February 13, 2010

Women's Ice Hockey Battles To 1-1 Tie With No. 4 Clarkson

HAMDEN, Conn. - Freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) matched her season-high save mark stopping 37 shots as the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team tied the No. 4-ranked Clarkson University, 1-1, Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats' record now stands at 16-8-8 overall with a 9-4-7 record in ECAC Hockey. The Golden Knights record holds at 20-8-4 with a 14-4-4 mark in conference play. Quinnipiac earned one point in the ECAC with the draw, landing in fifth place with 25 points.

The Bobcats battled defensively through the opening stanza, blocking 14 total shots and saving 15. The hard work paid off when freshman Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) broke into the offensive zone and scored the game-opening goal with 58 seconds remaining in the first period. Positioned atop the left faceoff circle, junior Kelley Davies (Chesapeake, Va.) found Lyons in the slot where the freshman forward snuck the puck to the left of the goaltender for the 1-0 lead. Sophomore Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) also registered an assist on the play.

Clarkson capitalized on a two-skater advantage midway through the second period to even the score at 1-1. The Bobcats had two players serving in the penalty box, and just as one was released, junior Melissa Waldie collected a soft rebound off Vigilanti and tipped it into the back of the net. Dominique Thibault and Carlee Eusepi were each credited with assists on the play.

Freshman winger Breehan Polci (London, Ontario) saw the best scoring opportunity for Quinnipiac in the third period. She sped down the right lane and fired a shot off Clarkson goaltender Lauren Dahm that deflected to the left side. Polci quickly wrapped around the net to collect the deflection and poke it into the open goal, but a Golden Knights' defender laid out to tap the puck out of play and deny the possible game-winner.

True to form, Vigilanti saw a strong game in net for the Bobcats as she turned aside 37 saves in the tie. Dahm recorded 25 saves in goal for Clarkson.

Quinnipiac returns to action next weekend in their final series of the regular season. The Bobcats will host Yale on Friday night at 7 p.m., and will take on Brown on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.