October 30, 2010

Women's Ice Hockey Loses In Overtime, 2-1, To Colgate University

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team was defeated in overtime, 2-1, by ECAC Hockey opponent Colgate University on Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac now holds a 5-3-1 overall record and a 0-2 conference mark, while Colgate improves to 3-5 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

Senior forward Jessi Waters scored just 1:36 into the first overtime period to give Colgate its first conference win of the season and end its four-game losing streak. Waters' power-play goal, and first of the season, was assisted by senior forward Jenna Klynstra, as her initial shot was turned away by Quinnipiac sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario).

The Raiders netted the first goal in the contest at the 11:39 mark of the first period, as Klynstra picked up her third goal of the season on the play. She was assisted by junior defender Amanda Kirwan on the score.

Neither side was able to find the back of the net in the second period, as Colgate held the shot advantage, 14 to 13, in the frame. Overall, Colgate held a 39 to 21 shot advantage on the afternoon.

Quinnipiac knotted things up, 1-1, with 12:49 to go in the third period as freshman forward Elena Orlando (Chico, California) snuck a close-range shot by Colgate senior netminder Lisa Plenderleith for her first-career goal. Sophomore forward Kristen Eklund (Barrington, R.I.) earned her second helper of the season on the play.

Vigilanti and Plenderleith each had impressive performances between the pipes, as Vigilanti made 37 saves on the afternoon and Plenderleith turned away 20 shots.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. when it hosts conference opponent Princeton University.