stacey Kmill (Thunder Bay, Ontario) also recorded an assist on the play.

Quinnipiac secured the victory when they scored two more goals at the 13:48 and 19:07 marks of the final period. Flor scored her second of the game and her tenth of the season when she gathered the puck at the top of the slot and ripped a shot into the left side of the net for the goal. Sophomores Elkins and Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) were credited with assists on the play.

Senior Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario) sealed the deal with Quinnipiac's fourth goal with 53 seconds remaining in regulation. The Warriors pulled their goaltender with 1:14 remaining and Duffy won the faceoff that resulted in her receiving the puck at the Bobcat blue line and carrying it all the way into the offensive zone where she tipped it in for the empty net goal. It was her team-leading 11th goal of the season.

Quinnipiac goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) recorded 15 saves in her 11th win of the year, while her counterpart Delayne Brian made 28 saves in the loss.

The Bobcats return to ECAC Hockey action next weekend when they travel to Rensselaer and Union for the weekend match-ups. Quinnipiac and RPI will face off on Friday at 7 p.m., in the Bobcats' first conference contest since Jan. 9.