January 29, 2011

No.10 Women's Ice Hockey Defeated In Overtime, 3-2, Against Clarkson

HAMDEN, Conn. - No. 10-ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey fell in overtime, 3-2, to ECAC Hockey opponent Clarkson on Friday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. The loss drops Quinnipiac's overall record to 16-9-1 and its ECAC Hockey record to 8-7-0, while Clarkson improves to 10-13-3 overall and 7-6-1 in ECAC Hockey action.

Junior forward Brittany Mulligan netted the game-winning goal for the Golden Knights with just 44 seconds remaining in overtime. The junior, who batted in her third goal of the season, was assisted by senior forward Daris Tendler and freshman forward Jamie Rattray on the score.

The scoring came in bunches for both sides, with Quinnipiac capturing the first two goals of the game in the second period and Clarkson responding with two of its own in the third frame. The Bobcats came out firing in the second, as sophomore forward Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) netted her seventh goal of the season on Quinnipiac's first of two power play chances of the period at the 9:04 mark. Lyons buried the shot after she found the puck at her feet on a rebound which freshman netminder Erica Howe was unable to handle. On the score, senior forward Kelley Davies (Chesapeake, Va.) and junior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) were credited with an assist.

Quinnipiac extended its lead, 2-0, at the 12:41 mark into the second period on its second shorthanded goal of the season. Freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario), who scored her team-high 21st goal of the season, skated in for a dramatic break-away goal. The freshman outpaced the Golden Knights defender to the puck at center ice, and potted the puck in the top left corner of the net, beating the outstretched glove of freshman goaltender Erica Howe.

The Golden Knights tightened the score, 2-1, at the 7:37 mark into the third period. Sophomore forward Danielle Skirrow netted her first of two goals in the game, as she was assisted by sophomore defender Hailey Wood.

Clarkson, which took 16 shots in the frame, knotted the score at two apiece at the 18:27 mark on an unassisted tally by Skirrow for her ninth goal of the year. Clarkson outshot Quinnipiac on the evening overall, 33 to 28.

Each team was held scoreless through the first 20 minutes of play, as neither side could find the space between the goaltender's pads for the early lead. The Golden Knights were whistled for the only penalty in the period, while Quinnipiac committed zero penalties in the frame. Overall, the Bobcats went 1 for 3 on its power play opportunities in the contest and held the Golden Knights to an 0 for 2 mark in the game.

Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away 30 shots on the evening, while her counterpart freshman goaltender Erica Howe stopped 26 shots.

Quinnipiac returns to action tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. when it hosts ECAC Hockey opponent St. Lawrence at the TD Bank Sports Center.